Prelate Takes Part in Ecumenical Prayer on Capitol Hill

Scenes from Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian's visit to Capitol Hill and ANCA headquarters

Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian visit the ANCA

WASHINGTON—By the initiative of In Defense of Christians, a historic ecumenical prayer service was held at the U.S. Capitol for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Faith leaders participating in the service, which was held on on July 15, included Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian; Eastern Prelate Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian; Prelate Christophe Pierre of the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; Metropolitan Joseph Zehlaoui, of the Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of North America; Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; Bishop Elias Zaidan, the Eparch of the Maronite Church of the Western United States; Bishop Gregory Mansour, Eparch of the Maronite Church of the Eastern United States; Pastor Dan Cummins, founder of Capitol Worship), and other clerics

The event began with solidarity remarks conveyed by Congressional leaders and dignitaries. Armenian National Committee of America Executive Director Aram Hamparian called for a stronger response to genocide and all atrocities against the innocent.

The ecumenical service followed, during which the Prelates recited prayers. Hymns were sung in the ancient languages of the Middle East.

At the conclusion of the service, participants gathered in the Rotunda where hymns were sung in different languages. For the first time ever, the hymn “Der Voghormya” was sung in the Nation’s Capitol, led by the Prelates and accompanying clergy.

The following day, Archbishop Mardirossian and Catholicosate Central Executive member Dr. Dertad Manguikian paid a visit to the Armenian National Committee of America headquarters in Washingtonwhere they were welcomed by Hamparian and staff.

The conversation encompassed the ANCA’s endeavors, community matters, and the ecumenical service held the day prior.

The Prelate and Dr. Manguikian wished the devoted members of the ANCA all the best in their worthy mission.

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