Orumiyeh, West Azarbaijan prov, June 24, IRNA -- Some 3,500 world Armenians gathered at Qara-Kilisa church in the city of Chaldoran in West Azarbaijan province on Saturday to mark the 50th death anniversary of one of the disciples of Jesus Christ (AS), the holy Tatavos.
The world Armenians have been annually holding memorial services for the holy Tatavos at Qara-Kilisa church to commemorate the anniversary of the Armenians pilgrimage to Tatavos church and the martyrdom of Tatavos since 1954.
At this year's ceremony, the message of the leader of Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia, His Holiness Aram I, was read by West Azarbaijan's Armenian archbishop, which focused on family affairs, proper education of the youth and the impact of church on the families and the youth.
The message said, "Given the current threat of drug addiction facing the community, the families should pay special attention to family relations."
Underlining the role of Jesus in the education of young people as a symbol of affection, honesty and sincerity, the message further pointed out that the churches should focus on the youth problems.
In his message, the Lebanese spiritual leader called for close cooperation with Iran concerning reconstruction of Saint Stepanos and Qara-Kilisa churches in Julfa and Chaldoran respectively.
Meanwhile, he called on the Armenians and the world religious minorities to continue pilgrimage to the holy Tatavos church and observe the relevant religious rites.
The ceremony was followed by a seminar on family affairs held by the officials, specialists and instructors from Tehran, Isfahan and Tabriz universities.
This year's memorial ceremony was also attended by a number of Armenians from the US, Austria, Armenia, Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.
The Armenian Archbishop from Cyprus Varoujan Hergelian representing His Holiness Aram I also attended this year's ceremony.
During the memorial ceremony in Qara-Kilisa church, the ttending Armenians pay tribute to the shrine of the holy Tatavos, pray and make special sacrifice.
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