Easter Celebration Within the Prelacy

On Sunday, April 21, 2019, Prelacy Churches were full to capacity as faithful had gathered to collectively and joyfully celebrate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and greet one another with joyful greetings of “Christ is risen from the dead.”

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered his Easter message at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale, and H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Vicar General, at St. Garabed Church in Hollywood.

Prior to delivering his message, His Eminence conveyed his Easter well wishes to His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, to the heads of our hierarchical Sees, the leaders of our nation, our clergy and councils, praying and wishing for the Light of the Resurrection to brighten and illuminate our lives and our mission, so that we in turn may illuminate the life of our church and nation. He greeted and conveyed his well wishes also to Glendale City Council member Vartan Gharpetian, Executive Council Chair Garo Eshgian, member Ara Shabanian, and the faithful.

The Prelate focused his sermon on the Resurrection message of renewal and new life. “All those who witnessed the Risen Christ became bold witnesses to the Resurrection emboldened with a new light, new hope, new faith, and new life. The Resurrection transformed the apostles into new beings, armed them with renewed faith in their life and mission, and brought light, hope, and the promise of a new beginning, a new and abundant life for all mankind. We too can receive this new life when we put God first in every aspect of our lives, when we regard His commandments and His Word above all, when we let love of God rule in our lives rather than love of self. Today, let us commit to this new life guided by righteousness, by the love that our Lord Jesus Christ commanded, by peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding,” stated His Eminence.


On Monday, April 22, on the occasion of Easter Memorial Day, clergy and faithful gathered at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills “Hall of Liberty” and Forest Lawn Glendale “Church of the Recessional” for requiem service. The Prelate presided over the service at the Hollywood Hills location. Archpriest Fr. Vicken Vassilian delivered the day’s message. The blessing of the Four Corners of the World (Antasdan) service followed in the courtyard.


On Saturday, April 20, Easter Eve was celebrated in Prelacy Churches with Divine Liturgy and candle-lighting service. The Prelate celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at St. Sarkis Church in Pasadena. At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, eve of the feast lighting of the candles service was held symbolizing the Light of Christ radiating throughout the world.


On Good Friday, April 19, the burial of our Lord Jesus Christ was commemorated within Prelacy Churches with a solemn service around reproductions of Christ’s tomb draped in flowers brought by the faithful. The Prelate conducted the service and delivered his message at St. Garabed Church in Hollywood.

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