LA CRESCENTA–The Western Prelacy marked an important milestone on Sunday–July 11–with the blessing of the Prelacy chapel cornerstone–which signaled the beginning of the chapel’s construction–and the renovation of the Prelacy building.
Many faithful gathered at the Prelacy in La Crescenta to witness the historic event and to partake in the ceremony which was conducted by Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian–and Prelacy clergy.
Prelacy benefactors were on hand–along with those who have sponsored the Chapel–Altar–baptismal font–the 16 pillars and various parts of the Prelacy.
Also present were representatives of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia–Prelacy Executive Council–Prelacy committees and parishes–and a congregation of supporters.
As the reading of prayers and scripture proceeded–His Eminence the Prelate conducted the washing of the cornerstones of the Alter and the 16 pillars of the chapel with wine and water. The 16 pillars symbolize Christ’s Disciples–the Evangelists–and the founder of the Armenian Church–St. Gregory the Illuminator.
The Prelate then anointed each stone with Holy Oil and handed them to the godfathers to be placed at the foundations of the chapel.
After the ceremony–the Prelate expressed his contentment for the achievement of the significant milestone–accomplished with the grace of God–and informed the faithful that the new chapel would be named after the first Christian king and queen of Armenia–St. Dertad and St. Ashkhen.
Recalling that the year 2004 has been declared the "Year of the Armenian Family," by Catholicos Aram I–the Prelate said it is "most appropriate to name the chapel after the first Christian family of our nation."
Thanking all sponsors and Prelacy benefactors–the Prelate extended a special appreciation to the Bedrosian–Carolan–and Pilavjian families–who have provided both moral and financial support–not only to the Prelacy Building project–but also to the Prelacy as a whole–enabling it to carry out its mission to serve the mother church and the Armenian Community.