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Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, visited St. Mary Church of Washington, D.C., on Sunday, August 14, as the community observed the church’s name day.

During the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Barsamian blessed the veil of Mariam Karapetyan and ordained Ruben Karapetyan, Hovsep Seferian, Ashot Hovhannisyan, and Andre Alexandrian to the rank of acolyte. Archbishop Barsamian and the Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, parish pastor, performed the “Blessing of Grapes” service and blessed madagh.

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Last weekend, parishioners at Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Church of Belleville, IL, observed the 60th anniversary of the consecration of the area’s original church in nearby East St. Louis. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), celebrated the Divine Liturgy, ordained altar servers, and joined the community for a banquet.

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By Nora Derian

The St. Peter Armenian Church community of Watervliet, NY, welcomed Archbishop Khajag Barsamian for an unforgettable weekend from April 8 to 10. The Diocesan Primate spent time with as many different church groups as possible, which made everyone feel important and loved.

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Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, visited Soorp Haroutiun Church of Orlando, FL, last weekend, as the community celebrated the parish’s 30th anniversary, and the fifth anniversary of the church’s consecration.

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