Prelate Celebrates the Feast of Assumption at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale

On Sunday, August 13, 2017, the feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God was celebrated in Prelacy parishes with Divine Liturgy and the blessing of grapes. As the feast corresponds with the name-day of St. Mary’s Church in Glendale, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, celebrated Divine Liturgy, delivered the sermon, and conducted the blessing of grapes and madagh at St. Mary’s Church. Parish Pastors assisted at the altar.

The Prelate began his sermon by giving thanks to God for granting the opportunity to once again collectively celebrate the Feast of the Assumption, and prayed for the Holy Mother of God to intercede on our behalf for our Lord Jesus Christ to fill our individual homes with faith, love, hope, and His blessings.

Referencing the hymn dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Prelate highlighted the Holy Mother of God’s virtues of humility, obedience, piety, and purity, which earned her the title of “blessed among all women.” His Eminence also touched upon the unique love and reverence exhibited toward the Holy Mother of God by all Christians as the embodiment of love, sacrifice, nurture, and modesty and the exemplar of motherhood.
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Citing from Scriptures, His Eminence focused on three points which defined the life of the Holy Mother of God. First, by virtue of her humility and deference, the Virgin Mary became worthy of becoming the mother of our Lord and was blessed with divine graces; second, the Holy Mother of God trusted in God’s promises and became worthy of being assumed into heaven; and third, the Holy Mother of God lived her life guided by God’s will, placing all hope in Him, and this hope found expression in her love toward God and mankind.

The Prelate called on the faithful to emulate the life of the Holy Mother of God and live with humility and obedience, faith and hope, and love toward God and our fellow man, and to be an example and inspiration to younger generations. He concluded by congratulating the church community on their name day and commended the pastors and all the servants for their dedicated service.

At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, the Prelate conducted the blessing of grapes and madagh.

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