Funeral services were held for the late Bishop Houssig Bagdasian on Monday, August 2, 2004, at the St. Mary Church of Livingston, NJ. The church, where Bishop Bagdasian served as pastor for many years, was filled with clergymen, family of the bishop, and parishioners. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), presided over the service, during which Bishop Vicken Aykazian celebrated the Divine Liturgy.
The Primate read a message from His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, in which he expressed his condolences for the loss and prayed for the eternal rest of Bishop Bagdasian, the first Armenian-born bishop of the Armenian Church. Following the badarak, the mourners attended a hokejash, served by the parish's Women's Guild chapter.
Bishop Bagdasian was buried in his hometown of Providence, RI, on Tuesday, August 3, 2004.
What follows is the eulogy delivered by the Primate during the funeral service.
In HIS Love
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy Dist, Kerala, India.