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Florida Media Outlets Report on Local Armenian American Community’s Response to Biden’s Genocide Declaration

BOCA RATON, FL – As all eyes were on the White House last month, the Armenian American community was hyper mobilized in pressing the White House to fulfill President Biden’s pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide as President on April 24.

With all signs pointing in the right direction and anticipation of the President’s genocide declaration building by the day, two Florida media outlets covered the local Armenian American community’s response.

“Florida Armenians here and across the state welcomed President Joe BIden’s recognition of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day April 24” The Boca Voice posted on their Facebook page.

Later in the day, a headline from the Tampa Bay Times read “Biden’s recognition of genocide brings Florida’s Armenians relief.Tampa Bay Times‘ breaking news reporter Josh Fiallo’s heartfelt reporting was the first major Florida newspaper to cover the President’s historic statement.

On Sunday, April 25, the Times devoted another story to the local Armenian American community on the west coast of Florida. Reporting “Genocide victims remembered on Red Sunday at Pinellas Armenian Church,” Times reporter Anastasia Dawson went to St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park and spoke with Rev. Fr. Hovnan Demerjian and several parishioners.

“Demerjian, pastor at St. Hagop’s, called Biden’s statement ‘the healing of a wound’ that was a ‘long time in the making,'” he told the Tampa Bay Times. =

While no other newspaper or media outlet in Florida covered President Biden’s acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide (reprinting the AP doesn’t count), Armenian Americans in Florida should be pleased to know that the Tampa Bay Times, that state’s largest newspaper, gave them ample coverage and connected with St. Hagop’s parishioners, and that our local reporters and outlets like the The Boca Voice truly listen to their community members and amplify their stories.

Orlando, Tampa Area 106th Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day Events

Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church (Orlando, FL)

St. Hagop Armenian Church (Pinellas Park, FL)

St. Hagop Armenian Church to Hold Armenian Genocide Martyrs Service on Sunday

PINELLAS PARK, FL – This Sunday, April 25th, St. Hagop Armenian Church of Pinellas Park, FL will conclude Badarak with a special Armenian Genocide Martyrs Service, and traditional flower laying procession to the St. Hagop Armenian Genocide memorial.

Fellowship will follow in the Church hall with Haig Yaghoobian providing music of remembrance. To honor our martyrs, St. Hagop will reprint the bulletin insert of tribute. Click here to see if your tribute is included. If your text is not included in this document, you may submit a short tribute to your loved ones effected by the Genocide to this email with your text by April 23rd at 9:00AM.

Armenian Church of Florida 2021 Lenten Schedule & Programming

St. David Armenian Church (Boca Raton, FL)

  • Sunday, February 14, 2021: Poon Paregentan: Morning Service at 9:30AM. Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30AM
  • Sunday, February 21, 2021: Sunday of the Expulsion: Morning Service at 9:30AM. Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30AM
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021: Sunday of the Prodigal: Morning Service at 9:30AM. Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30AM
  • Sunday, March 7, 2021: Sunday of the Steward: Morning Service at 9:30AM. Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30AM
  • Sunday, March 14, 2021: Sunday of the Judge: Morning Service – 9:30 AM, Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM
  • Sunday, March 21, 2021: Sunday of the Advent
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021: Palm Sunday (see flyer below)

Friday Lenten Dinner will be held every week. See below and check back for more information posted weekly through Lent.

Schedule of Holy Week Services

  • April 1 – Holy Thursday Remembrance of the Last Supper
    • Holy Badarak 11:00 a.m.
    • Washing of the Feet Ceremony (Vodunluva) 6:30 p.m.
    • The Order Betrayal and Passion of Our Lord 8:00 p.m.
  • April 2 – Holy Friday Remembrance of the Crucifixion of Christ
    • The Order of the Crucifixion of Christ 12:00 p.m.
    • The Entombment of Our Lord Jesus Christ 7:00 p.m.
  • April 3 – Holy Saturday Easter Eve (Jurakalooyts)
    • Holy Saturday Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt – for children 9:00 a.m.
    • Divine Liturgy 5:30 p.m.
  • April 4 – Easter Sunday Feast of Resurrection of Jesus Christ
    • Morning Service 9:30 a.m.
    • Divine Liturgy 10:15 a.m.

St. Hagop Armenian Church (Pinellas Park, FL)

Sunday, March 7, 2021: Lenten Divine Liturgy 10:00-11:15 AM
Arevagal Lenten Sunrise Service 11:15-11:45 AM
Sermon Series-5 Signs of Healthy Church Culture 11:45-12:15 PM
Fellowship with masks & distance 12:15-1:30 PM

Tuesday, March 9, 2021: Parish Council Meeting 6:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 10, 2021: Virtual Discussion Group-Church Culture 7:30-8:30 PM
(participants must register in advance below to get link to join zoom)

Note to Online Worshippers: For Sundays of Lent, our livestream will begin 30 mins. later at 11:15 AM, and end at 12:15PM. We will livestream the beautiful Sunrise (Arevagal) service and the ‘5 Signs of Healthy Church Culture’ series.

Note to In-Person Worshippers: The time of in-person worship has not changed from 10:30AM-12:15PM. The choir & priest will start the closed curtain Lenten Badarak early in order to offer the beautiful Sunrise Arevagal service thereafter.

Sunday Sermon Series
Join us on Lenten Sundays Feb. 21-Mar. 21, in person or via livestream, to explore Bishop Daniel’s challenge to each parish in our Diocese: How to develop a church culture that best forms Christians of the Armenian Orthodox way? Presentation goes from 11:30 AM-12:15 PM. All are welcome.

Wednesday Virtual Discussion Group
Join us via zoom on Lenten Wednesdays Feb. 24-Mar. 24 from 7:30-8:30 PM for interactive follow-up discussions on developing a church culture that best forms Christians of the Armenian Orthodox way. Participants must pre-register click here to receive zoom link. Register once for any/all Wednesday sessions.

Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church (Orlando, FL)

Please join the Armenian community of Orlando every Wednesday evening starting at 6:30 PM for the Lenten Service at the Church or on Facebook Live now through March 28, 2021.


Lenten Bible Study will start at 7:15PM following the service in person and will be held using Zoom Meeting.

Launch Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 624 937 7521
Passcode: Church

St. Mary Armenian Church (Cooper City, FL)

Great Lent Prayer Services

All Lenten Prayer Services begin at 7:00 PM. Gospel Message will follow

  • February 26: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • February 28: Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Holy Badarak at 10:30 am.
  • March 5: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • March 7: Sunday of the Stewart, Holy Badarak at 10:30 am.
  • March 12: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • March 14: Sunday of the Judge. Holy Badarak at 10:30 am.
  • March 19: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • March 21: Sunday of the Advent. Holy Badarak at 10:30 am.
  • March 26: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • March 28: PALM SUNDAY and Youth Day. Holy Badarak at 10:30 AM