St. Garabed Church of Las Vegas to be Consecrated in April

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, the Religious and Executive Councils, and the Pastor and Parish Council of St. Garabed Church of Las Vegas joyfully announce that the construction of the Church is nearing completion and the Church will be consecrated on the weekend of April 13 and 14 by the Prelate.

On Saturday, April 13, evening service, the Opening of the Portals ceremony, and the consecration of the baptismal font will take place.  The Church and altar will be consecrated on Sunday, April 14 during Holy High Mass.  The pillar crosses and dome cross were consecrated in October of 2011 by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I during his Pontifical Visit to the Western Prelacy.

On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, the Prelate, visited the Las Vegas Parish Community to oversee the progress of the construction of St.
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Garabed Chruch.  His Eminence was accompanied by Executive Council member Mr. Vahan Bezdikian, who is also the Chair of the Prelacy Real Property Committee and has been providing his expertise to this project.

The Prelate and Mr. Bezdikian met with Parish Pastor Archpriest Fr. Avedis Torossian, Parish Council Chair Mr. Adroushan Armenian and members of the Council and Construction Committees.  The Parish representatives reported that the project is reaching its completion and they have already secured the necessary permits to operate the Church.  The marbling of the altar and final touch ups will be completed in the next few weeks.

It is fitting that the consecration will take place about one week prior to the commemoration of the 98th anniversary of the Genocide, given that the Church is also a memorial to the victims of the Genocide.  The main benefactor, Mr. Larry Barnes, dedicated the Church to the memory of his wife Seda Der Garabedian-Barnes and to her ancestors who perished in the Genocide in the region of Van.

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