CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sunday, October 22, was day of celebration, tradition and honoring those who built Holy Trinity’s church on Brattle Street, a day of memories, and a day of honoring a devoted member of the Holy Trinity parish, Aram Hintlian.
The commemoration of the 56th anniversary of the consecration of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by the Very Rev. Mesrop Parsamyan, the newly-appointed director of Ministries of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and guest celebrant of the day. At the conclusion of services, the Grade 3 students of Holy Trinity’s Sunday School were each gifted a Bible presented to them by both Parsamyan and Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian, pastor of Holy Trinity. Receiving Bibles were Ian Burton, Rory Burton, John Esserian, Lusine Gyulkhasyan, Mary Gyulumyan, Sophia Hovnanian, Scott Rigolini and Talia Tashjian.
A celebratory banquet followed in Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall. The afternoon’s program began with the invocation offered by Kouzouian. Gregory A. Kolligian, Jr., Parish Council vice chairman, served as master of ceremonies, and James M. Kalustian, Diocesan Council chairman, offered the toast. Outgoing Parish Council member, Jack Ekchian, was honored for his six years of service to Holy Trinity Church in remarks given by Daniel K. Dorian Jr., Parish Council chairman.
The highlight of the day was the honoring of Aram Hintlian as the Parishioner of the Year. Berdjouhi Parseghian, a member of the Diocesan Ararat Center Board of Directors where he currently serves as chairman, paid tribute to his work on a Diocesan level by reading a congratulatory letter from the Board. Parsamyan read a congratulatory letter from Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate.
A touching and warm segment of the program was when Hintilian’s daughters, Ali, who surprised her father and flew up from the University of Alabama for this special occasion, and Tori, expressed their love and gratitude to their dad. Dorian shared the many reasons for Hintilian’s selection as this year’s Parishioner of the Year. Hintilian has served as Parish Council member from 1987 to 1993; Diocesan Delegate for the past 25 years; chaired Holy Trinity’s Annual Parish Assembly for the last decade; ran the Country Store booth at Holy Trinity’s Christmas Bazaar since 1981; co-chaired Holy Trinity’s annual Gregory Hintlian Memorial Golf Tournament since 2005; treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Holy Trinity Trust Fund; and active Trinity Men’s Union member, having served as Chairman from 1995 to 2004. A special tribute was also paid to Hintlian’s wife, Becky, who is also a part of the Holy Trinity Church family. But it was Aram Hintlian himself who in his remarks brought all those present down memory lane sharing his growing up years as part of the Holy Trinity family.