Weekly News – January 16, 2015

EPISCOPAL DIVINE LITURGY AND BLESSING OF MADAGH ON THE NAME DAY OF ST. GARABED CHURCH IN HOLLYWOOD

JohnBaptistOn Thursday, January 15, 2015 the Armenian Apostolic Church commemorated the Feast of St. John the Forerunner, which is also the name day of St. Garabed Church of Hollywood and Las Vegas.

On this occasion, on Sunday, January 18, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will celebrate Divine Liturgy, deliver the sermon, and conduct the blessing of madagh at St. Garabed Church in Hollywood.

Following the service the Prelate will preside over the annual celebratory luncheon at “Karapetian” Hall, during which the Pastor and Board of Trustees traditionally honor an individual for their service to the church and community. This year’s honoree is Mr. Gaidzag Zetlian.

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PRELATE ATTENDS ARF DAY CELEBRATION

ARF124thOn Sunday, January 11, the 123th anniversary of the ARF was celebrated at Glendale High School Auditorium. The event featured a keynote speech by scholar Khatchig Der Ghougassian from Argentina, and performances by Hamazkayin Ani Dance Company, Sayat Nova Choir, Ferrahian High School and AYF choirs, and Harout Pamboukjian.

The Prelate attended the celebration. Religious and Executive Council members were also in attendance.

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PRELATE WELCOMES MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES REPRESENTATIVES

MEAManagerOn Thursday, January 15, 2015, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, received a courtesy visit from Middle East Airlines General Manager in the U.S.A. Mr. Adib Kassis, who was accompanied by MEA Supervisor Mrs. Maggie Dishoian.

In Los Angeles on a business trip from New York, Mr. Kassis took the opportunity to visit the Prelacy and personally convey his New Year well wishes to the Prelate. Among the matters discussed was the planning of a pilgrimage to Lebanon in July for the blessing of Muron by His Holiness Aram I. The Prelate thanked Mr. Kassis for his visit and commended Middle East Airlines for their upstanding customer service. Mr. Kassis expressed his appreciation for the Prelate’s warm welcome, and the visit concluded with an exchange of mementos.

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PRELATE ATTENDS MEETING WITH FRENCH DIPLOMATS

FrenchCongressmanOn the evening of Wednesday, January 14, 2015, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, attended a dinner-meeting in honor of Mr. Frédéric Lefèbvre, Congressman to the French in the United States and Canada and former Minister under the Presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy. The event was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Cynthia Hajjar at their residence in Los Angeles. Consul General of France in Los Angeles Axel Cruau was among the dignitaries in attendance.

The meeting served to acquaint Armenian religious leaders and community representatives with Mr. Lefèbvre, who is a strong supporter of the Armenian people and interests. Armenian community leaders expressed condolences to the diplomats on last week’s terrorist attack in France. The dialogue encompassed plans for the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide centennial in Los Angeles and France specifically, and French-Armenian relations.

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