Ari Guiragos Minassian School Students Visit the Prelacy

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, students from Ari Guiragos Minassian School in Orange County, accompanied by Principal Ms. Sanan Shirinian, teachers, and parents, visited the Prelacy where they renewed their allegiance to our faith and heritage. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, joined by Rev. Fr. Karekin Bedourian and Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian, greeted the students at the “St. Dertad and St. Ashkhen” Chapel where they sang the Lord’s Prayer and the hymn dedicated to our holy martyrs, on which the Prelate gave a brief explanation.

Next, clergy and students gathered at the Armenian Genocide centennial monument in the Prelacy courtyard where they sang “Cilicia” and placed flowers in memory of our martyrs. The visit continued at the “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall. Three students delivered remarks stating that they had come to their “home” to renew their pledge to uphold our faith, language, and culture. They thanked the Prelate for the welcome and conveyed their well wishes to him. A patriotic program of songs and recitations followed, after which the Prelate delivered his message.

His Eminence commended the students’ performances and especially their pledge to uphold our faith and heritage, noting that in the past week students from three other schools had visited and made the same promise. He urged them to speak Armenian and to stay true to their pledge. The Prelate stated that Ari Guiragos Minassian School holds a special place in his heart having taught there decades ago, and is happy to see alumni still connected to the school now as parents. He touched on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the first Republic of Armenia and recent commemorations of the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, reminding the students to keep the legacy of our forefathers alive. The visit concluded with the benediction and the collective singing of the Armenian national anthem.

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