His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate, celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Granite City, IL, on Sunday, Dec. 5, with Rev. Fr. Taniel Manjikian, Pastor, as co-celebrant.
On occasion of the Feast of Apostles St. Thaddeus and Bartholomew, the Prelate stressed the importance of the mission of both the Armenian Church and each faithful (read the Prelate’s Sermon below).
Following Divine Liturgy, because of preventive measures against the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the 67th anniversary of the church was observed with an abridged event before a closed altar. Stephen Hagopian Jr., Board of Trustees Chairperson, presented a report about the activities carried out this year, focusing on the Armenian language and other educational programs implemented by Fr. Taniel, their newly appointed Pastor, and Yn. Vana. In turn, Fr. Taniel thanked the parish for the warm welcome to his family and promised to promote a bustling community life despite the challenges posed by the current pandemic.
In ensuing remarks, the Prelate thanked God that after attending the joint session of Religious and Lay Councils of the Central Executive Council at the Catholicosate in Antelias under the presidency of His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, he was sharing in the prayers and joy of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s community on the anniversary of its foundation, that regardless of the humble circumstances was a testimony to perseverance. He complimented the Pastor and the Board for their close cooperation and the support offered by the community.
On this opportunity, the Prelacy awarded Certificates of Merit to Jeffrey Hagopian, Edward Haroian, Melanie Keeney, Lynne Hagopian, and Connie Ohanian for their service as Deacons, Choirmistress, and members of the Ladies’ Guild, respectively.
The event was closed with a blessing and the Giligia song.