Prayers for the Health of Patriarch Torkom Manoogian
- 25 January 2012
Staff members and clergy gathered in New York's St. Vartan
Armenian Cathedral on Wednesday, January 25, for a brief service, to pray for
the health and recovery of His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.
The former Primate of the Eastern Diocese was admitted on
January 19 to a hospital in Jerusalem, Israel, where he is resting comfortably but has been drifting in and out of consciousness. Patriarch Torkom will turn 93 next month.
In a quiet reflection at the service, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian spoke of the patriarch as a great spiritual leader
of the Armenian Church, and a figure of enduring stature in the worldwide community of Christian churches.
He said that the wellbeing of the Patriarch has a special importance to Armenians in America, where he is respected and loved as the Primate who led the Eastern Diocese for 24 years. Many current members of the Diocesan staff worked with him during that time, and hold Archbishop Torkom especially close to their hearts.
Archbishop Barsamian led the noontime prayer service, alongside other participating clergy: Fr. Sooren Chinchian, Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Fr.
Mardiros Chevian, and Fr. Tateos Abdalian.
Diocesan staff members and several friends of the Diocese from
the surrounding neighborhood in midtown Manhattan offered prayers for the Patriarch.
Archbishop Manoogian was originally admitted to Jerusalem's
Hadassah Medical Center two weeks ago, but was released after two days. He became critically ill and was re-admitted on January 19, and has been under observation by the medical staff for pneumonia. Members of the Jerusalem brotherhood, as well as family members, have been by the Patriarch's side throughout his hospitalization.
Archbishop Barsamian is asking all of our pastors and parishioners to keep Archbishop Torkom in their thoughts, and to pray for his health and recovery.