Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
The ordination rites for the three new priests began Saturday evening when deacons Sepastia Tarkhanian, Hampartsoum Balekjian and Antranig Dalkourgian took the oath according to the canons of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, in the presence of His Holiness Aram I, the members of the Brotherhood and the faithful gathered in the Cathedral.
On Sunday June 25, 2013, His Holiness Aram I presided over the Holy Liturgy and Bishop Shahé Panossian, Pontifical Delegate to the Gulf countries, performed the ordination. The Bishop had chosen Mathew 19:16-30, the parable of the Rich Young Man and the Kingdom of God for the lesson of the day.
At the end of the sermon, Bishop Shahé congratulated the directorate of the seminary and thanked the Catholicos for his pastoral care of the clergy and the faithful. At the end of the liturgy the priests and the faithful met at the Main Hall of the Catholicosate for the blessings of His Holiness Aram I.