Chamlian School First Graders Visit Prelacy to Convey Christmas Greetings to the Prelate

On many occasions throughout the year, students of Prelacy Schools visit the Prelacy to meet with H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, receive his paternal blessings and message, and become better acquainted with the Prelacy and its endeavors.  Each year prior to the Christmas break, the first grade class of Vahan and Anoush Chamlian pays a visit to the Prelacy to convey their Christmas greetings to the Prelate and receive a lesson on the feast from His Eminence.

This year’s visit took place on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  Ninety students, accompanied by Vice-Principal Rita Kaprielian, Armenian teachers, and parents, arrived at the Prelacy and were welcomed by the Prelate at the “St. Dertad and St. Askhen” Chapel.  His Eminence was joined by Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian, Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian, Rev. Fr. Gomidas Torossian, and Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian.

The visit continued at the “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall.  Schoolteacher Armenig Hairabedian greeted the Prelate and clergy, and described the visit as an opportunity for the young students to convey their well wishes to the Prelate for the New Year and Christmas and to hear his message on these occasions.

Before presenting a program of songs and recitations, four students conveyed New Year and Chrismtas greetings and well wishes to the Prelate, and promised that they would follow the message of St. Mesrob and Vartan Mamigonian and live as proud Armenians.

Mrs. Hairabedian invited the Prelate to deliver his message.  With a slide-show presentation His Eminence told the story of the Birth of our Lord, from the Annunciation of the Angel to His Birth in Bethlehem to the visit of the shepherds and magi.  The interactive session included a back and forth exchange of questions and answers between the Prelate and students.  The Prelate announced his great joy at the Christmas gift he had just received, the gift of their visit and their pure and sweet wishes, stating that soon we will all be filled with great joy as we celebrate the Birth of the Baby Jesus.  God gave mankind the greatest gift by sending His only-begotten Son, said His Eminence, and advised the students to follow in the example of Jesus Christ and live with prayer and good deeds, trusting in the care of the Lord.  In conclusion, the Prelate reminded them to keep their promise and remain allegiant to the values of St. Mesrob Mashdots, St. Vartan Mamigoniaan, and the forefathers of our faith.

At the conclusion of the program the students presented gifts to the Prelate, and His Eminence presented them with illustrated Bible story cards.

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