Fall Semester Concludes
On Saturday, December 16, the seminary concluded its Fall semester with a celebration of the Holy Badarak in the St. Hagop Chapel. Fr. Norayr Kazazian was the guest celebrant and offered the homily.
This Divine Liturgy is held every year on the saints day feast of St. James of Nisibis (St. Hagop), in whose name the seminary’s chapel was consecrated by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians. An icon of St. Hagop hangs in the chapel.
Following the services, a luncheon was enjoyed by all in attendance in the Arsen Keleshian Dining Hall. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, thanked Der Norayr for celebrating today’s Divine Liturgy and wished the seminarians a restful and enjoyable winter break.
The day before, on Friday, December 15, Bishop Mesrop Parsamyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese and President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors, joined the seminarians, members of the faculty, and the dean for dinner and their annual Christmas outing, this year at Cirque du Soleil in Manhattan. The group had the opportunity to spend time together before the winter break. The seminarians will return on January 15 for the start of the Spring semester.