NAME DAY CELEBRATION
OF ST. GARABED CHURCH OF HOLLYWOOD
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.