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Armenian Christmas Celebrations in Florida 2022

Boca Raton

All church services, including Armenian Christmas celebrations, are cancelled until further notice due to a COVID-19 outbreak at St. David Armenian Church.


Ft. Lauderdale

Below is the schedule for St. Mary Armenian Church.


Jacksonville


Orlando


Tampa

Due to Fr. Hovnan testing positive for Covid 19, the Christmas Eve Jrakalooyts Badarak scheduled for this Wed. Jan. 5th has been cancelled.

This coming Sunday January 9th, worship will be livestream only and fellowship postponed, due to an outbreak of Covid within our community.

Joining several other parishes in our Diocese, we will postpone the blessing of waters and special fellowship at least until next Sunday Jan 16th.

Please use this link to livestream the Sunday January 9th worship from St. Hagop.

We hope to see everyone back in person for Sunday, January 16th worship and fellowship. Please wear your mask when you do attend, or if you feel safer at home, join us via livestream!

With prayers for health and blessings in the New Year,

Fr. Hovnan and the St. Hagop Parish Council

P.S. Fr. Hovnan’s symptoms are not severe, with every hope for a quick recovery. He is triple vaccinated and was wearing his mask except when seated to eat and chat. We urge all to take necessary precautions for our common health.

This post was updated on January 6, 2022 at 10:00am.

Save the Date: ACYOA Beach Retreat & General Assembly

Save the Date: ACYOA General Assembly & Beach Retreat will be held May 21-25 in St. Petersburg, FL. More details to come!

Armenian Church Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan Visits Florida

(Photo by Teresa Haidarian)

Armenian Church Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan led a weekend of sacred observances and fellowship at the St. Hagop Armenian Church of St. Petersburg, FL, on January 24-26.

The visit began on Friday evening, when the Primate ordained a pair of young parishioners, Edmond Keshishian and Shagen Babayan, as tbirs, during a solemn vespers service. Afterwards, parishioners adjourned to the church hall for dinner and an informal discussion period with Bishop Daniel.

The Friday service was a prelude to the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, when Edmond and Shagen joined Robert Maslar and Michael Sarafian in receiving the sacrament of ordination as sub-deacons, by the bishop’s hand.

(Photo by Teresa Haidarian)

(Photo by Teresa Haidarian)

“There were tears in people’s eyes, including mine, during this ordination—maybe for the same reason people cry at weddings,” said pastor Fr. Hovnan Derderian. “When anyone new is married, in a sense we are all re-married and rededicate ourselves to our own sacred bond. When anyone is newly ordained, we are all in a sense re-ordained and re-baptized, in that we’re rededicating ourselves to follow Christ and serve each other in faith, hope, and love.”

Following Holy Badarak, Bishop Daniel blessed a new khatchkar (stone cross) donated to the church by parishioners Ara and Rita Keshishian. At a reception, the parish screened an original video about the artisan who carved the khatchkar.

(Photo by Teresa Haidarian)