Youth Gathering on Palm Sunday

The Prelacy Youth Central Directorate Committee held its monthly joint gathering on Palm Sunday–at the Holy Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church of Encino. With Armenia’s participating from all Churches of the Western Prelacy–participants had the opportunity to learn more about the ACYA and to receive the Word of God.

As one of the first of its kind–this event marked a historic day for the Armenian Church Youth Association. The first ever joint gathering was held just last month–under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian–at the Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church of Montebello. Five more joint gatherings are scheduled–one per month–in cities across the State of California. The youth gatherings are a part of a campaign by the Central Directorate Committee of the ACYA to spark a spiritual revival in Armenian youth. It will provide a bridge to those who have been seeking and have yet to seek the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Sunday’s event began at five in the evening. In attendance were Very Reverend Father Muron Aznikian–Rev. Razmig Khatchadourian–Holy Martyrs Board of Trustees Chairman Levon Arabian–and ACYA Central Directorate Committee Chairman Gregory Martayan. Opening remarks were made by Manuel Achekian of the Holy Martyrs ACYA Executive Council who welcomed the guests–after which Rev. Khatchadourian conducted the opening prayer.

Rev. Khatchadourian expressed his continuous support of the ACYA and its mission. ACYA Central Directorate Committee Chair Gregory Martayan then welcomed guests on behalf of the Western Prelacy Central Youth Executive.

The most important and profound part of the evening came from Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian. In his dialogue about how to achieve eternal life through the gates of heaven–Very Rev. Fr. Aznikian spoke of how good works and faith go hand in hand. "Faith without work is useless; both together will help us achieve righteousness." A question and answer period followed the dialogue–during which the Very Rev. Fr. Aznikian addressed issues relating to baptism and its role in the cleansing of sin.

Present from the Western Prelacy ACYA Central Directorate Committee were Ani Daglian (Holy Martyrs–Secretary)–Sona Hagopian (Pasadena–Treasurer)–Hratch Yesayan (Glendale)–and Hagop Tchagaspanian (Glendale). Present from the Holy Martyrs Executive Committee were Maria Abrahamian and Sevan Keushkerian.

The Central Directorate Committee of the ACYA will be hosting events in every city where the Western Prelacy Armenian Apostolic Church has an established church. The next lecture will take place May 14 at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church of Glendale–where Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian will speak about "The Virgin Mary according to the doctrine of the Armenian Apostolic Church."

The monthly schedule of the Armenian Apostolic Church Youth Association’s lecture series can be found by accessing the Prelacy’s website at www.WesternPrelacy.org or by requesting materials from your local church office. On July 9–the ACYA will be sponsoring an event in San Francisco–and on August 12 there will be a Grape Blessing joint gathering in Fresno.

The Armenian Apostolic Church Youth Association’s goals are: to instruct Armenian youth and young adults on the doctrines and traditions of the Armenian Apostolic Church; to raise awareness of spiritual–religious–ethnic–cultural–and national heritage; to promote Christian love among members–so that they may manifest that love through harmony–mutual respect–and dedication–striving to become better Christians and ideal citizens; and to nurture dedication and loyalty towards the Armenian Church–so members can take an active role in the betterment and progress of that institution.

For more information about the ACYA–please contact the Western Prelacy at (818) 248-7737 or your local parish priest.

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