Requiem Service (Hokihankist)

It is a tradition in the Armenian Church to offer special prayers for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in Christ.  Prayers for those who have passed away is based on an understanding from the Holy Scriptures that just as Christ died and lived again, the faithful who have died are merely asleep in Christ.

We conduct a special Requiem Service for this occasion, and it is traditionally requested by family members for a loved one 40 days after passing (Karasoonk), on the 1 year anniversary of passing (Darelitz) and on all subsequent anniversaries, as well as any other occasion throughout the year with the exception of the 5 major feast days.

Arrangements for Sunday Requiem Service (Hokehankisd or the Repose of the Souls) and Altar Flowers should be made through the church office by Wednesday 5pm.

In accordance with the canons of the Armenian Church, Requiem Services may not be performed on Armenian Christmas, Easter, the Feast of the Transfiguration, the Feast of the Assumption of the Mother of God, and the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Additionally, deceased loved ones can be remembered during other Feast days where grapes, basil and Madagh, as example, are blessed and distributed to those in attendance.  The clergy mention the beloved deceased persons during these feast day prayers.

Sunday Fellowship Hour

Each Sunday following church services, parishioners enjoy a fellowship hour. It is a custom in the Armenian Church to host a fellowship in the memory of loved ones. Please call the church office to make arrangements and for more information.