Weekly News – May 11, 2012

PRELATE TO PRESIDE OVER DIVINE LITURGY AT
HOLY
MARTYRS CHURCH IN ENCINO

On Sunday, May 13, 2012, Mother’s Day, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will preside over Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino.

May God bless all mothers, granting them and their families many years filled with good health and joy.  And may our Lord grant peace to the souls of our departed mothers.

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DIVINE LITURGY AND LUNCHEON IN CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ASCENSION

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ will be celebrated with Divine Liturgy followed by the Prelacy Ladies Auxiliary traditional Ascension luncheon.

The day will begin with Divine Liturgy at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale presided over by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and celebrated by Pastor of Holy Martyrs Church Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian, who will also deliver the sermon.  The service begins at 10:00 a.m.

The luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m., at Brandview Ballroom in Glendale.

This year’s luncheon hosts are Mrs. Nora Bezdikian, Mrs. Satig Der Ohanessian, Mrs. Maro Fermanian, and Mrs. Mirna Kacharian.

Ladies Auxiliary member Mrs. Hourig Abdulian will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The luncheon will feature a presentation on the Feast of Ascension by Deacon Khatchig Shannakian.

 The cultural program includes a performance by singer Gagik Badalyan, and traditions such as the drawing of lots and the singing of Ascension songs.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by contacting the Prelacy.

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PRELACY “LOUSAVORICH” CHOIR TO PARTICIPATE IN
5TH ANNUAL ORTHODOX DAY OF PRAISE

On Saturday, May 12, the fifth annual Orthodox Day of Praise will be held at St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Monica, with the participation of members from the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

The annual event brings together members of the Orthodox faith to praise God through hymns in their respective languages.  Among the Churches represented are the Armenian, Coptic, Syriac, Russian, Serbian, Antiochian, Ukrainian, Ethiopian, Romanian, and others.

By the ordinance of  the Prelate, the Prelacy “Lousavorich” choir will once again participate in this annual event, led by Rev. Ghevont Kirazian.

The day will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the celebration of Divine Liturgy, followed by a meet and greet and brunch.  The program of hymns and praises will begin at noon.

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HOLY CROSS CATHEDRAL 5TH ANNUAL
ARMENIAN FOOD FAIR AND FESTIVAL

On Saturday, May 12, the annual Armenian Food Fair and Festival presented by Holy Cross Cathedral of Montebello will take place from noon to 10:00 p.m. at the Cathedral courtyard.

The event features Armenian food and pastries, Armenian music and dance performances, shopping vendors, games, arts and crafts, cooking competitions, and more.

The Prelate, accompanied by the parish pastors, will attend the festival.

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KAHAM AND NAVASARTIAN CEREMONIES

On Saturday, May 12, the closing ceremony of the KAHAM games will be held at Birmingham High School, followed by the opening ceremony of the 37th Navasartian games.  Both events are organized by the Homenetmen Regional Executive.

Rev. Fr. Gomidas Torossian will attend both events and convey the Prelate’s message and blessings.

The lighting of the Navasartian games torch and blessing will take place at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino, presided over by Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian.

The Navasartian games will be held from July 3-7.

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“FRIENDS OF NEW JULFA” COMMITTEE AND “CASPS” MEMBERS VISIT THE PRELATE

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed to the Prelacy members of the Friends of New Julfa Committee, which serves under the auspices of the Prelacy.  The committee members had come to congratulate the Prelate on his recent re-election.

The meeting took place in the “Sulahian” reception hall.  The guests reported to the Prelate the current and upcoming endeavors of the Committee.  The Prelate commended the mission of the Friends of New Julfa Committee to celebrate and preserve the culture and traditions of New Julfa.

The visit concluded with the presentation of mementos by the Prelate.

Later, the Prelate welcomed members of the Committee for Armenian Students in Public Schools (CASPS), which also serves under the auspices of the Prelacy.  The CASPS members, who had also come to congratulate the Prelate on his re-election, were accompanied by Executive Council representative Dr. Hagop Der Megerdichian.

The visit afforded the opportunity for an exchange of information about the endeavors of CASPS, such as the upcoming receptions they are organizing to honor outstanding Armenian students graduating from Glendale and Los Angeles area public schools.  The Prelate commended their efforts and dedication for the benefit of Armenian students attending public schools.

The Prelate expressed his appreciation to the members of the Friends of New Julfa Committee and CASPS for their visit and well wishes, and wished them successes in their endeavors.

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