First anniversary of an Armenian bishop in the UK & Ireland

By Harry Hagopian
November 6, 2012

On 6 November 2012, the Armenian Church and its community in the UK & Ireland recall the first anniversary of the ordination at Holy Etchmiadzin of their serpazan or bishop as the primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

But why pen down a personal reflection on this joyous albeit young anniversary? In fact, why create any euphonic chatter about a rather brief and somewhat inattentive date in our calendars? Surely not many other archbishops and bishops, whether Armenian or not, have gone out of their way to celebrate their first anniversary?

Let me explain...

Read the whole obiter dictum here:


© Harry Hagopian is an international lawyer, ecumenist and EU political consultant. He also acts as a Middle East and inter-faith advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and as Middle East consultant to ACEP (Christians in Politics) in Paris. He is an Ekklesia associate and regular contributor ( Formerly an Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee and Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches, he is now an international fellow, Sorbonne III University, Paris, consultant to the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (UK), Ecumenical consultant to the Primate of Armenian Church in UK & Ireland, and author of The Armenian Church in the Holy Land. Dr Hagopian’s own website is

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