After years of hard work and perseverance, new life was breathed into the parish community of Las Vegas as they rejoiced in the fruit of their efforts, which culminated in the consecration and dedication of St. Garabed Church by Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Asbarez reports.
Parishioners from across California and nearby states assembled in Las Vegas to witness this historic occasion and to join the community in celebrating the construction of the first Armenian Apostolic Church in the state of Nevada. The consecration of the Church, which was conducted in stages over two days, was a deeply moving and truly poignant experience, and throughout the weekend sentiments were echoed that this momentous occasion is one that will live on in the hearts of all those present for years to come.
The festivities began with the dedication and official opening of “Koujakian” Hall, which was sponsored by the Fattal, Yemenidjian, and Koujakian families in memory of their parents Verjine and Abraham Koujakian. The Prelate welcomed the guests and began the service with the Lord’s Prayer. With the unveiling of the hall plaque and the ribbon cutting by the sponsor families, the hall was officially opened and the Prelate entered as deacons and choir members sang the “Aysor Yergnayink” hymn. Inside the hall, the Prelate conducted the blessing of salt, bread, and water assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, Parish Pastor Archpriest Fr. Avedis Torossian, and St. Mary’s Church of Glendale Pastor Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian. A requiem prayer for the souls of Verjine and Abraham Koujakian followed.