Chamlian Graduating Class Visits the Prelacy Prior to Armenia Pilgrimage


Each year the graduating class of Vahan and Anoush Chamlian School embarks on a pilgrimage to Armenia during Easter time, and each year students visit the Prelacy to receive the blessings of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, prior to their departure. This year’s visit took place on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Eighty students, accompanied by Principal Dr. Talin Kargodorian, Vice-Principal Mrs. Rita Kaprielian, and parents arrived at the Prelate and were greeted at the “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall by the Prelate, Very Rev. Fr. Torkom Donoyan, Very Rev. Fr. Vache Balekjian, and Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian.

Sara Kilitsian opened the program by greeting the Prelate and clergy. Arthur Chebishian thanked the Prelate for welcoming the graduating class each year and stated that visiting the various pilgrimage sites in Armenia will be a spiritually uplifting experience for them all.

The program included group recitations, a solo vocal performance by Megheti Mikayelian, solo dance by Areni Chalekian, piano performance by Anita Oganesyan, anda duet by Megheti Poladian and Izabel Mesrobian.

The Prelate commended the students for their lively performances, which he stated was a reflection of their diligence, patriotism, and conviction, as well as the administration and parents for their support and encouragement. He also introduced the two new clergymen. “When you travel throughout Armenia you will witness with your own eyes historical sites, each of which has special meaning, and you will realize the amount of sacrifice and efforts it took to get to where we are today as a nation,” said the Prelate and assured them that they will return transformed and bolstered in their national identity and in their love for our heritage. He urged them also to become renewed in their faith and strengthen their faith as they will be our leaders in the future, especially during the season of Great Lent which in essence is a time of renewal.
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The Prelate concluded by blessing the students and wishing them a safe and unforgettable pilgrimage. The visit concluded with the benediction, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Armenian national anthem. The students received crosses as gifts.

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