Blessing of the Holy Muron

His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians presided over the Blessing of the Holy Muron in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on September 27, 2015 at 5 PM local Armenia time. The Blessing of the Holy Muron, which traditionally occurs once every seven years, took place on the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varag, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians blessed the Holy Muron with Holy Relics of the Armenian Church assisted by twelve archbishops of the Armenian Church from dioceses throughout the world. Representing the laity as Godfather of the Holy Chrism was Mr. Haig Didizian of London. England. Present for the Blessing was our own Parish Priest, Father Zaven Markosyan and his family.

On August 19, the preparatory works for the Blessing of the Holy Muron commenced in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. After the Evening Service, the silver cauldron filled with olive oil was placed on the Main Altar of the Mother Cathedral and was covered with an embroidered veil. For 40 days until the Blessing of the Holy Muron on the 27th, prayers were offered each day following Evening Services.

On September 27, during the Blessing of the Holy Muron, the mixture made of about 40 flowers, plants, and scented oils is mixed with olive oil. Oil or fragrant oil is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. Priests and kings were anointed with them. According to legend, St. Thaddeus took the Holy Oil to Armenia and buried it in the mountains. Gregory the Illuminator discovered it and mixed it with the muron he had blessed.  It is said that "To this day, whenever a new batch of muron is prepared and blessed, a few drops of the old one go into it, so that the Armenian muron always contains a small amount of the original oil blessed by Moses, Jesus Christ, and Gregory the Illuminator.

As a symbol of unity, the Muron brought from the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia is also mixed with the blessed Muron. Upon the day of the blessing, the Bishops of the Church elevate to the Altar the Armenian Church’s traditional holy relics: the Geghart - the lance that pierced the side of Christ, the relic from the life giving Cross of Christ, and the Holy Right hand of St. Gregory the Illuminator, with which the newly blessed Chrism is sanctified, and with which the gathered faithful masses are blessed.

The newly blessed Muron will be distributed to all the dioceses of the Armenian Church. A Water Blessing Service with newly Blessed Holy Muron from Holy Etchmiadzin, brought by our Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, will take place at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral on Sunday, October 4th at 10:30am.

This year on August 16, 2015, the Parish Council honored those parishioners that were 80 years and older as a way to remember  the spiritual heritage conveyed to each and everyone of us by those who have done so much in building our St. Mary Yettem Church community.

Parish Council member Laurie Menedian read a short summary of the contributions made by those present as they were introduced. Parish Council Chairperson Chuck Simonian then presented each of the honorees with a specially designed lapel pin.

​Der Zaven summarized the day well in stating " The people whom are recognized on August 16th are the direct bearers of St. Mary parish history. "

Honoring our Octogenarians

Once again this year our church community members had the opportunity to take part in a special Sunrise Service held on Saturday, October 10, 2015. 

The evening before, all were invited to attend a barbeque hosted by Margie Davidian, Debbie Sheklian and Myron Sheklian. Approximately 25 individuals enjoyed appetizers, hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, chips and S'mores.  About a dozen spent the night in RVs, tents and on cots to awaken to the fresh Yettem air on Saturday morning. 

Because Father Zaven was in Armenia, Deacon Randy Tellalian led the service on Saturday morning with participants reading from the prepared booklets that were provided that included special prayers.

Breakfast was served following the service which included eggs, bacon, pancakes and potatoes. The hope is that attendance will grow in the coming years.

Sunrise Service Held October 9-10

Sunday Services:

Morning Service at 9:45 AM

Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM

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