Orange County Armenian Genocide Commemoration

Please join St. Mary Armenian Church congregants on Wednesday, April 21st as we participate in the ANCA OC organized Armenian Genocide Commemoration and Candlelight Vigil at 40 Martyrs Armenian Church.

The event will be youth focused with speakers from our ACYO and AGBU Saturday School participating with other young speakers from throughout the Orange County Armenian community.

The commemoration will begin at 7pm and will be outdoors, so please dress warm and arrive early to avoid parking issues.

This could be a milestone year for Armenian Genocide Recognition in the United States (and by proxy, the rest of the world). After such a devastating loss of life and land in Artsakh, and with the current political uncertainty in Armenia, it is of paramount importance that we come together as diasporan Armenians unified in spirit, voice and action in recognition of our past and in support of our future. Please attend if you are able.

Updated Holy Week Schedule and Primate’s Easter Message

Presentation Of The Lord To The Temple (Diarentaratch)

2021 Lenten Schedule

Membership Dues

This is a reminder to all St. Mary’s dues paying members… please make sure that you have paid your 2020 Parish Dues. Payment of your annual membership dues is required to maintain your status as a voting member of the St. Mary parish. Dues are $75/person and can be paid by mailing (or dropping off at St. Mary’s) a check to payable to St. Mary Armenian Church with the footnote of “annual dues” in the memo line. Additionally, you may pay your annual dues online by clicking the button below. 

If you are unsure if you already paid your 2020 dues you my inquire at the Parish Office or simply submit your dues and if they have already been paid for 2020 we will gladly apply them to 2021!

Christmas Youghakin | 2021

Update on Diocesan Work in Support of Armenia/Artsakh

With gratitude and spiritual gratification, we would like to share two videos with you about our very own Diocesan members Vartan Nazerian’s and Berta Baghjajian’s recent visit to Armenia.

Ghapama for Artsakh!

Hey Jan, Ghapama! St. Mary is making Ghapama… hamov hodov for Artsakh!  

If you’ve never had Ghapama, now is your chance! If you love Ghapama, make St. Mary’s your choice! 

All proceeds from our Ghapama fundraiser will be going to support Armenia Fund.

Free COVID-19 Testing in OC

The Orange County Health Care Agency contacted St. Mary and asked for us to post this flyer to our website. They are offering free COVID-19 tests for qualifying residents of Orange County. Additional details of the program can be found by visiting the website.

For more general information on Orange County’s COVID-19 response please visit and for specific regulations enacted by the City of Costa Mesa, please visit

Inspirational Message and Quote of The Day from Fr. Serovpe Alanjian

Fr. Serovpe Alanjian
Pastor, St. Mary Armenian Church

Dear brothers and sisters of St. Mary Armenian Church Family,

Our prayers are with you all during these hard times, when the whole world is trying to find a solution for the rapidly spreading Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID-19. We urge you all to be cautious, stay safe in your homes and updated with the Health Department regulations.

Since California’s governor has issued a statewide “stay at home” order in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the state, after warning that 56% of the population is at risk of getting the coronavirus, most of us are at home either because our workplaces are closed or are fortunate to work from home.

Having all this in mind, we have decided to share a quote from the Holy Bible with you all every day, under the title “Quote of the day” starting Monday, March 23rd, and we hope that you will take a few minutes from your precious time to meditate on the quotes we send. This will be a perfect time for us all to understand and strengthen our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Also, we will be sending the daily Bible reading passages according to the Armenian Apostolic Church calendar. It is very important that we spend time with the word of God daily, especially in these times of uncertainty. We strongly believe that God will hear our prayers and heal our sicknesses as St. Paul writes in his epistle to the Philippians 4:19: “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Dear faithful, as one family united through the love of our Savior Jesus Christ, we are here to assist and support you in your spiritual needs for the glory of our Creator.

May God bless you and your families.


Fr. Serovpe Alanjian

Important Message From the Parish Council – Update on St. Mary’s Measures Against the Spread of Corona Virus

Parish Council Chairman, Michael Hollis

Dear St. Mary Armenian Church Faithful,

There have been several communications forwarded to our parishioners from the Catholicosate, and the Western Diocese. Additionally, we have received Federal and State guidance, and local Health Orders that we must follow. As Parish Council Chairman I want to reiterate their statements and be specific about how we are implementing their guidelines/orders at St. Mary.

In accordance with local, state and federal guidance we urge our faithful to exercise caution and avoid public contact and large crowds. Unfortunately, that prohibition extends to our church activities.

Consequently, all gatherings at St. Mary Church have been cancelled or postponed. This now includes our Thursday evening Lenten Vigil (Hsgoom) services.

Additionally, Sunday morning Badarak, while not canceled, will not be open to parishioners. This extraordinary measure is to keep us compliant with the recent Orange County Heath Orders. This practice is being implemented by all other churches in Orange County who wish to stay compliant with the law and not subject their congregation to unnecessary medical risk. Later this week, the Western Diocese will be sending out a link for you to partake in Sunday’s Badarak online. We highly encourage everyone to participate online so that our faithful do not have to forgo Soorp Badarak to keep safe.

If you have any questions or need spiritual assistance, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. The church phone number is (949) 650-8367 and our email address is

We will be posting updated information, here on our website and on our Facebook Page, as soon as it becomes available; and continuing to send email updates, as necessary.

I am also asking for you to disseminate this information throughout the community; not only by forwarding this email, but by making phone calls to family and friends. Not everyone is on our mailing or voicemail list but it is important that they be made aware of our present operating restrictions.

The church leadership urges you to follow the above instructions and stay united in heart and spirit. Lend a helping hand if you can – especially to elderly and individuals with a higher risk to serious illnesses who need our help the most during these trying times. Finally, together let us seek the Lord’s intervention to overcome these turbulent times.


Michael Hollis
Parish Council Chairman

Hovnan Srpazan’s message to the faithful concerning the developing Coronavirus health crisis.

Hovnan Srbazan’s message to the faithful concerning the developing crisis.

Hovnan Srbazan’s message to the faithfulconcerning the developing crisis.Հովնան Սրբազանի կոչը թեմի հավատացյալներին զարգացող ճգնաժամի կապակցությամբ:

Posted by Western Diocese of the Armenian Church on Saturday, March 14, 2020

Beloved Faithful,
This is a critical time to uplift our hearts to God and seek His guidance as the world is being challenged with the pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19).
God has graced us all with the wisdom and compassionate heart, mind and soul to share His love with all people to secure their health and wellbeing in times of tribulation.
Truly this is the time to renew our faith in God and surrender our lives for the peace of the world and the people of God.
I pray God to protect and guard all people and especially those who are in pain, be them children or elderly.
God our Lord is a compassionate God and will comfort us and strengthen us to protect one another with the mutual respect and love to maintain the peace of the world and the wellbeing of the people of God.
Let us also take heed to the guidelines set forth by government officials. Let us pray God to give them the courage and wisdom to fulfill their responsibilities and duties diligently in these times of tribulation.
The Lord our God is our shepherd thus let us put our trust in Him and listen to words radiating from the Gospel: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart: I have overcome the world.”
The words of the Lord our God enlighten us all with this divine wisdom and unites us all to be one in Him.
God empower us all with the spiritual strength to overcome all kinds of tribulations as is the case of COVID-19.
Stay steadfast and the Lord our God will shower upon us all the peace prevailing from Heaven.

Father Moushegh’s 40th Anniversary of Priesthood Celebration
January 29th, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012 was a memorable and moving day for our beloved Pastor, Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Tashjian, his family, relatives, friends and hundreds of St. Mary parishioners who attended the church services and the banquet that followed in the Fesjian Hall, in honor and tribute to Archpriest Fr. Moushegh’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination and Consecration into Priesthood and 20th Anniversary as Pastor of St. Mary Armenian Church.

The services were presided by His Eminence Arch. Hovnan Derderian, Primate, former Primate His Eminence Arch. Vatche Hovsepian and Very Rev. Fr. Baret Yeretzian. The Khatchadourian Choir sang the hymns of the badarak, directed by Dn. Stepan Gozumian and Dn. Rupen Ozsogomonian, organist. Deacons and acolytes served on the altar, which was beautifully decorated for the occasion with colorful flowers.

Towards the end of the Liturgy, a special Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians was carried into the sanctuary and to the Holy Altar by Very Rev. Fr. Baret Yeretzian, while the choir sang the uplifting hymn “Hrashapar”. Standing by the Primate on the Altar, Fr. Yeretzian read the encyclical to Archpriest Fr. Moushegh, in gratitude for his four decades of services, starting from his ordination in Jerusalem to serving four parishes in the Western Diocese: Hollywood, San Francisco, Pasadena and Costa Mesa, congratulating him with greetings and blessings. Afterwards, Archbishop Derderian gave an eloquent sermon, praising Fr. Moushegh for his dedicated services and achievements in all four parishes he served. He added, he had only admiration for Fr. Moushegh since he first met him over 32 years ago, while he was the Pastor of St. John Church in San Francisco and in appreciation presented him a colorful framed picture of the Nativity of Christ as a gift.

The second part of the exciting testimonial event began with a large banquet of 250 guests in the Fesjian Hall, which was beautifully decorated for the occasion. Dr. Kris Mirzayan, Vice Chairman of the Parish Council acted as the Master of Ceremonies and invited the Primate for the invocation. The dinner and the delicious mezzas were served by Salpi’s Catering. Parish Council Chairman Hovsep Bergciyan, Antranik O. Zorayan, Suren Toumanian, Rose Kaskavalciyan, Claudette Mekalian, Dr. Richard Kasper, Fr. Baret Yeretzian, Arch. Vatche Hovsepian (who gave Fr. Moushegh a beautiful and ornate pectoral cross) and Arch. Hovnan Derderian all saluted Fr. Moushegh for his devotion and services, leadership as true Pastor, gentle and kind nature and friendliness.

A video of pictures on large screen, prepared by Puzant Zorayan showed Fr. Moushegh’s life from childhood in Beirut to Seminary years, ordination as deacon and priest in Jerusalem, scenes from all four parishes served in California, and finally some family pictures.

Vartan Tashjian, Fr. Moushegh’s brother, a renowned educator and painter/artist from Cyprus sent Armenian/English greetings for the auspicious occasion via YouTube. Everyone was impressed by his eloquent English and Armenian messages. Tavit Tashjian, a young pianist and a nephew of Fr. Moushegh, performed classical selections. A 28-page color booklet was also printed.
During a cake cutting ceremony, everyone joined in singing “For he is a jolly good fellow”. Before closing, Fr. Moushegh, with gratitude and humility, thanked everyone for their blessings, greetings, attendance and generous gifts. He thanked his family, most especially his Yn. Sylva, children, mother, brothers, sister, the Catholicos of All Armenians, the Primate and former Primate, the Parish Council and the Committee and volunteers, for organizing the event. He also thanked his relatives, friends and all the parishioners who sent their congratulations and well wishes and invited all to join the church and make St. Mary an even stronger parish.

With the benediction of Arch. Hovnan Derderian, the historic and joyful anniversaries in the life of Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Tashjian ended with the reciting of the Lord’s Prayer.

Vartan Tashjian’s Video Message in English and Armenian

Third Annual St. Mary Armenian Church Festival 2011
Costa Mesa


October 9th proved to be the day for the Third Annual St. Mary Food Festival! After a week of terrible weather, the temperature was pleasant, the sun was shining, and the people were smiling. More than 1,200 church members, community members, friends, and family joined together under a 4000 sq. ft. tent, for fellowship and to experience the delightful sights and sounds of the festival, taste the delicious homemade food and enjoy the outstanding music and entertainment.
Participants indulged in such traditional Armenian delicacies as lamb shish kebab, chicken kebab, luleh kebab, shawerma plates and sandwiches, yalanchi, lahmajoun, rice pilaf, hummus, and cheese beoreg. And what could taste better with a cup of Armenian coffee than a delectable homemade pastry made by our hard working church women, such as baklava, choreg, kadayif, kurabia, and for the kids chocolate chip cookies & brownies! We
even had Balboa Ice Cream bars. Children took great pleasure in face painting, carnival games, bounce house, slide and playing with their friends. Our Zvartnots Children’s Choir and Dance group entertained the crowd with traditional Armenian songs and dances. Music was provided by Tom Bozigian and his band. His folkloric dance music even inspired St. Mary’s Adult Dance Class, under the direction of Simon the instructor, to demonstrate Armenian line dances.Vendor booths featured our own Cultural Booth with books, CDs, DVDs, and artifacts; others included a variety of beautiful jewelry, clothing, fruits and nuts. We also held a 50-50 Raffle. Kotayk Armenian Lager Beer was a big seller, as was our take – out booth, where festival goers could take some of the foods home with them.
Attendance surpassed the previous year’s record . Many of the foods sold out, like the lamb and chicken kebab, and hummus. Everyone experienced the hospitality and friendliness that we Armenians are known for. Everyone was made to feel at home and “part of the family”.Under the direction of Fr. Moushegh Tashjian, the festival was organized by Chairman Brian Der Matoian and committee members Yn Sylva Tashjian, Suren and Izzy Toumanian, Wayne and Debbie Simonian, Hovsep Bergciyan, Claudette Mekalian, Annette Singhal, Nina Yousefian, Rose Kaskavalciyan, Hagop Barin, Anita

Karakesisoglu, Gevork Martirosian, Kris Mirzayan, Tony Markarian, Armenak Balian, Michael Hollis, Gevork Martirossian, Saro Semercian, Rosie Gharadaghian, Christeen Amloian, and Ara Calibasi.

The festival was made possible in part by generous donations and sponsorships, and many hours of volunteer service before and during the festival itself.
We hope to see you there next year!

Large Pilgrimage Attend St. Mary’s Feast in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa, CA.: Hundreds, including 4 bus-loads of pilgrims from Glendale and L.A. area attended worship at St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa. On
Saturday, August 13, 2011 the eve of the Feast of Assumption of Holy Mother
of God (Verapokhoum), over 260 pilgrims arrived from Glendale and L.A. area
by four motorcoaches and private cars, to attend a one-hour prayer service,
which included traditional evening services, prayers and hymns dedicated to
holy Mother of God and congregation singing of Der Vogormia (Lord have
Mercy) and Hayr Mer. Several visiting deacons also took part in the services. The Pastor of St. Mary Armenian Church, Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Tashjian welcomed the pilgrims and thanked Mr. Nahabed Melkonian and the Jerusalem Armenian Tarkmanchats School Alumni for organizing the annual pilgrimage. “Tonight the walls of this house of worship have trembled with your powerful prayers. Never in our church history so many pious faithful have entered this church together in such a brief time, and never so many hundreds of candles have been offered and illuminated St. Mary Church”, said Fr. Moushegh. St. Mary Ladies Society and the Madagh Committee welcomed the guests with refreshments of Madagh meat sandwiches, choreg, dessert, grapes and strawberries in the Fesjian Hall, where a short program of speeches, recitation of psalms, songs and prayers ensued. All the pilgrims received favors as gifts, compliments of Peter & Henrietta Bodourian, church members. The pilgrims, some of whom first time visitors, departed at 11:00 p.m. , expressing their thanks and gratitude for such a genuine and heartwarming
welcome by St. Mary parishioners.

On Sunday, August 14, Feast of Assumption of Holy Mother of God, Grape/Madagh Blessing and Name Day services were presided by Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Tashjian, Pastor who also conducted the Badarak assisted by church deacons and acolytes serving the Holy Altar. During the services, Fr. Moushegh delivered the sermon and blessed the grapes and Madagh which was shared with the faithful in the church. The Hovsepian Choir sang the hymns of the badarak and the variables of the day, directed by Dn. Rupen Ozsogomonyan.

Over 400 pounds of lamb meat was cooked over the weekend and 1,000 sandwiches
prepared by dozens of volunteers. After the services, a love meal was served in the Fesjian Hall, which included Madagh meat, rice and bulgur pilaf, Madagh sandwiches, salad, grapes and dessert. Of course, this being the annual fundraising day, congregation members, benefactors, supporters and church committees showered the church with outpouring donations and gifts. Albert Vartanian entertained the guests with beautiful inspiring music on the duduk, accordion and flute. A total of $100,000 was raised, of which $25,000 was donated by the Ladies Society. We thank committee chairman Mr. Armenak Balian for chairing this year’s Madagh Committee.

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