Gizirian celebrated the Divine Liturgy. A luncheon and program followed the service in the church’s Santerian Hall.
Messages were read from Karekin II, the supreme patriarch and catholicos of All Armenians, and Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern).
“In all the aspects of your ministry, you have
always kept your priestly promise to our Heavenly Father, and shown your love and dedication to the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin,” the catholicos wrote. “May our almighty Lord keep you strong and protect you.”
Barsamian expressed his appreciation to Gizirian for his dedicated service. “The holy priesthood is an unbroken chain linking us back to Christ; and this spiritual truth is clear- ly evident in Archbishop Yeghishe,” the Primate wrote. “His preaching is done with such author- ity; yet his personal example is one of humility and quiet grace. He is a leader of great inner strength and conviction; yet his greatest strength is the tender compassion he shows to all — a quality that has made him beloved wher- ever he has served.”