Antelias: Washing of the Feet

Catholicosate of Cilicia
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The Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist,
the Washing of the Feet
and prayers of Lamentation in Antelias

Antelias, Lebanon – His Holiness Aram I presided over three church services
on Thursday, 8 April 2004. The Armenian faithful came from Lebanon and
elsewhere to join Antelias in its prayers and to receive His Holiness’

In the morning, the ceremony of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist was
conducted, in memory of the Last Supper of Christ and His disciples.

In the afternoon, His Holiness celebrated the ceremony of the Pediluvium by
washing the feet of 12 seminarians and reverends. This liturgical ritual
follows the model set by Christ when He washed the feet of His disciples. It
symbolizes the lesson of humility that Christ conveyed to us through this
act. In his sermon, His Holiness pointed out the importance of humility,
through our personal life, as a source of love and respect, and made a call
for love and solidarity.

At night, the members of the Brotherhood, the seminarians and the laity
(predominantly young people) gathered in the Cathedral and the courtyard of
the Catholicosate for the Vigil of the Lamentation.


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The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates of
the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the
jurisdiction and the Christian Education activities in both the
Catholicosate and the dioceses, you may refer to the web page of the
Catholicosate, The Cilician Catholicosate, the
administrative center of the church is located in Antelias, Lebanon.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS