Episcopal Divine Liturgy and Ordination of Deacons at the North Hollywood Parish

On Sunday, April 15, 2012, New Sunday, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at the Armenian Apostolic Church of North Hollywood.

The Prelate also ordained two deacons, Raffi Baghdassarian and Baghdig Ekmekjian.

Parish Pastor Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian assisted at the altar.

The ordination took place during Divine Liturgy before the “kiss of peace”. Fr. Muron presented the two stole-bearers, who were knelt before the Prelate, and vouched for their service and devotion to God and our church, and asked the Prelate to ordain them as deacons so that they have the privilege of serving on the altar. With special prayers, the Prelate placed his hand on the heads of the candidates and ordained them as deacons, granting them various privileges, among them vesting a priest, assisting on the altar, reading the Gospel, and holding the Chalice.

At the conclusion of the ordination ceremony, the Prelate delivered his sermon, explaining to the new deacons and to the faithful the different levels of service within the Armenian Church, from acolyte to Archbishop. Addressing the deacons, he urged them to always remain humble and serve with love and faith in the example of St. Stephen the proto-deacon and proto-martyr.

After the sermon the Liturgy continued, and after receiving the blessing of the prelate, the newly ordained deacons descended from the altar to spread the kiss of peace to the faithful.

A reception followed at the church hall, in which parish Sunday School students participated. Welcoming remarks were delivered by Board of Trustees Chair Mrs. Seta Tarpinian. In his message, the Prelate encouraged the faithful by emphasizing the presence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit in our service.

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