Ordination and Consecration of Bishops in Antelias

28 April 2014

26 April 2014. The ordination ceremony began Saturday evening in the Cathedral where His Holiness Aram I presided over the ritual of the examination of the faith of Very Rev. Meghrig Parikian (Prelacy of Canada), Very Rev. Krikor Chiftjian (Prelacy of Aderbadagan in Iran) and Very Rev. Magar Ashekian (Prelacy of Tehran). 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 Sunday, His Holiness consecrated the foreheads and right hands of the three priests with the Holy Muron, gave them their episcopal rings and declared them Bishops. In his message the Catholicos described the vocation of the episcopate as service, obedience, humility and accountability to the people.


At the end of the two-day ordination and consecration ceremony His Holiness received the new Bishops, Meghrig, Krikor and Magar, and the pilgrims who had accompanied them for a final blessing.