Western Prelate–Archbishop Moushegh Madirossian issued an appeal to the Armenian community to assist in humanitarian efforts and prayers for the victims of the ongoing Israeli bombing of Lebanon–reported the Western Prelacy. Below is the translated text of the appeal:
"Let Us Reach Out to the Victims in Lebanon"
We know that our faithful have been following the calamity in Lebanon that has caused suffering for all the Lebanese people–but especially for innocent civilians.
We would like to keep the public informed about appeals that have been made to His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian–Prelate–in support of Lebanon and the aid offered to the victims.
The Prelate has been in constant contact with His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia–to become better informed about the situation and to hear the suggestions of His Holiness. on how we can lend a helping hand to the Lebanese people and especially our Armenian brethren. As stated in our previous press release–the Prelate celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Sunday July 23–at St. Garabed Church in Hollywood–where he also urged the faithful to provide aid to Lebanon. On this same day–a special prayer was also offered in all Prelacy churches for peace and for the innocent victims.
The Prelate has also been in regular contact with the Consul General of Lebanon. The Prelacy has representatives on a committee established by the Consulate General to work towards securing assistance for Lebanon. The representatives are delegates Mr. Hrair Balian and Mr. Ghazaros Ghazarossian.
Reflecting on the situation–the Prelate stated–"Lebanon and its people are once again subjected to dreadful conditions–at a time when the wounds from previous conflicts had not completely healed yet. Under the current situation–the Lebanese people and the Armenian community there are in need of assistance and support. Taking this opportunity–I would like to once again extend a plea to our Prelacy faithful and community organizations to assist the victims of Lebanon to the best of their abilities. We also pray for the fighting to come to an end as soon as possible and for peace to be restored in the country."