His Holiness Catholicos Aram I’s Latest Book “The Armenian Church” Presented at the Prelacy

On Thursday, April 27, 2017 the presentation of “The Armenian Church,” the latest book by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, was held at the Prelacy “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and organized by the Western Prelacy Cultural-Educational Committee. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the Armenian Church’s history, faith, and witness and sets out a vision for its future.

H.E. Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, H.
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E. Archbishop Yeprem Tabakian, Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, Very Rev. Torkom Donoyan, Very Rev. Fr. Vache Balekjian, clergy, and ExecutiveCouncil Chair Mr.Vahe Hovaguimian and Vice-Chair Mr. Garo Eshghian were in attendance.

The program began with the Lord’s Prayer, after which MC Deacon Christapor Mikayelian welcomed the guests and briefly reflected on the vast scholarly works of our Pontiff. Welcoming remarks were also conveyed by Committee Chair Mr. Herair Jermakian.

The book was presented by Rev. Fr. Karekin Bedourian, Parish Pastor of Forty Martyrs Church in Orange County. Through slide-shows, Fr. Karekin presented the book’s ten chapters, which include the history of the Armenian Church, hierarchy, essentials of our faith, spirituality, cultural activity, social action, its educational role, ecumenical engagements, challenges and priorities, etc., and highlighted the message and lesson of each chapter. He concluded by referencing His Holiness’ message on the importance of maintaining our unique identity and being mindful of the challenges before us in this globalist society.

The program featured a rich cultural program of performances on the flute by Arin Sarkissian, on the piano by Nayri Artounian, and Nectar Chilyan on the qanun as well as vocal solo.

The Prelate commended the organizing committee, Fr. Karekin, and the cultural program participants and then spoke on the value of His Holiness’ book, which was prepared in response to modern-day needs, first and foremost to closely familiarize our faithful with our Church and also to bring to light the challenges we face. His Eminence noted that His Holiness gives special attention to the importance of renewal for our church and nation. “Challenges are inevitable. Thus, this book, and the messages of His Holiness on renewal and reformation are vital and timely,” stated the Prelate, and concluded by stressing that for clergy, this book must be an invitation for renewal in their pastoral mission, and for the laity, an invitation to recommit to serving in our collective life, so that all can serve together for the advancement of our church and national life.

The event concluded with the benediction and “Cilicia.”

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