Lenten Vigil Service at the Armenian Ecclesiastical Brotherhood

On Friday, March 9, 2018, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, accompanied by Very Rev. Fr. Torkom Donoyan, Vicar General, Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian, Archpriest Fr. Vazken Atmajian, and Rev. Fr. Movses Shannakian, visited the Armenian Ecclesiastical Brotherhood center where he conducted Great Lent vigil service and conveyed his blessings to the members.

Prior to the service, requiem prayers were offered for all departed Brotherhood members, and in particular for Kevork Megerdichian on the one-year anniversary of his passing. The vigil service followed. Brotherhood members participated in the service and recited the prayer “I confess with faith.”

Brotherhood Chairman Avo Kabakjouzian delivered welcoming remarks and thanked the Prelate for his years of support and care. Fr. Movses Shannakian delivered the spiritual meditation on Great Lent, stating that all faithful must be aware that if even if we are living as the prodigal son, the Lord, as our loving and merciful Lord, is waiting for us to repent and to welcome us back home with open arms. And when we are faced with temptation and hardship, let us use our struggles to become stronger in our faith and draw closer to God.

The Prelate blessed and commended the Brotherhood members for their God-pleasing service and their allegiance to the Armenian Church, and urged all to make use of Great Lent as a time for spiritual renewal, self-examination and self-correction, and prayer ahead of the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Afterward, the clergy were hosted to a Lenten dinner, during which words of appreciation and commendation were expressed.

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