St. Mary Costa Mesa Celebrated
25th Silver Consecration Anniversary


The 25th Silver Consecration Anniversary of St. Mary Armenian Church was celebrated on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, with Gala Banquet on Saturday and Solemn Divine Liturgy on Sunday, presided by the Diocesan Primate His Eminence Arch. Hovnan Derderian. The Parish’s Founding Primate, His Eminence Arch. Vatche Hovsepian also attended.

The Gala Banquet attended by 310 guests was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport Beach. Dignitaries who attended include Congressmen Dana Rohrabacker and Ed Royce, State Assemblymen Matthew Harper and Dr. Steven Choi, former Assemblywoman Young Kim, Mr. Garo Madenlian of ANCA and his committee, Superior Court Judge Honorable Gassia Apkarian, Diocese and sister church clergy Very Rev. Pakrad Berjekian, Rev. Fathers Vazken Movsesisn, Sarkis Petoyan, Haroutioun Tachejian and Zenob Nalbandian. Mark V. Asdourian, Esq acted as the Master of Ceremonies. Founding members, benefactors and many parishioners and friends attended and enjoyed the evening which began with cocktail and champagne reception, followed by scrumptious dinner. Chairman of the 25th Anniversary Committee Tony Markarian, Pastor Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Tashjian, government representatives listed above, Arch. Vatche Hovsepian and Primate Arch. Hovnan Derderian made remarks. The founding leaders, godfathers, benefactors, members and parishioners were recognized for their vision, efforts and contribution starting from day one. In his remarks, the Primate expressed his gratitude to Pastor Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Tashjian and his Yn. Sylva for their tireless and devoted services during the past 25 years, as the couple received a standing ovation from the guests in attendance.

A cake cutting ceremony was joined by founding leaders and godfathers. Singer Tavit Samuelian and his band entertained the guests till late evening. A color souvenir booklet was printed to commemorate the historic milestone.

A solemn Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the Diiocesan Primate on Sunday, June 25th. Pastor Archpriest Fr. Moushegh and Fr. Vazken Movsesian served on the Holy Altar. Deacons, stole-bearers and Acolytes took part in the services. The Hovsepian Choir sang the hymns of the badarak, directed by Dn. Rupen Ozsogomonian. During his sermon, the Primate acknowledged 17 parishioners of St. Mary Churhc for their services and bestowed upon them the Hye Spirit Award of the Western Diocese. They are: Dr. Kris Mirzayan, Dr. Levon Keleshian, Armenag Balian (deceased), Mark V. Asdourian, Tony Markarian, Wayne & Debbie Simonian, Gevork Martirosian, Hagop & Anush Barin, Tanya Hovanesian, Talar Karatas, Maral Megurian, Varto Torikian, Nina Yousefian, Vera Kabaklian and an anonymous parishioner. The Primate again expressed his thanks and appreciation to all who played an important role for the founding of St. Mary Parish and Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Tashjian for his exceptional service.

Following the badarak, a solemn hokehankist was presided by Arch. Vatche Hovsepian, remembering founding members, godfathers, benefactors and parishioners.

A Champagne reception was held in the Fesjian Hall. The Ladies Society served a delicious brunch. Another cake cutting ceremony was held with everyone singing “Happy Anniversary St. Mary”. With the outpouring donations of parishioners, one $120,000 was raised on this occasion.

Thank you to all!

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