From March 17 to 19, 2017, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, visited Holy Trinity Church of Cambridge, MA. He spent the weekend visiting with various members and parish groups.
On Friday evening and Saturday, the Primate met with the parish council and Diocesan delegates, ACYOA Seniors, senior parish members, Armenian and Sunday School parents, and mixed-marriage and engaged couples. Accompanying the Primate on his visit was Arpi Nakashian from the Diocesan Department of Creative Ministries.
During the meetings, the Holy Trinity Church parishioners candidly shared their thoughts and concerns, including social and family concerns, and the challenges mixed-marriage families face in an ethnic enclave like the Armenian Church. The meeting participants were also introduced to the new initiatives produced by the Department of Creative Ministries, including the “Bread and Salt” video and podcast series.
The Primate expressed his appreciation for the openness of the dialogues he had with during the weekend and presented initiatives the Eastern Diocese was preparing to address the mentioned issues along with issues voiced by parishes across the Diocese.
On Sunday morning, Archbishop Barsamian presided over the Divine Liturgy, offering the day’s homily and participating in a “Blessing of Babies” service that followed after the Badarak.
“Whenever this kind of dialogue takes place, good and lasting changes and adjustments are made,” said Rev. Fr. Vasken Kouzouian, pastor of Holy Trinity Church. “I am excited for what new programming will be coming in the months and years ahead from the Diocese based on the Primate’s responses.”