52nd Anniversary of Saint Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of Merrimack Valley
Posted by The Armenian Prelacy
The first weekend of October offered for St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of Merrimack Valley a wonderful opportunity to enliven the early days of fall.
Despite the intimidating news filling the airwaves about Hurricane Ian, a group of outdoor and sports enthusiasts joined His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, on the afternoon of Saturday, October 1, in an 18-mile bike-a-thon along the former railroad line now converted into the Windham-Salem Rail Trail.
On Sunday, October 2, the Prelate celebrated Divine Liturgy. Before his sermon, he ordained Michael Bulbulian, Cameron Afarian and Andrew Movsessian as acolytes, with the sponsorship of Rev. Fr. Stephan Baljian, Pastor. Archbishop Anoushavan expressed his satisfaction for the dedication of the three teenagers, which is the most beautiful expression of faith and guarantees the continuity of the church’s mission.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the parish welcomed the newly blessed and consecrated Holy Muron.
Following the church services, in the parish's Jaffarian Hall, the faithful celebrated the 52nd anniversary of the church's consecration (1970).
Board of Trustees chairman, Joseph Almasian, gave a slide presentation about the church’s activities in the past year. Fr. Stephan was happy to report that the community was slowly returning to normal life following the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A tasteful artistic program added to the festivities of the day. On this occasion, Mrs. Armena Bizios received a certificate of recognition from the Prelacy for her many years of service to the church and its auxiliary bodies, as well as to the Armenian Relief Society.
After this, the Prelate highly praised all that the community was able to realize, both before and after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Srpazan Hayr especially appreciated the fact that children, young adults and elderly all took part in the program, participating with songs and poems, on piano and on flute. Taking this into account, he announced that the North Andover community is qualified to be known henceforth as the "Art-lovers' Community," and he bid them to always continue to work together with joy and with a positive spirit.
The spirited and engaging anniversary day closed with a final blessing and the singing of "Giligia."
Translated by Fr. Stephan Baljian