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    Catholicosate of Cilicia
    Communication and Information Department
    Tel: (04) 410001, 410003
    Fax: (04) 419724
    E- mail: [email protected]

    PO Box 70 317

    Mid-Lent ceremony at Sourp Neshan
    Mother church in Beirut, Lebanon

    Antelias, Lebanon - On the occasion of mid-Lent (Michink), His Holiness
    Aram I, invited by the primate of the Armenian Diocese of Lebanon Bishop
    Kegham Khacherian, presided over a Sunrise ceremony (Arevakal) in Sourp
    Neshan Mother church in Beirut, Lebanon, 17 March 2004, with the presence of
    Seminary students, who performed Armenian Church hymns.

    Mid-Lent coincides with the 20th day of Lent, a 40-day period of penitence
    and fasting observed from Ash Wednesday to Easter by many churches.

    Present for the Sunrise service were members of the Cilician Brotherhood,
    prelates of the Canadian, Eastern, and Western Prelacies, and also
    representatives of their Lay Councils, and faithful.

    Following the church service and the welcoming remarks of the Primate of
    Lebanon, His Holiness delivered a speech. His Holiness said: "The Light of
    our Christian faith must be reflected in the life of every Armenian
    faithful", taking his theme from one of the hymns of the Sunrise service
    which praises Christ, the source of Light with the words "Let your rational
    Light dawn within us". His Holiness went on to say, that "this rational
    Light must shine forth within the Armenian Church, within the Armenian
    family and within our Armenian fatherland".

    Following the church service, the Board of Trustees and the Ladies'
    Auxiliary hosted a traditional luncheon in honor of His Holiness Aram I.


    View printable pictures here:

    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, The Cilician Catholicosate, the
    administrative center of the church is located in Antelias, Lebanon.