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Armenian Church of Southwest Florida Celebrates First Badarak Service of 2012

Armenian Church of Southwest Florida Celebrates First Badark Service of 2012

Bonita Beach, Florida – On January 15, the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida celebrated their first Badarak service of 2012. Over 100 parishioners from across southwest Florida were present to welcome Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar of the Armenian Church of America. Florida Armenian local Mr. Vartkes Karaian served as Godfather of the Cross during the Blessing of the Water. A delicious luleh kebab dinner followed the service where guests renewed old friendships and welcomed new parishioners to the growing Armenian community in southwest Florida.

Deacon Zaven Hartutian, The Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Deacon Allan Tossoonian, and Godfather of the Cross Vartkes Karaian

The next Badarak service will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Services are held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Beach.  For more information or to join our mailing list, please contact Carole at (239) 3804 or cmegh@comcast.net.

Photo caption (L-R): Deacon Zaven Hartutian, The Very Rev. Fr.  Simeon Odabashian, Deacon Allan Tossoonian, and Godfather of the Cross-Vartkes Karaian.

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Posted on January 18, 2012, in Armenian Church, Events, News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I am now livin in that what you called wretsen culture where they celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December and they mix all these santa claus and christmas tree pagan stuff with the birth of Christ. Not to say that Christ told us to follow any days (in the Bible the apostle Paul even is forbidding to follow any days ). With our armenian Christmas much of the attention is Christ’s birth rather than on the pagan things. And we do need to make decision to separate ourselves from all the paganism that is present today in Armenia. God is Jealous God and doesn’t share Himself with other gods or what is more with any santa claus.

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