Father Yeghishe Ksachikyan Celebrates First Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday | Western Diocese

The Rev. Fr. Yeghishe Ksachikyan celebrated his first Divine Liturgy as Pastor of St. James Armenian Church in Sacramento on March 29th, Palm Sunday.  Father Ksachikyan and his Yeretzgin Tatev were welcomed by the family of St. James Armenian Church. The celebrant priest was officially introduced to the congregation by Archpriest Fr. Arshag Khatchadourian who also read the congratulatory letter of the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian addressed to the young priest.

In his letter, the Primate commended the dedicated spirit of Father Yeghishe. Born and raised in the Motherland, Father Yeghishe is filled with our ancestral Christian Faith. He is inspired and is led by the unshakable faith of our forefathers St. Gregory the Illuminator and St. Vartan the Warrior and His Companions.

He continued to serve the Armenian Apostolic Church after immigrating to the United States of America. He served at the Holy Altar of St. Peter Armenian Church of Van Nuys alongside Archpriest Fr. Shnork Demirjian. After his confirmation as a Priesthood-Candidate of the Western Diocese, he continued his education and pastoral training at St. Nersess Armenian Theological Seminary in New Rochelle, New York. After receiving ample pastoral experience in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, we ordained and consecrated him as a Priest on January 25, 2015 at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral. Father Yeghishe returned to St. Nersess Armenian Theological Seminary where he spent his 40-day period of seclusion. Today, he celebrates his first Divine Liturgy (Antranig Badarak) at St. James Armenian Church of Sacramento.

With his exceptional qualities as a young, promising, honorable, educated and talented priest, we rest assured that Father Yeghishe will be an outstanding Pastor of St. James Armenian Church of Sacramento.”

A group of pilgrims from Los Angeles, led by the Diocesan Ecumenical Officer Mr. Hayk Madoyan, travelled to Sacramento to show their solidarity and support of the newly ordained priest.

Source: Parishioners of St. James Armenian Church Welcome Pastor – Father Yeghishe Ksachikyan Celebrates First Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday | Western Diocese

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