Prelate of Aleppo Begins Western Prelacy Visit at Pilibos School

On Friday, October 10, 2014, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, paid a special visit to Rose and Alex Pilibos School in Hollywood joined by H.E. Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate of Aleppo, who arrived in Los Angeles the previous day for a ten day visit to report on the situation in Syria. Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian and Archpriest Fr.
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Vicken Vassilian participated in the visit.

Junior High and High School students were gathered at St. Garabed Church to greet the Prelates. Syrian Armenian students had formed a procession at the entrance of the church, where the two Prelates conducted the blessing of bread and salt.

Following the Lord’s Prayer, the clergy sang hymns dedicated to the Feast of the Holy Translators, after which students from various grade levels presented group and solo songs and recitations. Teacher Mrs. Tamar Seraydarian welcomed the clergy. She noted that the students have a spiritual connection with their fellow students in Syria and are always ready to lend their support to them.

In his message to the students, Archbishop Mardirossian emphasized the invaluable contributions of the Holy Translators to the formation of our faith and national identity through the creation of the Armenian alphabet and the translation of the Holy Bible. He conveyed his well wishes to the students for a productive school year and urged them to remain allegiant to our mother tongue. He then invited Archbishop Sarkissian to address the gathering.

His Eminence first spoke of the Holy Translators, stating that the legacy they bequeathed to us is a blessing which we must utilize and preserve. Speaking on the situation in Syria and in particular on student life, Archbishop Sarkissian reported how students are pursuing their education in the most difficult conditions and how much they need our support and prayers.

Kneeling before the altar, clergy sang “Lord have mercy”, praying for the mercy and protection of our Lord upon our brethren in Syria. Following an exchange of mementos between the Prelates and students, the gathering came to a close with Cilicia and the benediction.

The Prelates and clergy then headed to Postoian Pre-School where they had a pleasant interaction with the young children, who greeted them with songs and recitations. A visit to the fourth and fifth grade classes followed. Students recited poetry and presented the Prelates with hand-made mementos. In the courtyard, students sang patriotic songs in celebration of Armenian Culture Month and as a demonstration of support to their fellow students in Syria.

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