On Sunday, July 7, the Armenian Church observed one of its five Tabernacle Feasts, namely the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On the Feast Day, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian paid a pastoral visit to St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the day’s homily. In his sermon, Archbishop Derderian reminded the faithful of the significance of prayer which helps and guides us all to transfigure our spiritual lives.
His Eminence connected this significance throughout the day in Yettem as he ordained David Safrazian as an Acolyte, presented Hye Spirit Awards to Jack Barsamian and Geraldine Hagopian, recognized Bea Soxman, Carolyn Mikaelian and Chuck Simonian for long-time service, anointed the hand-crafted outdoor cross donated by Chuck Simonian and blessed Sarah Markosyan daughter of Rev. Fr. Zaven and Yn. Adrine Markosyan.
“Today’s Gospel message narrates us the story of the transfiguration of our Lord. The unique event aims to deepen within our spirituality primarily the importance of prayer. Christ our Lord taught His disciples on many occasions through His own example the empowering strength of prayer in His life. Certainly the same applies to us as human beings. A person who enriches his own life and spirituality with prayer can transfigure and set forth a new journey.
Today, my dear faithful in Christ, I thank God for being with you, praying to God with you and praying and praising God together. I have no doubt that this will be a day of the renewal of our faith life,” said His Eminence in his sermon.
Following the services, a delicious luncheon was prepared by the Parish Council and the Ladies Society. Those attending were treated to several solo violin pieces played by seven year old Simon Hagopian. Simon is the son of Harold and Cynthia Hagopian of New York and the grandson of Richard and Geraldine Hagopian from our parish.
The observance of the Feast of Transfiguration recalls Christ’s ascent up Mount Tabor, accompanied by his disciples John, James, and Peter. At the mountain’s summit, to the disciple’s frightened amazement, Christ was transfigured in a blinding white light; the Old Testament figures Moses and Elijah emerged from the mists of time to confer with the Lord; and the voice of God boomed from out of the heavens to affirm Jesus as his Son.