April 11, 2019
Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and adorn your bridal chamber, O Sion, for behold your King Christ, seated on the new colt, shows meekness and comes to enter into your chamber. …Cry aloud, Hosanna, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord, who has great mercy.
(From the Introit of Palm Sunday)
Archbishop Anoushavan and Rev. Fr. Bedros with parishioners.
Archbishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon last Sunday at St. Gregory Church of Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. His Eminence also presided over the parish’s 85 th anniversary celebration that took place following the Liturgy. During the Liturgy an encyclical from His Holiness Catholicos Aram was read that granted the pastor, Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, the authority to wear the floral pilon (Phelonion). The floral pilon is awarded to priests as an honor for their service.
During the anniversary celebration the parish honored two members for their distinguished service. Ms. Shushan-Sue Lantzakis was awarded a plaque in appreciation of her years of dedicated service to the Ladies Guild and Mr. Edward Garibian was presented with a Khatchkar (cross-stone) in appreciation of many years of dedicated service to the Men’s Club. One parishioner described the day as “warm, inviting and memorable. . .Anoushavan Srpazan was engaging with the faithful, spot on with his message and left the group inspired. . .”
Archbishop Anoushavan reads the encyclical from His Holiness Catholicos Aram granting Der Hayr the right to wear the floral pilon.
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The Prelate and Der Bedros with honoree Shushan-Sue Lantzakis.
The Prelate and Der Bedros with honoree Edward Garibian.
Archbishop Anoushavan and Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian with Congressional Armenian Caucus Founding Co-Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and ANCA leaders.
Archbishop Anoushavan delivered the invocation at the annual Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance that took place on Tuesday. Lead authors of the Armenian Genocide Resolution in the U.S. House, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), pledged to press for passage of their bipartisan legislation during growing bipartisan Congressional consensus against Turkey’s Armenian Genocide gag-rule, according to the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Lead authors of the Armenian Genocide Resolution in the U.S. House – Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) – pledged to press for passage of their bipartisan legislation during a standing-room-only Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance that gave voice to the growing bipartisan Congressional consensus against Turkey’s Armenian Genocide gag-rule, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

This year’s remembrance, held on the top floor of the U.S. Senate’s iconic Hart building, focused, in large measure, on newly introduced Armenian Genocide legislation in both the House and Senate. These measures aim to establish – as a matter of official policy – that the United States is committed to the ongoing commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, forthrightly rejects any and all forms of its denial, and encourages public education regarding the facts and lessons of this crime. The Senate version was introduced today by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with 14 of their Senate colleagues. The House version of the measure, H.Res.296, was introduced yesterday with 76 original cosponsors.

Among the legislators who took part in the remembrance were Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Jackie Speier (D-CA), Vice-Chair Adam Schiff and Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Jim Costa (D-CA), TJ Cox (D-CA), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Peter Visclosky (D-IN).

Joining Congressional leaders in offering remarks were His Excellency Varuzhan Nersesyan, Ambassador of Armenia to the U.S., His Excellency Robert Avetisyan, Republic of Artsakh Representative to the U.S., former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans, and Maria Martirosyan, the Co-Chair of the Congressional Armenian Staffers Association. Joining in the solemn commemoration was Maryland General Assembly delegate Lorig Charkoudian.

His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, offered a moving invocation for the evening. Archbishop Anoushavan said, “On this 104 th anniversary of the Armenian genocide we commit ourselves to the future and we call upon all people to join together to prevent future acts of inhumanity. We remember the past not as an act of revenge but as a way or reinforcing the collective memory of all humankind. We remember with the hope and faith that remembering will help to bring attention to similar atrocities being committed today.” His Eminence concluded the prayer with these words, “We bow down in prayer before our martyred saints and ask for their intercession for the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Hear, O Lord, the supplications of Your servants. Make us worthy to thankfully glorify You, together with Your Son, and with Your Holy Spirit, now and always, and forever and ever. Amen.”

His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Legate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern), offered the closing prayer. Homenetmen Armenian Scout Troup #1918 was among the broad cross-section of Armenian American community organizations in attendance at the annual commemoration program, which also included the participation of Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor of the Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church of Bethesda, Maryland and parishioners from area churches, including St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church.
Archbishop Anoushavan during a meeting with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Archbishop Anoushavan and ANCA Programs Director Tereza Yerimyan thank Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his leadership in securing a permanent U.S. policy on the Armenian Genocide.
Archbishop Anoushavan with Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).
Archbishop Anoushavan attended the 75th birthday celebration concert of Sahan Arzruni last Friday evening alongside The Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, Vicar of the Eastern Diocese, and Bishop Sahag Marashlian, chairman of the Religious Council of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Archbishop Anoushavan welcomed members of the ARF Eastern Regional Central Committee to the Prelacy last Saturday morning, April 6.

The Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia has announced plans for a pan-Armenian conference devoted to the Armenian Press as part of the year-long commemoration of the Year of the Armenian Press that was proclaimed by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I in January.
The conference will take place July 2, 3, and 4, at the Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon. The conference will have a pan-Armenian focus and editors and journalists from Armenian, Artsakh, and the Diaspora are invited to participate. The conference will focus on the current challenges facing the Armenian Press, as well as other relevant topics such as the ways and means of working together, the use of modern technology, the role of social media in the world of reporting, and today’s struggles facing the Armenian print press.
Those wishing to participate in the conference should contact Mr. Khachig Dedeyan at the Catholicosate no later than April 15 by email ( info@armenianorthodoxchurch.org ) or telephone (+961 4 410001).

Bible readings for Sunday, April 14 , Palm Sunday—Christ’s Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem are: Song of Songs 1:1-2:3; Zechariah 9:9-15; Philippians 4:4-7; Matthew 20:29-21:17. 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)
And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the roadside, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent; but they cried out the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” And Jesus stopped and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed him.
And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.”
And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you make it a den of robbers.”
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant; and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou has brought perfect praise’?” And leaving them, he went out of the city of Bethany and lodged there. (Matthew 20:29-21:17)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Saturday, April 13, we commemorate the Raising of Lazarus as told in the Gospel of John, Chapter 11. Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha were good friends of Jesus. Their home in Bethany (near Jerusalem) was Jesus’ home whenever he was in Jerusalem. Lazarus’ sudden death threw his sisters into deep mourning. Jesus also wept for his friend. John’s gospel account emphasizes the fact that Lazarus was indeed dead by pointing out that his body was in the tomb. Jesus’ raising of Lazarus convinced many people of his unique powers, and according to John, the authorities took steps to try to silence him.
Lazarus represents humankind and Bethany represents the whole world. The major themes of this day are the forthcoming victory of Christ over death, the supreme sacrifice of love, and the resurrection as the ultimate triumph of love.
The forty days of Great Lent ( Medz Bahk ) come to an end with Vespers on Friday prior to the commemoration of the Raising of Lazarus. A new fasting period for Holy Week begins on Monday and continues through Holy Saturday.
This Sunday, April 14, is Palm Sunday commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. The Church is joyful after forty days of repentance. Christ is coming to Jerusalem. He is coming in the name of the Lord in fulfillment of the prophecy (Zechariah 9:9-16).
Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and adorn your bridal chamber, O Sion, for behold your King Christ, seated on the new colt, shows meekness and comes to enter into your chamber. … Cry aloud, Hosanna, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord, who has great mercy. (From the Introit of Palm Sunday)

Archbishop Anoushavan’s Holy Week schedule is as follows:

Palm Sunday , April 14, His Eminence will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the Sermon and preside over the “Opening of the Gates” ceremony at St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts.

Holy Thursday , April 18, His Eminence will preside over the Washing of the Feet and Tenebrae services at St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Holy Friday , April 19, His Eminence will preside at the Good Friday Entombment Service at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey.

Holy Saturday , April 20, His Eminence will preside at Easter Eve Liturgy at St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.

Easter Sunday , April 21, His Eminence will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City.

On Tuesday, April 16, Archbishop Anoushavan and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian will welcome the 8 th grade students and teachers of the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School of Hollywood, California, to St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. Each year the 8 th grade class of the Pilibos School takes a class trip to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington.
On Wednesday, April 17, Archbishop Anoushavan will visit the Hovnanian School in New Milford, New Jersey in the morning, where he will meet with the students, teachers, and administrators.
His Eminence will visit the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Emerson, New Jersey, where he will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for new facilities that will be attended by the Mayor of Emerson, Ms. Danielle DiPaola.

The sixth and final lecture of the Prelacy’s Lenten Program took place last night, April 10, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City. The Program included a short church service at 7:00pm followed by a lecture at 7:30, and a table fellowship at 8:00pm, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, the Prelate.

Last night, the topic of the lecture was “Walking the Journey Home” and it was presented by Professor Siobhan Nash-Marshall. If you missed the live stream, click here to watch it.

The Lenten Program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) and the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.


We are pleased to announce that plans are underway for the 33 rd annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Program, a unique Christian educational program for youth ages 13-18. Sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the weeklong program will be held at St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from June 30 to July 7, 2019. For information and registration, please click here .
St. Stephen’s School teachers, and administrators with Hovannes Ghazarian, Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian, Mrs. Anna Hakobyan, Principal Mrs. Houri Boyamian, and Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan.
Mrs. Anna Hakobyan, the wife of the prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, visited St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School in Watertown, Massachusetts on April 5 accompanied by the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the U.S., His Excellency Varuzhan Nersesyan, as well as the executive director of My Step Charitable Foundation, Hovannes Ghazaryan, and the director of City of Smiles Foundation, Esther Demirchian.

Mrs. Hakobyan received a warm welcome by the students, teachers, administration and the pastor of St. Stephen’s Church, Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian. Two students wearing Armenian national costumes greeted Mrs. Hakobyan with the traditional bread and salt, as the rest of the students, with Armenian flags in hand, sang the Armenian National Anthem.

In her welcoming remarks the Principal, Mrs. Houry Boyamian, gave information about the school, explaining that in the Greater Boston Area, where there are the best public and private schools of the nation, St. Stephen’s always maintains high educational standards to encourage parents to send their children to an Armenian school. She stated that in addition to providing a quality education, the school passes onto each new generation the Armenian language, culture and history, while instilling a sense of identity and profound love for the Motherland. For this reason, every year, in May, the school organizes the Graduating Class Trip to Armenia. The Principal ended her remarks by wishing Mrs. Hakobyan success in all her charitable work.

The students presented a short program, and then Mrs. Hakobyan and her delegation visited the classrooms and interacted with the students who charmed them with their questions, poetry recitals and their fluency in Armenian.

“All in all, it was an enriching exchange and we are appreciative that the Mrs. Hakobyan took the time to learn more about the strong Armenian community that the school has created here in Eastern Massachusetts,” said Mrs. Boyamian.   
Guests with lower grade students.

Mrs. Hakobyan interacts with the students.

Students of the Haigazian School at St. Illuminator’s Church, Philadelphia, participated in a “Let’s Chat” Armenian language challenge last Sunday. The participants were all Haigazian students competing against their classmates in three different levels of translating words from English to Armenian. The participants formed two groups from Miss Sareen’s Beginners class, Mrs. Anoush’s Intermediate class, and Mrs. Majda’s advanced class. The students had spent the past year studying and utilizing the “Let’s Chat” series produced by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC). The students elected to name their two groups “Ararat” and “Massis.” In the end, after tough competition, both groups were declared winners of the competition. The event ended with the distribution of gifts for the students and refreshments and fellowship for all attendees. Rev. Fr. Nerses Manoogian, pastor, the parents, and board members of the school were very pleased and proud of all of the participants and their teachers for organizing a successful competition.
On Sunday, April 7th, Turkologist Dr. Meline Anumyan presented the English translation of her monograph «Ճանաչում և դատապարտում. Երիտթուրքերի դատավարութիւնները 1919-1921 և 1926թ.» (“Acknowledgment and Condemnation: the Trials of the Young Turks in 1919-1921 and 1926”) at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, in New York City. The event was organized by the Cathedral and the Eastern Regional Executive Board of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society.
The date was selected to mark the 4th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Ara Caprielian, the translator of the book. Upon reading the Armenian original of this scholarly work, Dr. Caprielian immediately recognized its importance and decided to translate it into English. Unfortunately, his untimely death left his work unfinished. The task was completed by his wife, Arevig Caprielian, and the English translation was published by the "Khatchig Babikian Publication Fund" (Catholicosate of Cilicia, Antelias).
The presentation included a detailed synopsis of the book, accompanied by a slideshow. In his opening remarks, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian aptly connected the close ties of the Caprielian family (now in its fourth generation) to St. Illuminator's Cathedral, the significance of Dr. Anumyan's contributions in genocide studies, and Dr. Caprielian's role within that context.
Meline Anumyan earned her doctoral degree at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the National Academy of Sciences in Armenia. Currently, she is the head of the Turkish Department at the Research Center for Western Armenian Studies in Yerevan. At the State Radio of Armenia she broadcasts Armenian-subject programs in Turkish for Turkish-speaking Armenians. She has written scholarly articles and delivered lectures on various topics, including the genocide of Armenians, trials of the Young Turk party members, Islamized Armenians, and Armenian-speaking Gypsies in Turkey. Her monographs have been translated into English and Turkish, and she has translated works by Taner Akcam, Kemal Yalcin, and others into Armenian.
In her brief remarks, Mrs. Arevig Caprielian thanked Rev. Lakissian and the Board of Trustees for organizing this and a slew of other educational and cultural events. Indeed, she noted, the Cathedral has become a hub for the Armenian community, serving its religious, cultural and social needs par excellence
Dismantling of Lenin's Statue (April 13, 1991)
The current Republic Square in Yerevan was called Lenin Square during Soviet times and a huge statue of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, was the dominant feature of the square for more than fifty years.

In his blueprints of modern Yerevan, architect Alexander Tamanian located the future statue at the intersection of the square and the city boulevard (currently Vazgen Sargsian Street). At the end of the 1920, a two-meter obelisk was installed at the place with an inscription that marked it as the future location of the statue.

An open competition of projects for Lenin’s statue was launched in 1938. The winners were Sergei Merkurov (1881-1952), Popular Painter of the USSR, and two young architects who lived in Tiflis, the spouses Levon Vardanov (Vardanian) and Natalya Paremuzova.

The monument was designed to have 18 meters of height, including the pedestal. Merkurov refused to have the statue melted in bronze, due to its height (7 meters), and suggested using forged copper. The couple Vardanov-Paremuzova prepared the designs for the granite pedestal with Armenian traditional ornamentation inspired from a khachkar (stone cross) found in Gosh.

The statue was installed on November 24, 1940, on the twentieth anniversary of the sovietization of Armenia. It was considered one of the best representations of Lenin in the entire Soviet Union. The project of Republic Square won the state prize in 1970 թվականին, and architects Vardanov and Paremuzova also received the prize posthumously.

Twice a year, on May 1 (commemoration of Labor Day) and November 7 (anniversary of the October Revolution), the leadership of Soviet Armenia, standing on the three rostrums especially built-in at the pedestal, reviewed the workers’ parade. Every ten years, a wooden attachment was added to the sides of the central rostrum; the fourteen first secretaries of the Central Committees of the Communist Party in the other Soviet republics arrived in Yerevan to participate in the fortieth (1961), fiftieth (1970), and sixtieth (1980) anniversaries of Soviet Armenia. They were preceded by the highest leaders of the country in 1961 (Nikita Khruschev) and 1970 (Leonid Brezhnev). The last such parade happened in November 1988.

After the declaration of independence was approved by the Supreme Council (Parliament) of Armenia on August 23, 1990, and the “Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic” was replaced by the Republic of Armenia, it was only a matter of the time for Lenin’s statue to go. On March 28, 1991, the decision to dismantle the statue was approved at a session of the Municipal Council of Yerevan with two negative votes and four abstentions. It entrusted the executive committee of the Municipal Council to finish the dismantling by April 22. The operation was executed on April 23. A crane carefully severed the head from the body of the statue, with a multitude of people enthusiastically watching one of the symbols of the Communist regime being toppled. Both sections of the statue remained for several years in the courtyard of the National Gallery of Armenia, on the opposite side of Republic Square, and the head was later confined to the deposit of the gallery. The empty pedestal remained on its site until July 1996, when the government of the Republic allowed the authorities of Yerevan to proceed to its dismantling. The remainders of the pedestal are kept at the municipality’s deposit in the neighborhood of Charbakh.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site ( www.armenianprelacy.org ).
To Err is Human
Something may be erroneous, mistaken, wrong, or inaccurate. You can use a short and sweet Armenian term for any of these words: սխալ ( sukhal ).

All those words, as we all know, are adjectives, the same as sukhal. On the other hand, if you want to translate the beginning of the famous phrase of Alexander Pope (“To err is human, to forgive divine”), then you translate “to err is human” as «սխալիլը մարդկային է» ( sukhaliluh martgayin eh ).

Therefore, you have the adjective sukhal (“erroneous”) and the verb sukhalil (“to err”). How do you say “error” in Armenian?
Sukhal .

Really? Do we use the same word for the noun “error” and the adjective “erroneous”?
There is nothing extraordinary here. Don’t you do the same when you use the word “criminal” in English as an adjective and as a noun? Someone commits a criminal act and becomes… a criminal.

There are people—unfortunately, many of them—who still believe that sukhal is only an adjective and, hence, they do a sort of hypercorrection. Since the suffix –ootyoon (as in goorootyoon “blindness” or makrootyoon “cleanness”) is used to compose nouns out of adjectives, then they add it to sukhal and obtain սխալութիւն ( sukhalootyoon ) as the Armenian word for “error.”

The word skhalootyoon, however, does not exist in current Armenian. You can point out for instance, to Stepanos Malkhasiants’ authoritative dictionary of the Armenian language (1944-1945), where this word appears with the meaning “error.” We may point out to another authoritative source: Eduard Aghayan’s dictionary (1976), where the word appears with the annotation “obsolete.” In any case, the best available source of Western Armenian lexicography, the New Dictionary of the Armenian Language (Beirut, 1968 and 1992), does not have the word at all.

To avoid making errors, sometimes opening dictionaries still remains the best option.  

Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site ( www.armenianprelacy.org ).
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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 12-14 —Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School presents exhibition of artwork by Arthur Pinajian at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, 630 Second Avenue, NYC. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Holy Martyrs School.

April 24 —March for Justice, Remembering the Armenian Genocide Martyrs. Under the auspices of Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate. Divine Liturgy at 10 am, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 E. 27 th Street, New York City. March for Justice begins at 12:30 pm from the Cathedral to the Turkish Consulate. For information: 212-689-5880.

April 27 —Connecticut commemoration of the 104 th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at Connecticut Hall of the House at the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut, 11 am. Featured speaker Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the University of Southern California’s Institute of Armenian Studies.

April 28 —Armenian Genocide commemoration in Times Square, 43 rd Street and Broadway, New York City, sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan. Free bus transportation to and from Times Square from New York and New Jersey. For details www.kofv.org/main/april282019 .

April 28 —Armenian Martyrs Memorial Committee of Rhode Island will commemorate the 104 th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, starting at 12:45 pm at the Martyrs Monument in North Burial Grounds in Providence. The clergy and altar servers of the three Armenian churches will participate. Keynote speaker: Stephen Kurkjian, emeritus editor and reporter for Boston Globe. For information email to joycey41@cox.net .

May 3 —Opening reception of exhibit of Arpi Nardone’s Shadow Tole Art, 7 to 9 pm, at the Armenian Prelacy, 138 East 39 th Street, New York City, hosted by Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society of New York. The exhibit will be open to the public Thursday, May 2, 6 to 9pm; Friday, May 3, 5 to 9pm; Saturday, May 4, 2 to 8pm.

May 5 —60 th anniversary of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, NJ. “60 Years from Generation to Generation,” honoring Garabedian, Mirakian, Najarian, and Sarajian families. Banquet in grand hall. Information: 201-943-2950. ( SOLD OUT).

May 5— Mothers Day luncheon honoring Sonia Bezdikian, by Armenian Relief Society, NY Mayr Chapter, at Manor, Douglaston, NY, at 3 pm. Information/reservations: Mina Hovsepian (917)741-2966.

May 16-18 —National Representative Assembly of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, hosted by St. Asdvatzadzin Church of Whitinsville, MA.

June 30-July 7 —33 rd St. Gregory of Datev Summer Institute (ages 13-19) at St. Mary of Providence Center, Elverson, PA. Sponsored by Eastern Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). Information: arec@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810.

October 9-12 —On the occasion of the Feast of the Holy Translators a joint clergy conference of the Eastern, Western, and Canadian Prelacies will convene in Montebello, CA.

October 12 —Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, NJ continues celebration of 60 th anniversary with Elie Berberian and his band. Information: 201-943-2950.

October 19 —Armenian Friends of America Annual Hye Kef 5 Dance, featuring The Vosbikians, at Double Tree by Hilton, Andover, MA. For information: Sharke’ Der Apkarian at 978-808-0598; John Arzigian at 603-560-3826.

November 17 —SAVE THE DATE for 150 th anniversary of birth of Gomidas Vartabed, organized by the Eastern Prelacy. Details will follow.

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