Led by the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the clergy of the greater Los Angeles Area paid a pastoral visit to the elderly residents of Ararat Home on January 3, 2018 on the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Visiting the elderly has been a revered tradition at the Western Diocese especially on Tabernacle Feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
At 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Fr. Yeremia Khachatryan celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the chapel. After delivering the day's homily, the clergy distributed Holy Communion to the faithful.
At the assisted living facility, the clergy participated in the traditional Blessing of the Water and Home Blessing Service. Holy Communion was distributed to the residents and staff alike. Dozens of residents and staff participated in the Divine Liturgy.
On behalf of the Ararat Home Board of Trustees, Joseph Kanimian, Esq., former Chairman of the Board, expressed his wholehearted gratitude to the Diocesan Primate and clergy for their unwavering support of the mission of Ararat Home.
Mr. Derik Ghookasian, Chief Operating Officer of Ararat Home was recognized by the Diocesan Primate for his loyalty, unrelenting dedication and enduring affection for the God-pleasing mission of Ararat Home. "For decades, the elderly of our community have benefitted from the compassionate care they have received within these blessed walls. This is due to the staunch leadership and the commitment to excellence in service," said the Primate commending the honoree.
The clergy were treated to a special lunch following the service.
Later that afternoon at 3:30 p.m., Diocesan clergy visited Ararat Home in Eagle Rock where they performed the Blessing of the Water ceremony and delivered the day’s message.