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Glendale Memorial Hosts Blessing of the Water Ceremony

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Photos by Mary O’KEEFE From left, Rev. Father Vazken Atmajian, Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and Rev. Father Boghos Tinkjian.

Photos by Mary O’KEEFE
From left, Rev. Father Vazken Atmajian, Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and Rev. Father Boghos Tinkjian.

By Mary O’KEEFE

In celebration of Armenian Christmas, His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, prelate of the Western Untied States, conducted the Blessing of the Water ceremony at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center.

The ceremony was held in the lobby of the hospital on Monday and was attended by many city and state officials, hospital administration and staff.

Armenian Christmas celebrates the holy birth of Jesus Christ and commemorates His baptism through the blessing of the water.

“We have done this [ceremony] for several years,” said Jack Ivie, president of Glendale Memorial Hospital.

In addition to being a beautiful and meaningful ceremony, it is a way to connect with the Armenian community, he added.

“This has become a key part of our Christmas tradition,” Ivie said. “To me this is such an interpersonal, cultural relationship.”

From left, Mary Hovagimian from Rep. Adam Schiff’s office, Glendale City Councilwoman Paula Devine, Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Seda Khojayan and Talin Mangioglu from Senator Carol Liu’s office.

From left, Mary Hovagimian from Rep. Adam Schiff’s office, Glendale City Councilwoman Paula Devine, Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Seda Khojayan and Talin Mangioglu from Senator Carol Liu’s office.

More people attend the ceremony each year, he added. At the end of the blessing of the water, those in the audience were invited to receive prayer cards and small containers of the blessed water.

“Archbishop [Mardirossian] will visit people [and patients] in the hospital,” Ivie said.

Glendale City Councilwoman Paula Devine attended the ceremony.

“How lucky are we to live in such a diverse community?” Devine said. “The Blessing of the Water is a beautiful tradition.”

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