Feast of the Holy Translators and Armenian Culture Month Celebrated at Forty Martyrs Church in Orange County


On Sunday, October 12, 2014, Forty Martyrs Church of Orange County was overflowing with community members who had gathered for the annual festivities in celebration of the Feast of the Holy Translators and Armenian Culture Month.

Each year on these occasions, Forty Martyrs Church and Ari Guiragos Minassian School organize a day-long celebration that begins with Episcopal Divine Liturgy in the morning, followed by the book fair in the afternoon.

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, presided over Divine Liturgy, which this year was celebrated by the Prelate of Aleppo, H.E. Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, who is visiting our Prelacy. Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian and parish pastor Rev. Fr. Karekin Bedourian assisted the altar. Also participating in the service was H.G. Bishop Krikor Chiftjian, Prelate of Azerbaijan, who is visiting our Prelacy as well. Executive Council Vice-Chair Dr. Dikran Babikian, AG Minassian administrators, teachers, parents, and students, and members of sister organizations were among the attendees.

During the service, the Prelate extended his greetings to the community and introduced the guest clergy. His Eminence gave an overview of the events that would be taking place in the days ahead, during which the Prelate of Aleppo would report on the situation in Syria, and urged the faithful to attend and lend their support to our brethren in Syria.

In his sermon, Archbishop Sarkissian underscored the extent of the Holy Translators’ contributions and their influence on our religious and national life today. Referring to the day’s Gospel reading, he compared the work of the Translators to the poor widow’s offering, emphasizing that they gave their all for the benefit of our people. Archbishop Sarkissian also spoke about the grueling circumstances facing the Syrian-Armenian community and invited the faithful to join their prayers for the restoration of peace.

Following the service, the clergy headed in a procession to “Gugasian” Hall where the Prelate conducted the official opening of the book fair.

AG Minassian School Principal Mrs. Kohar Zaher welcomed the clergy and guests. She noted that the Feast of the Holy Translators is highly valued by the School and reaffirmed the allegiance of the students toward the Armenian language and literature.

The Prelate commended the initiative of the Church and School in organizing the annual celebration, and called on the community to truly grasp and appreciate the value of our religious and national heritage.

Addressing the gathering, Bishop Chiftjian commended the event as a call to support Syrian-Armenian students, and Dr. Dikran Babikian commended the AG Minassian School family for their service and dedication.

Students presented a beautiful cultural program embodying the day’s message of honoring our cultural heritage. In the first portion of the program, students performed songs and recitations.
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The second portion included a presentation of traditional Armenian costumes.

The Prelate highly commended the preparation and presentation of the cultural program, and praised the students for their active participation in the preservation of our national identity.

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