A farewell reception for outgoing Consul General of the Republic of Armenia–Gagik Giragossian–and his wife Marina was held Wednesday at the "Karapetian" Hall of St. Garabed Church.
The reception was organized by the Western Prelacy–under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian–Prelate–and hosted by benefactor Mrs. Ashkhen Pilavjian. In attendance were members of clergy–Central Executive Council member Mr. Khajag Dikijian–ARF Bureau member Dr. Viken Hovsepian–members of the previous and newly elected Prelacy Executive Council–representatives of the ARF Central Committee–Board of Trustees Chairmen from Prelacy parishes–representatives of Armenian organizations–Ladies Auxiliary members–members of the press–and Prelacy friends and donors.
The reception–emceed by Archpriest Vicken Vassilian–began with a prayer by the Prelate and clergy members and included an artistic program by tenor Suren Hazarian–accompanied by Professor Levon Aprahamian on the piano.
During the reception–remarks were made by Chairman of the previous Executive Council Hrair Balian–Chairman of the newly elected Council Dr. Garo Agopian–and ARF Central Committee representative Hovig Saliba–who expressed their sentimen’s towards the Consul General and his gracious wife–and also their best wishes to the couple and their family as they return to Armenia.
In his closing remarks–the Prelate emphasized that from his very first day in office–the Consul General became a part of the Prelacy family and has since that time maintained a close association with the Prelacy. The Prelate assured that the Consul General will remain in the hearts and memories of the Armenian community of Los Angeles as a close friend–and that we now have a new friend in our homeland–Armenia.
His Eminence commended Giragossian’s efforts in maintaining fruitful relations with members of our Western Region–and before concluding his remarks–offered the blessings of His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia–to the Giragossians–after which he presented the couple with a gold medal of the Catholicosate’s symbol–along with a book of the lost treasures of Cilicia.
Following the Prelate’s remarks–Giragossian expressed his heartfelt thanks for this honor and gratitude for the close collaboration he had with the Prelacy during his term in office–stating that he will return home with these fond memories in his heart.
The reception closed with the Prelate reciting "Bahbanich" and the collective singing of "Mer Hayrenik."