On January 3, 2019, H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate, accompanied by Diocesan clergy visited the residents of Ararat Home in Mission Hills on the blessed occasion of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by the Rev. Fr. Yeremia Khachatryan, the clergy performed the traditional Blessing of the Water Service and distributed Holy Communion to the residents and staff. Visiting the elderly has been a revered Diocesan tradition and one that has been dear to the heart of Archbishop Derderian.
In his message to the elderly, Archbishop Derderian said "Our hearts rejoice as we proclaim the Miraculous Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As descendants of the first Christian nation, you have instilled the love of God in the hearts of your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We love and keep you in our prayers. May the Miraculous Birth of Christ become enlighten your hearts and become the source of spiritual reawakening."
Words of gratitude were expressed to the Primate and the clergy by Mr. Michael Surmeian, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ararat Home, who reflected on the years of compassionate pastoral care and guidance for the residents.