Weekly News – January 22, 2016

PRELATE TO CELEBRATE DIVINE LITURGY AND CONDUCT BLESSING OF MADAGH ON THE NAME DAY OF ST. SARKIS CHURCH

St. SarkisOn Saturday, January 23, 2016 the Armenian Apostolic Church will commemorate the Feast of Saint Sarkis the commander, his son Mardiros, and their fourteen soldiers, who were martyred for their faith. The feast is also the name day of St. Sarkis Church in Pasadena.

On this occasion, on Sunday, January 24, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will celebrate Divine Liturgy, deliver the sermon, and conduct the blessing of madagh at St. Sarkis Church. Very Rev. Fathers Dajad Ashekian and Barouyr Shernezian will assist at the altar.

Following the service, requiem prayers will be offered for the souls of the first parish pastor Archpriest Fr. Sarkis Antreassian and departed church and community servants.

A luncheon will follow at “Andon Andonian” Hall presided over by the Prelate and organized by the parish Ladies Guild.

On Saturday, January 23rd, eve of the feast service will be held at St. Sarkis Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.

We invite our faithful to participate in this special service.

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CLERGY CONFERENCE ON THE FEAST OF GHEVONTIANTS

– VERY REV. FR. DAJAD ASHEKIAN TO CELEBRATE FIRST DIVINE LITURGY AS NEW PASTOR OF HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

GhevontYeretsOn Tuesday, February 2nd, the Armenian Church will commemorate the Feast of Ghevontiants.

Within the Western Prelacy, the feast will be commemorated with the annual clergy conference and Divine Liturgy a week early this year, on Wednesday, January 27, at Holy Trinity Church in Fresno, presided over by the Prelate and with the participation of clergy members.

In the evening, Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Ashekian will celebrate his first Divine Liturgy and deliver his first sermon as the new pastor of Holy Trinity Church. The service begins at 5:30 p.m.

We invite our Fresno community to join us in honoring the legacy of the Ghevontiants saints and in welcoming the new pastor.

On Tuesday, February 2, in commemoration of the Feast of the Ghevontiants, Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Garabed Church in Hollywood with the participation of Rose and Alex Pilibos School students. Very Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian will celebrate Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon.

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PRELATE ATTENDS A.R.F. DAY CELEBRATION

ARF125thOn Sunday, January 17, the 125th anniversary of the ARF was celebrated with a special event held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium organized by the ARF Western U.S. Central Committee. Over 3,000 community members attended the celebration, which featured ARF Bureau member Armen Rustamyan as the keynote speaker, remarks by ARF Central Committee Chair Dr. Viken Hovsepian, and a rich cultural program.

The Prelate attended, accompanied by Very Rev. Fathers Dajad Ashekian and Barouyr Shernezian. Clergy and Executive Council members were also in attendance.

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HRANT DINK TRIBUTE

HrantDinkOn the evening of Tuesday, January 19, the 9th anniversary of the assassination of Hrant Dink was commemorated with a special program organized by the Organization of Istanbul Armenians. Archpriest Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian attended the tribute on behalf of the Prelate.

Earlier in the day a memorial service and wrath laying ceremony in memory of Hrant Dink was held at the Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument in Montebello. Rev. Fr. Ashod Kambourian participated in the service and attended the tribute event.

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