April 19, 2018
FEAST OF THE HOLY MARTYRS
OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Tuesday, April 24, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. With the canonization of the martyrs three years ago, the Armenian Church added a new Feast Day to the Armenian liturgical calendar—The Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.

Canonization is an official act of proclamation that a person is inscribed on the list (canon) of the saints. During the canonization ceremony on April 23, 2015, the following official declaration of the decision of the synod of bishops, by Catholicos Karekin II and Catholicos Aram I was read: “We canonize the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide and declare April 24 to be the day of Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs, who were killed during the Armenian Genocide for their faith and for their fatherland.”

In general, the very prominent saints receive the most formal recognition. This is done when the church places the saint(s) on the calendar of the church, with a feast day, commemorated and celebrated publicly in the liturgies of the church, some with hymns dedicated to them and some depicted in icons, and at times with veneration of their relics.

The martyrs, like all other saints, are invoked to intercede for us; and the Church no longer conducts requiem services ( hokehankeesd ) for the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. All feast days in the church are celebrated by singing hymns ( sharagans ) and reading selections from the Holy Scriptures. The Canon of Hymns dedicated to the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide was written and composed in 1990 by Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian, of blessed memory, a saintly member of the Cilician Brotherhood, steeped in the Holy Scriptures and the liturgical tradition of the Church, a gifted musician, and a master of ancient classical Armenian ( Krapar ). 

TIMES SQUARE GATHERING THIS SUNDAY
Archbishop Oshagan will attend and deliver the invocation at the annual April 24 Gathering in Times Square (43 rd Street and Broadway) that will take place this Sunday, April 22. The annual gathering is sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan with the co-sponsorship and participation of more than twenty organizations.

Every Armenian needs to be a part of the annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide in Times Square that seeks truth, justice, and recognition. Free bus transportation is available to and from Times Square from various points in New York and New Jersey. For information click here.

VICAR DELIVERS INVOCATION AT
CAPITOL HILL OBSERVANCE
Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian with Congressmen Dave Trott (MI) and Frank Pallone (NJ)
with Armenian Scouts.
Bishop Anoushavan delivered the invocation at the annual Capitol Hill observance of the Armenian Genocide yesterday at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The observance is hosted every April by the Congressional Caucus on Armenian issues, the Embassy of Armenia, the Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, and Armenian American organizations. Accompanying His Grace was Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor of Soorp Khatch Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

In his prayer, His Grace prayed for leaders with vision, insight, and compassion and expressed thanks “for the bountiful blessings we enjoy today. Remember your faithful sons and daughters whose faith became stronger even during their darkest hours. . . .Our one and a half million martyrs are now Saints, and we bow and pray before them seeking their intercession for the blessings of liberty and justice for all.”

See more photos here .

MARCH FOR JUSTICE
The AYF "Hyortik" Chapter of New York asks you to join the  #GenocideMarch  on April 24th, 2018!

10:30AM Divine Liturgy at  St. Illuminator's Armenian Apostolic Cathedral 
12:30PM March to the Turkish Consulate!
BIBLE READINGS
A Note about the Readings:  Beginning on Monday April 9 and continuing until Pentecost (May 20) each day the four Gospels are read in the following order: 1) Morning—Luke; 2) Midday—John; 3) Evening—Matthew; 4) Evening dismissal—Mark. By Pentecost the four gospels are read up to the passion narratives.

Bible readings for Sunday, April 22 , Red Sunday , are: (1) Luke 9:18-36 ;( 2) Acts 13:16-43; 1 (Peter 5:1-14; John 5:23-19:30; (3) Matthew 11:25-30; (4) Mark 4:26-24.

So Paul stood up and with a gesture began to speak:

“You Israelites, and others who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. For about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. After he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance for about four hundred fifty years. After that he gave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel. Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years. When he had removed him, he made David their king. In his testimony about him he said, “I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes. Of this man’s posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised; before his coming John had already proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his work, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but one is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of the sandals on his feet.’

“My brothers, you descendants of Abraham’s family, and others who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent. Because the residents of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize him or understand the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath, they fulfilled those words by condemning him. Even though they found no cause for a sentence of death, they asked Pilate to have him killed. When they had carried out everything that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead; and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm. ‘You are my Son; today I have begotten you.’ As to his raising him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, ‘I will give you the holy promises made to David.’ Therefore he has also said in another psalm, ‘You will not let your Holy One experience corruption.’ For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, died, was laid beside his ancestors, and experienced corruption; but he whom God raised up experienced no corruption. Let it be known to you therefore, my brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you; by this Jesus everyone who believes is set free from all those sins from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore, that what the prophets said does not happen to you: ‘Look, you scoffers! Be amazed and perish, for in you days I am doing a work, a work that you will never believe, even if someone tells you.’”

As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people urged them to speak about these things again the next Sabbath. When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the grace of God. (Acts 12:16-43)

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Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.”

He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling while. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen. (Luke 9:18-36)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
RED SUNDAY
This Sunday (April 22) is the fourth Sunday of Eastertide, known as Red Sunday ( Garmir Giragi ). The name does not have an ecclesiastical origin. Red is the color of blood and this may be an appropriate time to honor the memory of the early Christian martyrs. The name Red Sunday is also believed to refer to the burst of color that comes forth from the land after a barren winter. Similar to last week’s Green Sunday, it is a celebration of nature and life, symbolizing rebirth after the Resurrection of our Lord.
FOUR BISHOPS CONSECRATED IN ANTELIAS
Last weekend the Holy See of Cilicia added four new bishops to its roster in ceremonies that took place in the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Antelias, Lebanon, with Catholicos Aram I presiding. The new bishops are: Bishop Masis Zoboyan (Prelate of Kuwait); Bishop Sipan Ketchedjian (Prelate of Isfahan); Bishop Mesrob Sarkissian (Prelate of the United Arab Emirates), and Bishop Torkom Donoyan (Vicar of the Western Prelacy of the United States).

In his message to the newly consecrated bishops, His Holiness said that the Church is not a building; it is the body of Christ. He stressed that the Church is serving and not ruling and therefore service must become their mission. Following the liturgy and consecration the new bishops were congratulated during a reception.

See a video of the consecration here .
KARABAGH HERO AT ST. ILLUMINATOR CATHEDRAL
Major Sargis Stepanyan arrived from Armenia yesterday with his wife Armenouhi, and was welcomed at John F. Kennedy Airport by Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Pastor of St. Illuminator's Cathedral, and Mr. Razmig Arzoumanian, President of the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund. Major Stepanyan, a triple amputee lost his legs and right arm while retrieving his fallen comrades at the Karabagh front under enemy fire on July 29, 2014.
This Sunday, April 22, at 12:30 pm, a presentation and fundraiser will take place at St. Illuminator's Cathedral under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, for the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund, with the presence of Major Stepanyan.
BISHOP ANOUSHAVAN WITH ARTIST
MHER KHATCHATRYAN AT ART EXPO 2018
“The Smoke” by artist Mher Khachatryan is part of Art Expo 2018, on view from April 19 to 22, at Pier 94, 711 12 th Avenue (55 th Street and Westside Highway), New York, at Cre8sArt Gallery Booth #150. For more information go to www.mherkhachatryan.com .
REGISTER FOR DATEV SUMMER PROGRAM
Plans are underway for the 32 nd annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Program, a unique Armenian Christian educational program for youth ages 13-18 to enrich their knowledge of the Christian faith in a wholesome and nurturing environment, with recreational activities and daily church services.

Sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the Program is scheduled to be held at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from July 1-8, 2018. 

For information and registration click here.

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY
The Eastern Prelacy’s National Representative Assembly will convene at St. Gregory Church in North Andover, Massachusetts, May 10 to 12. Friends near and far are invited to attend the Banquet that will take place Friday evening, May 11, at Harris’ Pelham Inn, Pelham, New Hampshire. Cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 pm with dinner at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $75 per person.

For more information about the National Representative Assembly click here

DN. SHANT CONDUCTS SEMINAR ON THE EUCHARIST
St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church of Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, sponsored a 3-hour seminar on the Soorp Badarak , entitled “Exploring the Eucharist,” on Saturday, April 14. At the invitation of the Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, pastor, and the Board of Trustees, the seminar was conducted by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Director of Christian Education of the Eastern Prelacy.

In the morning session, Dn. Shant laid a basic scriptural foundation for worship and Eucharistic celebration. In the afternoon, he walked the participants through the service with commentary, guided by short Badarak video clips and a detailed outline of the service, cross-referenced to the Prelacy’s Soorp Badarak book. The seminar was very well received by the attendees.

As a service to Prelacy parishes, all those interested in sponsoring a similar seminar are invited to contact Dn. Shant at the Prelacy at 212-689-7810, arec@armenianprelacy.org .

AUTHOR LUCINE KASBARIAN VISITS THE
SIAMANTO ACADEMY
On Saturday, April 14, writer and journalist Lucine Kasbarian, a graduate of the Siamanto Academy, was invited to give a talk to the students. She offered an engaging and reminiscing presentation about her time at the Academy and the impact that Siamanto, the Saturday schools of ANEC, and the former ARS Summer Studies program, among others, have had in the formation of teachers and leaders of the Armenian American communities. She encouraged the students to become our culture bearers and take their rightful places as tomorrow's community leaders and guideposts. The author of several books, Ms. Kasbarian offered the students copies of her latest book, “Perspectives from Exile.”
ST. SARKIS SATURDAY SCHOOL GALA
Bishop Anoushavan and Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian alongside the PTA of the Suzanne and Hovsep Hagopian Saturday School of St. Sarkis Church.
Principal Nayri Zohrabian honoring the Chairpersons of the PTA.
On Saturday April 14, the St. Sarkis Church Saturday School PTA hosted its 5th Annual GALA Dinner Dance Fundraiser at the Woodbury Country Club. The funds raised for this event will be used towards the expansion of the Suzanne and Hovsep Hagopian Saturday School. 
The event was a huge success with over 180 attendees. The cocktail hour started at 7:30pm. The attendees enjoyed the set up of international cuisine stations that offered a variety of food choices, with open bars on each side of the hall.  

​Following the cocktail hour, the festivities continued in the main hall. The Co-Chair of the GALA Annette Givelekian initiated the evening by thanking everyone for supporting this very special event. 
One of the highlights of the evening was when the School Principal D. Nayri Zohrabian, proudly honored the Chairpersons of The Parent Teacher Association. She presented a plaque for their commitment to the Suzanne and Hovsep Hagopian Saturday School. She and Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian praised them for their efforts and service for many years. Honored were Diane Boyadjian, Tanya Kerestedjian, Harry Seoylemezian, Garine Mayo, Madlen Hazarian, Natalie Meneshian, Christine Bedrossian and Annette Givelekian.
Death of Raffi (April 25, 1888)
One hundred and thirty years after his death, Raffi has long become a classic of Armenian literature. He was born Hakob Melik Hakobian on September 5, 1835, in Payajuk, a village in the district of Salmast, in Iranian Azerbaijan. He was the eldest of nine siblings. His paternal family had been meliks (hereditary lords) of the village for many generations. His father was a wealthy farmer and merchant.

His education began in the home of the village priest. There, in a small cramped room adjacent to the barn, boys of all ages and levels of learning were taught under pressure of corporal punishment. In 1847, at the age of twelve, his father, who had always harbored a deep respect for education, sent him to Tiflis, a major center of Armenian intellectual life at that time, to continue his secondary education at the Nersessian School. Since the school had been shut down due to a cholera outbreak, the future writer enrolled in a boarding school run by a distinguished Armenian teacher, Garabed Belakhian. This school was administered under the aegis of the Russian gymnasium of Tiflis, and its curriculum was adapted to requirements for entry into that institution. Here, the young village boy learned literary Armenian and Russian, and acquired a privileged education. In 1855 he started drafting his first novel in Classical Armenian, which he later transposed into vernacular Armenian and would be posthumously published as Salbi (1911).

In 1856, when he had still a year to complete his gymnasium studies, he was forced to abandon his formal education and return home to help his ailing father with the family business. In 1857-1858 he visited Western Armenian, particularly the regions of Van and Mush, and acquainted himself firsthand with the plight of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. In 1863 he married Anna Hormouz, the daughter of an Assyrian Protestant family. They had two sons and a daughter, who died at a young age. However, the death of his father in 1865 sent the family into ruin. Hakob Melik-Hakobian had to work as a sales clerk and accountant in Tiflis to try to take care of his extended family.

From 1872-76 he contributed to the newly published Mshak daily in Tiflis. He debuted with the penname Alexander Raffi, which would later become just Raffi. He subsequently took teaching posts in Armenian language and history at the Armenian school in Tabriz (1875), where he put into practice his modern educational values. Two years later, he had to leave the city due to his conflict with the conservative establishment, both Armenian and Persian. He took a teaching position in Agoulis, in the region of Nakhichevan, but in 1879, his progressive views became again a matter for clashes with the local wealthy sponsors, and he settled in Tiflis for good, where he continued his prolific work for Mshak . The newspaper would publish many of his novels in serialized form. A year before he had published to great acclaim his first book, Jalaleddin, a novel depicting the massacres of Armenians by a Kurdish chieftain in the southeastern corner of Western Armenia. The next critically and popularly acclaimed book would be the novel The Fool (1881), whose subject was the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-1878. In the following years, the patriotic imagery and episodes of both novels would inspire many young people to devote themselves to the cause of the liberation of Western Armenia, which would end in the creation of revolutionary groups and then political parties.

Raffi, who underwent a brief search and house arrest by the Czarist police in 1883 under suspicions of being a revolutionary, met the relentless criticism of the Armenian conservative press. A jubilee for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his literary activities was planned in 1884, but forbidden by the authorities. His next novels, Davit Bek (1882), The Golden Rooster (1882), The Diary of a Cross-Stealer (1883), Sparks (two volumes, 1883-1884), and Samuel (1886), which depicted historical and contemporary issues, further cemented his fame. Raffi’s novels would transcend his time and become mandatory reading for the next generations.

In 1886, while Samuel was received with great enthusiasm by the public, Raffi’s health had started to decline. In 1888 he published his last book, The Five Melikdoms of Gharabagh. His lungs were failing, and he passed away on April 25, 1888. He was buried in the Armenian cemetery of Khojivank on April 29, with an enormous mass of people attending beneath a downpour. As another novelist, Shirvanzade, wrote years later, “Raffi’s was the first great public funeral. Never before had there been anything like it.”

Anna Raffi, the writer’s wife, later moved to London with his sons Aram and Raffi. She would be instrumental in the publication of Raffi’s unpublished works, as well as reprints of his already popular novels. Her sons would have an important literary and political activity in the British capital to the benefit of Armenian causes. Raffi’s works, prohibited in Soviet Armenia during Stalin’s time, were published in huge multivolume editions afterwards. Presently, there is a school as well as a street named after Raffi in Yerevan. His works have been translated into several languages, such as English, French, Spanish, and others.
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THIS WEEK’S REFLECTION
In this week's Prelacy Reflection, Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian addresses this past Sunday's Scripture Reading, which is a simple yet very profound dialogue from the Book of John, Ch 3.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
SIAMANTO ACADEMY— Meets every second Saturday of the month at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. For information: anec@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810..

April 21 —The Shnorhali Armenian Choir, alongside the Children's choir of New Jersey, and various young guest artists will perform at Queens Theater, 14 United Nations Avenue S, Corona, Queens, NY  from 7:00pm-8:45pm. Come and enjoy a pleasant culturally charged evening of beautiful music. For tickets, contact Harry & Juliette Milian: 718 454 5210. Tickets: $35, and $45. 

April 22 —Remembering the Armenian Genocide, Annual Gathering at Times Square, 2 pm, 43 rd Street and Broadway, New York City. Free bus transportation to and from Times Square. Sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan; co-sponsored by Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Committee of America, ADL-Ramagavars, Armenian National Council, and with the participation of community-wide churches and organizations. Contacts: New York , Sam Melkonian 516-352-2587; Brooklyn , Tigran Sahakyan 347-291-7765; New Jersey , Leo Manuelian 917-418-3940 or 201-746-0409
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April 29 —“History and Future of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Conflict" -- Guest Speaker: Anna Astvatsaturian-Turcotte, Author of "Nowhere, A Story of Exile." Under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate.  1:30 p.m. St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, NY.  A book signing will take place after the lecture. For more information, please call 718-224-2275.

April 29 —The Armenian Martyrs’ Memorial Committee of Rhode Island will commemorate the 103 rd Anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide on Sunday, April 29, at 12:45 pm at the Martyrs’ Monument site in North Burial Ground, Branch Avenue, Providence. The clergy of the three Armenian churches will perform services in memory of the Holy Martyrs. Chris Bohjalian will be the keynote speaker. His newest book, “The Flight Attendant” is on the NY Times best- selling list. Federal, state and local officials will also be in attendance. The public is cordially invited to attend this important day in memory of our Holy Martyrs and survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

May 3 THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. NYC Fundraiser for the Women's Support Center of the Tufenkian Foundation. 7-9 p.m. Almayass, 24 E. 21st Street, NY, NY. $45 at the door or with advance purchase (ticket includes 1 complimentary glass of wine and small appetizers). Tickets can be purchased via: https://goo.gl/xSw2th. For more information, contact Vartan Badalian at badalivs93@gmail.com

May 4 —Presentation by Dr. Helen C. Evans, the Mary and Michael Jaharis curator of Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the curator of the forthcoming major exhibition at the Met, “Armenia!” Dr. Evans will speak at the Prelacy offices, 138 E. 39 th Street, New York City, 7 pm, on “ Armenia! At the Met and the Great House of Cilicia,” and will also discuss the exhibition in general.

May 6 —Mothers Day luncheon by ARS Mayr Chapter of New York, at 2 pm. Featuring a performance by Hooshere. Proceeds will benefit the ARS Sosse Kindergarten Medz Tagher in Artsakh. Almayass Restaurant, 24 E. 21 st Street. Donation $75. For more information contact Sonia (917-679-6992), Ani (516-784-0704) or Lalig (917-579-9248.

May 9-12 —Eastern Prelacy’s National Representative Assembly, hosted by St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts. The one-day clergy conference and Conference of Yeretzgeens will take place on Wednesday, May 9. The full Assembly will convene on Thursday, May 10, at 11 am and will conclude on Saturday, May 12, at noon. The National Association of Ladies Guilds Meeting convenes during this time as well. For more information go to www.saintgregory/nra-2018.

May 11 --National Representative Assembly Banquet Celebration hosted by St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts, at the Harris Pelham Inn, 65 Ledge Road, Pelham, New Hampshire. Cocktail reception at 6:30 pm; dinner & program at 7:30 pm. Tickets $75. To purchase tickets online click here.

May 28 —Providence ARF and ACAA-RI present a Special Concert to celebrate the 100 th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia. Maestro Konstantin Petrossian, conductor, featuring the Armenian Chorales of Rhode Island and Greater Worcester and Symphony Orchestra. Special appearance by famed soloist, Babin Boghosian, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner Street, Providence, Rhode Island, 4 to 5:30 pm. Net proceeds will be donated to the Armenian Relief Society’s “Wounded and Disabled Soldiers Project.” Admission is free.

June 24 --Ways to Wellness: A Panel Discussion on Mental Health -- 1:30 p.m. -- St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, NY. For more information, please contact Anahid at anahide@aol.com (Lecture rescheduled from an earlier date).

July 1-8, 2018 – Datev Summer Program for youth ages 13-18-- The 32 nd annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Christian Studies Program will take place at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). For information and registration, contact the AREC office – 212-689-7810 or arec@armenianprelacy.org or click here.

September 21, 2018 to January 13, 2019 —“Armenia!” a large exhibition dedicated to the medieval period of Armenian history and culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The exhibit is the first at the Met dedicated solely to Armenia. Curated by Dr. Helen C. Evans.

October 20 —Armenian Friends America, Inc., Sixth Annual HYE KEF 5, featuring world famous Onnik Dinkjian and the All Stars. Double Tree Hotel, Andover, Massachusetts. Details to follow. www.ArmenianFriendsofAmerica.org .
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