The Bible and Nationality

28. May, 2013NewsNo comments

Under the Auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Hagopian, Prelate, a special public presentation by Reverend Dr. Manuel Jinbachian and Very Rev. Father Housig Mardirossian on “The Bible and Nationality” took place in the evening of May 15th at the Montreal Armenian Community Centre.

Reverend Dr. Jinbachian discussed “What does God ask of each nation” and Very Rev. Father Mardirossian presented “The Gospel of John and Johannine Community”. The event moderator was Mr. Vahakn Karakachian, editor-in-chief, Horizon Weekly publication. As we seek to create a peaceful coexistence among people and faith, the lecturers brought an understanding of religion and nationality which is becoming increasingly important in our society.

The event organized by the Prelacy Armenian Religious Education Council and Horizon Weekly, brought together more than 85 people.

Nor Giligia Build a Village … Strengthen Artsakh

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The Catholicosate of Cilicia, in partnership with the Government of Artsakh, planned and sponsored a construction project to rebuild and revitalize the border village of Nor Ghazanchi (to be renamed NOR GILIGIA) located in the Martakert District, north of Stepanakert.

The Armenian Prelacy of Canada pledged to contribute $150,000. The goal of this project is to improve the quality of life enough to give hope for a brighter future, which will result in keeping the inhabitants on the land and attract new families to the area.

The project consists of constructing 60 houses, roads, schools, a medical clinic, church, cultural centre and other infrastructure improvements. Along with the construction, this project will provide agricultural and industrial opportunities, which will strengthen the economic outlook of the village.

Below is the opening clip from the ceremony took place on May 11th in Nor Giligia Village:

Thank you to all of our donors for making Nor Giligia a model village and helping the villagers remain on the land.

Annual Prelacy Assembly to be Held the weekend of May 24-25 in Toronto

28. May, 2013NewsNo comments

The Canadian Armenian National Representatives Assembly is scheduled to convene May 24 through 25, 2013, in Toronto, Ontario. The city’s St. Mary Armenian Church will host the Meeting, which will bring together Armenian Church leaders from throughout Canada. Archbishop Khajag Hagopian, Prelate, will preside over all the meetings and events.

The National Representative Assembly is the highest ecclesiastical and administrative body of the Prelacy. It is composed of a ratio of one-seventh clergy and six-sevenths lay delegates. The clergy delegates are elected by the Clergy Conference and the lay delegates by their respective parishes. The number of delegates from the parishes depend s on the number of parish members. The minimum number of delegates for a parish is two and the maximum is seven.

Prior to the Assembly itself, clergy from across the Prelacy will meet for their annual Clergy Meeting. In addition to the regular business sessions and reports from Prelacy councils and committees, one session of the Assembly will be devoted to Armenian National and Religious presentations.

A highlight of the week of activities will be the annual Awards Banquet, on the evening of Saturday, May 25. The Banquet is dedicated to His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Hagopian’s 45th anniversary of ordination to priesthood as well as St. Mary Church’s 30th anniversary. At that time, Mr. and Mrs. Sam and Anahid Armoyan will be honored by Catholicosate of Cilicia’s “Cilician Princess.” Mr. Thomas Saras, President of President of National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, has been named the recipient of this year’s “Spirit of Armenia.”

On Sunday, May 26, the Prelate will preside over a special Divine Liturgy at St. Mary Church for the community and Assembly attendees.

Armenian Prelacy of Canada

GAREN BEDROSSIAN special evening of exclusive art exhibit

13. May, 2013NewsNo comments

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Ascension of the Lord “HAMPARTSOUM”

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On May 9th, the Armenian Church celebrated the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ (“Hampartsoum” in Armenian). The day marks the ascent of our Lord into heaven, on the 40th day after his resurrection.

According to Biblical scripture the Ascension took place in the village of Bethany, on the Mount of Olives, on the 40th day. Christ presented himself alive to the Apostles; “appearing to them during forty days and speaking of the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). The Gospel according to Mark sums up the same story as follows: “So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16: 19). The same account is also in the Gospel according to Luke: “While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:51).  There are also several references to this event in some of the other books of the New Testament.

In the early centuries of Christianity, Hambardzoum was one of the most popular feast days for the faithful and was celebrated with merriment and festivities. There are many Armenian traditions associated with this dominical feast. Perhaps the most popular one is fortune telling (vijakakhakh).

“Hampartsoum” has been celebrated in the universal church since ancient times. Modern scholarship traces its observance to the 4th century. The Nicene Creed (A.D. 325), chanted in the Armenian Church during every Divine Liturgy, asserts that Christ “ascended into heaven with the same body and sat at the right hand of the Father.”

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