The annual Chess Tournament was held at St. Thomas Church this past Saturday, March 26th, and it was a great success! With thanks to our instructor, Sarkis Agopcan, his students participated with the spirit of enthusiasm and competition. Everyone received a trophy of participation as a memory of the great day they had, thinking and strategizing among the camaraderie of good friends. All Armenian children from the Tri-state area can participate in the Chess Club at St. Thomas.
The seventh grade students of the Kirikian Armenian School of St. Thomas are amidst presenting their “End of the Year Cultural Projects.” Every week, the school will have three presentations. This “End of the Year Cultural Project,” in addition to the “100 question History test” and the regular tests coming from the Diocese, is a prerequisite for the students of the Kirikian school to graduate. Students are free to choose any subject they like from a list.
This past Friday, March 25, 2016, marked the day on which Christians remember Good Friday (Avak Oorpat). It is the day we remember the last moments of Jesus’ life. He was tortured…bleeding, until he reached his physical end. He accepted the whole human nature and became God and human at the same time, in order to heal the human nature through his Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection. His Crucifixion was for our sins and in our place, because humanity could not have saved itself from the eternal control of Satan, hell and death.
This past Thursday, March 24, 2016, marked the day on which Christians remember Holy, or Maundy, Thursday (Avak Heenkshaptee). St. Thomas Church was filled with parishioners who were family members of those participating in the Vodnluva (Washing of the Feet) service, and also those who wanted to participate in the solemn Khavaroom (Vigil of the Garden) service. The Vodnluva took place first, with almost 20 children participating in this act of humility with our Pastor, Fr. Papken.
St. Thomas Armenian Apostolic Church has had much reason to celebrate this past Palm Sunday weekend, on the 51st anniversary of its consecration. Taking into consideration the weekend, which began with the ordination of altar servers to acolytes, and all the events of Palm Sunday, there was so much vitality in the church on it’s 51st anniversary! In the words of his Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, it was “an inspiring day” where the “legacy of our martyrs is being continued.”
On Saturday, March 19, the younger students of the Kirikian Armenian School participated in pre-Easter festivities. Among other lessons, the children learned about what the color red symbolizes and about Easter traditions as they dyed eggs of their own.
This Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, Mark Bourghol, Sub-Deacon of St. Thomas Armenian Church, will be ordained to the Deaconite of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The ordination will be performed by His Eminence, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America during the Divine Liturgy, and assisted by our Pastor, the Very Rev. Fr. Papken Dz. V. Anoushian.
We are saddened for the loss of a great church leader, Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian, senior bishop of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church. May the Lord receive him into the God’s kingdom to dwell in the radiance of our Lord for all eternity.
St. Thomas Armenian Church is proud to announce that Deacon Vicken Demirjian is this year’s recipient of the St. Thomas Award for faithful and devoted service to God and his church. This award is representative of his exemplary character and committment to the church and will be presented to him at the 51st Anniversary Palm Sunday […]
Several dedicated hard-working ladies gathered today at St. Thomas Armenian Church to prepare for the upcoming 51st Anniversary Palm Sunday Banquet. This year’s Palm Sunday Banquet is sponsored by Haci & Nadya Garipian and Karnig & Ipek Garipian, Chairmen, in memory of their sister, Yeter Cigercioglu.