Weekly News – August 3, 2012

PRELATE TO PRESIDE OVER DIVINE LITURGY AND CONSECRATE A SACRED PAINTING AT FORTY MARTYRS CHURCH IN ORANGE COUNTY

On Sunday, August 5, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will preside over Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at Forty Martyrs Church in Orange County.  During the service, the Prelate will also consecrate a sacred painting.

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APPOINTMENT OF NEW BOARD OF REGENTS
OF PRELACY SCHOOLS

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and the Executive Council hereby announce the appointment of the new Board of Regents of Prelacy Schools. The new board is as follows:

Mr. Sarkis Berberian
Mr. Chris Keosian, Esq.
Mrs. Sossi Hovsepian
Mrs. Maggie Sarkuni
Ms. Charlotte Sassounian
Dr. Jeannine Topalian-Alkeine
Mrs. Azita Avedissian-Yacoubian, Esq.
Mrs. Houri Arslanian-Keuroghlian
Dr. Hasmig Baran

The Prelate and Executive Council wish the new board members success in their mission as they oversee the educational and financial aspects of Prelacy Schools.

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REMEMBERING ARCHBISHOP SUMBAT LAPAJIAN
ON THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PASSING

On Sunday, July 29th, 2012, the two year anniversary of the passing of Archbishop Sumbat Lapajian was observed at Holy Cross Cathedral in Montebello.  H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, presided over Divine Liturgy, delivered the sermon, and presided over the requiem service which was held in the Church courtyard at the gravesite of the late Archbishop of blessed memory.

Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian.

The Prelate began his sermon by noting the two somber anniversaries which were being commemorated on that day, the two year anniversary of the passing of Archbishop Sumbat Serpazan and the 29th year anniversary of the martyrdom of the Lisbon 5.  “It has now been two years since we lay to rest our much beloved, respected, and admired Sumbat Serpazan.  We remember him as a humble and faithful servant of God, a true shepherd, a clergyman and spiritual leader who was a father and mentor to his faithful flock.  He gave himself fully to the work of our Lord and to the spiritual needs of his congregation.  To the generations of faithful whom he touched and inspired, his wisdom and teachings, and his fatherly love and care will never be forgotten.  May his memory remain ever blessed as he rests in peace in the glory and kingdom of our Lord Almighty.  “Today we remember also the young men of the Lisbon 5, who 29 years ago sacrificed their lives for the pursuit of the Armenian Cause.  Young men who paid the ultimate price to avenge the unspeakable losses the Armenian people suffered during the Genocide, from human casualties, to loss of ancestral lands, and cultural losses.  With their bold act, they proclaimed to the world that the Armenian people will never give up their struggle until we reach our goal of recognition, reparation, and justice.  May they rest in peace in the heavenly sanctuary of our Lord, and may God guide us, a nation, to the fulfillment of our national rights and demands.”

Continuing his sermon, the Prelate reflected on the day’s Scripture reading from Matthew Chapter 19 Verses 3-12 in support of marriage.  The Prelate noted that marriage and family is a sacred institution, a gift from God, and many problems we see in society can be traced to the breakdown on the home life.  Thus, the Christian family is the key to ensuring that our home and community life remain healthy and strong, and in the Scriptures, there are many commandments and instructions on family life.  “Christian based family values are the foundation of the Armenian family.  They are the core of our nationhood and the key to our survival and perpetuation throughout the centuries despite the great struggles we continually faced against our faith and heritage. In the wisdom and example of our forefathers, and for the benefit of our future generations and the future of our nation and people, let us always heed God’s principles for family living, and build our families on the rock that is the Holy Scriptures”, concluded the Prelate.

On the same day, requiem prayers were also offered in Prelacy Churches in memory of the Lisbon 5, Sarkis Abrahamian, Setrak Ajemian, Vatche Daghlian, Ara Kuhrjulian, and Simon Yahniyan, and their ultimate sacrifice for the Armenian Cause. The Prelate’s message on this occasion was also read.

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PRELATE WELCOMES DEAN OF THE CATHOLICOSATE SEMINARY
ARCHBISHOP NAREG ALEMEZIAN

On Wednesday, August 1st, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed Catholicosate of Cilicia Ecumenical Officer and Seminary Dean H.E. Archbishop Nareg Alemezian, who is currently in the U.S. on a brief visit.  Joining the Prelate were Religious Council Chair Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian and Vice-Chair Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian.

The visit offered the opportunity for an exchange of information on the endeavors of the Prelacy and the Seminary.  Archbishop Nareg reported on the Seminary’s plans for the upcoming school year, noting that alongside their regular classes, special youth classes will be offered for young adults ages 20 to 25.

We are happy to announce that recently two young students within our Prelacy community have expressed their interest to study at the Seminary.

By the ordinance of the Prelate, on Sunday, August 5 Archbishop Nareg will deliver the sermon at St. Garabed Church in Hollywood, and on Sunday, August 12, the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God, he will celebrate Divine Liturgy, deliver the sermon, and conduct the blessing of grapes ceremony at the Holy Trinity Church traditional festival in Fresno, held annually at the California Armenian Home located at 6720 E. Kings Canyon Rd.

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SEMINARY DEAN ARCHBISHOP NAREG ALEMEZIAN TO LECTURE ON
“THE MISSION OF THE SEMINARY”

By the ordinance and under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, on Sunday, August 5, 2012, Catholicosate of Cilicia Ecumenical Officer and Seminary Dean H.E. Archbishop Nareg Alemezian will lecture on the mission of the Seminary.  The event will be held at “Armenak Der Bedrossian” Hall of St. Mary’s Church in Glendale.

The event is open to the community, but will be of special interest to deacons, altar servers, and youth interested in obtaining more information on the Seminary curriculum and programs.  A question and answer session will follow the lecture, and the event will conclude with the Prelate’s message.

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SOCIETY OF VASBOURAGAN MEMBERS VISIT THE PRELATE

On Wednesday, August 1st, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed executive members of the Society of Vasbouragan, who visited the Prelacy to congratulate His Eminence on his re-election.

During the meeting, the guests gave an overview of the endeavors of the Society of Vasbouragan and future plans.

The Prelate first thanked the guests for their visit and congratulatory well-wishes, then spoke of the Prelacy’s current projects and collaborative efforts with the Catholicosate of Cilicia, focusing on plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Genocide and specifically the publication of a series by the Catholicosate dedicated to Historic Armenia and Cilicia.  The Prelate also praised the valuable role of our compatriotic unions in our national life and their efforts in celebrating and preserving our traditions and heritage.  He commended the guests for their service to our community through the Society of Vasbouragan, and wished them success in all future endeavors.

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