MEMBERS OF COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTE $65,000
MRS. ASHKEN PILAVJIAN–SERVING AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE CELEBRATION–DONATES $10,000
Under the auspices of Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian–Prelate of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America–and the presidency of Mrs. Askhen Pilavjian–the community celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Holy Martyrs Church of Encino. The event took place on Saturday–November 2 at Ferrahian School’s Avedissian Hall.
Representatives of the Executive Council–ARF Rostom Gomideh–and organizations were present along with the Armenian community of the Valley to celebrate the anniversary and support Holy Martyrs church.
Katchig Titizian served as the master of ceremonies for the evening–and after welcoming the crowd–invited Father Razmig Khatchadourian–the spiritual leader of the Encino church–to officially open the banquet with a prayer.
Secretary of the board of trustees of the Holy Martyrs church Vartan Minassian–along with board member George Bedigian delivered in Armenian and English–the message of the board of trustees. They specifically addressed Mrs. Pilavjian–thanking her for her love and commitment toward the church.
Also present at the celebration was Los Angeles City Council member Dennis Zine who praised the Armenian community and the Armenian National Committee for their active role and participation in politics–and in appreciation–presented a plaque to board of trustee chairman Dzeron Titizian.
In his speech–Bishop Mardirossian thanked Father Khatchadourian–his board of trustees and the organizing committee for their great efforts in organizing the evening. He applauded all the faithful who were present and who consistently give their all to the advancement of Holy Martyrs church and the community.
Bishop Mardirossian invited Father Khatchadourian and chairman Titizian to present a momento to Mrs. Pilavjian in appreciation and acknowledgment of her honorable character.
Bishop Mardirossian conducted services at Holy Martyrs the next day to celebrate the anniversary. There–he congratulated a group of scouts present at the service who have begun a scout-related program of religious studies; on completing the program–the scouts will receive the Mesrob Mashdots pin and become examples to others.
After Requiem services–Bishop Mardirossian led a procession to the Khatchar adjacent to the church; it is dedicated to the victims of the Genocide of Armenia’s–and to the martyrs of the liberation struggle. The Khatchar was donated by Sisag Palandjian; its architect is Gagik Tanielian.
The Prelate blessed the Khatchar and led the procession to Avedissian hall to conduct the "Blessing of the Madagh."