Prelate Presides over Requiem Service for Vahan Hovannesian

On Saturday, January 3, 2015, a state funeral was held in Armenia for Armenia’s Ambassador to Germany and long-time ARF leader Vahan Hovannesian, who passed away on December 28, 2014 after a long illness. Within the Western Prelacy, the life and service of the late leader was remembered with requiem service at St. Mary’s Church, followed by a memorial gathering.

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, presided over Divine Liturgy and the requiem service, and delivered his tribute to Vahan Hovannesian, commending his lifelong service to the Armenian nation and cause. ARF Western Region Central Committee members, representatives of community organizations, Executive Council Chair Mr. Vahe Hovaguimian, and Treasurer Mr. Meher Der Ohanessian attended the service.

The memorial gathering organized by the ARF Central Committee followed at the “Armenak Der Bedrosian” Hall. The Prelate attended the first part of the program, then headed to the North Hollywood parish to celebrate Divine Liturgy and conduct the blessing of madagh on the 6th anniversary of the establishment of the parish community.

On behalf of the Prelate, Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian delivered his remarks on the somber occasion. Mr. Saro Nazarian served as Master of Ceremonies. The keynote speech was delivered by ARF Central Committee member Mr.Vahe Bozoyan. The event featured a cultural program.

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