Sunday, November 16th was a memorable day for St. James Church. Immediately following Divine Liturgy, the parish conducted a Dedication Service and Opening of the Kalaydjian Library, in memory of Ara Kalaydjian, former editor of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator and Sion, the monthly publication of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Much of the library's collection was donated to St. James by his wife, Mrs. Shoushan Kalaydjian, combined with the parish's collection and books donated by Alex Kalaydjian, Ara's brother, who will serve as librarian. Following the Service, Mrs. Shoushan Kalaydjian cut the ribbon, officially opening the library. Participating clergy in the service included Pastor Fr. Arakel Aljalian, V. Rev. Fr. Krikor Maksoudian, Fr. Dajad Davidian and Fr. Arsen Barsamian. Parishioners were able to tour the library, followed by a reception and program hosted by the Boston Area Alumni of Jerusalem's Tarkmanchats School, and friends, in memory of Ara Kalaydjian.
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