V. Rev. Fr. Vazken Karayan celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Seminary chapel for the St. Nersess community early Thursday morning, April 7 to commemorate the Feast of the Annunciation to the Holy Mother of God.
Fr. Karayan is the Pastor of Holy Cross Armenian Church, Union City, NJ, and a St. Nersess alumnus. He is a member of the brotherhood of Sts. James in Jerusalem.
The Feast of the Annunciation (Avedoomn Soorp Asdvadzadzni) commemorates the moment of Christ's conception in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, as announced to her by the angel Gabriel.
"Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High," the angel told Mary according to the Gospel of Luke.
Participating in the Divine Liturgy were all of the seminarians and members of the seminary staff including the dean, V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan and Rev. Fr. Daniel Karadjian, a student from Bulgaria. Present as well as Rev. Fr. Karekin Kasparian, Pastor of nearby St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church and a member of the Seminary's Board of Directors.