It was a day of celebration, a day of tradition, a day of honoring those who built Holy Trinity’s beautiful church on historic Brattle Street, a day of memories, and a day of honoring a devoted son of the Holy Trinity parish, Aram Hintlian. So it was on Sunday, October 22, 2017, that the 56th anniversary of the consecration of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston was celebrated.
The commemoration began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, the newly-appointed Director of Ministries of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), and Guest Celebrant of the day. At the conclusion of Church Services, the Grade 3 students of our Sunday School were each gifted a Bible presented to them by both Hayr Mesrop and Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian, pastor of Holy Trinity. Receiving Bibles were Ian Burton, Rory Burton, John Esserian, Lusine Gyulkhasyan, Mary Gyulumyan, Sophia Hovnanian, Scott Rigolini, and Talia Tashjian.
A celebratory Banquet followed in the beautifully decorated Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall. The afternoon’s program began with the Invocation offered by Fr. Vasken. Gregory A. Kolligian, Jr., Parish Council Vice Chairman, served as Master of Ceremonies, and James M. Kalustian, Diocesan Council Chairman, offered the Toast. Outgoing Parish Council member, Jack Ekchian, was honored for his six years of devoted service to Holy Trinity Church in remarks given by Daniel K. Dorian, Jr., Parish Council Chairman.
The highlight of the day was the honoring of Aram Hintlian as the Parishioner of the Year. Berdjouhi Parseghian, a member of the Diocesan Ararat Center Board of Directors where Aram currently serves as Chairman, paid tribute to his work on a Diocesan level by reading a congratulatory letter from the Board. Hayr Mesrop read a congratulatory letter from His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate.
A very touching and warm segment of the program was when Aram’s daughters, Ali, who surprised her father and flew up from the University of Alabama for this special occasion, and Tori, expressed their love and gratitude to their Dad. Daniel K. Dorian, Jr., shared the many reasons Aram was selected as this year’s Parishioner of the Year. Among them, Parish Council member from 1987 to 1993; Diocesan Delegate for the past 25 years; Chairman of Holy Trinity’s Annual Parish Assembly for the last decade; running the Country Store booth at Holy Trinity’s Christmas Bazaar since 1981; Co-Chair of Holy Trinity’s annual Gregory Hintlian Memorial Golf Tournament since 2005; treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Holy Trinity Trust Fund; and active Trinity Men’s Union member, having served as Chairman from 1995 to 2004. A special warm tribute was also paid to Aram’s wife, Becky, who is also so much a part of the Holy Trinity Church family. But it was Aram, himself, who in his remarks, brought all those present down memory lane sharing his growing up years as part of the Holy Trinity family.
Fr. Vasken read a letter from Fr. Mampre A. Kouzouian, former pastor of Holy Trinity Church, congratulating Aram and remembering his parents, Aram and Anne, and their entire family for all they have done and do for our parish.
In his warm remarks honoring Aram, Fr. Vasken stated: “Today, Aram, Jr., as our 2017 Parishioner of the Year, receives the same Award that was presented to his father, Aram, Sr., 33 years ago, back in 1984. That has never been done before as far as I am aware. That’s worthy of celebrating. In their home, Aram and Anne Hintlian instilled an important lesson into their children to connect their lives to the life of their church. Having been raised in this type of family, Aram,and his late brother, Greg, and sisters, Cynthia and Nancy, grew up at home here at Holy Trinity and learned what it means to work for one’s church, and support one’s church, and maintain one’s church with the same heart and spirit of their parents. And if that wasn’t enough, Aram married a woman whose inner beauty is the only thing that can outshine her outer beauty, and she became every bit as dedicated as he is. Becky rolls up her sleeves and passes on the traditions she also learned from her in-laws every time the need arises. Together, Aram and Becky took their devotion to their church – and instilled it into the home they built together – and are raising their daughters in. Aram, you’ve done so much for our church so, on behalf of all the pastors and parish councils that have benefited from your efforts and your family’s efforts, we thank you! You are one of the greatest Pillars this parish has ever had the honor of calling a Parishioner.”
This day of celebration concluded with a Benediction offered by Hayr Mesrop, followed by the Holy Trinity family offering their warm congratulations to this year’s Parishioner of the Year.