Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
On April 14 and 15, 2018, the Armenian Church, Catholicosate of Cilicia witnessed the episcopal ordination and consecration of Very Rev. Masis Zoboyan (Prelacy of Kuwait), Very Rev. Sipan Ketchedjian (Prelacy of Isfahan), Very Rev. Mesrob Sarkissian (Pontifical Vicar for the United Arab Emirates) and Very Rev. Torkom Donoyan (Vicar General of the Western Prelacy).
The Ordination ceremony began on Saturday evening in the Cathedral, where His Holiness Aram I presided over the ritual of the examination of the faith of the priests. Following the reading of the recommendations of the Dioceses requesting their ordination and prayers, His Holiness Aram I led them to the ceremony of the confession of the true Orthodox faith. The priests confessed their faith, signed papers and vowed to remain loyal to the Catholicosate of Cilicia, to His Holiness Aram I, and to the Church and its faithful.
On the second day of the ordination and the consecration ceremony, His Holiness presided over the Divine Liturgy and, according to the Armenian Orthodox Church’s tradition, consecrated the forehead and right hand of each bishop with the Holy Muron. During the ceremony, each bishop was also granted an episcopal staff, ring and pectoral panagia; the symbols of their newly received rank.
At the end of the ceremony, His Holiness Aram I gave his pontifical speech. Addressing the newly ordained and consecrated bishops, His Holiness emphasized the importance of service, in fulfilling their vocation to the church through its people as bishops.
At the end of the two-day ordination and consecration ceremony, Their Graces Bishops Masis, Sipan, Mesrob and Torkom, and the pilgrims who had accompanied them, were received by His Holiness for a final blessing.