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Assyrian Community Commemorates Centennial of the Assyrian Genocide

Written by Josephine Minas   

Assyrian Community Commemorates Centennial of the Assyrian Genocide

Published on Aug 05, 2015 by Communications Department

Assyrian Community Commemorates Centennial of the Assyrian Genocide

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On August 4, 2015, the Diocesan Primate H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian participated in an ecumenical service commemorating the Centennial of the Assyrian Genocide. His Eminence was accompanied by five Diocesan clergy including the Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian, Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian, Archpriest Fr. Shnork Demirjian, the Rev. Fr. Avedis Abovian and the Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan. Organized by the Assyrian Genocide Centennial Committee of Los Angeles, the service was held at St. Mary's Assyrian Church of the East and was presided by His Grace Mar Aprim Khamis, Bishop of the Western Diocese of the Assyrian Church of the East.

In his address to the congregation, the Primate said in part Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks all share a similar pain. We all need to honor the memory of our victims who for the sake of their ancestral Christian Faith and holy traditions have sacrificed their lives with the vision that their God-given lives have been similar to the life of the Son of God. Tonight’s prayer service is the reflection of our respect and compassion for the innocent lives of our ancestors, who were fallen for the sake of their Christian Faith. Very few survivors of the dark genocide remain and they pass on each day. However, their unconquerable spirit will live forever. We will continue to honor their memory, thus not only as a form of respect for their martyrdom but also as a clear message to all nations that the gift of life granted to us by God cannot be taken away forcibly or brutally."

 

Los Angeles City Councilman the Honorable Paul Krekorian was among the civic leaders in attendance. Councilman Krekorian delivered the keynote address wherein he stated the importance of the recognition of Genocide as means of preventing future crimes against humanity.

The moving Armenian liturgical hymn "Der Voghormia" (Lord Have Mercy) was sung by Anahit Nersisyan during the service.

The Very Rev. Fr. John Bakas, Dean of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral performed a Greek liturgical hymn.

Every first week of August during Assyrian Memorial Day, Assyrians around the world honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that future generations may live. The year 2015 in particular marks a milestone in the fight for recognition of one of the worst genocides of the 20thcentury. It is both a historic and symbolic year for Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks as our people commemorate the 100th anniversary of the loss of millions by Ottoman Turkey.

This milestone year is a tribute to the astonishing effort and will of Assyrians living in Los Angeles, the United States and around the world, who as a result of their unshakable faith, resilience and valiant vision, rebuilt a nation and people that were nearly annihilated.

http://www.armenianchurchwd.com/news/assyrian-community-commemorates-centennial-of-the-assyrian-genocide/

 

 

Honoring His Legacy

Written by Josephine Minas   

Locally, On Sunday, April 12, 2015 a special memorial service will be held honoring his legacy (His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV) at St. Mary's Church. 5955 Lindley Avenue, Tarzana, California at 2:00pm

 

May God Bless His Soul in Peace

Written by Josephine Minas   


St. Mary's Parish Los Angeles, Assyrian Church of the East;  In honoring of the passing of our beloved and Holy Father His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV,  will hold a 3 day vigil starting Thursday, March 26th at 7:00pm at St. Mary's Church.  This vigil will continue Friday, 27th at 7:00pm, and Saturday, 28th at 5:00pm. Will be postponed All activities including The movie night, children recital

Cor Bishop Father George Bet Rasho

His Servant

 

A reflection on the season of Sowma

Written by Josephine Minas   


"Perhaps it is one of the signs of the times
that we live in, a time filled with all sorts of demands on personal time and activities, or perhaps it is just the human condition, but for whatever reason we often seem to be unprepared when The Sowma Season approaches us. So we tend to brush it of and go on with our daily routine.
The season of Sowma which use to be one of the most important seasons in the lives of our ancestors has practically become distinct in the lives of so many today and a burden to others. This is the exact reason why the effect of the resurrection (Easter), which is the epic of our faith has depleted in our lives.
There is no sign of it as we go about our daily lives. So without preparation which includes reflection on our personal faith, cleansing, repentance and spiritual strengthening Easter becomes just another commercialized festival focused on chocolate Easter bunnies, colorful eggs, elaborate dinner invitations and just another day of fun.
We need a more fitting way to herald Christianity's primary feast - the Great Feast of Easter.
It is time to reclaim the season of Sowma. This year I urge you to decide to observe Sowma and not let it pass us by in a blur!
The season of Sowma is a very personal journey along a path of spiritual growth.
When we commit ourself to fasting, praying, reading of the word and actively participating in church services showing our desire to take on the life of Christ for the sake of the Gospel and in imitation of Christ's time of prayer in the desert.
Sowma should be a time of conversion, a chance to examine our lives through prayer, fasting, and charity, and to conform ourselves to the life of Christ.
The season is full of rich traditions and prayers which you can pull together into your own unique Lenten Devotions.
Cor_Bishop Father George Bet-Rasho

 
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