Prelate Presides over First Sunrise Service of Lent at Holy Martyrs Church


On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the first Sunrise Service of the Lent season was held in Prelacy Churches.

In keeping with tradition, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, presided over the first Sunrise service at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino.  Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian and Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian participated in the service.  Among the faithful were Ferrahian School 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.

His Eminence conveyed inspiring and encouraging words to the faithful and students to motivate them in their Lenten journey, which he wished will be a time for spiritual renewal and enrichment for all.

In his sermon, Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian spoke of the importance and purpose of fasting, stating that through physical abstinence, our spirits are nourished and strengthened.  He concluded by wishing a spiritually fulfilling fast and strengthened willpower to overcome temptation during Great Lent.

Following the service, the traditional annual Lent luncheon hosted by the ARS “Anahid” Chapter was held at “Dickranian” Hall.  Chapter Chairlady Mrs. Silva Poladian welcomed the Prelate, clergy, and guests.  Ferrahian students presented a cultural program of poetry and songs.

The Prelate first commended the ARS members for their dedicated service, and then conveyed his wishes for the Great Lent season, for all to collectively combat against evil forces with the Cross, overcome darkness with light, and triumph over evil with goodness.

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