Prelate Celebrates Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino

On Monday, January 5, 2014, the eve of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord was celebrated in Prelacy Churches with Divine Liturgy and the lighting of the candle service (Jrakalooyts) symbolizing the Light of Christ coming into the world. The Liturgy was preceded by the reading of Scriptures by Sunday School students.

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, celebrated Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino. Parish Pastor Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian assisted at the altar.

Prior to delivering the sermon, the Prelate expressed thanks to God for granting another year to collectively celebrate Christmas, greeted the parish family, commended the Sunday School students for their participation, and wished a happy new year to all. His Eminence reflected on the Christmas message of humility, the greatest example of which is the birth of the Son of God in the most humble circumstances, in a manger, surrounded by farm animals. The second lesson on humility comes from the modest shepherds, who were tending to their sheep when they saw the bright star and received the angels’ tidings that the King was born.

“At the start of a New Year, we are given this opportunity to renew ourselves with the Christmas spirit. God became man to bring renewal to mankind, which had turned away from God. Christ was born in humble conditions in a demonstration of goodness, mercy, and grace of God, so that we too can live in that same image. Finally, God became incarnate so that His peace and love can reign in the world and in our hearts, and we are called to spread His goodwill among one another”, stated the Prelate, and concluded by praying for peace, love, and harmony among man.

The Jrakalooyts service was conducted at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy. The Prelate lit a candle from the altar which was then used to light the candles of the faithful as Christmas hymns were sung heralding the Birth of our Lord.

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