Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
6 January 2016. His Holiness Aram I celebrated the Christmas Liturgy at the Holy Mother of God Church, assisted on the altar by Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, the Diocesan Bishop, and Bishop Norayr Ashekian, a member of the brotherhood accompanying the Catholicos.
Catholicos Aram I focussed his sermon on the biblical verse, “Do not be afraid, for God goes with us,” assuring the community of the solidarity of Armenians everywhere. He said that in their history, Armenians have overcome persecutions through their faith in Jesus Christ. He then invited the community to pray that the Good News of the Prince of Peace will renew them in their faith, inspire new hope and fill their lives with the love of God.
At the end of the Holy Liturgy, His Holiness greeted and blessed every member of the community individually.