Armenians from the La Crescenta and La Cañada area gathered in Lanterman Auditorium (which serves as the site of the Armenian Apostolic Church every Sunday) on Easter Sunday to celebrate the glorious resurrection of Christ.
The service commenced at 10:30 a.m. and ended at 1:30 p.m. and was led by Archpriest Hovsep Hagopian. He also led a special prayer at the end of the service blessing the four corners of the Earth.
After his sermon, the archpriest read Archbishop Hovnan Derderian's Easter message, preaching, “the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ our Lord offers the vision to embrace the Gospel of the Lord with its message of salvation, which enlightens our mind and soul with divine love.”
After the service, an Easter luncheon was held at Montrose Collection for members of the congregation.
“It was a very enjoyable and, at the same time, a very helpful event,” explained Madlen Ekmekdjian, a member of the congregation. “The money raised from donations and the raffle is going toward the purchase of a site for a new church.”
There was food, dancing, an opportunity drawing and Easter egg games for young and old alike.
Everyone felt content and blessed by the Lord this Easter Sunday.