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His Eminence Attends the Consecration of Six Armenian Bishops

On Sunday 6 November 2011 His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim attended the celebration of the Holy Liturgy presided over by His Holiness Karekin II Supreme Catholicos of all Armenians at the Cathedral Church of Holy Etchmiadzin. During the celebration 6 vartabeds (celibate priests) of the sister Armenian Orthodox Church were consecrated as bishops. Two of the new bishops: Their Graces Haygazoun Najjarian and Vahan Hovanessian served as priests in Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church in the New York Area under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.

Archbishop Karim attended the event at the invitation of the Very Rev. Fr Vahan Hovanessian, primate of the Armenian Diocese of the United Kingdom.

During the Divine Liturgy and after the consecration His Holiness the Catholicos delivered a sermon highlighting the importance of the hierarchy in the church and reminding the new bishops of their duties as persons of prayers and preachers of the word of God.

Following the celebration all were invited to a banquet organized by Echmiadzin in honor of the new bishops.

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