June 8, 2006

PRESS RELEASE
Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America
H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate
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DURING A VISIT TO THE COLORADO PARISH COMMUNITY


`WITH THIS HOLY MASS, LET US BE FILLED WITH THE MESSAGE OF THE FEAST, AND
ENLIGHTENED BY THE MYSTERY OF PENTECOST'
Declared the Prelate

From June 2-4, 2006, His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh
Mardirossian, Prelate, joined by Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, Chair of the
Prelacy Religious Council, visited the parish of the Armenian Apostolic
Church of Colorado and Rocky Mountain Region, to meet with the newly elected
parish council and the parish community.
On the afternoon of Sunday, June 4, the Prelate, assisted by
Very Rev. Fr. Muron, conducted Holy Mass and delivered his sermon on the
occasion of the Feast of Pentecost, highlighting three main points.
He spoke of the appearances of Christ to the disciples in the
forty days after His Glorious Resurrection and His ascension to Heaven. The
Prelate also spoke of how ten days after the Ascension, the disciples were
gathered at the Upper Room waiting for the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, which
descended and rested on each one of them. That day became the birthday of
the Christian Church, noted the Prelate, and added that it should also be
the spiritual anniversary of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Colorado and
the Armenian community. He continued, just as the disciples of our Lord
spread the Gospel to the four corners of the world, especially Saints
Thaddeus and Bartholomew who spread the Gospel to the Armenian people, you
too must follow their example and establish a church in the near future to
bind the community to the Armenian Apostolic faith, and offer spiritual
nourishment to the faithful. Archbishop Mardirossian requested from those
present that to the best of their abilities, each and every one of them must
assist in the church by donating their time, or by offering moral or
financial support. Subsequently, hymns for Pentecost were sung and the
Prelate offered a special prayer for the youth, who are the future of the
church.
Following Mass a reception was held at the church hall, where
the Prelate presented Mrs. Anna Kavafian with a letter of blessing and
commendation for her longtime service to the Armenian Church as an organist.
On this occasion, the Prelate also presented those in attendance with
mementos.