IMG_0582On Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM the Armenian Community of Sacramento gathered in the new building that the Parish Council bought recently for the religious and cultural needs of the Armenian Community.

At 6:20 PM His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Armenian Church of North America Western Diocese, was vested in his bishop vestments entered the large hall with his entourage, which included Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian, our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Datev Harutyunian, the Parish Priest of St. Andrew Armenian Church in Cupertino, Rev. Fr. Hovel Ohanyan, Parish Priest of St. Vartan Armenian Church in Oakland, and Deacon Kevork Jamgochian.

The whole clergy knelt down at the entrance of the sanctuary where rugs were spread, and after chanting the hymn of Door Opening ceremony entered the sanctuary officially and the faithful followed the clergy into their own house, the house of God.

When the ceremony was over Fr. Asoghig invited the faithful to the dining room where was set lenten foods on the tables. The Armenian Community of Sacramento celebrated the first victory of St. James Armenian Church with foods, drinks, songs and remarks. Surpazan asked Fr. Asoghig to invite Rev. Fr. Datev and Rev. Fr. Hovel to give their words of congratulation on this happy occasion. Some Armenian songs were sang by Fr. Hovel and Fr. Asoghig and the faithful joined them happily.

His Eminence said in his remarks, “The message of the Gospel for tomorrow is to stay in the atmosphere of prayer and never loose heart, the same message fits in today’s life of St. James. They tried to get such a property for long-long years each one they decided to get had a negative side that didn’t allow them to buy it. But they did not loose their hope until they get this beautiful building.”

The gathering was closed with Surpazan’s prayer and the present people sang the Lord’s Prayer in Armenian.


Respectfully submitted by

Rev, Fr. Asoghig Jamgochian
Parish Priest

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