Antelias: The passing of Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian

Catholicosate of Cilicia
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Antelias, Lebanon – His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia, members of
the Brotherhood of Cilicia, announce with deepest sadness the passing of His
Eminence Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian, on Friday, April 30, 2004, in
Antelias. His Eminence was 57 years old.

Archbishop Zareh faithfully served the Armenian Apostolic Church as an
ordained celibate priest for 38 years, most of which was spent at the
Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon, except for
two years in Rome where he pursued higher education and three years as the
Prelate of Cyprus.

Archbishop Aznavorian served as professor of biblical studies in the
Theological Seminary and the Hamazkaine Institute of Armenology. He has been
the editor of “Klatsor” (yearbook of the Seminary), and “HASK” (official
periodical of the Catholicosate), and conductor of “Shenorhali” choir of the

Archbishop Zareh was the Director of Christian Education Department of the
Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia. He was the chairman of the Religious
Council of the Catholicosate of Cilicia. He was a noted composer of both
religious and secular music, a gifted scholar, a Biblical translator, and an
author of textbooks and commentaries. He was considered to be one of the
most noted Biblical scholars within the Armenian Church.

The Extreme Unction will take place during the Divine Liturgy service at the
Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Antelias, on Monday, May 3.
Interment will follow in the Mausoleum of the Holy See of Cilicia.


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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 history and
the mission of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer to the web page of
the Catholicosate, The Cilician Catholicosate, the
administrative center of the church is located in Antelias, Lebanon.