Five Sub-deacons Ordained
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On Sunday, October 26, the community of Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the ordination of their pastor, Fr. Vasken Kouzouian, as well as the ordination of five sub-deacons of the parish.
October 26 was the Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross where our Church Fathers had written beautiful hymns for this feast, and the six clergymen who were present at the morning service beginning at 8 a.m., filled the sanctuary with the ancient hymns of our people praising for our Lord Jesus Christ. The beautiful Sharagans were sung as the clergymen used to sing in the centuries old monasteries lifting up their hearts and filling the church with the prayers of our Church Fathers.
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the pastor, surrounded by thirteen deacons, sub-deacons, and acolytes of the church. The choir sang beautifully, augmented by members of the Junior Choir, former choir members, and many clergymen. The services were presided over by the Primate of the Eastern Diocese, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, and Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Diocesan Legate and Ecumenical Officer. The sermon of the day was offered by the Primate, who at the conclusion of his words, bestowed upon the pastor a floral pilon (Phelonion) in appreciation of Kouzouian’s devotion and leadership to the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America and the parishes and ministries where he has served. The floral pilon was underwritten by the pastor’s Ordination Godparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Boghosian of Lexington. The Primate concluded the church services with the ordination of five sub-deacons — Oscar Derderian, III, Stephen Hollisian, Harry Lang, Gregory and Mark Torosian, all trained through the services of Deacon Gregory Krikorian of the parish. Family members, friends, parishioners, and the over-whelming youth of Holy Trinity’s ACYOA and Church Schools filled the large sanctuary which added to the overall love for the pastor and five young men ordained on that day.
With a capable Celebration Committee in place for several months, chaired by Lisa Stephanian Burton, they had worked to ensure a fitting tribute and appropriate celebration to honor their beloved pastor. Also on the committee were Gregory A. Kolligian, Jr., Parish Council Chairman, Janice Dorian, Lisa Kolligian Dorian, Nancy D. Kasarjian, Yeretzgin Arpi Kouzouian, Carol Krikorian, Deacon Gregory Krikorian, Danielle Malconian, Anna Margaryan, Barbara Surabian, Christopher Tashjian and Cheryl Balian Scaparrotta, biographer.