CHELMFSFORD, Mass. — For the 47th consecutive Lenten Season, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church in Chelmsford will sponsor a series of six fellowship evenings designed to promote spiritual renewal through prayer and thought provoking discussion.
Each Friday evening of Lent, beginning February 12, parishioners will gather at 6:30 p.m. to participate in the Peace and Rest Services, which feature many eloquent penitential prayers and hymns. The faithful will then enjoy a meal prepared according to the church’s Lenten dietary guidelines. With this year marking the 100th Anniversary of the Sts. Vartanantz Parish, the focus of the Lenten Program will be on the faith and legacy of those who established and expanded the parish over the past one hundred years. The brave men and women, who escaped the horrors of the Armenian Genocide and immigrated to the US, left an incredible legacy of sacrifice and dedication, which has inspired growth of our orthodox faith and spirituality for some five generations in the Greater Lowell community. The Lenten Fellowship program is dedicated to the memory of a former pastor of Sts. Vartanantz, Very Rev. Ghevont Samoorian, who initiated this opportunity for the parish faithful to worship, share a Lenten meal, and encourage spiritual examination and renewal. For further information, contact the church office.