eNewsletter of the Eastern Diocese, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, visited local Armenian schools and homes for the elderly last week. These included the Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School in Bayside, NY, and the New York Armenian Home in Flushing, NY, on Thursday, January 9; and the Hovnanian School in New Milford, NJ, and the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Emerson, NJ, on Friday, January 10.
As part of each visit, the Primate officiated over the Home Blessing service, which is traditionally performed at the start of the new year. At the Holy Martyrs and Hovnanian schools, students sang Armenian songs and recited poems. They also had a chance to learn more about the Home Blessing service and to ask Archbishop Barsamian questions about the Armenian Church. At the New York Armenian Home and the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, residents received communion.
Accompanying Archbishop Barsamian to the Holy Martyrs Day School and the New York Armenian Home were the Rev. Fr. Abraham Malkhasyan and Dn. Vahe Bagdasarian. Accompanying Archbishop Barsamian to the Hovnanian School and the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were the Rev. Fr. Diran Bohajian, Rev. Fr. Arakel Vardazaryan, Rev. Fr. Daniel Karadjian, Dn. Sebuh Oscherician, Dn. Hacik Sariminasyan, and Dn. Vahe Bagdasarian.
Click on the following links to view photos from the visits to Holy Martyrs Day School, the Hovnanian School,
and the Armenian centers in Flushing and Emerson.
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