Prelate Participates in Genocide Commemorations

In the month of April, Armenians worldwide commemorated the 98th anniversary of the Genocide with various events.  H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, participated in a number of such events within our community.

On the morning of Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the Prelate participated in the Unified Young Armenians annual Little Armenia march in Hollywood, where he blessed and encouraged the organizers and participants with the opening prayer.  The Prelate was accompanied by Archpriest Father Vicken Vassilian and Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian.  At the end of the march, Fr. Vicken addressed the youth on behalf of the Prelate.  On the evening of Tuesday, April 23rd, Rev. Fr. Gomidas Torossian represented the Prelate at the Unified Young Armenians organized candlelight vigil held near the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

LittleArmeniaMarchIn the afternoon, the Prelate participated in the annual commemoration organized by the United Armenian Council for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at the memorial monument in Montebello.  Among the honored guests were Consul General of Armenia Grigor Hovhannissian, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and public officials.  The keynote speaker was human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson from England.  Requiem service followed, led by the leaders of the Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, and Evangelical Churches.  Guests then had the opportunity to pay their respects to our martyrs by placing wreaths at the cross-stone memorial.

In the evening, a city of Glendale co-sponsored commemoration was held at Alex Theatre, at which Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian represented the Prelate.  St. Mary’s Church pastors Rev. Fathers Vazken Atmajian, Ardak Demirjian, and Gomidas Torossian also attended.  The cultural program featured a performance by Chamlian students.

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