The St. Nersess Deacons’ Training Program is tailored for young men who would like to learn to participate in the liturgical services of the Armenian Church as deacons and altar servers.
Through personalized practical workshops and interactive classes, Seminary faculty, priests, deacons, and other specialists teach participants the deacons’ chants of the Divine Liturgy and other services, while they take the mystery out of the rituals, the music, the symbols, and the chants. Students who complete the program return to their home churches with polished liturgical skills, a deeper understanding of the church’s worship, stronger faith, and lots of new friends.
Beginners with little or no previous experience serving at the altar focus on the deacons’ chants and rituals of the Divine Liturgy, while this year advanced students will learn the hymns, chants and rituals of the Service of the Oil-Bearing Women (Yooghapereets), which is conducted every Sunday during the Morning Service.
All participants benefit from daily study of the Bible and Liturgy, morning and evening worship, and Armenian language instruction. Sports, games, excursions, and the indescribable phenomenon of St. Nersess make the Deacons’ Training Program unique, rewarding and fun. The program is open to young men at least 14 years old. No previous experience is necessary.
V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Professor of Liturgical Studies, is the Director of the Deacons’ Training Program. For dates and registration information, please click here.