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Catholicosate of Cilicia
Communication and Information Department
Contact: V.Rev.Fr.Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Director
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COMMEMORATION OF THE PARABLE OF THE TEN MAIDENS IN ANTELIAS

On Great and Holy Tuesday during the evening service, the Armenian Orthodox
Church commemorated the parable of the Ten Maidens in Antelias. After
prayers and hymns on the theme, reminding the faithful to be prepared for
the Day of Judgment, the priest read the parable (Mathew 25:14-30). As is
the tradition, during the Gospel reading, ten young girls presented
themselves in front of the Altar holding candles; the five 'wise' women were
prepared to wait for the 'bridegroom' with their candles until he arrived,
while the other five 'foolish' women were unprepared.

After the service, His Holiness Aram I received the ten young women, and
encouraged them to continue to safeguard their faith through the teachings
of the Armenian church. At the end he blessed them and gave them symbolic
gifts.
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The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates of
the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the history and
the mission of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer to the web page of
the Catholicosate, http://www.ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org The Cilician
Catholicosate, the administrative center of the church is located in
Antelias, Lebanon.




From: A. Papazian