By Florence Avakian
NEW YORK — On Saturday, May 18, the Primate of the Eastern American Diocese, Bishop Daniel Findikyan, celebrated his first Episcopal Badarak in America before more than a thousand worshippers who filled every crevice of New York’s St. Vartan Cathedral.
The tremendous excitement and enthusiasm was palpable as people from all over the United States filed into the Cathedral on a Saturday morning at 10 A.M. to see their beloved Primate celebrate his Antranig holy Badarak.
Findikyan is the first American born Primate, now elevated to Bishop, in the history of the 121-year old American Diocese.
It took quite a while for the excitement shared by so many in attendance to quiet down for the special service.
To the majestic strains of the Hrashapar hymn, Findikyan led a large group of priests and deacons into the crowded St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral.