Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem Has New Grand Sacristan


11:39, January 25, 2013

By Arthur Hagopian

Jerusalem, Jan 25 – Armenian priests, members of the Brotherhood of St
James of Jerusalem, have cast their votes in favor of Archbishop Sevan
Gharibian as their Patriarchate’s new Grand Sacristan, the second most
important and prestigious position within the church after the

The move follows the election of the former Grand Sacristan,
Archbishop Nourhan Manoogian, as the city’s 97th Armenian Patriarch.

Born in 1940 in Beirut, Gharibian was ordained priest in 1968 and
elevated to the rank of a prince of the church in 1988.

For the past few years, he had been managing the Patriarchate’s
financial affairs.

Despite a marked sense of humor, Gharibian is a man of action who
prefers to eschew dilly-dallying and cut quick to the core of a

With him by the side of the equally determined and strong-willed
Manoogian, there is every reason for confidence of a stable if not
bright future for the Armenians of Jerusalem, surrounded as they are
by a plethora of problems, chief among them the political uncertainty
in which the region has been wallowing for decades.