A group of parishioners from St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Pasadena travelled to scenic cities of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and the historic mission in San Juan Capistrano on Wednesday July 24, 2019.
The group also visited St. Mary Armenian Church of Costa Mesa where they were greeted and welcomed by Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Tashjian. After a collective prayer, the group departed with uplifted spirits.
Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum, is the Birthplace of Orange County. It was founded more than two hundred years ago as the 7th of 21 missions statewide and features a chapel still standing where Saint Serra once celebrated Mass.
Today, it is a monument to California’s multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Native Americans, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion.