SEVEN ARMENIAN COLLEGE STUDENTS GET BAPTIZED AT CALCUTTA ARMENIAN COLLEGE
- On July 15, students and teachers of Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin's Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy (ACPA) and the Armenian Community of Kolkata, India celebrated the Feast of Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Vartavar).
The Holy Transfiguration is one of the five major Feasts in the Armenian Church Calendar. The Divine Liturgy was held at Holy Nazareth Mother Church. The Church Service and subsequent baptism were conducted by Very Rev. Father Khoren Hovhannisyan, Pastor of Armenians in India and Manager of Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy.
The Celebration was doubly blessed - on one hand there was the great joy of Celebration of Holy Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ and on the other, was the memorable occasion for seven young students of Armenian College as it was the day of their baptism.
Alvard Nikoghosyan, Mariam Avetisyan, Gevorg Mkrtchyan, Sirvard Hovhannisyan, Gegham Badalyan, Avetis Avetisyan, Tatevik Yeghoyan are the children of the big ACPA family who got baptised on this auspicious day.
At the sacrament, senior students of ACPA became godfathers to those who got baptized. A grand lunch in the School Dining Hall was organized on this occasion by the management of ACPA where the newly baptized children got their crosses and gifts from their guardian, Father Khoren.
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