On Sunday, December 21, 2014, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, presided over the annual New Year and Christmas program of Holy Martyrs Church Sunday School, which was held at Avedissian” Hall following Divine Liturgy. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Sunday School. Thus, on this occasion, Sunday School alumni from the past decades were specially invited to be in attendance. Also in attendance were Holy Martyrs Church Delegates, Board of Trustees and Ladies Guild members, representatives of sister organizations, parents, and Sunday School supporters and friends.
The program began with the Armenian and Sunday School anthems presented by the students. The invocation was delivered by Parish Pastor Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian. Master of Ceremonies Miss Zabel Karaghossian welcomed the guests and invited the students, grade by grade, to present their programs, which included Christmas hymns and recitations, a production title “John the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus”, and a presentation of the life of Gomidas Vartabed. The student program concluded with two group songs.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Greg Martayan congratulated and thanked the Sunday School Director and teachers for their devoted service especially within the last 18 years, and wished them success in their future endeavors.
Sunday School Director Mrs. Seta Kejejian was then invited to deliver her message. Mrs. Kejejian first expressed gratitude to the Prelate for his presence and for his special care to Sunday Schools and thanked the parents and guests for their moral and financial support. The director reflected on the 50 year history of the Sunday School and greeted alumni who had gathered for the occasion. Addressing the four new graduates, Mrs. Kejejian wished that they remain faithful to the Sunday School oath throughout their lives by serving our church and nation, and in conclusion wished everyone a happy New Year and a Merry Christmas.
The presentation of diplomas followed, after which the Prelate delivered his message. His Eminence commended the efforts of the program organizers, the performances of the students, and the support of the parents and guests. Highlighting the importance of Sunday Schools in imparting valuable lessons to our youth from a young age, the Prelate congratulated the 50th anniversary of Holy Martyrs Sunday School and wished them continued successes for years to come. In conclusion, His Eminence wished all a happy New Year and Merry Christmas filled with love, joy, and harmony
The Parent Support Committee then presented a gift to the Director in appreciation for her 18 years of service, and Christmas gifts to the teachers. A luncheon hosted by the Board of Trustees followed.