Weekly News – February 20, 2015

PRELATE TO PRESIDE OVER DIVINE LITURGY AND LECTURE ON THE CANONIZATION OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MARTYRS AT THE CRESCENTA VALLEY PARISH

– REQUIEM FOR ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY MEMBERS

By the ordinance of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and the request of the Armenian Relief Society Regional Executive, on Sunday, February 22, 2015, requiem prayers will be offered in all Prelacy Churches for departed ARS members and sponsors. Some local ARS chapters will provide memorial coffee or lunch in memory of their peers.

The Prelate will preside over Divine Liturgy and requiem, and deliver the sermon at the Crescenta Valley parish. At the conclusion of the service, the monthly lecture series organized by the parish Educational Committee will take place at the Prelacy “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall. The Prelate will lecture on the topic of the Armenian Church and the canonization of Armenian Genocide martyrs.

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PRELATE SENDS CONDOLENCE LETTER TO BISHOP SERAPION

In response to the brutal killing of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by ISIS forces, earlier this week the Prelate sent a letter of condolence and solidarity to H.G. Bishop Serapion, head of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles. In the letter, His Eminence stated “it is disheartening that the land where Christianity was born has become a perilous one for our Christian communities who have called the Middle East home for centuries”, adding, “we stand in solidarity with the Coptic faithful, and with all our fellow Christians, for as brothers and sisters in Christ, an assault on one is an assault on all”.

The Prelate also noted that the safety of our communities in the Middle East continues to be of grave concern for us all, stating, “we continue to pray for their safety and wellbeing and for God to grant strength to endure for all the persecuted religious and ethnic minorities as we await the eventual triumph of good over this great evil and the return of some semblance of peace in the region”.

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PRELATE EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF COACH JERRY TARKANIAN

Upon hearing news of the passing of legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian last week, the Prelate sent a letter of condolence conveying his sympathies to his widow, their children, grandchildren, and extended family members. His Eminence referred to the late coach, whom he knew personally, as a great man who was genuinely loved and respected by all. “Your father was indeed a legend in the sports world. However, he was much more than that. He was a good man, a loving husband and father, a role model and a genuine friend to many, and that is the best legacy to leave behind,” wrote the Prelate, adding that his memory will endure forevermore in the hearts and minds of all the people he inspired and encouraged in his lifetime.

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PRELACY LADIES AUXILIARY ANNUAL GREAT LENT LUNCHEON

On Wednesday, February 25, the Western Prelacy Ladies Auxiliary annual Great Lent Luncheon will take place under the auspices of the Prelate. At 10:00 a.m., the Prelate will preside over Lenten Sunrise Service at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale. The luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Impressions Banquet Hall (212 N. Orange St.). The event will feature a cultural program and traditional Lenten entrees. Tickets can be reserved by contacting the Prelacy.

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