His Holiness Aram I to be Guest U.S. House Chaplain

Representative Adam Schiff invites Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia to deliver U.S. House’s opening prayer

November 8, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC – His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will serve as the Guest Chaplain in the United States House of Representatives – offering the opening prayer before this Thursday’s session.

His Holiness Aram I is the head of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and was elected Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church in 1995. Ordained a priest in 1968, Aram Keshishian was named locum tenens of the Diocese of Lebanon in 1978 and Primate in 1979 and was ordained as a bishop in 1980. He received his PhD from Fordham University in New York and resides in Antelias, Lebanon.

In September of 2022, His Holiness Aram I was elected President of the World Council of Churches, representing the Oriental Orthodox churches, during the Council’s assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The Morning Prayer will be televised live on C-SPAN, will be included in the Congressional Record, and will be live-streamed on the ANCA Facebook and Twitter pages. It is scheduled to start at approximately 9:00 am on Thursday, November 9th.


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