Holy Martyrs Church 54th Anniversary Banquet

On Friday, November 10, 2017, the Holy Martyrs Church parish family gathered at “Avedissian” Hall in Encino to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the consecration of Holy Martyrs Church with a banquet held under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, organized by the Parish Pastor, Board of Trustees, and Ladies Guild, and hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Osko and Yeran Karaghossian. Executive Council Chairman Mr. Vahe Hovaguimian, representatives of community organizations, Principals of Ferrahian and Cabayan Schools, sponsors and supporters were among the guests in attendance.

The program began with welcoming remarks by Master of Ceremonies Mr. Moushegh Bedevian. Archpriest Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian delivered the invocation and greetings. Fr. Razmig highlighted the church’s vital role in community life as the guardian of our national identity, especially in the Diaspora. He stated that the establishment of Holy Martyrs Church over five decades ago was a testament to the indomitable and perseverant will of the Armenian people, and on the “Year of Renewal,” invited all to continue to serve with renewed spirits. In conclusion, he conveyed his gratitude to the Prelate for his paternal care and guidance, appreciation to the Religious and Executive Councils for their support, and thanks to the Karaghossian family for generously hosting the banquet, the Arkin and Chahinian families for their support, and all the sponsors for their encouragement. The Board of Trustees message was delivered by Chairman Mr. Levon Arabian. Fifty-four years ago Holy Martyrs Church was established through faith. That faith has sustained the church and community, and we will continue to serve with the same faith and devotion and pass the torch to future generations, he said.

The Prelate conveyed his blessings and delivered is message, first giving thanks to God for granting the opportunity to celebrate the 54th anniversary of Holy Martyrs Church as one family, which he regarded as a celebration of the community’s collective service, as was the celebration of “Rosdom” Gomideh’s 60th anniversary recently. Holy Martyrs Church is the community’s bastion of faith and the guarantor of our national endurance, and it is the shared duty of all to keep it strong and prosperous,” stressed the Prelate. Citing the following passage from His Holiness Catholicos Aram I’s “Year of Renewal proclamation, “One may renew a community by re-evaluating its institutions by giving new quality to the relationship with Armenia, and to re-organize the Armenian school that preserves identity.
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For Armenia and the Diaspora, the primary condition and pledge for the renewal of our entire nation, as we emphasized, is the renewal of the Armenian person,” His Eminence emphasized that each and every individual must first strive to renew themselves internally, renew themselves in their faith, and then to renew their commitment of service to our church, school, and communities. Quoting from 1 John 5:14-15, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him,” the Prelate stated that it is the duty of every faithful to turn to God, to trust in Him, and to present our appeals and prayers to Him with sincere hearts. “If we appeal to Him today on this occasion for renewal and for the continued splendor of this church, He will hear our prayers. Our forefathers, the founders of this church, lived and served with absolute trust and faith in Him; our respect and gratitude to them,” said the Prelate, and concluded by congratulating and commended all the servers and sponsors who follow in the example of the founders. He concluded by blessing all those present and in particular Mr. and Mrs. Osko and Yeran Karaghossian and family.

Next, in appreciation for their generosity in hosting the banquet, the Pastor and Board of Trustees gifted a limited edition illuminated Nareg prayer book to the Karaghossian family. Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Diane Arklin, son of Florindo Arklin, one of the church’s founders, and Loussarpi and Naomi Chahinian, daughters of Archpriest Fr. Nerses Chahinian, who served the parish in its early days, also received mementos.

The celebration continued with musical entertainment. Generous donations were made throughout the night.

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