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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

 

ASSYRIAN FESTIVAL 2015 Sat June 6 & Sun June 7

Written by Josephine Minas   

https://www.facebook.com/Adbook2015

It's that time of year again! Time for me to ask for your continued support for your church and your community.
St. Mary's 2015 Food Festival is only months away and I'm here again seeking your continued patronage for our ad book.

St. Mary's Parish invites you to participate in our exciting Ad Book. We're asking you to support the Assyrian Festival by purchasing a Personal or Business Ad in our Sponsor Book.

We are excited to offer you our Sponsor Book, which will be distributed during the Festival to more than a thousand people.

Personal Ads: Write a Personal Message to your child, parents, relatives, Business Professional... 

If you have a favorite picture of your family, parents, relatives or Church (we have pictures of Assyrian Churches in Iran & Iraq), a personal page would be perfect way to share the picture as well as the memory. The Personal Ad page is $100.

Business Ads: Take advantage of an excellent opportunity to promote your business or profession to the community. In addition your ad will also be placed on the Church website for 6 months FREE and may be viewed from any computer with an Internet connection.

Business Ads fees:
1/4 page $75
1/2 page $150
Full page $250 Black & White 
Full page $450 Color
Back Page SOLD
Inside covers $750
Please order your ad today! The sooner you purchase it the sooner it will be viewable on our site. The final day to place an ad is May 1, 2015.

Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)

 
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