Christmas Service at Ararat Home

It has become a beautiful tradition within the Western Prelacy for clergy to visit Ararat Home at the start of each New Year to convey their New Year blessings and spread Christmas joy and tidings to the administration and residents.

Continuing this tradition, on the morning of Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, Christmas service was held at Ararat Home in Mission Hills led by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and with the participation of clergy members.

The service began at 10:00 a.m. at the nursing facility dining room with the Prelate conveying his blessings and wishes for a happy New Year to the residents. Following the singing of hymns dedicated to the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prelate conducted the blessing of water, bread, and salt. Residents were then offered Holy Communion.

Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Sheen Chapel beginning at 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Church Pastor Rev. Gomidas Torossian celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon. Holy Communion was offered to the faithful, after which the Prelate presided over the blessing of water. The Prelate and clergy were then hosted to a luncheon by the administration.

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