Western Prelacy Jail Ministry Endeavors

During Thanksgiving week, the Western Prelacy jail ministry endeavors intensified to meet the growing spiritual needs of inmates and rehab patients during the holiday season. By the ordinance of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, Chaplain Rafi Garabedian heads the jail ministry program, assisted by a number of clergy members.

On Monday, November 20, 2017, for the first time a special service was held for rehab patients and their families. Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian and Chaplain Rafi Garabedian, assisted by deacons, conducted a prayer service and offered Holy Communion. Fr. Ghevont conveyed the Prelate’s blessings and presented a spiritual meditation on Luke 8:49-56.

On Saturday, November 25, Rev. Fr. Boghos Baltayan and Chaplain Rafi Garabedian visited Armenian inmates at North County Correctional Facility in Castaic. They were joined by members of St. Sarkis Church of Pasadena. The theme of the visit was “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me” (Matthew 25:35-36). A prayer service was conducted and spiritual songs sung. Fr. Boghos spoke on the importance of prayer ad giving thanks, while Chaplain Rafi spoke about the need for confession and Holy Communion. The inmates received Holy Communion, after which they were hosted to lunch by the visitors. On behalf of the Prelate, they also received copies of the Prelacy’s latest publications, “I Confess with Faith” and “The Word of God” prayer books.      

On Monday, November 27, Chaplain Rafi visited the inmates of Taft Correctional Institution and gifted them the “I Confess with Faith” and “The Word of God” prayer books.

During each visit, Chaplain Rafi conveyed the Prelate’s blessings and well wishes.

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