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55th Annual Palm Sunday Banquet Is Cancelled

by Alin Manukyan
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For the health and safety of our parish members, we unfortunately will not be able to have the annual Palm Sunday Banquet and will not be able to celebrate the anniversary of our Church and ACYOA Day. Please select to read Hayr Papken’s appeal to parishioners.

Seeking Participants For Vodnluva Service

by Alin Manukyan
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The traditional Holy Week service of Vodnluva (Washing of the Feet) will take place on Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017. Please contact St. Thomas as soon as possible by email or phone if you would like your son(s) to participate.

Easter Lilies For Purchase

by Alin Manukyan
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You may purchase an Easter Lily plant and, by doing so, also adorn the St. Thomas Armenian Church altar during the Easter season! The plants will be available for pick-up after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. The plants will be available for pick-up after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Please contact Mrs. Jacklyn Baltaian or the Church office to order your beautiful plant today!

Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Holy Cross

by Alin Manukyan
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On Sunday, September 11, we celebrated one of the five major Tabernacle (Daghavar) Feasts in the Armenian Church – the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Khachverats or Veratsumn Srpo Khachi). on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Divine Liturgy includes an antasdan service (blessing of the fields) during which the processional cross is adorned with basil (a symbol of royalty) and the four corners of the church are blessed as a symbol for all the world. On the Saturday preceding the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, faithful members of the St. Thomas Armenian Church family traditionally decorate the pedestal for the Holy Cross. Mrs. Rosine Hovsepian and Taleen Torisian decorated the Holy Cross this year. “Today’s raising of the cross is just a reminder of our everyday reverence of it. It is the power of God.”

Feast of the Assumption of St. Mary, Holy Mother of God (Soorp Asdvadzadzeen)

by Alin Manukyan
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Sunday, August 14th, was a day of great celebration in the Armenian Apostolic Church. All around the world, and at St. Thomas Armenian Church, parishioners honor Mary, the Holy Mother of God, during one of the five main tabernacle Feasts of the Armenian Church. The traditional Blessing of the Grapes ceremony takes place after the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) in the Armenian church on this day. The grape is considered the queen of the fruits, and its juice symbolizes of the blood of Christ and Holy Communion. The church celebrates with the ceremony on this day and gives thanks to God for the blessings He bestows upon mankind.

Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

by Alin Manukyan
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On April 24, 2016, the Armenian Church will observe its first Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. A special service will be performed after the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) to pay tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, who died in 1915 while upholding their Christian faith. The martyrs had been canonized last year in a momentous ceremony at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. We celebrate these saints as they live eternally in the glory of God.

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