Saturday, January 15th, 2011, was the Feast of St. John the Baptist, which is also the name day of St. Garabed Church of Hollywood.

On this occasion, on Sunday, January 16th, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at St. Garabed Church. Parish Pastor Archpriest Fr. Vicken Vassilian assisted at the altar.

During the service, the Prelate also bestowed upon altar server Kevork Tahmizian the privilege of bearing a stole. During the ceremony he commended Kevork for his service, and noting that H.H. Catholicos Aram I has proclaimed this year to be the "Year of the Armenian Child", urged  parents to encourage  their children to attend

and serve our church.

The Prelate centered his sermon on the life and virtues of St. John the Baptist. Speaking on his piety, faith, and humility, he called on the faithful to let this be a day of spiritual renewal and to live their lives in the example of St. John. He urged them to call upon St. John as their intercessor, praying that he strengthen their faith, and guide them to the path of righteousness and to a God-pleasing life.

The blessing of madagh took place after the service, followed by a luncheon at "Karapetian" Hall organized by the Parish Pastor and Board of Trustees.

The luncheon began with welcoming remarks delivered by Archpriest Fr. Vicken Vassilian, followed by the invocation by the Prelate.

Each year during this annual luncheon, individuals are recognized and honored for their service to the church and community. This year's honoree was the RAFFI Cultural Association.

Rev. Fr. Vicken gave a brief history of the Association, from its establishment in the 1920's to the present day. He commended the organization and its members who, for ninety years have contributed greatly to the advancement of our schools, churches, and community.

Remarks were also delivered by Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Misak Barsamian, and RAFFI Cultural Association Chair Mr. Ara Ekigian, who expressed thanks on behalf of the organization for the honor.

Rev. Fr. Vicken then invited the Chair and Secretary of the Board of Trustees to join him in presenting Mr. Ekigian with a plaque of appreciation and commendation.

The luncheon also included a cultural program presented by Sunday School students and Rose and Alex Pilibos High School students.

The Prelate was then invited to deliver his message. H.E. conveyed his blessings and commendations to the members of the RAFFI Cultural Association for their dedication to advancing our community, and presented them with a letter of blessing.

The luncheon came to a close with the benediction by the Prelate, and the singing of the Cilician anthem.