Western Prelacy News – 7/6/18

July 6, 2018 
Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America
H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate
6252 Honolulu Avenue
La Crescenta, CA 91214
Tel: (818) 248-7737
Fax: (818) 248-7745
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.westernprelacy.org


PRELATE TO CELEBRATE DIVINE LITURGY AT ST. SARKIS CHURCH IN PASADENA ON THE
FEAST OF TRANSFIGURATION

        Sunday, July 8, 2018 is the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord
Jesus Christ, also known as Vartavar. 
        On this occasion, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate,
will celebrate Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Sarkis Church in
Pasadena. H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Vicar General, will celebrate Divine
Liturgy and deliver the sermon at the Crescenta Valley parish. 

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PONTIFICAL THANKSGIVING PRAYER HELD IN PRELACY CHURCHES

        On Sunday, July 1st, 2018, the 23rd anniversary of the election and
consecration of His Holiness Aram I as Catholicos of the Great House of
Cilicia was celebrated within Western Prelacy Churches with Pontifical
Thanksgiving Prayer.
        H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, presided over Divine
Liturgy, delivered his message, and conducted Pontifical Thanksgiving Prayer
service at Holy Trinity Church in Fresno. H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Vicar
General, celebrated Divine Liturgy, delivered the sermon, and conducted
Pontifical Thanksgiving Prayer service at Holy Cross Cathedral in
Montebello.
        At Holy Trinity Church, Parish Pastor Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Ashekian
celebrated Divine Liturgy and assisted in the Pontifical Prayer service. 
        In his message, the Prelate highlighted our Pontiff's faithful and
devoted service to the Armenian Church and the Armenian people since his
ordination to the priesthood 50 years ago, his visionary, dynamic, and bold
leadership as Catholicos for the past 23 years, and his contributions to our
nation as a scholar, educator, and champion of the Armenian Cause. His
Eminence stated that His Holiness has built a legacy that will endure in the
history of the Holy See of Cilicia, of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and in
the ecumenical movement, for he has been and continues to be a prominent and
respected figure not only in the Armenian Church but on the international
stage. 
        Next, the Prelate delivered his sermon on the day's Gospel reading
from Matthew 14:13-21, the feeding of the five thousand, focusing on three
lessons. The first is our Lord Jesus Christ's infinite love and mercy for
mankind. Second, that we need not worry, for the Lord will provide for all
of our needs and with God even the impossible becomes possible. Third is
that as children of God we too are commissioned to help our fellow man just
as Jesus commissioned His disciples to feed the crowds. "May the message of
this miracle and the Pontifical Prayer service be an occasion for us all to
renew our obedience and faithfulness to God, our allegiance to the Holy See
of Cilicia, and our commitment to serving God, the Armenian Church, and our
fellow man," stated the Prelate.
        Citing from the Pontifical Prayer service, the Prelate concluded by
praying for the Lord to bless His Holiness Catholicos Aram I and strengthen
him in mind, body, and spirit, to fill us all with grace, wisdom, and
prudence, and to bless, strengthen, and keep in peace the Armenian Apostolic
Church, the Holy See of Cilicia, the Brotherhood, Prelacies, churches,
clergy, and faithful worldwide, keeping us all under the protection of His
holy and venerable cross. 

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PRELATE DELIVERS INVOCATION AT NAVASARTIAN VICTORY BALL

        On Sunday, July 1st, 2018, the 43rd Navasartian Games Victory Ball
was held at the Beverly Hilton. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian,
Prelate, attended and delivered the invocation. He was accompanied by
Archpriest Fr. Vazken Atmajian. H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Vicar General,
Executive Council Chair Mr. Garo Eshgian and members were in attendance.  
        The program began with the flag ceremony by Homenetmen scouts,
followed by the national anthems. The Prelate began his invocation by
thanking God for the opportunity to come together on this centennial of the
first Republic of Armenia to celebrate Homenetmen on its centennial
anniversary. His Eminence saluted and commended the Homenetmen family, the
Central Executive, Regional Executive, Scouting Council, and local chapters
who work together in the spirit of love and brotherhood for the wellbeing of
our youth and the preservation of our heritage. He prayed for the Lord to
bless the devoted members of Homenetmen with many more healthy years to
carry on the organization's worthy mission and to bless and protect and
young scouts and athletes as they develop into our leaders of tomorrow. The
Prelate commended this year's Honorary President, Mr. and Mrs. Hamlet and
Greta Chraghchian, and Exemplary Homenetmen member Mr. Koko Balian for their
decades-long dedicated service and valuable contributions to our national
life, as well as the past honorary presidents and exemplary members,
sponsors, donors, and friends.
        The program continued with welcoming remarks by Mr. Charles
Ghailian. The Homenetmen Western Region's message was delivered by Chairman
Mr. Manuel Marselian. Guests viewed two videos on the history of Homenetmen
and of the Navasartian Games. Mr. Koko Balian was honored with a plaque as
the 2018 Homenetmen Western U.S. Exemplary Member. The ribbon ceremony
followed, with this year's Honorary President Mr. and Mrs. Hamlet and Greta
Chraghchian receiving the ribbon from last year's Honorary President, Mr.
and Mrs. Vicken and Nono Apelian. The official program concluded with the
centennial ceremony, which featured a candle-lighting and cake cutting by
past and present Honorary Presidents.

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RECEPTION FOR ARMENIA'S DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER TIGRAN AVINYAN

        On Friday, June 29, 2018, the Consulate General of Armenia in Los
Angeles hosted a reception in honor of a delegation from Armenia led by
Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan. The reception was attended by clergy
and lay community leaders. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate,
attended and conveyed his blessings and well wishes to the honored guests. 

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