On 25 December 2012, after the liturgy celebrating the feast at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, His Holiness Aram I received the clergy, the seminarians and the faithful at the Main Hall of his residence. In his message, the Catholicos said, “Today is not only the feast of the protomartyr deacon who served the Church, it is also the feast of the Church itself. Jesus, the Head of the Church, came to the world to serve, not to be served; He served the sick, the poor and the needy.”
The Catholicos then concluded, “The Church is not only a building and rituals; it is the people of God. Throughout our history, our church has served our people. The feast of St. Stephen is a constant reminder of the essence of our church as the people of God.”
Following Catholicos Aram I’s message, the seminary students made a presentation on the life of St. Stephan and the choir sang hymns dedicated to the protomartyr saint.