“We Celebrate the Feast of Thanksgiving For Future Armenian Victories” Stated the Prelate

On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, a special Thanksgiving Day prayer service took place at St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Glendale. H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Prelate, presided over the service, with the participation of clergy and deacons. In attendance were Mr. Armen Baibourtian, Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles, and members of the Religious and Executive Councils, Central Executive Council and St. Mary’s Church Board of Trustees.

In his speech, the Prelate noted the deep pain in which all Armenians are living at the moment, and especially during the Feast of Thanksgiving, some might ask “why give thanks at all.” The Prelate gave the answer, stressing, “We give thanks today for our future goals and achievements and for the successes of the people of Armenia and Artsakh. Therefore, we raise our prayers in thanksgiving for the people of Armenia and Artsakh.” The Prelate added, “Over 1600 years ago, Vartan Mamigonian reminded us that our nation, our church, our people are above everything. And today, THE MARTYRDOM OF OUR SOLDIERS IS ABOVE EVERYTHING.”

Reflecting upon the words of the psalmist, “Proclaiming aloud your praise, and telling of all your wonderful deeds,” (Ps. 26:7) the Prelate reminded everyone that our nation has proclaimed God’s wonderful deeds for over 1700 years; even through hunger, thirst and tearful eyes, our people have sung the songs of thanksgiving towards God.”

He added, “All the prior empires are no more; the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire the Mongols… but Armenia remains because of our faith, our resiliency and not living in the fear of losing. Loss may be in the lives of many, but we are all renewed by the sense of victory from the belief that God will bring peace upon His children and become a bridge in our lives; from Armenia, Artsakh and Diaspora.
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Following the Prelate’s speech, “Park Kez Der Asdvadz mer” hymn was sung as a sign to bolster the spirit of our people, to never give up and to rise up once again if you may fall.

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