On Thursday, February 28, his Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian visited the community of St. John Armenian Church of San Francisco.
¼ cup brown lentils
1 bay leaf water to cover
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup long grain rice
2 cup hot water or vegetable broth
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 pound small new potatoes
4-5 scallions, chopped
¼ cup minced dill, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Garnish: Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers
Joetta Kalakian Malkassian passed away in Palo Alto, California on February 26, 2013.
With spiritual joy we announce that on Wednesday, February 13, the first Lenten Meditation or Hesgoom of the 2013 Great Lenten season was performed at St. John Armenian Church. With many faithful in attendance, Fr. Mesrop began the service by explaining that this year's vigils were being called meditations in order to remind us that Lent is a time for meditation, when we can focus our thoughts on God, and strip away unnecessary things. This is healthy, and spiritually rejuvenating.
In Armenian this dish is called: Bughbeghov yev Sokhov Tutoom¼ cup olive oil 2 onions, sliced in ¼ -inch rounds 1 ¼ pounds small zucchini cut into ¼-inch rounds(there should be about 4 cups) 1 pepper (red or green, or ½ of each), cut into strips 1 14-ounce can Italian-style plum tomatoes ½ teaspoon crushed, dried basil ¼ teaspoon crushed, dried mint leaves Salt and pepper to taste
On Saturday, February 6, members of Armenian Church Youth Organization of St. John, San Francisco volunteered at Martin De Porres Soup Kitchen. The leader of this inspirational day was Sub-Deacon Arto Bedikian. The day began with our youth cutting desserts in preparation for serving. Then, we spread out into different groups and helped to prepare food, serving, collecting dishes, and cleaning dishes. Overall, this was a enriching and important day as our youth were able to assist those who are destitute in our greater community of San Francisco.
Wednesday January 16, Fr. Mesrop held a Bible Study Session with the San Francisco group at the home of Mr. and Mrs. David and Marina Israelyan, and on Tuesday, January 22, with the Peninsula group at the home of Dn. and Mrs. Sarkis and Hera Kestekyan, there were more then 15 participants in each session that received spiritual nourishment, and why not had fun after Bible Study. We thank the Israelyan and Kestekyan families for opening their doors.
Enjoy this thoughtful reflection on the Armenian Church's relationship with Great Lent, which has evolved over the centuries. The 40 Days of Great Lent following this Sunday's Divine Liturgy.