Weekly News – November 9, 2012


On Sunday, November 11, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, will join our San Francisco parish community in celebrating the 46th anniversary of St. Gregory Church.

On this occasion, the Prelate will celebrate Divine Liturgy, deliver the sermon, and preside over the 46th anniversary luncheon following church services at “Vasbouragan” Hall.  Sunday School and Krouzian-Zekarian-Vasbourgan School students will present a cultural program.



On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed to the Prelacy a senior member of the Holy See of Cilicia Brotherhood, H.E. Archbishop Gomidas Ohanian, who is currently on a brief visit to Los Angeles.  Religious Council Chair Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian participated in the meeting.

Archbishop Ohanian was recently appointed by H.H. Catholicos Aram I to temporarily serve as Dean of the Venezuela Vicarage, where he has served in the past for many years.

The visit was an opportunity to exchange information on the endeavors of their respective communities and to discuss general issues within the Armenian community.  In conclusion, the Prelate wished Archbishop Ohanian success in his new mission.

Archbishop Ohanian has served within the Holy See of Cilicia for over fifty years.  His field of expertise is hymns, which he has taught for decades at the Seminary.  He has also served in the Prelacy of Greece, and the Vicarages of Jezireh (Syria) and Venezuela.



On Sunday, November 11, the Hye Aid Benefit Concert for the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.  The event is organized by the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund in conjunction with the Artists for Kids Foundation. The Prelate and Councils’ members will attend.  Prelacy parishes are also supporting this relief effort.



On Sunday, November 11, the Lebanese American Foundation will hold its annual Pride of Heritage Banquet House of Lebanon Celebration at the Beverly Hills Hilton.  Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian will represent the Prelacy at the event.



Sunday, November 4, 2012 was a joyous and memorable day for Holy Martyrs Church of Encino as the parish community gathered to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the consecration of the Church.

The anniversary was observed with Episcopal Divine Liturgy celebrated by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, who also delivered the sermon and later conducted the blessing of madagh.  Parish Pastor Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian assisted at the altar.

The Prelate began his sermon by giving thanks to Almighty God for the opportunity to collectively celebrate the name day of the Church, which coincides with All Saints Day.  “The anniversary of this Church is a time to renew our pledge of service because it is also the feast of all saints who in their physical life devoted their lives to living God’s commandments and Word, and through their service our national saints formed the Armenian spirit, preserved the Armenian identity, and secured the eternality of the Armenian people so that today, through the Armenian Apostolic Church, we can live and serve with love and righteousness in the faith and example of our forefathers”.  The Prelate joyfully noted that Sunday School students and Ferrahian School second grade class were in attendance, and wished that they grow with God’s grace and become intelligent, humble, and good adults through the instruction they receive from their parents and teachers.  His Eminence also noted that hereafter, every year on the first Sunday of November requiem service will take place in Prelacy Churches to pray for the souls of Homenetmen members and honor their service and memory.

At the conclusion of the service, the Prelate was led in a process to “Avedissian” Hall to bless the madagh prepared by the Parish Ladies Guild and donated by  Mrs. Jeanette Zakari and Mrs. Diane Azizian in memory of their loved ones.  After the blessing His Eminence highly commended the Ladies Guild and Board of Trustees for their dedicated service for the splendor of the Church, and thanked all the sponsors and donors for their continued support and encouragement of the Church endeavors.  On behalf of the Prelacy Executive Council, member Dr. Dikran Babikian congratulated the parish on its 49th anniversary and wished the Pastor and Board of Trustees endless successes in their mission.

The celebration concluded with the Prelate’s benediction and the Cilician and Armenian national anthems.

On Saturday, November 3rd, Church members gathered at “Avedissian” Hall for the 49th anniversary banquet which was held under the auspices of and with the presence of the Prelate and organized by the Pastor, Board of Trustees, and Ladies Guild.

The evening began with welcoming remarks by Master of Ceremonies Mr. Nigol Manoukian.  Remarks were also delivered by Fr. Razmig and Board of Trustees member Mrs. Maral Tarpinian.  The M.C. then invited the Prelate to deliver his message.

The Prelate firstly thanked God for bringing together the Holy Martyrs Church greater family, including sister organizations and schools, to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the Church.  He noted that in the Armenian Church, great feasts are traditionally celebrated with eve of the feast services, and wished that this banquet will serve as the inaugural event and preparation for collectively and ceremoniously celebrating next year’s 50th anniversary.  The Prelate stated that the Armenian people are a tradition honoring people; we love and revere our Church as the haven of our national character and identity and thus, we must continue to serve our Church with faith, a perseverant spirit, mutual respect, and especially obedience.  “Faith without work is dead”, stated the Prelate, and concluded his message by commending all the servants and volunteers who though their works strive for the advancement of the Church.

With the conclusion of the official program, the evening continued with entertainment and merriment.



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