Weekly News – January 20, 2012

PRELATE TO PRESIDE OVER DIVINE LITURGY AT HOLY MARTYRS CHURCH

– READING OF THE PONTIFICAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE
“YEAR OF THE ARMENIAN BOOK”

By the ordinance of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, on Sunday, January 22, 2012, the Pontifical Encyclical of H.H. Catholicos Aram I proclaiming 2012 the “Year of the Armenian Book” will be read in all Prelacy Churches during Divine Liturgy in place of a sermon.

The Prelate will preside over Divine Liturgy at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino.

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REQUIEM FOR HRANT DINK AT THE
MONTEBELLO
GENOCIDE MONUMENT

On the 5th anniversary of the death of Hrant Dink, on Sunday, January 22nd, a public requiem service will be held at the Genocide Memorial Monument in Montebello.  The service is organized by Organizations of Istanbul Armenians and the Armenian Genocide United Commemoration Committee.

Pastors of Holy Cross Cathedral Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian and Rev. Fr. Ashod Kambourian will participate in the service on behalf of the Prelate.

By the ordinance of the Prelate, on Sunday, January 15, requiem service was offered in Prelacy Churches in memory of Hrant Dink on the 5th anniversary of his death.

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PRELACY PUBLISHES “JOURNEY TO THE ARMENIAN HERITAGE”
BY GARO BEDROSIAN

In response to the proclamation of 2012 as the “Year of the Armenian Book” by H.H. Catholicos Aram I, the Western Prelacy has published the latest book by Garo Bedrosian titled Journey to the Armenian Heritage..

The book is printed by “Hye Kir” and the design and layout is by Siroon Yeretzian and Harry Mesrobian.

The book opens with the message of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, in which His Eminence lauds the value of such books in familiarizing our people and especially our youth with our heritage and traditions.  In the prologue, the author highlights the bond and love of our people to our feasts, church and culture, and community organizations.

The book consists of three sections.  The first covers 12 Armenian religious, national, and social celebrations and commemorations.  The second part is devoted to the Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, and Evangelical Churches, and includes information on the historical, spiritual, and educational service and organization of the three.  The third part is dedicated to major Armenian cultural organizations and their service to the community in the areas of literature, drama, music, and the arts.  These include Hamzakin, Tekeyan, and Nor Serount.  Also included are charitable, educational, and social welfare organizations such as AGBU and the Armenian Relief Society.

The end of the book includes a brief synopsis in English, and closes with the bibliography.

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PRELATE DELIVERS THE INVOCATION AT THE
L.A.
COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WEEKLY MEETING

By the invitation of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, delivered the invocation during the weekly meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
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The Prelate was accompanied by Archpriest Fr. Vicken Vassilian and ANC-WR Board Member Mrs. Pattyl Aposhian-Kasparian.

Chairman of the Board Zev Yaroslavsky invited the Prelate to deliver the invocation.

The Prelate first thanked the Board of Supervisors for the invitation to participate in their weekly meeting.  In the invocation, he thanked the Board of Supervisors for their friendship and support and prayed for God to bless them and guide them in their leadership of the County of Los Angeles and its residents.  The Prelate also prayed for the safety and peace of this nation, and especially for the men and women of our armed forces who serve in defense of our nation.       Supervisor Michael Antonovich thanked the Prelate for accepting their invitation and presented him with a certificate of appreciation on this occasion.

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PRELATE TO ATTEND ARF DAY CELEBRATION

On Sunday, January 22nd, a community-wide celebration of the 121st anniversary of the ARF will be held at Glendale High School auditorium.

The Prelate will attend, accompanied by Very Rev. Father Muron Aznikian Clergy members.

Executive Council members will also be in attendance.

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NAME DAY CELEBRATION OF
ST. GARABED CHURCH OF HOLLYWOOD

Saturday, January 14, 2012, was the Feast of St. John the Baptist, which is also the name day of St. Garabed Church of Hollywood.

On this occasion, on Sunday, January 15, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at St. Garabed Church.  Parish Pastor Archpriest Fr. Vicken Vassilian assisted at the altar.

In his sermon, the Prelate exalted the faith and piety of St. John the Baptist, a man who was filled with the Holy Spirit and was exalted by God for his obedience and humility, baptized the people with water and urged them to live righteously.  The Prelate called on the faithful to live by the example of St. John, with faith, obedience, and humility so that we too are elevated in the eyes of God.

The blessing of madagh took place after the service, followed by a luncheon at “Karapetian” Hall organized by the Parish Pastor and Board of Trustees.

The luncheon began with welcoming remarks delivered by Archpriest Fr. Vicken Vassilian, followed by the invocation by the Prelate.

Each year during this annual event, individuals are recognized and honored for their service to the Church and community.  This year’s honoree was Deacon Zohrab Yaralian.

Fr. Vicken spoke of Deacon Zohrab as an individual with a pure heart who is always ready to assist and service, and commended him for his 45 years of service as a singer, teacher, Board of Trustees member, and especially as a deacon.

He then invited Board of Trustees Chair Mr. Dajad Yeretzian to present Deacon Zohrab with a memento on behalf of the Board.  Mrs. Baydsar Thomassian also presented Mr. Yaralian with a certificate on behalf of State Senator Kevin de Leon.

Deacon Zohrab thanked the Prelate, Fr. Vicken, and Board for the honor, and noted that we must all use the talents and blessings God gives us for His glory and for goo.

The Prelate presented Deacon Zohrab with a letter of blessing, which was read by Fr. Vicken, commended him for his years long devoted and humble service, and also commended his wife Carmen for her service as a member of the Prelacy Ladies Auxiliary.  In conclusion, the Prelate blessed the memory of Kevork Aslanian, who passed away recently.

The madagh and luncheon were sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Vahe Karapetian, Mrs. Silva Tchakmakjian, Mrs. Maggie Pligian, and the late Kevork Aslanian who before his passing had pledged to host the luncheon in memory of his wife Marie Aslanian.  The luncheon also included a cultural program presented by Sunday School students and Rose and Alex Pilibos High School students.

The luncheon came to a close with the benediction by the Prelate, and the singing of the Cilician anthem.

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PRELATE WELCOMES MEMBERS OF THE
ARMENIAN ECCLESIASTICAL BROTHERHOOD

On Friday, January 20, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed to the Prelacy a delegation from the Armenian Ecclesiastical Brotherhood.

The members had come to convey their well wishes to the Prelate on the occasion of the New Year and Christmas and to reaffirm their support of the endeavors of the Prelate and the Prelacy.  Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian and Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian participated in the meeting.

The discussion centered on the service and endeavors of the Brotherhood members, with the Prelate urging them to encourage our youth to serve in the ranks of our priesthood, to which the guests expressed their readiness.

The Prelate commended the service of the members, and presented them with the mementos at the conclusion of the visit.

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ANNUAL RESPECT LIFE MASS AT THE
CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE

Each year, the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles holds their Annual Respect Life Mass during which a service called Requiem for the Unborn is held to remember lives lost to abortion.  H.E. Archbishop Jose Gomez has extended an invitation to the Prelate to participate in the ceremony which will be held at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 21st.

Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian and Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian will represent the Prelate at the Mass.

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