Saint Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church has a long history in East Hollywood, officially established as a site in 1977. However much of the church’s history is tied to the school across the street, another cultural treasure called the Rose and Alex Pilibos School. Suren who is now a deacon and sits on the Board of Trustees of the church mentions that mass was officiated in one of the school classrooms before the its current building was established.
As a child, Suren participated as an altar boy and in the choir, and like many other youth raised in Little Armenia, also attended the Pilibos school. He describes the relationship between the church and school as symbiotic and representative of key pillars in any Armenian community, a site to promote the religious beliefs of the community and another to teach the history and the language.
In addition to Sunday mass, the church offers bible study class and holds baptisms, weddings, confessions, and weddings.
All of the Armenian Genocide events are held in Little Armenia, and generally goes to the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire, where every year Armenians from across Southern California, especially the Greater Los Angeles area, come to demand that the Turkish government recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The church being here - central to that - has played a role because everyone comes here: the politicians, clergymen, and community - Suren