At the invitation of the Diocesan Primate H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, His Grace Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan, Grand Sacristan of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, was the celebrant and homilist at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The day, which was dedicated to Armenian children, saw the participation of the students of Little Angels Saturday School.
In his remarks, Archbishop Derderian highlighted the importance of the youth in the life of the Armenian Church. His Eminence called upon the students to continue the pursuit of their Christian education with the Word of God, the teachings of Christ, our Lord, and the sacred traditions of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Together with the Primate, the youth, parents and teachers prayed together for world peace and beseeched the divine love and wisdom of God.
The celebrant bishop was introduced to the faithful by Archbishop Derderian. The Primate of the Western Diocese referenced to the celebrant bishop’s dedicated service to the Armenian Church as the Grand Sacristan of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
In his sermon, His Grace noted the importance of beseeching God’s mercy. “The quest for the sanctification of our souls is conditioned upon repentance, confession of sins, fervent prayer and adherence to the commands of the Word of God,” said Bishop Hakobyan.
The Grand Sacristan of the Mother See oversees all maters related to the Cathedral’s liturgical services.