Shnork Nigoghossian

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PRESS RELEASE
Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia & New Zealand
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AUSTRALIA
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20 December 2004

DEACON ORDAINED FOR SERVICE IN CHURCH IN SYDNEY

Sydney, Australia - On Sunday, 19th December, 2004 in the Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection, His Eminence Archbishop Aghan Baliozian, Primate of the Diocese of Australia & New Zealand ordained Acolyte Shnork Nigoghossian as Deacon. Also partaking in the ceremony were Reverend Father Norayr Patanian, Reverend Father Bartev Karakashian, Deacons, Acolytes and the Church Lousavorich Choir.

Deacon Shnork is the seventh ordained deacon of the Church of Holy Resurrection.

During the ordination rite, through prayers and blessings, the newly-ordained received the order of sub-deacon and deacon. It was deeply moving when he committed himself to the service of God in front of the congregation, humbly kneeling before the altar with arms raised and ears blocked rejecting earthly standards.

The new order grants Deacon Shnork the privilege to perform sacred rituals in the church that includes censing, chanting the Gospel reading during the Divine Liturgy, and transferring the veiled chalice containing the gifts (bread and wine) to the priest during The Eucharist.

The word "deacon" means "one who serves". The position is believed to have its origin rooted with the Apostles in the Jerusalem church. The primary role of the deacon then was to care for the physical needs of the congregation, a role which continues until today in traditional churches.

St Paul writes in his first letter to Timothy "Deacons are to be men worthy of respect, sincere .. they must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience."

Deacon Shnork Nigoghossian has served the Armenian Apostolic Church over the past 15 years. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey, is married to Askanoush and has two children. For many years, Deacon Shnork has been actively involved in all aspects of church life.