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    Catholicosate of Cilicia
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    Thanksgiving Prayer to celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the Consecration of
    Catholicos Aram I

    Antelias - 16 June 2013. On Sunday, during the Holy Liturgy, a special
    thanksgiving prayer service was held to celebrate the 18th anniversary of
    the consecration of His Holiness Aram I as Catholicos of Cilicia. After the
    Biblical readings, Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate of Tehran, the
    celebrant of the day, described Catholicos Aram I as the shepherd who not
    only led the flock, but also gave worldwide visibility to the Catholicosate
    of Cilicia, carving a role for the Church on ecumenical, international and
    local levels. He then prayed for the Catholicos' health and wished him long
    life on behalf of the clergy and laity.

    At the end of the liturgy, the members of the clergy, members of the General
    Assembly and the faithful met at the Main Hall of the Catholicosate. His
    Holiness Aram I first distributed the awards to students who had won the
    school competitions in Armenian language, history and culture organized by
    the Khatchik Babikian Foundation; he then thanked everyone for the
    anniversary celebrations and said, "As servants of the Church, our journey
    of service is expressed in through different gifts and in different forms.
    However the essence of the journey of the Armenian clergy is "Christ's way".

    Thanksgiving celebrations ended with the participants congratulating His
    Holinesss Aram I and receiving his blessing.