Weekly News – May 25, 2012

CELEBRATING PENTECOST AND THE 94TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE FIRST REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

Sunday, May 27, 2012, is Pentecost, which this year coincides with the eve of the 94th anniversary of the first Republic of Armenia.

Both these occasion will be celebrated with special services this Sunday.

By the ordinance of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, thanksgiving Prayers for the Republic and the blessing of the Armenian flag will take place in Prelacy Churches, as well as requiem prayers for the martyrs of the battles at Sardarabad, Gharakilise, Pash-Abaran, and all those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our nation.

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PRELATE DELIVERS HIS MESSAGE AT THE
ARMENIAN BAR ASSOCIATION GALA BANQUET

On Saturday, May 19, the 23rd gala banquet of the Armenian Bar Association was held at the Glendale Hilton.

The banquet featured an awards ceremony, a keynote address by Los Angeles City Council member Eric Garcetti, and the installation of officers. Mr. Edik Baghdassaryan, Editor-in-chief of Hetq online magazine in Armenia, was presented with the “Hrant Dink Freedom of Speech Award” for his efforts in making a difference in the lives of Armenia’s citizens.

The Prelate attended the gala and delivered his remarks.

The Prelate began his address first by wishing good health to Armenian Bar Association member Mr. Vicken Simonian.  Continuing, His Eminence thanked the Armenian Bar Association for their efforts in the advocacy of human and legal rights, and especially for their contributions to Armenia by promoting democracy and educating the citizens of their civic responsibilities and rights.  The Prelate congratulated the organization on their 23rd anniversary, expressed his joy and pride at the growing number of Armenian professionals in the field, and prayed for the Lord to guide them in fulfillment of their duties and responsibilities.  He concluded his message by congratulating the evening’s honoree, Mr. Edik Baghdassaryan, thanked outgoing Chairman Mr. Edvin Minassian for his years of meritorious leadership, and welcomed incoming Chairman Mr. Garo Ghazarian, expressing confidence that the organization will continue to thrive and reach new heights under the energetic and passionate leadership of their new chairman and dedicated members.

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