On October 24, 2013 a formal reception was held at the Western Diocese in honor of His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem. Close to 80 guests including Diocesan clergy, Priesthood-Candidates, Diocesan benefactors, community leaders and faithful were in attendance to greet His Beatitude.
On behalf of the Diocesan Council, the clergy, and the entire faithful, the Primate extended his welcoming remarks to the Armenian Patriarch and his accompanying clergyman the Very Rev. Fr. Norayr Kazazyan.
On behalf of the Diocesan Council, welcoming remarks were made by Vice-Chair and Diocesan benefactor Antranik Zorayan. “Your Beatitude, we are humbled for your gracious inaugural visit to the Western Diocese. We are aware that Jerusalem’s Armenian community is faced with numerous trials and challenges. As sons and daughters of the Armenian Apostolic Church, it is our obligation to support the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem,” said Zorayan. “May God bless and protect you, Your Beatitude and grant you years of vigorous leadership,” he concluded.
His Beatitude Patriarch Manougian briefed the guests about matters related to Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Armenian Quarter and the Armenian faithful community of Jerusalem as a whole. The Patriarch answered questions from the guests and called upon the faithful to remember the Apostolic See of St. James in their prayers.
In his closing remarks, the Patriarch expressed his gratitude to the Primate for the warm welcome and wonderful reception and encouraged the faithful to remain steadfast in their ancestral Christian faith and God-pleasing endeavors.