St. Gregory Church Parish Community of San Francisco Honors the Prelate

On Friday, July 13, 2012, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, arrived in San Francisco where the parish community had organized a banquet to honor him on his re-election. During his visit, the Prelate also had the opportunity to meet with the Pastor and Board of Trustees to discuss issues of concern to the parish.

The banquet was held at the Saroyan Hall of the Khatchaturian Armenian Community Center. Pastor, Board of Trustees, Delegates and Ladies Auxiliary members of St. Gregory Church were joined at the banquet by members of Krouzian-Zekarian-Vasbouragan School and local sister organizations.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by Board of Trustees Chair Mr. Rostom Aintablian who stated that the San Francisco and Bay Area community were honored to welcome the Prelate to their community. He congratulated the Prelate on his recent re-election and his strong leadership over the past 16 years, wishing him many more years of successful leadership to the Armenian Church of the Western United States.

ARF Krisdapor Gomideh representative Mr. Hrayr Sarkissian also congratulated the Prelate and praised his meritorious leadership and role in the progress of the Armenian Cause. In conclusion, he reaffirmed the full support and devotion of the community to the Prelate’s endeavors and mission.

St. Gregory Church Pastor Archpriest Fr. Khoren Habeshian conveyed his congratulatory and well wishes to the Prelate on behalf of the parish community. The faithful children of the Holy See of Cilicia worldwide are deeply grateful to the Holy See for helping to establish the organized Armenian communities we have today, said Fr. Khoren. He emphasized that the prominence of the Western Prelacy today is owing to the hard work and efforts of our Prelate, and concluded by praying for the Lord to continue to grace His Eminence with the strength and wisdom to carry on his service as the spiritual leader of our community.
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Fr. Khoren then invited the Prelate to deliver his message.

His Eminence began his message by first offering thanks and praise to God for His blessings, and gratitude to His Holiness for his paternal care and guidance. He also thanked the Pastor, Board of Trustees, and parish community for the warm welcome and reception. “With vision, faith, and our best efforts, we will continue our service to the Armenian Church and the Armenian people. Let us always praise God for His abundant blessings, and live and serve with gratitude and love for one another”, said the Prelate. His Eminence then highlighted important principles we should all live by: to overcome hate with love, and evil with goodness, as the Apostle Paul teaches us, to forgive without expectations in return, to accept our shortcomings and look to the future with optimism and positivity. “If we can do these things, we will be seen as worthy in the eyes of God,” concluded the Prelate.

A cultural program of songs and music was also offered, performed by Mrs. Seda Kizirian and pianist Mrs. Nayirie Sarkiss.

At the conclusion of the banquet, the Prelate blessed a pair of wedding crowns and presented them to Fr. Khoren for use during wedding ceremonies. The crowns had recently been donated to the Prelacy and each parish by sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Kevork and Mirna Kacharian.

The Prelate returned to Los Angeles on Saturday.

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