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Archpriest Fr. Vahan Gosdanian (702) 332-7008


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The Feast of St. Sarkis
This Saturday the Armenian Church commemorates the feast of Commander St. Sarkis. He was a devout and faithful Christian. Commander Sarkis claimed many military victories and left the Persian king much pleased. On the other hand, word of his preaching Christianity reached the Persian royal palace. The King invited him and his son Mardiros to take part in their great religious holiday. St. Sarkis decided to attend and there declared his true faith within the royal circle.
The inevitable did occur. St. Sarkis refused to bow before the idols and the fire. Moreover, he spoke defamatory words about the Persian gods. The enraged magi seized his son and killed him on the spot. He was sent away to a distant place, to be beheaded.   

Upcoming St. Garabed Church



Sunday, January 31, 2021Archpriest Fr. Vahan Gosdanian will celebrate Divine Liturgy and deliver sermon starting at 11:00 am.
For all those who would like to request a Hokehankisd (Requiem Service), kindly contact Church office on Wednesdays or Fridays at (702) 834-6344 between the hours of 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. 
Additionally, we are still continuing to go "Live-stream" every Sunday through our Facebook Page, "St. Garabed."

Divine Liturgy........................11:00 am
Sermon.................................12:00 pm

* Requiem Service/Hokehankisd (40th/Karassounk) is being requested by Mrs. Maro Maknissian, Mr. & Mrs. Garo & Ani and family, Mr. & Mrs. Hovig & Vania and family, Mr. & Mrs. Shant & Sarin and family in memory of their late beloved brother, uncle and great-uncle Kevork Mouchmouchian.  

* Requiem Service/Hokehankisd is being requested by Mrs. Seta Havanjian, Mr. & Mrs. Vartan & Maggie Kouzoudjian and family, Mr. & Mrs. Hagop & Rita Havanjian and family, Mr. & Mrs. Anto & Ankine Hagopian and family, in memory of their late beloved son, brother, and uncle Vahe Havanjian on the occasion of the first anniversary of his passing. 

* Requiem Service/Hokehankisd is being requested by Kassamanian and Boghossian families, in memory of their late beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mary Der-Stepanian (13 years) and their late beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Sarkis Kassamanian (2 years). 


First Episcopal Visit to

St. Garabed Church of

Las Vegas

"Rev. Fr. Artsakh, In Honor of Armenian Artsakh" Stated the Prelate

On Saturday, January 23, 2021, His Grace Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Prelate departed to Las Vegas with members of the Western Prelacy Religious Council chair Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, and members Very gave his fist official visit as Prelate to our church parish, accompanied by the chairman of the Religious Council, Most Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, Vice Chair, Very Rev. Fr. Smpad Saboundjian, Rev. Fr. Karekin Bedourian, and Rev. Fr. Movses Shannakian. Also members of the Executive Council, Deacon Berj Apkarian, Mrs. Dzovig Zetlian and member of the Central Executive Council, Mr. Gaidzag Zetlian accompanied the Prelate.  

The Prelate performed an evening service at St. Garabed Church, during which he conducted Deacon Sevag Badoyan's "Calling service to the Priesthood" ceremony at 5:00 pm, which was followed by a meeting with local delegates, Board of Trustee members and benefactors of the Church, where various topics related too the parish were discussed. During the Calling service, Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian and Very Rev. Fr. Smpad Saboundjian led Deacon Badoyan rebuked all heretics and the doctrines that deviate from the true faith o the church, and then reaffirming his allegiance to the Orthodox Church and the rules established by the Church fathers.  

On Sunday, January 24, 2021, on the occasion of the name-day of St. Garabed Church, H.G. Bishop Torkon Donoyan conducted his first Divine Liturgy as Prelate of the Western Prelacy. Following the "Zi Voghormadz" prayer, Deacon Sevag Badoyan ascended the Holy Altar with Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian and Very Rev. Fr. Smpad Saboundjian, where he was invited to take charge of bearing the "Sweet yoke" of Christ.

After the ordination ceremony, while singing the "Gentanar" hymn, Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian raised the "Muronatap Aghavni (dove) in a procession towards the Holy Altar and handed it over to the Prelate to anoint the forehead and hands of the newly ordained priest, renaming him as Rev. Fr. Artsakh Badoyan, in honor of both His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia's declaration (The Year of Artsakh), and for our mother land Artsakh.

The Prelate then delivered his sermon to the faithful in attendance, which included representatives from other Christian Church, local Armenian organizations, and to those watching on the Western Prelacy Facebook page. He noted, "A spiritual joy has filled everyone's hearts, and that joy does not come from this world, but radiates from heaven. Wherever the faithful are present during the Divine Liturgy and an ordination, they receive the divine blessings of heaven, and that is why at that moment everyone's heart beats differently, uniting ours with the Creators.  

Speaking about the "Year of Artsakh," the Prelate stated, "When H.H. Aram I, declared 2021 as the "Year of Artsakh," a new hope arose in our lives, and the divine light radiated with a different force in our souls. That is why we are invited not to despair, but, on the contrary, to look at life with hope, with the faith and conviction that God is with us. And if the Lord be with us, who can be against us? He also stressed that he designated a special delegation from the Western Prelacy to attend this ordination in the state of Nevada."

He then spoke directly to the newly ordained priest, saying; "You are invited to observe this day as the most important day of your life, because the Divine attention is on you today and under the influence of the Holy Spirit, you have become a new person. You should have one goal in your life, the goal of Christian service to the children of God. Thereafter, the Prelate invited the faithful to stand and sing the "Kiss of peace" hymn, as a response to the mystery of the day which resonate from St. Garabed Church to Mother Armenia and Artsakh.

At the end of the ceremony, the Prelate along with the newly ordained priest Rev. Fr. Arstakh Badoyan, his godmother Mrs. Arda Yemenidjian, and his godfather Mr. Hagop Koujakian, received congratulations from the faithful in attendance. 

On the occasion of the Prelate's the First Divine Liturgy at St. Garabed Church of Las Vegas. Honorary Consul Adroushan Armenian and his wife Mrs. Nora Armenian, as well as Nora's mother, Mrs. Arpine Koutnouyan expressed their heartfelt wishes to the Prelate and made a $10,000 donation ($5,000 to the Western Prelacy and $5,000 towards the programs of St. Garabed Church).   


COVID-19 Vaccinations in Las Vegas 

We would like to encourage our parishioners to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. Several locations in Las Vegas are providing COVID-19 vaccinations and Walgreen Pharmacies are currently providing appointments.

1. You need to first set up an inline Walgreens account by visiting following link:

2. Once you have to set up your Walgreens account, you have to go to "Immunize Nevada" website below to choose the location, date, and time.

We appreciate if you could help your elderly family members with their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. 

For those who would like to light a candle or come in for a prayer during the week, kindly contact Archpriest Fr. Vahan Gosdanian at (702) 332-7008.

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 For those who are interested in sponsoring a Noor Tree plate which is displayed in the church courtyard, kindly contact one of the St. Garabed Church Board of Trustees or the church office at (702) 834-6344.   
St. Garabed Church Office HoursOur church office hours are Monday to Friday between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. For all administrative or church related questions, please contact Parish Pastor Archpriest Fr. Vahan Gosdanian at (702) 332-7008 or church office.
For Weddings, Baptisms, and Koujakian Hall usage, parishioners and friends could contact the church office for further details.

Pastor and Board of Trustees

St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of Las Vegas



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