Clergy Conference held ahead of 43rd Representatives Assembly

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the annual clergy conference in preparation for the upcoming 43rd Representatives Assembly was held at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino presided over by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and with the participation of all Prelacy Clergy.

The day began with a prayer service, during which the Prelate delivered his meditation dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial. Through the passage from Hebrews 10:19-36, the Prelate called upon the clergy to heed the words of the Apostle, especially during this special time as we prepare for the canonization of the Armenian Genocide martyrs, and to follow in the example of our martyrs who put aside earthly riches and received the reward of heavenly treasures.

The conference convened with the invocation by the Prelate. The first session was dedicated to the review of the Religious Council annual report to be presented at the Representatives Assembly and to the coordination of various Genocide centennial commemorations in which the Prelate and clergy members will participate.

The second session began with a lecture by Dr. Ida Karayan, who spoke on the importance of pre-marital counseling, particularly for today’s young couples, in an effort to prevent disputes and misunderstandings in the future. Clergy members participated in the discussion and shared their thoughts based on personal experiences. The Prelate offered his guidance and suggestions in the matter and how to implement them in the future.

The next session was dedicated to the review and drafting of the schedule of upcoming events and ceremonies was. The election of clergy delegates to the Representatives Assembly also took place. Religious Council Chair Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian thanked the clergy for the productive meeting and invited the Prelate to deliver the closing message.

The Prelate first commended the day’s fruitful proceedings. His Eminence spoke of the mission of our clergy as it relates to the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide centennial and the canonization of our martyrs, which opens up a new page in our history he said, and concluded by stressing that clergy have a duty to fulfill their noble mission with utmost dedication and a great sense of responsibility.

The day came to a close with the Prelate’s benediction followed by the hymn “Disciples of Christ”.

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