Feast of Ascension Celebrated within the Western Prelacy

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ was celebrated within the Western Prelacy beginning with Divine Liturgy at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale, followed by the traditional luncheon organized annually by the Prelacy Ladies Auxiliary. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, presided over the day’s festivities. Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon. Prelacy clergy members participated in the service.

The luncheon was held at Brandview Ballroom in Glendale, hosted by Mrs. Nune Sepetjian. The program began with the invocation by the Prelate, who also conveyed his blessings and well wishes to the guests. Ladies Auxiliary member and Master of Ceremonies Mrs. Vartoug Avedikian welcomed the guests and invited Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian to present his lecture on the Feast of Ascension. Fr. Ghevont noted that the Feast of Ascension also signifies the Second Coming of Christ, thus, it brings to us the message of living our lives in a Christian and God-pleasing manner. Fr. Ghevont also spoke of national traditions associated with the Feast, stating that traditions such as these are a part of our being and have kept our identity alive for centuries. Thus, it is our duty to keep our traditions and customs alive and pass them on to the younger generations, he concluded.

During the cultural program, one of those traditions, the drawing of lots, took place. Donations were made throughout the event inspired by the festive atmosphere.

The program closed with the Prelate’s message. His Eminence first commended the members of the Ladies Auxiliary for their diligent service and thanked the host and guests for their support and participation. The Prelate reflected on the Armenian Genocide Centennial and the various commemorative events held locally and nationally in Washington D.C., in which he and a delegation from our Prelacy participated, noting that it was an important turning point in our cause and expressing certainty that the Armenian people will collectively continue on this path until victory.

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