Holy Trinity Church Hosts Diocesan Assembly


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — “Our parish and community has been working two years to put the 109th Diocesan Assembly together, and we are thrilled we had a really positive experience,” said Rev. Vasken Kouzouian, pastor of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church, host parish of this year’s assembly.

“It was great for our community in our 50th anniversary year to bring parishioners together and work for the greater good of the Diocese.”

The Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Cambridge hosted the annual gathering of clergy and lay delegates representing the Eastern Diocese’s organized and mission parishes. Most meetings and events convened at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, but Holy Trinity parishioners also organized activities for the visiting delegates and their families, including a tour of the city on the famous Boston Duck Tours.

“Everyone who contributed participated in lay ministry together,” said Kouzouian. “It was a wonderful experience for us to become one body and minister to the greater body of our church.”

After the Diocesan Assembly adjourned on Saturday, April 30, delegates had the opportunity to take a tour of the city steeped in American history. On Sunday, May 1, delegates attended the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church, where the guest celebrant was the Very Rev. Vardan Navasardyan, from Holy Echmiadzin, who offered his sermon on the meaning of “New Sunday” and renewing one’s lives in the light of the Resurrection.

While most clergymen had departed to be at their home parishes on Sunday, a number remained and took part in the service, with the Holy Trinity altar servers and choir also participating.

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Following Divine Liturgy, a new 50th Anniversary gold chalice — a gift to the Holy Trinity Parish from longtime parishioner and current Diocesan Council member James Kalustian — was blessed by Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian. The chalice depicts images of the Holy Trinity Church, Holy Echmiadzin, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Two years ago, Kalustian made a similar donation to St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral to mark its own 40th anniversary.

New choir and deacons’ robes were also blessed during the May 1 liturgy.

To conclude the services, students of Holy Trinity’s Sunday School led the clergy and the faithful out to the front of the church, where a khachkar monument stands as the gathering place for the parish’s annual Armenian Martyr’s Day requiem service. With Easter falling on April 24 this year, the Holy Trinity parish scheduled its Martyrs Day observance for May 1, when the Primate and visiting delegates would be present.

Afterwards, during a reception in the host parish’s Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall, the Primate offered his appreciation to the Holy Trinity Church for undertaking the responsibility of hosting the 109th Diocesan Assembly.

“We are happy this year’s Diocesan Assembly went well, and that excitement was built in our community,” said Kouzouian. “Now we are ready to start a new chapter and dream new dreams.”

The host parish’s Diocesan Assembly Committee was led by Kouzouian and cochaired by Janice Dorian and Nancy D. Kasarjian. Members included: Linda Abkarian, Maral Ayanian, Seta A. Buchter, Barbara Dorian, Daniel K. Dorian, Lisa Dorian, Kalustian, Cynthia Kazanjian, Arlene Kasarjian, Yeretzgin Arpi Kouzouian, Richard Kratlian, Carol Krikorian, Deacon Gregory Krikorian, Lois Malconian, Karen Martin, William H. Martin, Catherine Minassian, Bruce Newell, Carlene Newell,Gail B. O’Reilly, Cheryl Scaparrotta, Debra Stevens, Barara Tellalian and Albert Zouanjian.

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