HAVERHILL, Mass. — Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), visited the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, last weekend, where he met with parish leadership, presided over the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and joined the community for a celebratory banquet.
On Sunday, February 27, the Rev. Vart Gyozalian — who is completing a pastoral internship to prepare to serve as a full-time priest in the Eastern Diocese — celebrated the Divine Liturgy. Barsamian delivered the day’s sermon.
Speaking about the upcoming observance of Sts. Vartanantz Day, Barsamian said, “It is a story about patience, and persistence — about a victory that comes, not right away, but only in the long term; a victory whose true field of battle lies within the heart and soul.”
“This same spirit is being reflected through your efforts in this parish,” the Primate added. “For right now, you too are laying a foundation — preparing the ‘soul’ of this community. Your efforts, the example you set — though these may seem quiet and humble to you now — will give strength and confidence to the people who come after you.”
The parish is in the process of building a new church — a project launched in 2002 with the merging of the parishes of Holy Cross Church of Lawrence and St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Haverhill.
The community sold Holy Cross Church in 2008 and is now making an effort to sell the St. Gregory Church building, where services are currently held.