Divine Liturgy & The Blessing of Water (Ջրօրհնեք) in Thailand
For Immediate Release
Yerevan – 30 January 2017
Bangkok – 30 January 2017
Divine Liturgy & The Blessing of Water (Ջրօրհնեք), as well as marking the Day of Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian was celebrated in Bangkok on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
The Holy Mass was delivered at Christchurch on Convent Road in Bangkok by the Very Reverend Father Zaven Yazichyan, Pastor of the Spiritual Pastorates of Singapore, Myanmar and Bangladesh and the Representative of the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians to The Far East. The event was planned with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians and under the Patronage of Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Arto Artinian and Mrs. Sirin Artinian, who also hosted the Spiritual Father for the occasion.
In his Pastoral message to the audience and the Armenian Community members of Thailand, Father Zaven Yazichyan first outlined the three main commemorations of the day: Firstly, the Blessing of the Holy Water, secondly the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the National Guard of the Republic of Armenia as well as the Day of Commemoration of St. Gregory the Theologian.
Elaborating on his headers the Reverend Father spoke about the founding human values of “Love, Faith & Trust”, emphasizing the value of love as the basis of existence and the founding cornerstone of personal growth, inner peace and mutual compassion.
“Through our unconditional love we can discover belief and once we resort to the comfort of our fundamental faith we can have shared trust with what is around us and see life and experiences through a more tolerant and appreciative deed” the pastor said, in addition he emphasized that “being unconditional is of essence, we should share our love and of course the parallel sentiments of tolerance and appreciation, not only at times of pain and discomfort, but also learn to impart ourselves by appreciating and thanking our blessings even on an ordinary day, be happy and grateful for what we have and genuinely thankful, acknowledge our family, friends and peers for being there, sharing the wonderful gifts of compassion and kindness”. The Reverend Father also made a remark on differentiating between material values which are temporary and human values which are everlasting.
Following Holy Mass the community dinner gathering took place at the Grand Hyatt Erawan, organized by the Consulate of the Republic of Armenia, accommodating the guests for a congenial get–together and an official welcome after the holidays.
The January community gathering has been customary to welcome the newly arrived Armenian Community of Thailand members. In his brief welcome speech, Mr. Artinian emphasized on the changing demography of the Armenian community and appreciated the closeness of the community members, valuing the shared relationships of community members who have called Thailand home for the past twenty or so years.
The Honorary Consul’s speech were followed by Dinner Prayers and convivial message by Father Zaven Yazichyan and impromptu speeches by Deacon Sarkis Tarakjian and Bangkok resident and business community leader Peter Romhild.
With the three commemorative occasions of the day, the hospitality of the Honorary Consul, the shared interests of the community members and the spiritual encouragement of the visiting Pastor, the Armenian Community of Thailand officially kicked off 2017 with “Love, Faith & Trust” for a productive year ahead in 2017.
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