Primate of Artsakh Visits Western Prelacy Ahead of Artsakh Liberation Movement 30th Anniversary Commemoration

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed to the Prelacy H.
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E. Archbishop Barkev Martirosyan, Primate of Artsakh, who was in town to participate in the 30th anniversary commemoration of the Artsakh liberation movement. The Primate was accompanied by members of the 30th anniversary committee, while the Prelate was joined by Very Rev. Fr. Torkom Donoyan, Vicar General, Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian, Rev. Fr. Movses Shannakian, and members of the Prelacy Ladies Auxiliary.

The visit began with prayer at the “St. Dertad and St. Ashkhen” Chapel, and followed at the “Sulahian” reception room. The Prelate welcomed the Primate and thanked God for the opportunity to collectively mark the 30th anniversary of the Artsakh liberation movement, a movement which he stated was the continuation and renewal of our centuries-long struggle and demand for our rights, and in which the Primate was an important figure from the onset. The Prelate expressed contentment that the Primate will have the opportunity to visit Prelacy Schools during his stay, and will be the featured speaker at the 30th anniversary commemoration, and in conclusion thanked the organizing committee for their efforts.

The Primate expressed thanks for the warm welcome and for the opportunity to meet with his fellow clergymen and lay representatives at the Prelacy, which he regarded as home. He spoke of the long history of the Artsakh liberation movement, a struggle for justice and national rights which began sometime in the 18th century. “It is a long and hard struggle, but we will continue boldly and we will achieve our goals through united efforts,” stressed the Primate, who also spoke of the importance of having the youth involved in such commemorations, instructing them with our national values and continually reminding them of our struggle for they are our future. In conclusion, the Primate thanked the Armenian community of California and the organizers who have created a little Armenia in the Diaspora.

During the ensuing discussion, the Primate gave further information about ongoing irrigation projects in Artsakh while organizing committee member Mr. Harout Manoukian announced that a fundraising initiative will be held on this occasion to provide thirty greenhouses to the families of martyrs and injured soldiers.

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