His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, celebrated Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at St. Gregory Church in Indian Orchard, MA, on Sunday, May 1, on occasion of the 88th anniversary of the church. The Prelate updated the theme of his homily, saying that the community has been able to fulfill its mission for 88 years thanks to the living stones of the Church–its devoted faithful.
Following Divine Liturgy, a celebration was held at the parish hall. In a speech, Tanya Garibian, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, looked back at the activities carried out by the church during the pandemic years. During the gathering, the Board honored Nick Panasian and Ardemis Babaeghian for the service to the parish over the years. Photographer and longtime parishioner Armen Tashjian, who turned 100 years only a few weeks ago, was invited to address the public.
The Prelate highly praised St. Gregory’s Pastor, Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, as well as the attendees for their belief and dedication, and returning to the theme of his sermon, urged them to realize their role within the community as a living stone of the Church and serve it selflessly.
Yn. Marine Shetilian also entertained the public playing classical Armenian pieces on the piano. The gathering closed with the singing of Giligia.
Archbishop Anoushavan, along with Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, Yn. Marine Shetilian, and Mr. Armen Tashjian.
Archbishop Anoushavan, along with Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, Mr. Nick Panasian and Board of Trustees chairperson Ms. Tania Garibian
Archbishop Anoushavan, along with Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, Mrs. Ardemis Babeghian, and Board of Trustees chairperson Ms. Tania Garibian