Bishop Sahak Mashalian will be formally enthroned as the 85th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople on Saturday, January 11, in a ceremony at the city’s Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Cathedral, the Patriarchate has announced.
He will celebrate his first Divine Liturgy in his new capacity the following day, in the same sanctuary. Bishop Mashalian was elected as Patriarch on December 11, 2019.
Bishop Daniel Findikyan, the Primate of the Eastern Diocese, will be attending the ceremonies this weekend. In a message to Diocesan leaders prior to his departure for Istanbul this week, Bishop Daniel wrote: “I am personally excited to be present at this historic event in this city, which has so much history for our people. Even more, I am delighted to represent our Diocese, its clergy and faithful, in the inauguration of what we all pray will be a revival for the Armenian Church in this ancient See.” The Primate will return to the U.S. next week.
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