Prelate Travels to Lebanon to Participate in Blessing of Holy Muron

Earlier this week H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, traveled to Lebanon to participate in the blessing of Holy Muron to be conducted by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, on the evening of Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the courtyard of St. Mary Monastery and the Genocide memorial monument in Bikfaya. The blessing of Muron is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The day will begin with the inauguration of the Armenian Genocide Orphans’ “Aram Bezikian” Museum at the Birds’ Nest in Jbeil. The blessing of the Holy Muron will take place in the evening, followed by the message of His Holiness.

On the morning of Sunday, July 19, Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral in Antelias presided over by His Holiness, who will conduct the blessing of water with the newly blessed Holy Muron. An Ecumenical Service will follow at the Genocide Memorial Chapel in Antelias with the participation of various church leaders and representatives.

On Sunday evening a concert will take place in Bikfaya dedicated to the legacy of Armenian Genocide martyrs. The event features performances by the Beirut Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Harout Fazlian, renowned soloist Hasmik Papian from Vienna and Barseg Tumanian from Armenia.

Representatives of the hierarchical Sees, Prelates from Catholicosate Prelacies worldwide and members of the Holy See of Cilicia Brotherhood will participate in the ceremonies and events. The Prelate will be accompanied by a delegation from the Western Prelacy comprised of Executive Council members, sponsors, and community members.

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