Weekly News – September 7, 2012

PRELATE TO PRESIDE OVER DIVINE LITURGY AT
ST. SARKIS CHURCH IN PASADENA

On Sunday, September 9, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will preside over Divine Liturgy at St. Sarkis Church in Pasadena.

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PRELATE CONDEMNS RELEASE OF RAMIL SAFAROV

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, released the following statement condemning Hungary’s extradition and Azerbaijan’s subsequent pardoning of convicted murderer Ramil Safarov who brutally murdered Armenian soldier Gurgen Margaryan in his sleep during a NATO-sponsored training program in Hungary in 2004.

“We deeply condemn the pardoning of Ramil Safarov and join Armenian and non-Armenian communities worldwide in expressing our outrage over this appalling action.  Furthermore, we find inexplicable how the government of Hungary, who had justly sentenced Safarov to life in prison for his heinous act, could just a few years later release him to Azerbaijan.  No rationalization can justify that poor decision.  The fact that the government of Azerbaijan not only pardoned Safarov but welcomed him as a hero is despicable and further proof of the hostile stance of Azerbaijan towards Armenia and Armenians.  The international community and global authorities who promote justice, human rights, and peace and harmony among nations, must take immediate action on this matter and demand that Baku bring Safarov to justice for his confessed crime”.

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SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND BIBLE STUDIES RESUME

Following the summer break, next week Sunday Schools and Bible study sessions will resume in our parishes.  Sunday School registration is on Sunday, September 9, and like every year, classes will begin on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which this year is celebrated on Sunday, September 16.  Sunday School directors, teachers, and students will attend Divine Liturgy in their respective churches and will receive Holy Communion as they prepare to start the new school year.

Bible studies will also begin next week.  The sessions are led by Religious Council Chair Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, local pastors, Christian Education Department Executive Secretary Deacon Khatchig Shannakian, and Mr. Krikor Misserlian.  The Armenian Ecclesiastical Brotherhood also offers Bible study in a number of our parishes.

Please contact your local church office for further details.

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FAREWELL RECEPTION IN HONOR OF FORMER LEBANESE CONSUL
MRS. MADONNA AOUN GHAZAL

On Thursday, September 6, a farewell reception was held at Our Lady of Mount Lebanon hall in Los Angeles for former Consul General of Lebanon Mrs. Madonna Aoun Ghazal, who recently completed her term as Consul in Los Angeles.  The reception was organized by the Lebanese Consulate General in L.A.

On behalf of the Prelate, Holy Martyrs Church Pastor Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian attended and conveyed the Prelate’s well wishes to Mrs. Ghazal.

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