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“Ordinary Genocide” Film Screening

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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.

Lenten Dessert Taheen Cookies

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt, optional
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup margarine, soft
½ cup taheen
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup water

1-Measure flour into a bowl and stir in the salt and baking soda.

2-In a larger bowl, add margarine, taheen, and sugar, using a fork to mix together. Then add the flour mixture, blending together with a fork or your hands. Gradually add the water and continue to mix.

Lenten Recipe Fava Beans in Olive Oil (Tsetov Paglah)

Monday, March 17, 2014
1 pound fresh, tender fava beans, trimmed, and coarse strings removed
1 ½ teaspoons salt juice of half lemon
½ cup olive oil
¾ cup coarsely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon ME red pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ cup water
3 tablespoons chopped dill
  1. Cut beans into 1-inch lengths, sprinkle with half the salt, add the lemon juice and toss to coat. Add just enough water to cover the beans, then set aside.

Youth Blessing on Feast of St. Sarkis

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Sarkis is one of the most revered Saints of the Armenian Church. He is also considered a saint who understand the youth, and therefore St. John Armenain Church has established the tradition that on the occasion of the Feast of St. Sarkis the youth will receive a special blessing at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

On February 16, 2014 the kids of St. Johns gathered before the Holy Altar to receive there blessing by Fr. Mesrop Ash, the Parish Priest, along with the prayers of the faithful.

May God bless and protect all children and young peoples.


World Day of Prayer

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen’s initiative. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together women of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.

Commemoration of the Feast of St. Vartan the Warrior

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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.

Lenten Recipe: Stewed Celery

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch celery leaves removed
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, coarsely sliced
  • ¼ cup red or green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 rounded teaspoon tomato paste
  • juice of 1 lemon
Sauté onions in olive oil over moderate heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent browning.


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