Blessing of grapes set for Inland church

Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA)
August 3, 2004, Tuesday

Blessing of grapes set for Inland church;
TRADITION: The event at the Armenian Apostolic Church of Riverside
observes the Virgin Mary.


The Armenian Apostolic Church of Riverside will hold its annual
church picnic and traditional blessing of the grape service
beginning at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 15 at La Sierra Park, 5215 La Sierra,
The blessing of grapes is part of the Orthodox Christian Feast of
the Assumption of St. Mary, an observance of the death, burial,
resurrection and transfer to heaven of the Virgin Mary, the mother
of Jesus.
“Grapes are blessed during the Feast of the Assumption of St. Mary
to symbolize a number of values that are important to life and
living,” the Rev. Dr. Stepanos Dingilian, pastor of the church,
said in an e-mail.
Wine comes from grapes and symbolizes the blood shed by Christ, he
“This ‘blood’ in turn signifies that no achievement that raises
standard of human civilization is possible without wholehearted
dedication, total commitment and unselfish perseverance,” he said.
Grapes grow in clusters, illustrating that people need family and
community to grow spiritually and mentally and to live a meaningful
life, he said.
The blessing of the grapes is observed on the Feast of St. Mary,
Dingilian said.
For information, call (951) 684-1722, (951) 522-5172 or (909)