February 1, 2008
Press Release
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

DIVINE LITURGY AND READING OF THE
PONTIFICAL MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS ON
THE YEAR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

On Sunday, February 3rd, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian,
Prelate, will preside over Divine Liturgy at St. Garabed Church in
Hollywood.
By the ordinance of the Prelate, the Pontifical message of H.H. Aram
I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, on 2008 as the Year of
Christian Education, will be read during Divine Liturgy in all Prelacy
Churches on this day.


PRELATE TO PRESIDE OVER FIRST SUNRISE
AND VIGIL SERVICES OF GREAT LENT

Monday, February 4th, is the first day of Great Lent. During the
40-day Lenten period, Sunrise services will be offered at Prelacy Churches
on Wednesday mornings and Vigil services on Friday evenings.
On the morning of Wednesday, February 6th, the Prelate will preside
over Sunrise services at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino, which Ferrahian High
School students will also attend. Lunch will follow in "Dikranian" Hall
hosted by the Armenian Relief Society "Anahid" Chapter. The Prelate will
attend the luncheon and convey his blessings.
On the evening of Friday, February 8th, the Prelate will preside
over the Vigil service at St. Mary's Church in Glendale and deliver his
message.


WESTERN PRELACY CELEBRATION OF STS. VARTANANK

The Feast of Sts. Vartanank, a day of renewal of faith for Armenians
around the world, was celebrated on Thursday, January 31st, in Prelacy
Churches with Divine Liturgy. By the ordinance of the Prelate, morning
services took place in all Prelacy Churches with the participation of
students from Prelacy Schools.
In the evening, Divine Liturgy was celebrated at Holy Martyrs Church
in Encino with the participation of clergy members from various Prelacy
Churches. Christian Education Department Co-Director Very Rev. Fr. Muron
Aznikian celebrated the Liturgy and delivered the sermon.
Very Rev. Fr. Muron in his sermon reflected on the events leading up
to the battle of Avarayr as well as the rights that were secured with the
Treaty of Navarsag. He concluded by pointing out that today we are fighting
essentially similar battles whether in Armenia or the Diaspora.
At the conclusion of the Liturgy, clergy members collectively sang
traditional songs dedicated to Sts. Vartanank, in which parishioners
participated, followed by "Giligia" and "Mer Hayrenik". A reception
organized by the parish Ladies Auxiliary took place following the service.


FEAST OF STS. GHEVONTYANTS CELEBRATED WITH
DIVINE LITURGY AND CLERGY CONFERENCE

Each year on the Feast of Sts. Ghevontyants, under the
auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, clergy members
of the Western Prelacy gather for a one-day conference and to collectively
celebrate Divine Liturgy. This year the conference took place at St. Sarkis
Church in Pasadena on Tuesday, January 29th.
The day began with morning services and spiritual meditations from
Hebrews Chapter 5. The conference focused on the mission of clergy members
with regards to their pastoral and executive responsibilities and
obligations.
The members also decided on a number of religious and educational
activities to involve the public in celebrating the Year of Christian
Education which H.H. Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia
declared as the theme for the year 2008.
In the evening clergy member participated in Divine Liturgy which
was celebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Barthev Gulumian. The Prelate delivered the
sermon. A reception hosted by the parish Board of Trustees and Ladies
Auxiliary took place in the adjacent hall following church services.


PRELATE CELEBRATES DIVINE LITURGY AND
ORDAINS ACOLYTES ON THE 107TH ANNIVERSARY
OF HOLY TRINITY CHURCH IN FRESNO

On Sunday, January 27th, 2008, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic
Church in Fresno celebrated its 107th anniversary with Divine Liturgy and a
banquet held under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian,
Prelate, and hosted by the parish Board of Trustees.
The day began with Divine Liturgy celebrated by the Prelate during
which he ordained six acolytes and one stole bearer. The Prelate began his
sermon by congratulating the parish on its 107th anniversary. He then
congratulated Rev. Fr. Vahan Gosdanian on his 10th anniversary of faithful
service to Holy Trinity Church and 15th anniversary of priesthood.
His Eminence then provided an articulate explanation of the upcoming
commemoration of St. Vartan to the parishioners and continued his message by
presenting the Gospel for this particular Sunday, wherein our Lord Jesus
Christ expresses that He is "the life giving water" from chapter seven of
the Gospel of St. John, explaining that it is only through Christ that we
find reason and truth in our lives. His Eminence concluded his message by
congratulating the church on its 107th anniversary and by commemorating the
William Saroyan Centennial with a tribute to K.Proff Kalfayan on his 135th
birthday.
Following church services, the 107th annual banquet took place in
the church banquet hall with more than 400 guests taking part in the
festivities. The banquet began with Board of Trustees Chairman Mr.
Tanielian inviting Rev. Fr. Vahan Gosdanian to offer the invocation,
followed by the national anthems of America and Armenia. Following lunch,
Executive Council member Mr. Varoujan Der Simonian paid tribute to William
Saroyan on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and to K.Proff Kalfyan, on
the 135th anniversary of his birth. There was also a musical tribute to K.
Proff Kalfayan which incorporated five selections arranged by the composer.
Rev. Fr. Vahan Gosdanian was then presented with a myriad of letters
of recognition by government officials proclaiming his 10 years of devoted
service to Holy Trinity Church and 15 years of priesthood. Following the
presentation of awards to Rev. Fr. Vahan Gosdanian, three parishioners, were
given the prestigious Annual Service Award for their dedication and vast
contributions to parish.
Closing remarks were delivered by the Prelate who again
congratulated the parish on its 107th anniversary and Rev. Fr. Vahan
Gosdanian on his 10th anniversary as pastor of the church, presenting him
with a pectoral cross on this occasion. The Prelate also congratulated the
parish for celebrating the achievements of William Saroyan and K. Proff
Kalfayan as well as acknowledged the six acolytes and stole bearer on their
ordination.
The Prelate also honored Mr. Jack Gahvejian for his nearly 70 years
of service to the church and his diligent and devoted commitment to the
church.
The banquet concluded with the Prelate's benediction and the
collective singing of "Giligia".


PRELATE EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF H.E. ARCHBISHOP
CHRISTODOULOS

On Monday, January 28th, we received the sad news of the passing of
H.E. Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and all Greece.
The Prelate sent a letter of condolence to H.E. Archbishop
Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America as well as to
H.E. Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San
Francisco in which he remembered his personal acquaintanceship with
Archbishop Christodoulos and his great contributions to the advancement of
the Greek Orthodox Church.



PRELATE TO BE REPRESENTED AT FRIENDS OF NEW JULFA TRADITIONAL COSTUME
FESTIVAL

On the evening of Friday, February 1st, the annual traditional
costume festival organized by the Friends of New Julfa committee will be
taking place at Ambrosia Restaurant in Glendale. The event will begin at
7:30 p.m.
Very Rev. Fr. Barthev Gulumian will attend on behalf of the Prelate.