Armenian Church Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan led a weekend of sacred observances and fellowship at the St. Hagop Armenian Church of St. Petersburg, FL, on January 24-26.
The visit began on Friday evening, when the Primate ordained a pair of young parishioners, Edmond Keshishian and Shagen Babayan, as tbirs, during a solemn vespers service. Afterwards, parishioners adjourned to the church hall for dinner and an informal discussion period with Bishop Daniel.
The Friday service was a prelude to the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, when Edmond and Shagen joined Robert Maslar and Michael Sarafian in receiving the sacrament of ordination as sub-deacons, by the bishop’s hand.
“There were tears in people’s eyes, including mine, during this ordination—maybe for the same reason people cry at weddings,” said pastor Fr. Hovnan Derderian. “When anyone new is married, in a sense we are all re-married and rededicate ourselves to our own sacred bond. When anyone is newly ordained, we are all in a sense re-ordained and re-baptized, in that we’re rededicating ourselves to follow Christ and serve each other in faith, hope, and love.”
Following Holy Badarak, Bishop Daniel blessed a new khatchkar (stone cross) donated to the church by parishioners Ara and Rita Keshishian. At a reception, the parish screened an original video about the artisan who carved the khatchkar.
It is with a heavy heart that Florida Armenians informs our readers about the passing of Rose Hagopian Reynolds, a founding member of the Boca Raton Armenian American community. Rose passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Everybody knew her and loved like she was a member of their own family. When you think about how small the South Florida Armenian Community was 30-40 years ago (when most people first met her), we loved her because she is a part of our family, now and forever. We will always remember her gigantic smile, and the way her presence warmed the room. She will be greatly missed.
We also offer our sincere condolences to Rose’s niece and nephew, Diane Bazikian and Jack Bazikian. We share your pain and grieve with you.
A funeral service will be held privately for immediate family members only. A requiem service for Rose Hagopian Reynolds will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at St. David Armenian Church in Boca Raton.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Rose Hagopian Reynolds, may be made to St. David Armenian Church.