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ACYOA Chapter Workshop

By Arsen Yelegen

From January 20 to 22, more than 40 young adults from 16 parishes across the Eastern Diocese gathered at St. Kevork Church in Houston, TX for the annual ACYOA Seniors Chapter Workshop. Organized by the ACYOA Central Council, the weekend focused on finding ways to strengthen local ACYOA chapters. The Rev. Fr. Martiros Hakobyan, pastor of St. Kevork Church, served as the weekend’s chaplain.

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Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), traveled to St. David Church in Boca Raton, FL, on January 13-15, to meet with parishioners and church organizations, and to honor the 10th ordination anniversary of pastor Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan.

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On Friday, January 6, worshippers gathered at New York’s St. Vartan Cathedral for the observance of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered a sermon that touched on the economic and security concerns people face in today’s society.

He said that despite the many worldly troubles that exist today, “God understands all these concerns—and still He has called us, to perform His will in the world.”

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On Sunday, December 18, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), visited St. James Church of Watertown, MA, as the parish observed its 85th anniversary and held its annual Name Day celebration. The church is named for St. James, the Bishop of Nisibis, whose feast day fell on December 17 this year.

The Rev. Fr. Arakel Aljalian, parish pastor, celebrated the Divine Liturgy; Archbishop Barsamian delivered the sermon.

At a banquet following services, longtime parishioners Krikor and Nancy Kassabian were presented with the “Parishioners of the Year” award. Former Sunday School superintendent Marsha Alabachian received the parish’s “Service Award” for her decades of service to the Sunday School. The Kassabians and Ms. Alabachian also received the Diocese’s “St. Vartan Award.”

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