Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
‘Through your performance you assured us that you would safeguard western Armenian language and cultural heritage’, said His Holiness Aram I
On Sunday 16 June 2013, the faithful of the Catholicosate celebrated the 18th anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Aram I and the distribution of awards to the winners of the Fourth School competition for the Western Armenian language and culture. The competition was established by Catholicos Aram I to further knowledge of the Western Armenian language and preserve spiritual and cultural values among young Armenians. It is sponsored by the Khatchik Babikian Foundation if the Catholicosate.
This year again 165 students from four intermediary and 12 secondary Armenian schools were selected to compete. On behalf of the Foundation Mr. Sarkis Guiragossian welcomed the 18 winners and their parents and said that the results of the competing students were very tight. In his view this showed the commitment of the parents and the teachers to motivate the youth study of Armenian language and culture.
Following a brief cultural programme, His Holiness Aram I concluded the celebrations with the following remark, “The results of this year’s competition confirm our faith in our youth as the worthy successors of Saint Mesrob Mashdotz, the inventor of our language. The 18 winners representing our new generation is the greatest gift I could have received today.” After thanking the parents, the directorate of the schools and the teachers, the Catholicos blessed the audience.