Christmas Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Water at Ararat Home


On Thursday, January 8, 2015, Christmas was celebrated at Ararat Home in Mission Hills with Divine Liturgy and the blessing of water conducted by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, assisted by clergy members.

The day began with Christmas hymns, Gospel readings, and the blessing of water at the nursing facility. Religious Council Chair Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian conveyed the Prelate’s greetings and well wishes. After the blessing of water, His Eminence conveyed his blessings to the residents and wished a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year to all. Ararat Home Board Chairman Joseph Kanimian, Esq. thanked the Prelate and Prelacy for their enduring care and support and presented a New Year gift to His Eminence as a token of appreciation. Residents received the Prelacy calendar and illustrated Lord’s Prayers.

Divine Liturgy was then celebrated at the Sheen Chapel by Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian, who also delivered the sermon. The Prelate conducted the blessing of water at the conclusion of the service.

The Blessing of the Home service followed at the assisted living facility, where His Eminence presented faculty members with mementos in commendation of their dedicated service and the Prelacy Genocide Centennial memento to Mr. Kanimian.

The visit concluded with a luncheon hosted by the administration, during which by the request of the Prelate, Nune Avetisyan recited two pieces of poetry.

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