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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)

Armenian Church Diocesan Bishop Daniel Findikyan Coming to Florida

St. Hagop Armenian Church, Pinellas Park, FL

This Sunday, Jan. 26th at 10:30 AM

10:30 AM Episcopal Badarak
10:45 AM Ordination of Sub-Deacons
12:30 PM Blessing of New Khachkar
 1: 00 PM Complimentary Fellowship
Bishop Daniel will preside for Sunday worship and ordinations of Shagen Babayan, Edmond Keshishian, Bobby Maslar & Michael Sarafian as Sub-Deacons. Following Badarak, the Primate will bless our new Khachkar donated by Ara & Rita Keshishian. Complimentary fellowship to follow.

Armenian Christmas Services in Florida

St. Hagop Armenian Church, Tampa, FL

Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church, Orlando, FL

Armenian Church of Jacksonville, Florida Mission Parish

St. Mary Armenian Church, Hollywood, FL

St. David Armenian Church, Boca Raton, FL

Morning Service
Sunday, January 5 – 10:30 AM

Eve of the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ
Sunday, January 5 – 6:30 PM

Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ
Holy Badarak – Divine Liturgy & Water Blessings
Monday, January 6 – 10:30 AM

Holy Badarak – Divine Liturgy & Water Blessings
Sunday, January 12 – 10:30 AM