Weekly News – April 11, 2014

PRELATE TO CELEBRATE PALM SUNDAY
AT HOLY MARTYRS CHURCH IN ENCINO

PalmSundayPhotoSunday, April 13 is Palm Sunday, the celebration of the triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

On this occasion, the Prelate will celebrate Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino.

During the service, the children’s procession will take place, during which the Prelate will bless the faithful.  Sunday School students will participate in the procession.

At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, the Prelate will conduct the Opening of the Portals ceremony, signifying the Second Coming of Christ. Given that His Holiness Aram I has proclaimed 2014 the “Year of the Elder”, this year’s Godfather will be Kevork Atmajian, an elderly faithful.

By the ordinance of the Prelate, Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian will celebrate Divine Liturgy at St. Martyrs Church in Glendale.

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PRELATE’S HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Monday, April 14 is the start of Holy Week. Throughout the week, the Prelate will conduct services in various Prelacy Churches.  Below is the Prelate’s Holy Week schedule.

Holy Tuesday – Remembrance of the Ten Virgins
St. Mary’s Church, Glendale

Maundy Thursday
Washing of the Feet – Holy Martyrs Church, Encino
Vigil – St. Sarkis Church, Pasadena

Good Friday – Crucifixion and Burial
Holy Cross Cathedral, Montebello

Easter Eve – Lighting of Candles (Jrakalooyts)
St. Garabed Church, Hollywood

Easter – the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
St. Mary’s Church, Glendale

By the ordinance of the Prelate, Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjin will conduct Maundy Thursday services at the North Hollywood parish, Good Friday service at Forty Martyrs Church in Orange County, Easter Eve Divine Liturgy at St. Sarkis Church in Pasadena, and will celebrate Easter Divine Liturgy at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino.

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EASTER PRAYER SERVICE AND WASHING OF THE FEET CEREMONY AT ARARAT HOME IN MISSION HILLS

Throughout the year, the Prelate and Prelacy clergy members visit Ararat Home in Mission Hills on a number of occasions to offer prayers and conduct special services for the elderly residents.  During Easter, Divine Liturgy is celebrated at Ararat Home and Holy Communion is given to the residents.

This year, in light of the “Year of the Elder” proclamation by His Holiness Aram I, a unique Easter service will be held on Wednesday, April 16.

At 10:00 a.m., His Eminence will conduct a prayer service at the nursing facility dining hall. At 10:30 a.m., the Prelate will conduct the Washing of the Feet ceremony for the first time at Ararat Home at the Sheen Chapel.

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CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION

Sacramento2On Monday, April 7th, the annual Advocacy Day organized by the Armenian National Committee Western Region was held in Sacramento, bringing together activists from across California to the State Capitol to join the California State Senate and State Assembly in commemorating the Armenian Genocide.

Each year on this occasion, the Prelate is invited to deliver the invocation at the State Senate Genocide commemoration.

Given that His Eminence was in Lebanon at the time, Rev. Fr. Vahan Gosdanian attended on his behalf and read the Prelate’s invocation.

In the invocation, the Prelate remembered the victims of the Armenian Genocide and also victims of all genocides, particularly the innocent civilians being killed in Syria today, praying for God to grant peace to the souls of the martyrs, for His protection to be upon all those caught in the crossfire of conflicts around the world, and for a world where people can coexist in peace, with mutual respect and tolerance for one another.

The Prelate also thanked the public officials for designating this time each year to honor the memory of our martyrs and for their continued solidarity with the Armenian-American community in pursuit of our cause.

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