On Sunday, October 6th, a large crowd gathered at the Lillian Arakelian Hall to mark another milestone in the history of St. Sarkis Church &ndash 51 years at the Dearborn location. This event was very ably co-chaired by Carolyn Sirian & Silva Sagherian.
Following opening remarks by emcee Sebouh Sarkissian, the singing of the national anthems by Mrs. Anne Movsesian accompanied by Mrs. Helen Mempreian Movsesian, and invocation and remarks by Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian, dinner was served. Lovely dinner music was provided by violinist Mr. Harry Hovakimian.
The program continued with a poetry recitation by Ms. Sanan Malkajian, accompanied by Ms. Nayiri Carman on the piano. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Sebouh Sarkissian offered an inspiring message. Representing the youth of our parish, Kegham Jalhaian offered a dynamic recitation.
The debut performance of a trio of young singers trained by Father Hrant took place at this event. Their beautiful voices joined in perfect harmony, Ms. Araxie Tossounian, Ms. Tamar Changelian and Ms. Nayri Carman brought a fresh perspective to traditional Armenian folk songs. They have a bright future ahead.
The always enthusiastic and inspiring message of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan preceded the awards presentation to 29 couples &ndash the mainstay of the St. Sarkis community &ndash who had been married 51 years or more. Srpazan congratulated each couple as he presented them with a beautiful, individualized plaque illustrated with the image of Mount Ararat, the symbol of Armenia.
The program concluded with the singing of Giligia.