Weekly News – May 22, 2015

MemorialDay2015On this Memorial Day, we remember and honor the valor and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States armed forces who laid down their lives to uphold the liberty, security, and peace we enjoy as citizens of this great nation. May God grant rest to their souls and the Holy Spirit bring strength, comfort, and peace to their loved ones.

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PRELATE TO PRESIDE OVER DIVINE LITURGY AT HOLY CROSS CATHEDRAL IN MONTEBELLO ON PENTECOST

PentecostOn Sunday, May 24, 2015 the Armenian Church will celebrate Pentecost, the Descent of the Holy Spirit. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian will preside over Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at Holy Cross Cathedral in Montebello.

Following the service, the annual reception of Prelacy Bible Study groups will take place at “Tumanjan” Hall presided over by the Prelate. The reception is sponsored by the Pastors and Board of Trustees of Holy Cross Cathedral, and is organized by the Bible Study groups, led by Brother Krikor Misserlian.

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100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEFENSE AND VICTORY OF VAN

10012072_10153221136213971_1049063408248240561_oOn Sunday, May 17, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the defense and victory of Van was held at Hoover High School Auditorium in Glendale, organized by the Vasbouragan Society Los Angeles Chapter. Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian attended on behalf of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate. The program featured keynote speeches by Dr. Hrant Markarian and Mr. Michael Sosikian, and cultural performances.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, had sent a congratulatory letter on this occasion, which was read during the event by Fr. Muron. His Holiness praised the heroic resistance of the Armenian people against the Ottoman Empire, in Cilicia and Western Armenia, as a demonstration of our collective resolve and fighting spirit. One hundred years later, the Armenian people, reborn with an independent homeland and strong Diaspora, demands its rights, said His Holiness, stating confidently that the Vasbouragan Society too will contribute to the pursuit of our just cause.

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KEVORK BEDIKIAN GOLDEN JUBILEE

Gevork-(40)On Sunday, May 17, 2015, a ceremony organized by the Kharpert Cultural Association was held at the Armenian Society of Los Angeles celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mr. Kevork Bedikian’s career as an educator and writer. Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian attended on behalf of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and read the congratulatory letter in which His Eminence lauded Mr. Bedikian’s lifetime of dedicated service and valuable contributions to our literary and cultural heritage, from Aleppo, to Lebanon, to the present day in the United States.

The program included remarks by Hasmig Agemian, Garo Bedrosian, Kevork Keushgerian, Sarkis Majarian, and Ara Aharonian. The honoree was presented with a number of certificates of commendation during the event, most notably a medal by the Ministry of the Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia bestowing upon him the title of “Our Motherland’s Ambassador.”

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