Prelate Celebrates Christmas Divine Liturgy at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, the Birth and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ was ceremoniously celebrated in Prelacy Churches with Divine Liturgy and the blessing of water symbolizing the Baptism of our Lord. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, conducted services and delivered his Christmas sermon at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale,

At the start of his sermon, the Prelate first conveyed his New Year well wishes to the leadership of Armenia, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of all Armenian, and our Pontiff His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. He then turned to the message of Christ’s birth and the blessings granted to man through His earthly mission. Speaking on the events that transpired on the night of the Nativity, His Eminence highlighted that the humble shepherds were the first to receive the good news of Christ’s Birth, a reward from God for their life of goodness and devotion; that the three magi, important men of the time whom even kings feared, traveled from faraway lands to bow in reverence before the newborn King. God became man and came to this world to bring the gift of renewal.
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The Nativity is an invitation to humility, and His earthly parents Joseph and Mary are the epitome of obedience and faithfulness for us to emulate, said the Prelate.
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The Birth of Christ was the birth of the Sun of Justice. From the early ages, our forefathers followed His Light, which gave us strength to persevere in our many crises. Today, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Genocide, we will keep the spirit of our forefathers alive, by trusting in God to lead us to the fulfillment of our demands. With unbending faith, we will continue our path until the triumph of justice, conclude the Prelate. Finally, His Eminence offered prayers for peace and justice in the world, and especially in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, so that our brethren can begin to rebuild their lives.

The Prelate conducted the blessing of water at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy. Aren Soghomonian, son of Varant and Lena Soghomonian, served as Godfather of the Cross. The servicee concluded with the Christmas hymn “Great and Marvelous Mystery”.

On Wednesday, January 7, Christmas Memorial Day, the Prelate presided over requiem service and the blessing of the four corners of the earth (Antasdan) at the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn “Hall of Liberty”. Prelacy clergy participated in the service, which was also held at Glendale Forest Lawn “Church of the Recessional.”

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