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Schedule of Holy Week 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014
Divine Liturgy………………………………………………10:30 a.m.
Opening of the Curtain (Turnpatzek)……............12:00 Noon
Followed by blessing of palm branches and solemn procession.
 
Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014
Divine Liturgy            and Communion……………..10:30 a.m.
Washing of the Feet Service……………………………7:00 p.m.
Service of Betrayal and Passion……………………….8:15 p.m.
 
Good Friday, April 18, 2014
Service of the Burial of Our Lord…………………… 7:00 p.m.
Buffet dinner ……………………………………………...8:00 p.m.
 

Primate Presides of Divine Liturgy, Ordination and Michink Luncheon

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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Sunday, March 30, was truly a day filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit for St. John parishioners. It was a special day of many activities incluiding the Episcopal Divine Liturgy, ordination of Deron Kapeghian to the deaconate, Hokehankist requiem service for Sumgayit massacres, our Michink luncheon, and the workshop organized by the Christian Education Council with Northern California Sunday School Students and parents.

“Ordinary Genocide” Film Screening

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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On Monday, March 31, 2014 St. John Armenian Church hosted a screening of the documentary film “Ordinary Genocide.” Present were the films producers Marina Grigoryan and Haykaram Nahapetyan.  The film, with cutting honesty, presented the horrible events endured by the Armenians of Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabagh between 1988-1991. Upon the conclusion of the film screening there were discussions and a Q&A with the film makers.

Commemoration of the Feast of St. Vartan the Warrior

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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It has been a wonderful tradition to commemorate St. Vartan and his Companions jointly with all the Bay Area Armenian Churches. Each year's commemoration takes place in one of the Armenian Churches. This year, St. John Armenian Church hosted the feast day.  The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian, parish priest of St. James Armenian Church of Sacramento.

Sunday School Discovers the Garden Ministry

Friday, February 28, 2014

The St. John Sunday School spent the damp but sunny morning of last Sunday not in the classroom as they usually would, but in a new setting: St. John’s newly established parish garden. Instead of their usual curriculum, they learned about how and why seeds grow in to plants that bare vegetables and fruits. Most importantly, they learned that God gave them, and all humanity, the responsibility to be good stewards of His creation. Each child was given their own plot in the garden, so that they can learn that it takes time, attention, and love to be a good steward.

Archbishop Aris Shirvanian Visits Bay Area

Friday, February 7, 2014
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Sunday, February 2, was a celebratory and joyous day for St. John parish, Archbishop Aris Shirvanian was invited to celebrate The Divine Liturgy and deliver the spiritual message. Fr. Mesrop Ash, altar servers, deacons and the choir were ready for the majestic worship experiance of the Episcopal Divine Liturgy.

Following the Episcopal Divine Liturgy, Fr. Mesrop Ash welcomed Abp. Shirvanian on behalf of the parishioners and invited him to deliver the spiritual message.

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