Celebrating 175 Years in Singapore

“I should like to see any power of the world try to destroy this race…for when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”  William Saroyan (1908-1981).

Dear Armenians and Friends,

The Trustees of the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator Singapore and the Armenian community in Singapore would like to invite you to join us and other fellow Armenians and friends from around the world in celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the consecration of the first church in Singapore, the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator.

“I should like to see any power of the world try to destroy this race…for when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”  William Saroyan (1908-1981).

Dear Armenians and Friends,

The Trustees of the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator Singapore and the Armenian community in Singapore would like to invite you to join us and other fellow Armenians and friends from around the world in celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the consecration of the first church in Singapore, the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator.

Consecrated on 26 March 1836, the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator Singapore to this day endures as an important symbol of the strength of our communities worldwide. Visit www.armeniansinasia.org for more information about the Armenian community, and our history in Singapore and Asia. A series of religious and cultural events are planned in Singapore for 26-27 March 2011, and we are expecting guests to join us from around the world to celebrate this unique and historical occasion.

CELEBRATIONS
The Celebrations will be honoured by Armenian Dignitaries, and feature a variety of religious, cultural and social events, including:

Saturday 26th March 2011
-Evening prayers at the Armenian Church, Singapore
-Cultural dinner at the historic Raffles Hotel, with a special performance by the Armenian Heritage Ensemble

Sunday 27th March 2011
-Sunday morning Badarak (Holy Mass)
-Lunch reception in the Church gardens

Optional excursions before and after the event (depending on demand):
-Singapore City Tour – highlight of the many Armenian contributions to Singapore
-Visit to Malacca – a historic UNESCO World Heritage Sight in southern Malaysia featuring Armenian relics

FUNDING
The Church is funded solely by generous support from Armenians living in the region and abroad. The Church does not have any overheads or staff, and 100% of all funds are deployed for the careful maintenance and repair of this historical monument and the surrounding gardens and Parsonage.

The Trustees kindly ask that each participant donate a minimum of $600 Singapore Dollars (~$460 USD) per person to the Church, to be paid upon arrival. The donation will help defray costs of the event (including food, wine & beverages, other functions during the celebrations) – note that the cost for optional excursions are not included in the minimum donation request, and will need to be paid separately.

RSVP
Please complete the

RESERVATION FORM (click here) to confirm your participation. Early confirmation will be most appreciated. Your generous support will ensure the success of the celebrations.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO SINGAPORE!

With best wishes,

Krikor Basmadjian, Krikor Soghomonian
Pierre Hennes, Ara Hampartsoumian, Arto Artinian
Trustees & Committee of the Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator, Singapore

 


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Date: Saturday & Sunday, 26-27 March 2011
Venue: The Armenian Church – 60 Hill Street, Singapore 179366 –
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Minimum Donation: SGD $600 per person to be collected at the Church
RSVP (LIMITED AVAILABILITY):
RESERVATION FORM (click here)
Enquiries:
[email protected]


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