This year marks the 40th anniversary of ordination of Fr. Vazken Movsesian into the priesthood of the Armenian Church. Since the 1980’s Fr. Vazken has pioneered the use of various electronic technologies and media within the Armenian Church. From the early days of electronic bulletin board systems, to the first Armenian language fonts, to viral videos and podcasts about the Armenian Church on the Internet, he has pushed the limits of burgeoning technologies to facilitate the spiritual growth and education of people throughout the world.
On September 25 His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate, is marking Fr. Vazken’s 40th anniversary with a very special celebration including the launch of a new and dynamic ministry of the Western Diocese called “Epostle.net” pronounced ēˈpäsəl (apostle with a long “e”) dot net. For nearly two decades Epostle.net has functioned as the voice of the In His Shoes Ministry, reaching out to the disenfranchised members of the Church community, to those seeking a more mature understanding of their faith, and to the neophyte – those who are searching for truths in the most ancient of all Christian traditions, Armenian Orthodoxy. Today the mission continues in new and exciting directions.
Epostle.net is apostolic evangelism for an electronic world.
On Sunday, September 25, you are invited to be a part of our launch event for the new Epostle.net. It will take place following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the St. Leon Ghevondyants Armenian Cathedral, that morning.
With the initiative and encouragement of Dr. Eric Esrailian, Epostle.net is now broadening its scope to bring the Armenian Christian experience through the Armenian Church to people around the globe. With the use of the latest in technology, the Armenian Church experience can be enhanced by offering daily prayers, meditations, and readings, which are already popular on many websites. However, with Epostle.net the limits will be pushed to bring engagement and interaction to and with the faithful.
Under the auspices of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Epostle.net becomes the newest ministry of the Western Diocese, focusing on electronic transmission of the Gospel message for today’s world. The ministry will work in concert with the current Diocesan Media Department, which boasts an extensive library of multimedia productions from the last two decades. Epostle.dot will become a hub for new outreach, exploiting the potential of technology. Epostle is part of the expanding vision and mission of the Western Diocese.
According to Dr. Esrailian, “The Armenian Apostolic Church has been the heart and soul of the global Armenian nation for centuries. I pray that everyone around the world will have access to the incredible tradition, history, and teachings of the Armenian Church thanks to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.”
We invite you to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with us September 25 then join in the celebration and launch of Epostle.net. To attend the launch of Epostle.net, please RSVP at Eventbrite. Or you may join remotely by following the stream at the Western Diocese YouTube channel.
Count down to the launch with us at Epostle.net and look for more updates in the coming days. We look forward to seeing you on September 25.