Weekly News – June 28, 2013


ZavarianCamp1 Each year the ARF “Zavarian” Gomideh of Crescenta Valley organizes an 8-week day camp where children ages 5 and up enjoy various activities and receive Armenian language, culture, and history instruction.  The 6th annual day camp began on June 17 and runs until August 9.

Each year, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, is invited to the camp to speak to the students about our faith and Church feasts and traditions.  On Thursday, June 27, 2013, Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian and Deacon Khatchig Shannakian visited the camp at the Crescenta Valley Armenian Center on behalf of the Prelate.

The visit began with the blessing of salt and bread.  Welcoming remarks were delivered by camp director Mrs. Arpi Dabbaghian and participant Patil Keleshian.

The cultural program began with the Armenian national anthem.  The youth had prepared a program of songs, recitations, and dance dedicated to the “Year of the Armenian Mother” proclaimed by H.H. Catholicos Aram I.

Deacon Khatchig explained the hierarchy of our Church and spoke to them about the importance of attending Church.  He also taught them the “Soorp Asdvadz” hymn and the “Jashagetsook” prayer that is said before eating.

The program concluded with Fr. Muron’s message and benediction, in which a prayer was offered for the Syrian-Armenian community.

AYF-CampAt the conclusion of the visit the students presented Fr. Muron with two hand-made souvenirs for the Prelate, and Fr. Muron presented them with color-illustrated copies of the Lord’s Prayer.

The annual AYF camp is also underway.  The 7-week camp began on June 16 and ends on August 10.  This year, camp directors expressed interest in having a speaker from the Prelacy visit the camp each week to present a two-hour educational to the youth on the role of Christianity in Armenian national identity and the nationalist role of the Church in Armenian history and society today, in Armenia and abroad.

By the ordinance of the Prelate, Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian and Deacon Khatchig Shannakian will conduct the sessions.  On Wednesday, June 19, Deacon Khatchig conducted the first week’s session, speaking to the participants on the role of the Armenian Church in our history.  Fr. Vazken was the second week’s speaker, visiting the camp on Wednesday, June 26.  They will continue their weekly visits to the camp alternately.



On the evening of Sunday, June 30, Eric Garcetti will be inaugurated Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.  The ceremony will take place on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall.  A community-wide celebration will follow.

The Prelate received an invitation to attend the inauguration.  However given that he will be out of town, His Eminence will be represented by Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian.



The annual concert of the Armenian Youth Association of California “Gomidas” Choir will take place on the evening of Sunday, June 30, at Glendale Presbyterian Church.

The concert is being held under the auspices of the Prelate, and features Conductor Mikael Avetisyan.

The Prelate will attend, accompanied by Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian.

Dikranoohy Rouhinian, an ARS member, is being honored as a long-time sponsor of the ARS Javakhk Fund.



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