The Passing of Archbishop Zareh Aznavourian

His Eminence Archbishop Zareh Aznavourian died on Friday–in Lebanon–at 57 years of age.

Archbishop Zareh faithfully served the Armenian Apostolic Church as an ordained celibate priest for 38 years–most of which was spent at the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia in Antelias–Lebanon; he spent two years in Rome pursuing a higher education–and three years as the Prelate of Cyprus.

Archbishop Zareh was an eminent teacher at the Cilician See’s Theological Seminary. He was a noted composer of both religious and secular music–a gifted scholar–a Biblical translator–and an author of textbooks and commentaries. He was considered one of the most noted Biblical scholars within the Armenian Church.

The Extreme Unction will take place during the Divine Liturgy service at the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Antelias–on Monday–May 3. Interment will follow in the Mausoleum of the Holy See of Cilicia.

Requiem Services will take place in all Prelacy churches on Sunday–May 2.

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