On Thursday, December 10, 2015, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed the visit of Mesrobian School elementary, middle, and high school students, who had come to receive his blessings ahead of the New Year and Christmas. The students were accompanied by Principal David Ghoogasian and teachers. The Prelate was joined by Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian and Rev. Fr. Ashod Kambourian.
The visit began with prayer at the “St. Dertad and St. Ashkhen” Chapel, and continued at the “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall. Ms. Zepur Ohanessian, a teacher at the school, served as the MC. Mrs. Marina Cherchian, also a teacher, conveyed that the students had come to wish the Prelate a happy New Year and a Merry Christmas and to spread holiday cheer through a cultural program they had prepared.
The students then presented a beautiful program of Christmas hymns and songs, recitations, and dance, wearing hand-made traditional costumes.
In his remarks the Principal stated that the administration and students enjoy the visits of the Prelate to the school, however this time it was their wish to come to the Prelacy to personally convey their well wishes to His Eminence and to show the spiritual and patriotic instruction they receive at school. He also announced a special surprise for the Prelate, a hand-made miniature painting by one of the students.
The Prelate delivered his message at the end of the program. His Eminence highly commended the students’ performances, which he said spread Christmas spirit and merriment throughout the Prelacy, and noted that they were the first to convey holiday well wishes. As the school bears the name of our great teacher St. Mesrob, the Prelate wished for the students to develop spiritually and intellectually inspired by the spirit and legacy of St. Mesrob. His Eminence then commended the Principal and educators for their commitment to the proper instruction of our youth, gave an overview of the Prelacy’s mission, and also spoke of the message of Christmas as the greatest expression of God’s love toward man and the promise of peace, love, goodwill, and harmony. Thus, the Prelate urged the students to always give thanks to God for all His blessing, and wished them a blessed New Year and Christmas. The program concluded with the benediction and Cilicia.
The visit concluded with a tour of the Prelacy headquarters.