“THE CHURCH IS NOT A BUILDING OR RITUALS; IT IS THE PEOPLE OF GOD”
HIS HOLINESS ARAM I
On 25 December 2012, after the liturgy celebrating the feast at St.
Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, His Holiness Aram I received the
clergy, the seminarians and the faithful at the Main Hall of his
residence. In his message, the Catholicos said, “Today is not only the
feast of the protomartyr deacon who served the Church, it is also the
feast of the Church itself. Jesus, the Head of the Church, came to the
world to serve, not to be served; He served the sick, the poor and the
The Catholicos then concluded, “The Church is not only a building and
rituals; it is the people of God. Throughout our history, our church has
served our people. The feast of St. Stephen is a constant reminder of
the essence of our church as the people of God.”
Following Catholicos Aram I’s message, the seminary students made a
presentation on the life of St. Stephan and the choir sang hymns
dedicated to the protomartyr saint.
HIS HOLINESS ARAM I CONSULTS WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ARMENIAN
COMMUNITY IN SYRIA
His Holiness Aram I recently received Syrian religious and community
leaders in Antelias for a series of consultations. The meetings were
also attended by representatives of the National Executive Council. The
Catholicos briefed the delegation on his contacts with foreign
ambassadors and representatives of international non-governmental
organizations and foundations and on the funds that have been received
through the Catholicosate’s Special Fund for Syria.
At the end of the consultations, His Holiness Aram I announced the
following agreed-upon priorities to be implemented by the leadership in
· Assist all needy families,
· Ensure the salaries of all teachers and staff working in
· Contact all warring parties and seek information on those who
have been kidnapped,
· Strengthen the internal unity of the community.
His Holiness Aram I then thanked all those who had provided assistance
to the community in Syria and he appealed for new aid.