29. January, 2013NewsNo comments

The Prelate traveled to California this week for the annual clergy gathering and conference on the occasion of the Feast of St. Ghevont and the Priests, which convened from January 29 to 31. This year the three North American Prelacies (Eastern, Western, and Canadian) joined to commemorate this holiday. The conference is hosted by the Western Prelacy and will take place at St. Gregory Church, San Francisco.

The Feast of Ghevontiantz is celebrated each year preceding the Vartanantz Feast. The collective name is in honor of brave clergymen who preached and fought against tyranny before, during and after the war of Vartanantz. It is named in honor of Ghevond Yerets (Leondius the Cleric), who was in the front lines with Vartan at Avarayr. The Feast has now become a time of renewal, reflection, and fellowship for the clergy, as well as a time to remember and honor the clerics who served and passed on.

According to the historians Yeghishe and Ghazar Parpetsi, the clergy who are collectively known as the Ghevontian  saints include: Catholicos Hovsep Hoghotsmetsi (also known  as Vayorstzoretsi), Bishop Sahak Rushtouni, Bishop Tatik of Aghbak, the priests Ghevont, Arshen, Manuel, Abraham, Khoren, and deacons Kachach and Abraham. 

Armenian National Education Council Organizes Children Festival in Montreal

15. January, 2013NewsNo comments

The Armenian Prelacy of Canada’s Armenian National Education Council based on last year’s enthusiasm by kids is working on yet another unique event for children between the ages of 3-12. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11am-5pm at the Montreal Armenian Community Centre’s Homenetmen-Gamk gym.

Unlike any other event in Canada, the festival offers an array of free activities, including dancing, music shows, along with creative workshops and cooperative games … Your kids are guaranteed to be entertained and enjoy free indoor and craft activities.

With events for the ages 3-12, we combine the excitement of all the arts in a spectacle format with interactive, innovative family activities to engage and delight throughout the day.

Free admission and free activities-shows; food-snack services will be available. Come and have fun with your family and friends!

To reserve your place, please call Prelacy 514-856-1200 or write to us

Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord

4. January, 2013NewsNo comments


Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord

Christ was Born and Revealed

Blessed is the Revelation of Christ

On Sunday, January 6, the Armenian Church will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In Armenian tradition, this feast day commemorates not only the birth of Christ, but also His baptism by John the Baptist. The latter is remembered through the “Blessing of Water” ceremony, which follows the Divine Liturgy on January 6.
On Saturday, January 5, the eve of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord, the Armenian Church will celebrate the Jrakalouyts (lamp-lighting) service.

On January 6, Archbishop Khajag Hagopian, Prelate, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Sourp Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church, Montreal, which will be preceded by a morning service, beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Following the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence will receive parishioners at the Prelacy.
For information on services in your area, contact your local parish to ascertain the date and time of its Armenian Christmas celebration. Please click here  to read the Archbishop Hagopian’s Christmas message.