Grand Sacristan Archbishop Kerekin Kazanjian of the Armenian Church was among those who celebrated the feast of St.
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Background: Grand Sacristan Archbishop Kerekin Kazanjian of the Armenian Church was among those who celebrated the feast of St. James at an ancient monastery in the old city of Jerusalem on January 11. Archbishop Kazanjian, elected for life to an office in charge of ceremony at Armenian holy places, has been told by the Israeli government that his visa, due to expire in May 1983, will not be renewed. The Archbishop is an Australian citizen. He first went to Jerusalem in 1939 to study at the seminary attached to the monastery but in 1951 left for the United States and later Australia. The Armenian church, the second oldest Christian church in Jerusalem, has asked the Israeli government to reconsider the decision. The Armenians regard themselves as the first Christian nation, having been converted to Christianity by St. Gregory the Illuminator early in the fourth century. In addition to the Middle East, the Armenian church now has branches in the United States, Europe and Australia. The Feast of St. James has its origins in the very beginnings of the Armenian church.