Under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, the Armenian Professionals Network hosted a Mother's Day Appreciation luncheon for all the remarkable mothers and grandmothers residing at Ararat Home, in Mission Hills.
The afternoon began with a meal sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Gevorg and Anush Berberian. Following the luncheon, Ms. Maral Posdaljian delivered the opening remarks in Armenian and spoke about the importance of Mother's Day. As she spoke, the only thing I could think of was how our mothers sacrifice for us each and every day. They chauffeur us to soccer practice, dance practice, and take us to the movies with our friends. Armenian moms dedicate their lives to their families.
As everyone stood up, my attention was diverted to Father Baret who led us in the "Hayr Mer", the Lord's Prayer. Everyone prayed in unison. Father Baret then read a message written in Armenian by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian regarding this very special occasion.
His Eminence stated that all mothers deserve our greatest love and deepest respect. He encouraged mothers to display the same characteristics of humility and grace as Saint Mary. He recognized that Armenian mothers are devoted to rearing their children appropriately and declared that Armenian families have been blessed by the Lord and as a result have been able to thrive throughout the centuries. His Eminence concluded by quoting the poem "Mayrigis", translation "To My Mother", by Silva Gaboudikian.
Next, Natalie Posdaljian spoke about all the noteworthy attributes a mother possesses and how she sees those attributes in her own mother.
As the AGBU-AYA Sardarabad Dance Group performed the opening dance, the residents of Ararat Home were overwhelmed with joy. The elaborate costumes, warm smiles, and graceful moves f the dancers captured the audience.
Perchui Karamanukyan, the next presenter, read Bible verses and proverbs relating to mothers. The first was to "honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life..." also, "When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness...she carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness...her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise."
Then, Lara Baghdoyan recited a poem entitled "Khosk Im Vortoun", translation "Advice for my Child", written by Silva Gaboudikian. Of course a Mother's Day event wouldn't be complete without the recitation of "Mor Tzerkere", translation "A Mother's Hands", written by Barouyr Sevag and performed by Natalie Posdaljian.
The culminating activity was a rose ceremony made possible by a generous contribution from Mr. and Mrs. Manouk and Gayane Karamanukyan. Roses were distributed to all mothers, as a symbol of appreciation and gratitude for their selfless devotion to their families.