A warm ecumenical celebration occurred today, the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, in the Anglican Centre in Rome. It was the 20th anniversary of the ordination to the episcopate of the Most Revd Ian Ernest, the Director of the Centre. Anglican (and Episcopalian), Roman Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran and Armenian friends and colleagues were able to join in this significant milestone in the ministry of Archbishop Ian.
|Archbishop Ian presiding at the mass|
The preacher at the mass was Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, the Pontifical Legate of the Armenian Church in Western Europe, and the Representative of the Armenian Church to the Vatican. We also all had a chance to learn a Creole refrain, Creole being the mother tongue of Archbishop Ian and his wife Kamla.
Kondir mwa, vey lor mwa, Senyer, pran mo lamain.
Ad multos annos, Monseigneur Ian!
|Armenian Archbishop Khajag Barsamian|
An added blessing for me was the chance to get to know Archbishop Khajag; he and I share many good friends in the Armenian Church world wide and the Anglican Communion!