Youth discuss Christmas themes made relevant for today
On January 13, the ACYOA Juniors of Holy Resurrection Armenian Church in New Britain, CT played host to St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, as well as the youth from Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church in Providence, RI.
Rev. Fr. Kapriel Mooradjian, Parish Priest of Holy Resurrection, and St. Nersess alumnus, celebrated the Badarak, while Rev. Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian, Director of Youth and Vocations at St. Nersess, delivered the sermon. His message was about the importance of faith in the lives of three biblical youths, Setrak, Misak and Abednago, who withstood the heat in a fiery furnace. Fr. Stepanos connected this story to today's youth in the Armenian Church saying, "Our Armenian youth have faith as well and it is our responsibility as a church - the Parish Council, Choir, Women's Guild, Deacons, Sunday and Armenian Schools - to strengthen and nurture faith as we direct our young people in the right direction."
The topics that were discussed and made relevant in the lives of the young ACYOA members were the birth of Christ, re-birth in Baptism, Home Blessing service, singing of Khorhoort Medz, giving non-material gifts all year round, and Christmas as an eight-day feast.
Steve Megrdichian, Youth Director of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church in Providence, and also an alumnus of the St. Nersess Summer Conferences, noted "Through our Baptism, we are given the ammunition needed to fight the battles of evil each day in our lives. It is very important to revisit our Baptism and the meaning behind it."
At the end of the afternoon, the young people left with a sense of feeling stronger in their faith, as well as in celebrating the birth and baptism of Jesus Christ with renewed insight. They were also eagerly making plans to be reunited at the St. Nersess Summer Conferences and St. Vartan Camp.