Weekly News – May 3, 2013

PRELATE TO PARTICIPATE IN CANONIZATION COMMITTEE MEETING IN ARMENIA

Over the weekend, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will depart for Armenia to participate in a meeting of the Canonization Committee.  The Committee, comprised of high ranking clergy from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Holy See of Cilicia under the auspices of our Pontiffs, is entrusted with the task of reviewing the guidelines and methodology for the canonization of our martyrs, including victims of the Armenian Genocide.  Other members of the Holy See of Cilicia are H.E. Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, H.G. Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, and H.G. Bishop Papken Tcharian.

Note that the Armenian Church has not canonized any person since the 16th century.  The last person who was declared a saint was St. Gregory of Datev (1346-1410).

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FEAST OF ASCENSION DIVINE LITURGY AND LUNCHEON

AscensionofChristOn Thursday, May 9, 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 celebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, 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 in Glendale (109 East Harvard St.)

The cultural program includes songs dedicated to the Feast of Ascension and the traditional drawing of lots.

On the occasion of the “Year of Armenian Mother”, at this year’s luncheon Mrs. Goharik Gabriel will be awarded the “Honorary Mother” title.  Mrs. Gabriel has served the Prelacy for many years through Montebello’s Holy Cross Cathedral and Armenian Mesrobian School, and is currently the Chair of Holy Cross Board of Trustees.

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PRELATE WELCOMES PRIMATE OF BRAZIL

AbpDatevKaribianOn Wednesday, May 1st, the Prelate welcomed to the Prelacy H.E. Archbishop Datev Karibian, Primate of Brazil, who is in Los Angeles on a brief visit.

The two Archbishops have a long history of friendship and collaboration, and worked together on organizing pilgrimages during 1700th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of Christianity in Armenia.

The Archbishops discussed the endeavors of their respective communities as well as general concerns and challenges of the Armenian nation.

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