Prelacy Ladies Auxiliary Hosts Traditional Lent Luncheon

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, the annual traditional Lent luncheon organized by the Prelacy Ladies Auxiliary was held at Carousel Restaurant in Glendale under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian.

The day began with Sunrise Service at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale presided over by the Prelate and with the participation of clergy members and deacons.

Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian delivered the spiritual meditation with the theme “O Christ, Who are the way and the truth and the life, guide our souls to ascend from the earth into heaven” from the words of the Sunrise Service hymn, calling on the faithful to walk in the path of Christ.  The service came to a close with a moving rendition of the “Lord have mercy” hymn sung collectively by the clergy, and the Lord’s Prayer.

The luncheon followed at Carousel.  Among the 250 guests at the sold-out event where Executive Council Chair Mrs. Rima Boghossian and member Ms. Ani Mgrdichian-Garikian, representatives of ARS Central and Regional Executives and local chapters, members of parishes’ Ladies Guilds, and Prelacy sponsors.

On behalf of Carousel Restaurant greetings were conveyed to the Prelate and guests, after which Mrs. Alvard Barseghian delivered welcoming remarks on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary, stating “we have gathered to enjoy this lunch reception together but also to renew our faith as members of the Armenian Apostolic Church”, and that the luncheon is organized annually to preserve and honor our traditions and customs.

The Prelate then invited the ladies to officially commence the luncheon with the Lord’s Prayer.
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  After the blessing of tables, His Eminence conveyed his message, blessing and commending the Ladies Auxiliary for their diligent service and the guests for their continuous support and encouragement.  His Eminence commended also Carousel’s owners, the Cholakian family, and thanked them for their donation.

During lunch, Fr. Boghos spoke about Lent, noting that during the forty-day period, as a sign of mankind’s separation from God, the altar curtain is closed, the Bible is covered, and Holy Communion is not given; but we can regain God’s favor through fasting, repentance, and spiritual renewal during Lent.

Donations were made throughout the luncheon by guests inspired by the festive atmosphere.  The luncheon also featured traditional Armenian songs performed by the Element band.

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