Humility: Away in a Manger – “Key” Message

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Parish Priest’s Message from the “Key” Newsletter – 18 December 2011
                                                                                         
 Celebrating humility… Away in a Manger…
Last Friday evening, at our annual Christmas party, our church honored Mr. Amirkhan Amirkhanian, the caretaker and custodian of the church. As you walk into the church every Sunday morning, he is the one who first greets. He is the one who takes care of our church building during the week.
Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, our Diocesan Primate, was with us. He observed in his remarks that when we honor the se special servants of the church, we’re honoring the idea that all service, how-ever large or small, is blessed in God’s sight.
Mr. Amirkhan has been the humble servant of this parish. Always ready to work and help in a manner possible—from taking care of the grounds, to cleaning up, to preparing for the sacraments. He is the humble servant of the church. We approach him with much affection and honor, but more important, he serves as an example to us all.
Of course, the ultimate example of humility came to us on Christmas eve. As the old Christmas carol says, “Away in a Manger, no crib for his bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.”
During this Advent season, these example come to us as important reminders of our role and responsi-bility as Christians.
I with to personally invite you to the Christmas eve service this coming Saturday evening – December 24 – where we will have an opportunity to celebrate together the gift of God – away in a manger.
Please join us with your families – parts for the children, it will be celebration like no other.
~Fr. Vazken
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*The “Key” is the weekly newsletter of the St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale, CA – Jesus asked the Disciples, “Who do YOU say that I am?”  Peter responded “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus promised the Keys to the Kingdom for this profession of faith. (Mt 16)  At the St. Peter, Glendale Parish, our faith and actions are based on that same profession of faith. It is the Key that opens the doors to our journey as Christians…
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