LA CRESCENTA–The forty days of Lent preceding the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a time of prayer, introspection, and spiritual renewal and growth. During this period, all Prelacy Churches conduct sunrise and evening services on Wednesdays and Fridays. Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian has been presiding over service at the various churches to offer spiritual messages of encouragement to live repentantly and prepare for the feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Christ with renewed faith. Throughout the rest of the year, spiritual guidance will offered through Bible studies and at gatherings under the direction of Very Rev. Fathers Muron Aznikian and Barthev Gulumian, co-chairs of the Religious Education Department, based on following schedule; youth are especially welcomed. – Tuesday St. Mary’s Church in Glendale 7-8 p.m. by Hayr Barthev – Wednesday Crescenta Valley parish 7-8 p.m. by Hayr Muron – Wednesday St. Sarkis Church in Pasadena 7-8 p.m. by Hayr Barthev (Youth Gathering) – Thursday St. Garabed Church in Hollywood 7-8 p.m., by Hayr Barthev (Youth Bible Study) – Saturdays (twice a month): St. Mary’s Church, 5-7 p.m. Hayr Barthev and Hayr Muron (Youth Bible Study) Bible studies are also conducted regularly by Mr. Krikor Misserlian and the Armenian Ecclesiastical Brotherhood, at St. Garabed Church, St. Mary’s Church, Holy Cross Cathedral in Montebello, Holy Martyrs Church in Encino, and Forty Martyrs Church in Orange County. The schedule is as follows: St. Garabed Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays 9:30-11:00 a.m. Holy Cross Mondays 7:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays 7:30-8:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays 10:30a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 12:30-2:00 p.m., Fridays 9:30-11:00 a.m., Saturdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. Holy Martyrs Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 p.m. Forty Martyrs Mondays 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. St. Sarkis Thursdays 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Prelacy continues to offer spiritual guidance to Armenian inmates in the Los Angeles area, under the supervision of Chaplain Raffi Garabedian. In addition, Very Rev. Fr. Barthev Gulumian visits the North County Correctional Facility in Valencia every Saturday while Rev. Ashod Kambourian, Pastor of Holy Cross Cathedral in Montebello, visits inmates at the Twin Towers prison in Downtown every Monday.