Congratulations were extended by our Parish Priest, Der Avetis Hambardzumyan, to His Eminence Archbishop Haigazoun Najarian, on the occasion of Srpazan Hayr’s birthday. May God’s blessings be with our Primate as he continues to serve our church and our community with great dedication and joy ?
In January, the Armenian Apostolic Church observes the Feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist, the Forerunner. The birth of St John is described in detail in the Gospel according to St Luke (1:5-25). He is known as the ‘forerunner’ because it was he who would herald the news of the Saviour through the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On this occasion those bearing Armenian names rooted in ‘St John the Baptist, the Forerunner’, Hovhannes (John), Meguerditch (Baptist) and Garabed (Forerunner), celebrated their name day today, Sunday 14 January 2024. A blessing service was held after the Soorp Badarak when His Eminence congratulated the congregation members of those namesakes, who came forward to light candles for the blessing.
We also had a special surprise today as our dear Parish Priest of the St.Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church Melbourne, Der Kacher Harutyunyan’s son Daniel, served on the altar of the Holy Resurrection Church. May the Lord protect and look over Daniel and may His blessings be abundant upon him.