Grape Blessing Service Held at North County Correctional Facility and Rehab Center

In celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God, and under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, on Saturday, August 25, 2018 the blessing of grapes was conducted at North County Correctional Facility for Armenian inmates and on Monday, August 27 at a rehab center for recovering addicts.

The service at NCCF was conducted by H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Vicar General, assisted by Rev. Fr. Boghos Baltayan, and Chaplain Rafi Garabedian. Deacons and members of St. Sarkis Church of Pasadena participated in the service. Chaplain Rafi conveyed the greetings and blessings of the Prelate, after which the Vicar General conducted the service and delivered his message. Inmates received Holy Communion and were hosted to a special lunch. They also received prayer books from the Prelacy.

Monday’s service at the rehab facility was conducted by Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian, assisted by Chaplain Rafi Garabedian. Chaplain Rafi again conveyed the greetings and blessings of the Prelate. Fr. Ghevont conducted the grape-blessing service and delivered the sermon. Participants were gifted prayer books.

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