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07 06 2013
COMMUNIQUE. Enthronement Ceremony of the 97th Armenian Patriarch His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian

His_Beatitude_Archbishop_Nourhan_ManougianThe Tivan of the Armenian Patriarchate announces that on Tuesday, 4th of June 2013, at 4 p.m. in the presence of distinguished church leaders, diplomats, local and foreign guests, the Enthronement Ceremony took place.

From the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin present were Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisian and Bishop Vahan Hovhannesian, from the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia present was Primate of Cyprus Arch. Varoujan Herguelian and from Constaninople Patriarchate Patriarchal General Vicar Arch. Aram Ateshian. Primate of the Eastern Diocese of America Arch. Khajag Barsamian, President of the Council of Churches of America Arch. Viken Aykazian and Very Rev. Fr. Vazken Karaian, members of the St. James Brotherhood serving overseas also joined His Beatitude on this auspicious event.
 

His Beatitude entered the St. James Cathedral accompanied with the Archbishops and the newly elected Grand Sacristan H.E. Arch. Sevan Gharibian. After praying at the chapel of St. James the Major, His Beatitude was led to the Main Altar where he knelt at the altar, recited an oath, pledging his faithfulness to the Lord and commitment to safeguarding the Armenian presence in the Holy Land. In an ancient ceremony, seven archbishops—including Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, and Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, the president of the Council of Churches of America— placed their right hands on Patriarch Manougian, bestowing him with the authority to lead the Armenian see of Jerusalem.

After the speech of H.E. the Grand Sacristan, His Beatitude was given the Patriarchal staff symbolizing Aaron’s staff and patriarchal authority. After speeches read by the representatives of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the Great House of Cilicia and the Constantinople Patriarchate, His Beatitude read his first patriarchal sermon, in Armenian and English, after which he went down from the Main Altar and stood in front of the Throne of St. James, the Brother-of-the-Lord, when Brotherhood members approached the patriarchal throne bowed down in front of His Beatitude and congratulated him.

After the enthronement ceremony, His Beatitude accompanied by the Brotherhood members, high ranking clergymen and the diplomatic corps went up to the Patriarchate where a reception took place.

TIVAN OF THE HOLY SEE

 

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