On Saturday 20 October, the Parish Council hosted the annual gathering of church servants which included members of the diaconate, choirs, auxiliary committees, and Sunday school teachers.

The evening started with the official launch of the Shnorhali Vocal Ensemble, a group of talented young vocalists under the conductorship of Lilit Mouradian-Minasian, was held in the Church of Holy Resurrection as a prelude to the annual dinner. With a repertoire of spiritual and Gomidasian songs, the group received an arousing applause from the 150 guests.

On the 30th foundation anniversary of the Church’s Loosavorich Choir, members serving more than 20 years were awarded commendation certificates by the Diocese  for their faithful service. Led by Choirmaster Deacon Vartan Elmasian, the example of service by each and every member is praiseworthy as they continue to be a pillar of the Church of Holy Resurrection.

At the conclusion of proceedings in the Church, Bishop Najarian with the clergy and 150 guests moved to the Edgarian Hall where he presided over the church family dinner. The Master of Ceremony for the evening was Parish Councillor Mr Zaven Yaghljian. On this joyous occasion, the Parish Council honoured Archpriest Father Norayr Patanian on his 80th birthday as well as bestowing Honorary Life Membership to long-standing parish members Mr and Mrs Krikor and Azadouhi Karageuzian for their dedicated contribution to church life for many, many years.

During the evening, addresses were delivered by Mr Bedros Zorlu and Father Norayr Patanian, who expressed their feelings on the need for church service and faith, notwithstanding their advancing years, feel the requirement even more so, to fulfil their duty to serve with love and commitment, to continue in their Christian, national and community duty.

In turn, the Primate articulated with beautiful sentiments, his appreciation of all the volunteers and appealed for the strengthening of the spirit of service by forging closer connections, commending the priests, deacons, acolytes and choir members for their years of dedication.

The evening was closed with the Primate’s prayer of thanksgiving and protection.