In attendance at the inauguration ceremony were the Ambassador of Armenia to Lebanon Ashot Kocharyan, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I, representative of the Catholicos of All Armenians His Holiness Karekin II, archbishop Nathan Hovhannisian, representatives of the Holy See’s Congregation for Eastern Churches, the Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon, as well as Armenian and foreign religious representatives, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, ministers, deputies, high ranking military officials, and heads of national organizations.
After accepting the Patriarchal Throne, Catholicos-Patriarch Krikor Bedros delivered his first liturgy. In his speech, the Catholicos-Patriarch expressed his gratitude to the President of Armenia, the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, and the Catholicos of All Armenians for their support, and assured that he will do everything he can to strengthen and deepen cooperation between authorities in Armenia and the two Armenian religious Chairs.
After the liturgy, congratulatory messages to the newly elected Catholicos were read over dinner. Ambassador Kocharyan delivered a message from President Serzh Sarkissian.