April 17, 2007
Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America
H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate
6252 Honolulu Avenue
La Crescenta, CA 91214
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DURING THE SERMON AT THE CRESCENTAL VALLEY CHURCH
LET US BE GUIDED BY FAITH AND RENEWED BY
THE MESSAGE OF THE RESURRECTION
DECLARED THE PRELATE
On Sunday, April 15, 2007, we celebrated New Sunday, a day that
symbolizes the new life, hope, and renewal that is offered to us through the
Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a time of renewal
also for the Western Prelacy which is flourishing with new parishes, among
them the Armenian Apostolic Church of Crescenta Valley.
On Sunday afternoon, the newly elected Board of Trustees and
delegates gathered at the church to welcome H.E. Archbishop Moushegh
Mardirossian, Prelate, who conducted Mass and delivered the sermon. Very
Rev. Fr. Barthev Gulumian and Rev. Ardag Demirjian assisted at the altar.
The Prelate commenced his sermon by giving thanks to God for His
blessings, then commended the Board, delegates, Ladies Association,
acolytes, and choir members, wishing them all continued success in their
service and expressing hope for the parish to have its own church in the
The Prelate incorporated into his sermon the doubtfulness of the
apostle Thomas. He spoke of the Resurrection of Christ as triumph over
death. With His Resurrection Christ renewed us, enlightened our hearts and
minds, and offered us eternal life. Though the apostles recounted the
Resurrection of Christ to Thomas, he asserted that he would not believe it
until he saw it with his own eyes and felt the wounds of Jesus. When the
Lord did appear to Thomas, he was terrified and professes himself to Christ.
The Prelate emphasized that today we are called to live our lives in
accordance with the spirit of the Resurrection, to renew ourselves, and to
be fortified by our faith. We must transform our minds and thoughts with
the new life that Christ has granted us so that we may be worthy of Christ,
concluded the Prelate.
Following Mass and requiem, parishioners enjoyed a reception
prepared by the Ladies Association.