Primate Pays Pastoral Visit to St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem: Three Parishioners Honored with Hye Spirit Medals, Stole Bearers Ordained and Choir Recognized. On Sunday, July 19, 2015, the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian made an official visit to St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem where His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy and offer the homily. During the services, the Primate also presented the Diocesan Hye Spirit Award to three of our parishioners based on the recommendation of the Parish Council and Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Zaven Makosyan. Honored this year were Charlie Davidian, Lucille Margosian and Marilyn Zerounian.
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The Hye Spirit Awards were first presented in our parish in 2005 by Archbishop Derderian. The award recognizes parishioners who for many years have rendered service to their parish and the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Marilyn Zerounian was recognized for her many years of service beginning with ACYO and as a member of the Yettem Church Choir that began in 1953. She has also been an active member of the Ladies Society which she joined in 1963. Following her mother’s lead, Marilyn has served on the “mas” committee and was chair of that group until very recently. Marilyn and husband Pete were also charter members of the Mr. and Mrs. Club.
Lucille Margosian began her service to our church as a member of the ACYO. Lucille also joined the Ladies Society in 1963 and served that organization as its treasurer for many terms. Lucille has served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Mr. & Mrs. Committee, the Kitchen Remodeling Committee, the Monument Committee, the 75th Anniversary Committee and was instrumental in getting a miniature rose named after the St. Mary Parish.
Charlie Davidian was unable to attend the event because of a previous commitment to be in Washington State with his family. Charlie who also began serving in his early years with ACYO was recognized for serving multiple terms on the Parish Council. On the Council he has served as vice chairman and maintenance committee chair. Charlie spends many hours doing odd jobs around the church even when “off” the board. Charlie was a member of the Mr. and Mrs. Club for many years. Charlie also has followed in his father’s and uncle’s footsteps as a master barbeque specialist for numerous church luncheons and banquets.
A video of the presentation can be seen by clicking this link: HyeSpiritAwards2015
Following the awarding of the Hye Spirit Awards, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian also took time to recognize church choir members with special gifts in gratitude for their continued service to our parish. This presentation can be seen by clicking here: Hye Spirit Awards 2015 and Choir Recognition.
After the choir recognition Archbishop Derderian presented stoles to altar servers David Safrazian and Jordan Yahnian. Both young men have been active serving on the altar here, and in Jordan’s case also in Southern California.. In presenting the two with their stoles, the Primate expressed his gratitude to them in being “a good example to the faithful for their dedication and service to this Holy Altar and this Holy Church”.
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After services, all those in attendance were invited to the Majarian Hall for a delicious fellowship luncheon sponsored by the Parish Council, Ladies Society and ACYO. The lunch featured lahmajoons, cheese boregs, numerous salads and desserts including a birthday sheet cake donated by the Safrazian family in honor of the birthdays of David and Pete Safrazian and Uncle Jack Barsamian.