Bishops on Worship
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Bishops on Worship
Last evening, Tuesday, June 30, St. Nersess Seminary held its final worship service for the academic year. Clergy from the Eastern and Western Dioceses and Armenia joined students and members of the faculty to participate in the Evening Service Երեկոյեան Ժամերգութիւն via Zoom. This was the first time such a gathering has taken place.
Presiding at the service was Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese and graduate of St. Nersess. Also participating in the service were three guest clergy from Holy Etchmiadzin who joined in the early morning hours in Armenia: the V. Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, Dean of the Gevorgian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, who served as ժամարար; the V. Rev. Fr. Anania Tsaturyan, Staffbearer for His Holiness Karekin II, who served as աղօթասաց; and the V. Rev. Fr. Garegin Hambardzumyan, Director of the Department of Mission at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, who offered the message. Fr. Garegin spoke about "listening for God during the Coronavirus Pandemic."
"It was truly inspiring for me to be joined in the seminary chapel by so many of my brother clergy from the Eastern and Western Dioceses and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. It was a wonderful way to conclude the academic year, together in prayer, worship and fellowship," reflected the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean.
The Evening Service completed the 2019-20 academic year which was extended due to the pandemic. Thanks to online platforms, the St. Nersess faculty and students were able to continue their classes remotely starting in March when the seminary moved from in-person to virtual teaching. During June, the students continued classes, and the seminary presented a mini-semester with continuing education courses for clergy and lectures for the general public. These courses were well received and attended by nearly 200 people throughout the month.
This week, the popular Deacons' Training Program began with a virtual program for 33 altar servers and deacons.
Members of the St. Nersess Alumni Association from around the country, along with other clergy, gathered virtually on May 19 to celebrate this year's graduating class. The evening began with a Vespers service, presided by Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese and Vice President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors.
The Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean, and Dn. Eric Vozzy, both alumni, organized the service from St. Hagop Chapel. Alumni members participated in various parts of the service. Following worship, Fr. Mardiros introduced the three graduates and invited them to speak.
Dn. Armen Terjimanian and Dn. Timothy Aznavourian received their MDiv degrees from St. Nersess Seminary and St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Andrew Kayaian received his MA degree from St. Vladimir's and will continue his studies at St. Nersess and St. Vladimir's seminaries in the Fall, working towards a Master of Theology degree. Each graduate thanked all the people who have helped them on their journey and look forward to continuing in their respective ministries.
Arpi Nakashian, chairperson of the alumni association, then welcomed the graduates to the ranks as alumni. She shared how each member is a living stone, designed and polished by the fiery inspiration of the Holy spirit, each serving a unique place in the architecture of our Church, the body of Christ. Following her remarks, Arpi introduced Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese and President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors, who offered his words of congratulations and expressed how they are now called to carry on our unique Armenian Christianity to our people. Before offering the final prayer and blessing, Archbishop Hovnan shared his wisdom with the group about how in his 40 years of priestly ministry, he has never given a second thought to his choice.
Fr. Mardiros announced that in September the seminary will have a formal celebration for the graduates.