His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, officiated at the Divine Liturgy and the Opening of the Door service at St. Sarkis Church, of Dearborn, Michigan, on April 2, on occasion Palm Sunday. In his homily, the Prelate highlighted that the presence of Christ brings innocence, joy, and merry life. He also said that Christ’s Cleansing of the Temple was an example which showed that by purifying ourselves, we earn his infinite blessings. Prior to the liturgical services, a ceremony of the Andastan or the blessing of the four corners of the world took place to celebrate the reopening of the renovated church.
The ecclesiastical ceremonies were followed by a reception in the renovated parish hall, with Board of Trustees Chairwoman Seta Tchobanian welcoming the clergy and the faithful. Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian expressed his appreciation for all those who worked hard for years to make the church renovation dream come true.
The Prelate delivered remarks complimenting the parish for achieving their goal in such a short time thanks to the generous giving by the parishioners.
Lunch was enlivened by noted violinist Sonia Lee’s beautiful interpretation of a repertoire that ended with Gomidas’ “Groong.” The joyous Sunday ended with the traditional group singing of “Giligia” and a prayer.