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SCOBA and SCOOCH Hierarchs Celebrate 8th Annual Prayer Service for the United Na

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      SCOBA and SCOOCH Hierarchs Celebrate 8th Annual Prayer Service for
      the United Nations

      The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the
      Americas8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

      PRESS RELEASE
      November 12, 2008

      SCOBA and SCOOCH Hierarchs Celebrate 8th Annual Prayer Service for
      the United Nations.

      New York, NY - On Thursday, October 30th, Hierarchs of the Standing
      Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA)
      and of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in
      America (SCOOCH) celebrated the 8th Annual Prayer Service for the
      United Nations. His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of
      the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern), welcomed His Eminence
      Archbishop Demetrios of America (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese), the
      Chairman of SCOBA, assembled Hierarchs, Clergy, Ambassadors and
      Dignitaries of the UN Diplomatic Corps and laity to the Saint Vartan
      Armenian Cathedral, the traditional site when the service is hosted
      by an Oriental Orthodox Church.

      Archbishop Barsamian presided over the Vespers Service, which
      included liturgical chanting by Armenian, Coptic and Ethiopian
      Choirs. The Vespers marked a significant milestone in the life of
      SCOBA, as for the first time, Bishop Mercurius of Zaraisk
      (Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate) participated in the
      Vespers as a full Member of SCOBA. Additionally, there were present
      Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim of the Syrian Orthodox Church,
      Archbishop Vicken Aykazian of the Armenian Church (who is also
      President of the NCC), and representation from the OCA.

      His Excellency, Ambassador Negash Kebret, the Permanent
      Representative of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia to the United
      Nations addressed the assembled faithful. Following the conclusion
      of Vespers, led by the Hierarchs and the Diplomatic Corps, over 200
      of the Clergy and Faithful attended a reception in the Kavookjian
      Hall.

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