Open Casket Viewing and Funeral Service

We inform the faithful flock of our Community that on Wednesday, 3 October, 2012 a public viewing of the open casket of our dearly departed Primate, His Eminence Archbishop Aghan Baliozian will be held in the Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection at 6.00 p.m. with a special requiem service at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, 4 October the open casket viewing will commence at 8.00 a.m. and at 10.00 a.m. the Divine Liturgy, funeral service and final consecration will be conducted.

The funeral service will be presided by His Eminence Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Patriarchal Vicar of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and His Eminence Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisian from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

Following the church service at 12.30 p.m. the interment ceremony will be take place in the Armenian Section of Macquarie Park Cemetery where the late Primate will be laid to rest in a designated plot behind the Armenian Genocide Monument. The memorial coffee (hokesoorj) will be served afterward in the Edgarian hall.

The presence of our faithful community will be duly received on these solemn days of mourning to pay final respects to the late Archbishop and farewell him in reverence.

In accordance with the wishes of our beloved late Primate, we request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Diocese’s St Nerses Shenorhali Fund for the purpose of preparing Armenian clergy.

 Issued on Behalf of the Diocesan Council

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