Celebrating the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple

On Monday, February 13, 2012, the eve of the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord to the Temple was celebrated in Prelacy churches with evening services followed by the traditional bonfire.

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, presided over the service and delivered his message at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale. Clergy members participated in the service, and in attendance were over 1500 faithful. In keeping with tradition, Homenetmen leaders and scouts, as well as members of the Armenian Church Youth Association, were in attendance.

In his sermon, the Prelate reflected on the message of the feast and also on three thoughts from the new book Taking the Church to the People by H.H. Catholicos Aram I, and invited the youth to always remain faithful to our Christian faith and religious and national values and traditions, to become active participants in our church and community life, and to trust fully in our Lord Jesus Christ with renewed faith. The Prelate also noted that Joseph and Mary brought gifts as they presented Jesus to the Temple, and asked what our gifts will be to God, the answer to which is our faith and our Christian lifestyle.

After the Prelate’s sermon, parents approached the altar and handed their children to the Reverend Fathers to present to the altar.

Following the church service, clergy and faithful gathered in the church courtyard for the lighting of the traditional bonfire, around which they sang traditional songs. A performance of music and dance by the “Knar” dance group from Armenia further added to the evening’s festivities.

The annual traditional dinner hosted by the Parish Pastors and Board of Trustees followed at the “Armenak Der Bedrossian” Hall. During the reception, the Prelate was presented with a memento by the Homenetmen Regional Executive.

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