Prelate Presides over Blessing and Rededication of the “Hovhannes and Hripsime Jivalagian Youth Center” in Pasadena

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, the Pasadena Armenian Center was rededicated as the “Hovhannes and Hripsime Jivalagian Youth Center” during a special ceremony presided over by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate. Community benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Varant and Hoori Melkonian sponsored the center in honor of Hoori’s parents.
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The program began with welcoming remarks, the flag ceremony by Homenetmen scouts, and national anthems. The Prelate, joined by St. Sarkis Church pastor Rev. Fr. Boghos Baltayan, conducted the blessing ceremony, and with the Melkonian family and the participation of ARF-WR Central Committee Political Chair Mr. Avedik Izmirlian and “Lernavayr” Gomideh representatives presided over the unveiling of the new sign and ribbon cutting.

A dinner reception followed in the center’s hall. The Prelate delivered the invocation, after which remarks were delivered by Mr. Manoug Joukhajian on behalf of the organizing committee, Mr. Arman Baghdoyan on behalf of the “Lernavayr” Gomideh, and Mrs. Hoori Melkonian on behalf of the sponsor family.

The Prelate began his message by congratulating the community. His Eminence alluded to the center rededication coinciding with the New Year on the old calendar, the naming of our Lord according to our church calendar, and the feast of St. John the Forerunner a few days later, the first feast on our church calendar, and on this occasion congratulated Mr. Hovhannes Jivalagian on his name day celebration. He noted that Mrs. Hripsime also bears the name of a revered saint. “These two saints and martyrs were pioneers for the Christian and Armenian nation; it is my wish that this center also be a guiding force for this community and especially for the youth,” stated the Prelate. He concluded by blessing and commending Mr. and Mrs. Varant and Hoori Melkonian for their benevolence and utmost love and reverence for their parents as evidenced by their latest sponsorship and their prior sponsorship of the Burbank Youth Center’s “Melkon and Angel Melkonian Gym” in honor of Varant’s parents.

The evening continued with musical entertainment.

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