The Second annual Prayer service of the Standing Conference of SCOBA & SCOOCH
- Title: Public Invited to St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral for Service and Reception Sept. 30thNEWS RELEASE (from GOA Department of Internet Ministries)For Immediate Release: .September 23rd, 2002CONTACT: Chris ZakienTel: (212) 686-0710; Fax: (212) 779-3558E-mail: prl@a...Website: www.armenianchurch.orgRUSSIAN AMBASSADOR LAVROV AND UNITED NATIONS UNDERSECRETARY GENERAL BENON SEVAN TO SPEAK AT PRAYER SERVICE FOR UN C0MMUNITYPublic Invited to St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral for Service and Reception Sept. 30thNew York, NY - The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SCOOCH) will sponsor their second annual Prayer Service and Reception for The United Nations Community, at the St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, 630 Second Avenue corner of 34th Street), New York City, on Monday, September 30th at: 6:30 p.m.The distinguished speakers for the occasion will include His Excellency Sergey Flavor, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN; and Mr. Benon Seven, UN Undersecretary-General and Executive Director of the Iraq Programme. Both speakers have long and honored records of service at the highest levels of world diplomacy.Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church Of America (Eastern) will deliver the homily at the Prayer Service. The master of ceremonies for the occasion will be Deacon Bishoy Mikhail, Ecumenical Officer of the Coptic Orthodox Church.The public is invited to attend the Prayer Service and Reception to follow in the Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium. Among those expected to attend are all Oriental and Eastern Orthodox ambassadors and delegates of the various missions to the United Nations, Orthodox staff of the UN Secretariat and Orthodox NGO delegates.This Prayer Service for the UN Community was inaugurated last year to establish an Orthodox presence for the cause of world peace and understanding and to enable Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Christians to share in their common religious heritage.
Last year's speakers at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity were Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America; United States Ambassador to the United Nations John D. Negroponte and Ambassador of Armenia to the United Nations Khajag Barsamian (Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America) and His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos (Greek Orthodoxrchdiocese).Members of the UN committee event include Fr. Emmanuel Gratsias (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese); Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky (Orthodox Church in America); Fr. Anthony DeLuca (Syrian Orthodox Church), Fr. Simeon Odabashian (Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church) and Deacon Bishoy M. Mikhail (Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America).
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