Weekly News – January 6, 2012

PRELATE TO PRESIDE OVER DIVINE LITURGY AT FORTY MARTYRS CHURCH IN ORANGE COUNTY

On Sunday, January 8, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will preside over Divine Liturgy at  Forty Martyrs Church in Orange County and will deliver the sermon.

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CHRISTMAS PRAYER SERVICE AND BLESSING OF WATER AT ARARAT HOME

In celebration of the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, January 10, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and clergy members will visit Ararat Home in Mission Hills for a prayer service and the blessing of water.

The day will being at 10:00 a.m. with a prayer and the blessing of water in the Residents Dining Room of the Nursing Facility.  At 10:30 a.m., Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the Sheen Chapel for Assisted Living residents.  The celebrant is Archpriest Fr. Vicken Vassilian, who will also deliver the sermon.

At noon, the Prelate and clergy will be hosted to a luncheon by the administration.

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CHRISTMAS PRAYER SERVICE AND BLESSING OF WATER AT GLENDALE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Upon the invitation of the administration of Glendale Memorial Hospital, on Thursday, January 5th, the Prelate and clergy members visited the hospital on the occasion of the New Year and Christmas.

The Prelate led a prayer service for staff and patients and also conducted the traditional blessing of water in celebration of the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord.  The Prelate also conveyed his blessings and Christmas message to the administration and patients.

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PRELATE WELCOMES CONSUL GENERAL OF LEBANON

On Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed to the Prelacy the first official guest of the New Year, Consul General of Lebanon Madonna Aoun Ghazal.

The Consul General had come to personally convey her well wishes to the Prelate on the occasion of the New Year and Christmas, given that she would be unable to attend the New Year and Christmas Dinner on January 6.

Given that it was Consul Ghazal’s first visit to the Prelacy, the Prelate familiarized her with the various departments and gave a general overview of the Prelacy’s endeavors and mission.  There was also a discussion on the close relationship between Armenians and Lebanon and the Consulate General of Lebanon and the Prelacy.  Consul Ghazal also spoke of the registration of Lebanese citizens living outside of Lebanon, given that in the upcoming elections they are able to vote from abroad.

The visit concluded with the Prelate presenting a memento to Consul Ghazal.

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