Weekly News – March 13, 2015

EPISCOPAL DIVINE LITURGY AND BLESSING OF MADAGH ON THE NAME DAY OF FORTY MARTYRS CHURCH IN ORANGE COUNTY

OrangeCountyChurchSaturday, March 14, is the Feast of the Forty Martyrs, which is also the name day celebration of Forty Martyrs Church in Orange County. On this occasion, on Sunday, March 15, 2015, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will celebrate Divine Liturgy, deliver the sermon, and conduct the blessing of madagh, at Forty Martyrs Church.

The feast commemorates the unwavering faith and martyrdom of the forty brave soldiers of Sepastia who rejected the Roman Emperor’s order to return to the pagan faith and courageously and boldly proclaimed their allegiance to the Christian faith. As a result, they endured an agonizing death in a freezing lake, yet never wavered in their faith. It is a timely message for the present day as Christians in certain parts of the world are again being subjected to persecution and death for their faith.

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SPECIAL EVENING HONORING RENOWNED COMPOSER DIKRAN MANSOURIAN

DikranMansourianOn the evening of Thursday, March 19, a special event will be held at the Prelacy “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall honoring renowned composer Dikran Mansourian. The Prelate will preside over the event, which is organized by the Prelacy Cultural-Educational Committee.

The program features a presentation by Takouhi Arzoumanian, remarks by LARK Musical Society Director Vatsche Barsoumian, and a cultural performance. A reception will follow. The program begins at 7:00 p.m.

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ARMENIAN CULTURAL FOUNDATION ANNUAL BANQUET

ACF1On Sunday, March 8, the Prelate attended and delivered the invocation at the annual banquet of the Armenian Cultural Foundation, held at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena. Executive Council members were also in attendance.

His Eminence congratulated the achievements of the ACF in the past year and wished them continued successes in this historically significant year, stressing that on the eve of the Armenian Genocide centennial, more than ever we must join hands with the ACF and work in unison to reclaim at last that which is rightfully ours. The Prelate commended the members of the ACF for their tireless efforts in defense of our national identity and in pursuit of our national rights, and the sponsors for their enduring support and generosity, and prayed for all to work together with harmony, and in the spirit of brotherhood, toward our common cause.

During the event, Mr. and Mrs. Garo and Alice Gureghian, members of Holy Trinity Church in Fresno, were honored by the ACF for their service and commitment to the cause.

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ANCA-WR “AMERICA WE THANK YOU” EXHIBIT OPENS AT LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY

ANCAExhibitThe ANCA-WR “America We Thank You” Committee has organized a traveling exhibit titled “They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief,” paying tribute to the humanitarian efforts of the Near East Relief during and in the years after the Armenian Genocide, from 1915-1930. The opening reception was held at the Los Angeles Public Library on the evening of Friday, March 6, co-sponsored by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Paul Krekorian. Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian represented the Prelate.

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