February 15, 2018
VARTANANTZ COMMEMORATIONS:
ARCHBISHOP OSHAGAN IN NEW JERSEY
A scene from the Liturgy in Ridgefield, New Jersey.
Last Thursday, February 8, Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, in commemoration of the Vartanantz saints and the name day of the New Jersey parish. Assisting His Eminence on the altar were Very Rev. Fr. Zareh Sarkissian, Outreach pastor and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York. Also attending the service was Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor of Soorp Khatch Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

As they do every year students of the Hovnanian School, grades 4 to 8, attended the Liturgy with their teachers and administrators. His Eminence’s sermon was primarily directed to the Hovnanian School students. He praised them and their parents for their dedication to their Armenian heritage. Students listened intently as the Prelate told them that Vartanantz is not just something in the past because we have many modern Avarayr battles that we have to fight. In what has become a tradition for the Hovnanian School, the students all took Communion. After the Liturgy the students and parishioners enjoyed a luncheon prepared and served by the Sts. Vartanantz Ladies Guild, after which the students delighted all those in attendance with a program of songs and recitations devoted to Vartanantz.

After the program, Der Hovnan presented a gift—a special pen—to Archbishop Oshagan as an anniversary cake in honor of the Prelate’s 50 th anniversary of ordination was rolled out. The Prelate made the symbolic “first-cut” of the cake that was then distributed to all attending.
Hovnanian School children present their Vartanantz program.
Archbishop Oshagan cuts his 50 th anniversary cake.
The Prelate holds up the special gift presented to him by Der Hovnan on behalf of the parish.
The clergy with members of the Ladies Guild.

ARCHBISHOP OSHAGAN IN PROVIDENCE
A scene from the Liturgy in Providence, Rhode Island.
On Sunday, February 11, Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Providence, Rhode Island, in honor of th parish’s name day. He was assisted at the altar by Archpriest Fr. Gomidas Baghsarian and Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian.

During the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence consecrated a beautiful “ Է ” to be placed over the altar. His Eminence graciously provided the “ Է ” in response to the heartfelt request of faithful parishioners Agnes Toumasian and her dearly departed husband, Harry, to add this beautiful Armenian symbol for God that adorns most Armenian churches. In addition to the consecration, His Eminence ordained two young altar servers as tbirs (acolytes), Ryder Norigian and Raffi Rafaelian. The two special services during the Badarak contributed to the true significance of Vartanantz Day. Archbishop Oshagan emphasized the words of Vartanank heroes on the eve of the Battle of Avarayr, “From this faith, no one can shake us.” His Eminence stated that Vartan and his soldiers fought with the firm conviction that no one could shake them from their faith. We still fight the same battle that was started at Avarayr and continued in Sardarabad and until today, to preserve our identity and for freedom. This is especially important as we commemorate the 100 th Anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia during 2018.”

Following the Liturgy the Ladies’ Guild and Men’s Club hosted a dinner in Aramian Auditorium. The beef kabob dinner was accompanied by Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard’s “Blessed Blend Red Wine,” which was generously donated by Ralph and Ani Rafaelian in honor of their son, Raffi’s, ordination.

After dinner, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Archdeacon Hagop Khatchadourian offered sincere appreciation to all those who made this year’s celebration a wonderful success. He expressed his honor and gratitude to the church community and to his wife, Anahid, for the privilege of serving his church for so many years. The Mourad Armenian School students then presented a program under the direction of Raffi Rachdouni. The students sang hymns and songs to honor Vartanantz Day, as well as offering special recitations.

Following the students’ beautiful program, Der Kapriel introduced the deserving honorees of the day. His Eminence presented Certificates of Merit to the deacons of Sts. Vartanantz Church in appreciation of their many years of faithful service. Archdeacons Hagop Khatchadourian, Ara Nalbandian, Sarkis Yepremian, and Mark Norigian humbly accepted the awards from His Eminence. In addition, in keeping with His Holiness Catholicos Aram’s declaration of 2018 as the “Year of Independence,” the Armenian National Committee of Rhode Island was recognized for its advocacy and continued work for freedom in Armenia and Artsakh. Accepting the certificate from His Eminence on behalf of the ANC-RI was Hagop Donoyan, Chairman of the Providence ARF Kristapor Gomideh and Vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sts. Vartanantz Church.

Der Kapriel then spoke about Srpazan’s service to Sts. Vartanantz Church and the Prelacy and presented a beautiful framed photograph of His Eminence taken last year with the altar servers and choir members of the church, commemorating the 50 th anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood. His Eminence accepted the gift from Executive Council member Mark Phillips, who presented it on behalf of the entire church community. In concluding remarks His Eminence encouraged those gathered to continue the fight for our faith begun at Avarayr, and to mark the “Year of Independence” by remembering and celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia. The afternoon concluded with the students leading everyone in singing “Giligia.” 
The Congregation follows the Liturgy in Providence.
Ordination of acolytes.
Archbishop Oshagan with clergy and altar servers.
The clergymen with the four archdeacons honored.
Mourad Armenian School students present a Vartanantz program.

FAITH, FAMILY & FUN AT ST. SARKIS
About 15 families participated in the Faith, Family & Fun event at St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, last Saturday. Each guest was assigned to either the Parent session, Teenager session or Children session. Mrs. Sonya Nenejian taught 35 children in the children session, ages 5-10, about the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Following an arts and crafts project, the children were encouraged to remember the nine attributes and act them out on a daily basis.
Yn. Annie Terterian led eight children, ages 11-14, in a discussion focusing on our relationship with God. They explored their relationship with their earthly parents and drew parallels to their relationship with our Heavenly Father. Topics of discussion included the importance of prayer and living a God-centered life while embracing virtue and humility. 
The Parent session took place in Pagoumian Hall. Fr. Nareg led an insightful presentation and discussion about marriage, enmeshment vs. a happy individual, individual identity and boundaries for personal happiness. Guests explored setting emotional boundaries to strengthen their relationship with themselves and within their marriage. This was the first part of five of marriage enrichment programs that focuses on the following topics: Marriage as a Process, Intimacy, Compatibility, Communication and Commitment.
 
Families then joined together for a pizza lunch and some home-made delicacies. Guests then went to church to pray and the children were guided on what happens during Lent. They were reminded to think about what they would give up as part of their Lenten journey, to pray and to do good deeds daily. The event concluded with altar servers Hovsep Terterian and Vahan Gostanian closing the curtain on the altar, marking the beginning of Lent. Many attendees felt that this was a great way to connect spiritually, with themselves and with each other, and are looking forward to the next Faith, Family & Fun event!
BIBLE READINGS
Bible readings for Sunday, February 18, Second Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Expulsion are: Isaiah 33:2-22; Romans 12:1-13; Matthew 5:17-48.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans 12:1-13)


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“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophet; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the lest of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. Do when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

“You are heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go to hell.

“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:17-48)


For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.

SAINT THEODORE THE WARRIOR
This Saturday, February 17, the Armenian Church remembers Theodore the Warrior, a captain in the Roman army during the reign of Emperor Licinius. Theodore was born into a Christian family and was educated in the teachings of the faith. He was noted for his bravery and was especially noted for killing a serpent that was terrorizing people and animals. Theodore armed himself with a sword, and with a prayer to the Lord vanquished the serpent and became a heroic figure. He was appointed commander of Heraclea where he combined his military duties with the preaching of the Gospel. Soon nearly all of Heraclea had accepted Christianity. Emperor Licinius began a campaign against the Christians, and Theodore was a main target. He was arrested and given an opportunity to renounce his Christian faith, which he refused to do. He was martyred in 319 A.D. in Heraclea, Thrace.
SUNDAY OF THE EXPULSION
As of Monday we entered the period of Great Lent ( Medz Bahk ), and the Church has taken on a somber, mournful, and penitential manifestation. Beginning last Sunday, which was Poon Paregentan , the altar is closed with a dark curtain, symbolic of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden (See Genesis, chapters 2 and 3).

Holy Communion is not offered during the liturgy. It is a period of repentance and reflection on our spiritual journey toward Easter. We are reminded that through prayers and fasting we strive to please God and regain Mankind’s original sinless creation.

Each of the Sundays during Lent has a theme. This Sunday is the Sunday of the Expulsion ( Ardagsman Giragi ). The message of this day is a continuation of last Sunday’s Paregentan theme, namely, Adam and Eve’s fall from grace and banishment from Paradise. The hymns sung on the first two Sundays of Lent remind us of the expulsion and give sinners the opportunity to be worthy through repentance.

O Lord, you first gave the holy observance of the law in paradise. But the first creatures disobeyed you by eating the forbidden fruit and thus tasted the bitterness of sin and death. Therefore, enable us to taste the sweetness of your commandments. (From the hymn sung on the Sunday of the Expulsion)

Here are three short videos from the Cilician See for the Lenten season:
            Living the Great Lent.
           Poon Paregentan in Antelias.
           Diarnentarach in Antelias.
       
THE SUNRISE SERVICE (AREVAKAL)
Although there are references to a Sunrise Service in the Armenian Church as early as the 7 th century, the service as we know it today is the work of the 12 th century Catholicos, St. Nerses Shnorhali (The Graceful) whose music and prayers have greatly enriched the Armenian Church.

During Lent the Sunrise Service, which traditionally took place on Wednesday and Friday mornings during Lent, takes place on Sundays immediately following the closed-altar Divine Liturgy.

Although the Church takes on a mournful demeanor during Lent, the Sunrise Service is quite joyous with its main theme being “light,” representing our Lord. The word light ( looys ) appears more than any other word throughout the service, whereas the word “darkness” ( khavar ) is used just once.

The service consists of four parts, or sets. Each one follows the same pattern starting with a hymn, followed by a litany by the deacon, and a prayer by the priest. Each set has a different theme. Readings are from the book of Psalms.

The joyful music of the hymns and the stirring words make this one of the most pleasant and spiritually uplifting services in the Armenian Church.

LENTEN LECTURE SERIES BEGAN YESTERDAY
Very Rev. Fr. Zareh Sarkissian was the first Lenten series presenter last night.
The Prelacy’s Lenten Program began last night, and will continue on subsequent five Wednesdays, at St. Illuminator’s Armenian Apostolic Cathedral in New York City, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, the Prelate.

The evening program began with church service at 7:00pm, followed by a short lecture, and concluded with a table fellowship.

The lecturer last evening was Very Rev. Fr. Zareh Sarkissian, Outreach Clergy (Eastern Prelacy), who spoke about Martyrdom for Christ. Hayr Soorp highlighted different perspectives on martyrdom in the early church. A martyr is one who bears witness to Christ, one who lives a life of asceticism and commitment to the gospel of Christ, and, if necessary, one who dies for his or her witness for Christ.

Next Wednesday, February 21, Archpriest Fr. Gomidas Baghsarian, Pastor Emeritus, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church of Providence, Rhode Island, will speak about A Life of Holiness

The Lenten Program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the Prelacy Ladies Guild (PLG), and the Ladies’ Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. For details about the upcoming Lenten program, please click here.
Archbishop Oshagan leads the Husgoom (Compline) Service with the participation of Hayr Zareh, Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, Pastor of Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of the Cathedral.

MUSICAL ARMENIA AT 35
Since 1982 the Eastern Prelacy has presented the annual Musical Armenia concert bringing to the forefront many talented artists of Armenian descent. This year’s concert is number 35 in the series that began 36 years ago and is renowned as a venue for talented young artists. Established by the late Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian and the Prelacy Ladies Guild, Musical Armenia is dedicated to promoting young Armenian artists and to the performance music by Armenian composers. The Prelacy is able to present this annual concert series as a contribution to the artistic achievements of the community thanks in large part to a group of dedicated patrons who offer their financial support each year in order to cover the cost and keep the price of tickets affordable for all.

This year’s concert will take place on SUNDAY, MARCH 18, at 2 pm , at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. The cost of admission is only twenty-five dollars. Featured artists at the 2018 Musical Armenia concert are composer Mary Kouyoumdjian and pianist Hrant Bagrazyan.

Mary Kouyoumdjian’s artistic projects range from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores. She is inspired by her Lebanese-Armenian heritage, her interest in Ethnomusicology, and her explorations of folk instrumentation. She is currently completing her doctor of musical arts degree in composition at Columbia University. Ms. Kouyoumdjian’s compositions will be performed by the ensemble Hotel Elefant, a contemporary group that focuses on the music of living composers, featuring guest pianist Timo Andres.

Hrant Bagrazyan is a prize-winner in multiple international competitions, including Third Prize and Bronze Medal at the Aram Khatchaturian International Piano Competition (2007) and Outstanding Performance Award at the NTD International Piano Competition in New York (2016). Mr. Bagrazyan has performed in the United States, Armenia, Belgium, and Poland. His U.S. orchestral debut took place in 2014 with a performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra (Illinois). Mr. Bagrazyan is currently a doctoral student in piano performance at Michigan State University.
Birth of Ervand Kogbetliantz (February 21, 1888)

His is not a household name, but Ervand Kogbetliantz was an accomplished mathematician and inventor who lived and taught in the United States from the 1940s-1960s.

Ervand George Kogbetliantz was born on February 21, 1888, in the old Armenian community of Nor Nakhichevan (Novo Nakhichevan), in the Northern Caucasus, now part of Rostov-on-the-Don (Russia). We do not know anything about his early years, but it appears that love for mathematics came to him naturally. He studied mathematics at the University of Paris (1907) and graduated from the School of Mathematics at Moscow University (1912), where he taught from 1912-1918. In 1918 he invented one of the oldest forms of three-dimensional chess. He returned to the Northern Caucasus, and taught at the Polytechnic Institute of Ekaterinodar (nowadays Krasnodar) from 1918-1920.

It appears that the newly-opened University of Yerevan, in the fledgling Republic of Armenia, attracted him, and he taught there for a few months. A couple of weeks after Armenia became a Soviet republic, on December 17, 1920, Commissar of Education Ashot Hovhannisian issued a decree about the restructuring of the university, and established an advisory committee presided by Kogbetliantz, which was entrusted with the task.

In 1921 Kogbetliantz left Armenia for France. He obtained a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Paris in 1923. He taught at the Russian High School of Paris in the 1920s and was president of the Union of Geophysicists from 1927-1933.

Kogbetliantz received an invitation from Reza Shah to organize the chairs of mathematics and celestial mechanics at the University of Tehran in 1933, which he also directed until 1938. His efforts were rewarded with the Elmi Order, the highest of Iran.

In 1939 he returned to Paris as a researcher for the National Center of Scientific Research and kept that position until 1942. As many other scholars, he left occupied France and crossed the Atlantic. He taught mathematics at Lehigh University (1942-1944) and then at the New School of Social Research (1944-1954) and Columbia University (1946-1953). Meanwhile, he was a consultant for Standard Oil (1945-1946) and then for IBM (1953-1964). He became a member of the Rockefeller Institute in 1956. 
His mathematical work was mainly on integral equations, the theory of orthogonal polynomials, numerical analysis, gravity and magnetic theories, etcetera. He formulated an algorithm for singular value decomposition which bears his name. He authored close to one hundred scholarly articles and books, some of them in translation ( Fundamentals of Mathematics from an Advanced Viewpoint, 4 volumes, 1968; Handbook of First Complex Prime Numbers, 1971, with Alice Krikorian). He also invented precision devices to measure Earth magnetism, and various analogical and gyroscopic devices. Kogbetliantz was one of the co-creators of the IBM 7030, also known as Stretch, the first transistorized supercomputer created by IBM, which was on sale from 1961-1964.

In 1952 Kogbetliantz’s three-dimensional chess received much media attention, and was described in several articles in Time, Newsweek, New Yorker, and Life, including pictures of his chess set. At his death, he was working with world champion Bobby Fischer on a game of chess for three people.
He retired in 1964 and moved back to Paris, where he passed away on November 5, 1974.
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THE ARMENIAN LANGUAGE CORNER
Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee
The “Art” of “Ironing” Out the Issues
for the Sake of “Justice”

Would you ever think that the English word “art” is related to the Armenian word for “iron”? For once, art and artug ( արդուկ “handheld implement to smooth clothes”) sound similar and have a relationship. In the same way, artug and artarutiun ( արդարութիւն “justice”) are also related.
You will probably ask in your most casual way: “Stop. Are you kidding me?”

No, it is not a joke. As many times in the past, we go once and again to the fact that both Armenian and English are Indo-European languages, and thus, they share some common vocabulary, which may produce either similar words with a similar meaning or, in this case, words with a totally disparate meaning.

Of course, like so much English vocabulary, “art” derives from Old French art , and like so much French vocabulary, the source was a Latin word, artem (you may be familiar with the nominative form, ars, as in ars nova “new art”), meaning "work of art; practical skill; a business, craft.” The Latin word itself stemmed from a Proto-Indo-European word, * ar(ə)-ti -, whose root was *ar (“to fit together”). To have a skill is to be able to fit something together, right?

The root for the Latin word was also the source for the Sanskrit word rtih (“manner, mode”) and the Greek ártus (“order”), among others. Among those “others” was the Armenian word արդ (Classical/Eastern Armenian ard, Western Armenian art ), with a wide collection of meanings: “manner, mode, order, form, done work, production.” This Armenian term left a very prolific set of derivations, both at the beginning and at the end of words (such as the interesting compound word խորանարդ / khoranart “cube,” which literally means “that has the form ( art ) of an altar ( khoran )”).

After you wash a shirt, you need to give “form” and “order” to the clean, but yet wrinkled piece of cloth. You need an artug to do that. 

What about artarutiun ? This is even clearer. Justice is the way to make a decision about those issues that have turned to be against established order. Therefore, justice is called to establish “order.”

THIS WEEK’S REFLECTION
The Prelacy Reflection Series is uploaded every Friday! You may visit www.armenianprelacy.org/Reflections to watch them all.

Stay tuned for a Reflection by Father Nareg Terterian of St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church of Douglaston, NY, tomorrow at Noon.

MONDAY IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY
Monday, February 19, is Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday in the United States that originally was created to replace the February 22 nd federal celebrating Washington’s birthday. In 1968, legislation was enacted that changed several federal holidays, including Washington’s birthday. The holiday was shifted to the third Monday of February, providing a three-day weekend, and became known as Presidents’ Day celebrating the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, and to a lesser degree all other presidents. 
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.

February 18 —Ways to Wellness: A Panel Discussion on Mental Health, 1:30 pm, St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234 th Street, Douglaston, New York. For more information contact Anahid at anahide@aol.com.

March 7 —Ladies Guild Michink luncheon following Lenten church service, 11:45 am, St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan.

March 9 —Mark Kyrkostas Remember Me with Music Concert, 6:30 pm, The Home of Mark Kyrkostas, 5710 Hewlett Street, Little Neck, New York 11362. The concert includes a dinner buffet and the concert for $30 per person, or 2 for $50. This year’s show included a stand-up comedian, and a dance sequence besides the music and singing. Call 718-428-5650 to order tickets. Space is limited.

March 10 —Documentary film by Near East Foundation sponsored by the four Metro Detroit Armenian Churches. Details to follow.

March 11 —Annual General Membership meeting of St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley, North Andover, Massachusetts; Sunday of the Judge, 12:30 pm in Jaffarian Hall; light luncheon will be served.

March 17 —“Sirusho in Concert” presented by Hamazkayin NJ and ARS Agnouni Chapter, dedicated to the 100 th anniversary of the Armenian Republic and the 90 th anniversary of Hamazkayin. With participation of Nayiri Dance Ensemble. Felician University, Breslin Theater, 262 South Main Street, Lodi, New Jersey, 7:30 pm. Tickets: $85, $65, $45. Purchase online here or email sirushonj@gmail.com .

March 18 —35 th Musical Armenia Concert presented by Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church and Prelacy Ladies Guild. Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57 th Street at 7 th Avenue, Sunday, March 18 at 2 pm.

March 25 —Ladies Guild Palm Sunday buffet luncheon at 1 pm after church services followed by special activities for children, St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan.

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.

May 9-12 —Eastern Prelacy’s National Representative Assembly, hosted by St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts. The one-day clergy conference 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.
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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