Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
On Sunday, October 21st, 2018, an official banquet was organized in honor of His Holiness Aram I, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of his ordination to priesthood, in Hotel Le Royal.
Krikor Mahseredjian, the co-chair of the Central Council of the National General Assembly delivered the welcoming remarks.
Bedo Demirdjian, Advisor to the Artsakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, read the President of the Republic of Artsakh Mr. Pago Sahakian’s congratulatory address. The address stated that the 50th anniversary of His Holiness’ ordination to priesthood is a landmark event and Artsakh is well aware of and rates high His Holiness’ commitment and service as a faithful servant of the Church, as well as his authority as a public figure.
The acting PM of RA Nikol Pashinyan delivered his address. He stated that it is only natural that His Holiness has earned respect and trust on national and international level for his 50 years of service; he had served God for the people and served the people for God, stated Pashinyan.
Finally, His Holiness Aram I took the stage to deliver his speech. He expressed his appreciation for organizing the banquet in his honor and recapitulated the last 5 decades of his service in the Armenian Church stating that his spiritual formation is highly influenced by the previous three Catholicoi of the Holy See of Cilicia. Addressing the acting PM Pashinyan, His Holiness commended him for leading the Velvet Revolution peacefully and for pursuing the objective of building a strong Armenia. He also stressed the importance of Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora relations, cooperation and mutual understanding.
At the banquet, H.E. Arch. Natan Hovhannesian presented to His Holiness with the model of the golden cross of St. Etchmiadzin on behalf of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, while His Holiness Aram I presented the acting PM Nikol Pashinyan with the copy of Partsr Pert Gospel manuscript.