February 1, 2018
In conjunction with the Ghevontiants commemoration, Prelacy parishes will observe a special requiem service this Sunday, February 4, in memory of the deceased clergy who served the Prelacy.

Remembered with gratitude and honor:

His Holiness Catholicos Zareh I, His Holiness Catholicos Khoren I, His Holiness Catholicos Karekin I, Supreme Patriarch of All Armenians, Archbishop Hrant Khatchadourian, Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, Archbishop Sumbat Lapajian, V. Rev. Fr. Vaghinag Sisagian, V. Rev. Fr. Ghevont Martougesian, V. Rev. Fr. Nishan Papazian, V. Rev. Fr. Barour Ekmekjian, V. Rev. Fr. Oshagan Minasian, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Amrigian, Rev. Fr. Arsen Varjabedian, Rev. Fr. Mateos Mannigian, Rev. Fr. Bedros Mampreian, Rev. Fr. Stepanos Garabedian, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Der Hovanesian, Rev. Fr. Houssig Naghnikian, Rev. Fr. Adom Melikian, Rev. Fr. Yeghishe Kasbarian, Rev. Fr. Ghevont Khosrovian, Rev. Fr. Bedros Kasarjian, Rev. Fr. Sahag Balian, Rev. Fr. Ghevont Papazian, Rev. Fr. Papken Kasbarian, Rev. Fr. Sahag Yeghigyan, Rev. Fr. Nerses Shahinian, Rev. Fr. Bsag Sarkisian, Rev. Fr. Yeghishe Mkitarian, Rev. Fr. Souren Papakhian, Rev. Fr. Arsen Simeoniantz, Rev. Fr. Movses Der Stepanian, Rev. Fr. Mampre Biberian, Rev. Fr. Khachadour Giragossian, Rev. Fr. Yervant Yeretzian, Rev. Fr. Gomidas Der Torosian, Rev. Fr. Movses Shrikian, Rev. Fr. Dickran Khoyan, Rev. Fr. Smpad Der Mekhsian, Rev. Fr. Vahan Ghazarian, Rev. Fr. Ashod Kochian, Rev. Fr. Arshavir Sevdalian, Rev. Fr. Kourken Yaralian, Rev. Fr. Arsen Hagopian, Rev. Fr. Sarkis Antreasian, Rev. Fr. Sahag Andekian, Rev. Fr. Hmayag Minoyan, Rev. Fr. Krikor Hairabedian, Rev. Fr. Asoghik Kiledjian, Rev. Fr. Varant Bedrosian, Rev. Fr. Sahag Vertanessian, Rev. Fr. Vartan Kassabian, Rev. Fr. Torkom Hagopian, Rev. Fr. Anoushavan Artinian, Rev. Fr. Geghart Baboghlian, Rev. Fr. Arshag Daghlian, Rev. Fr. Vatche Naccachian, Rev. Fr. Vahrich Shirinian, Rev. Fr. Vartan Arakelian, Rev. Fr. Gorun Shrikian, Rev. Fr. Zaven Poladian, Rev. Fr. Armen Ishkhanian, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Tashjian.

O Christ, Son of God, forbearing and compassionate, through your love as creator, have mercy upon the souls of your departed servants. Be mindful of them on the great day of the coming of your kingdom. Make them worthy of your mercy and of remission and forgiveness of their sins, glorify and number them among the saints of your right hand.
(From the Armenian Church’s Repose of Souls [ Hokehankist ] service)
At the beginning of the New Year, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia, issued an encyclical about the 100 th anniversary of the Independent Republic of Armenia that was proclaimed on May 28, 1918. In his encyclical, His Holiness instructs all prelacies under the jurisdiction of the Cilician See to make this historic event a focus of attention and celebration throughout the centennial year of 2018. By order of the Prelate, Archbishop Oshagan, the encyclical will be read in all Eastern Prelacy parishes this Sunday, February 4 during the Divine Liturgy.
Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the Sermon at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York, this Sunday, February 4, on the occasion of the parish’s name day. A reception will take place in the main hall following church services.
His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan will preside over the Eastern Prelacy’s Ghevontiantz Clergy Gathering that will take place next week, February 5 to 7. This year the annual gathering is hosted by Holy Trinity Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. The main topic of the gathering will focus on the encyclical issued by His Holiness Aram I on the occasion of the 100 th anniversary of the Armenian Republic of 1918.
Archbishop Oshagan celebrates the Divine Liturgy.
Archbishop Oshagan visited North Andover, Massachusetts last Sunday, where he celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at Saint Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church. His visit was on the occasion of the parish's annual celebration of the church's consecration, which took place 48 years ago on January 29, 1970, by then Prelate, His Eminence Archbishop Hrant Khatchadourian of blessed memory. 

The community also had additional cause to celebrate as this year marks the tenth anniversary of the ordination of its pastor, Fr. Stephan Baljian. Following the Divine Liturgy and Requiem service for all deceased pastors, Godfathers, Trustees, NRA delegates and Ladies' Guild members, a celebratory banquet was held in Jaffarian Hall in honor of these two joyous occasions.

Der Stephan was ordained by Archbishop Oshagan on February 17, 2008 at St. Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown. A highlight video of Der Stephan's ordination was shown during the banquet. After serving for five years as pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Granite City, Der Hayr has served the Merrimack Valley community for nearly five years as well.

The faithful of Saint Gregory's, as well as Der Stephan's family members were in attendance. Acting as M.C. for the day was Mr. Krikor Afarian, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Several area clergy were also in attendance at the banquet. Der Stephan's father, Der Antranig Baljian, made congratulatory remarks and presented a gift on behalf of the family. He also revealed that as a young, nineteen year old college student preparing to enter the seminary he had traveled with his family from Worcester to witness the consecration of Saint Gregory Church.

The highlight of the afternoon came when the parish presented Der Hayr with his anniversary gift -- a new set of liturgical vestments, beautifully crafted by devoted Saint Gregory's parishioner and former seamstress for the Catholicosate of Cilicia, Mrs. Seta Kantardjian Ohannessian. Der Stephan was visibly moved to tears by this meaningful gift. Also unveiled that day was a photo portrait of Der Stephan to take its place on the wall among those of all the other pastors of the church. The portrait was done by the late Tom Vartabedian.

In his remarks, Der Stephan thanked the entire community for the gift, its acknowledgement of this important milestone in his ministry, the support he has received during his tenure as pastor and for its dedication to the mission and work of the Armenian Apostolic Church among the Armenian community of the Merrimack Valley area. He reflected on some of the benefits and difficulties of being a priest. He thanked Yeretsgin Alice and their two sons, Nishan and Hovhaness for their love and support. He also pointed out that it is not too early to begin planning for the next milestone ahead -- the church's Golden Jubilee, which is just a couple of years away! Turning his sentiments toward Archbishop Oshagan, he thanked Srpazan Hayr for travelling to North Andover to celebrate with the community and for the support that he had offered to the community and to him during his tenure as Prelate. Inviting Srpazan Hayr to deliver his message, he assured him that wherever his future endeavors may take him, he would always have a home at Saint Gregory in North Andover.

Oshagan Srpazan, in his remarks, congratulated Der Stephan and the community on these dual achievements. He charged Der Hayr to remain in God's service and continue in the calling he had received at the Holy Altar ten years ago. He encouraged the parish to keep up the work of supporting the priest and the spiritual mission of the church. He expressed satisfaction at having seen the church grow with several new families and continue to thrive. He once again expressed confidence in the parish's ability, as it prepares to host the upcoming National Representative Assembly in May. At the banquet's conclusion, all joined in a moving rendition of "Giligia"
Greg Afarian, chairman of the Board of Trustees and the MC, invites Der Hayr to light the candle on the anniversary cake.
A gift from the community is presented to Der Stephan—a new set of liturgical vestments.
A scene from the Banquet.
Archbishop Oshagan surrounded by the extended Baljian family.
Sunday School students present a poem in honor of Der Hayr.
Bible readings for Sunday, February 4, Fourth Sunday after Nativity are: Isaiah 63:18-64:12; Titus 1:1-11; John 7:37-52.

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with godliness, in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began—in due time he revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior,

To Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you: someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious. For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain; but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled. He must have a firmer grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and refute those who contradict it.

There are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision; they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right to teach. (Titus 1:1-11)


On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet. Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived? So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?” The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” Then the Pharisees replied, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus’ before, and who was one of them, asked, “Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” They replied, “Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.” (John 7:37-52)

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

Today, Thursday, February 1, the Armenian Church remembers the Voskian priests—five men who were sent to Rome as ambassadors by the Armenian king, Sanadrook. On the road to Rome they met the Apostle Thaddeus who converted and baptized them. The leader of the five was named Voski. They lived in the mountains as hermits for forty years, after which they preached to the Royal Court. They were martyred in 107 AD.
This Saturday, February 3, the Armenian Church commemorates Catholicos Sahag (Isaac) Bartev, a strong and great leader who is recognized as one of the greatest saints of the Armenian Church. His accomplishments, even under very difficult political situations, secured the survival of the Armenian nation.

He was the son of St. Nerses the Great and a descendant of St. Gregory the Illuminator. Orphaned at an early age, he nevertheless received an excellent literary education, especially in eastern languages. He was the one who encouraged and supported Mesrob Mashdots in the creation of the Armenian alphabet. Soon after this great event Catholicos Sahag began the first translation of the Bible and he led and guided the vast body of works that were translated into Armenian, thus creating Armenia’s “Golden Age of Literature.” He was an ardent believer in education and ecclesiastical discipline and canon law. He is recognized as the one who kept Armenia ecclesiastically and nationally autonomous.

St. Sahag is believed to have died in 437 at an advanced age of 89 (some sources claim much older). With the death of Catholicos Sahag Bartev the line of St. Gregory the Illuminator came to an end.

This Tuesday, February 6, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Holy Ghevontian (Leontine) priests. After the battle of Vartanantz, a number of priests and deacons were abducted by the Persian king and imprisoned, tortured and martyred. Ghevont is revered as the leader of the group because he was an advisor to Vartan Mamigonian, and is remembered for the inspiring message he delivered on the eve of the battle of Avarayr. Ghevont, who was highly educated, assisted Sahag and Mesrob in translating the Bible into Armenian.
The Ghevontian Fathers, martyred in 454 are: Catholicos Hovsep; Bishops Sahag and Tatig; Priests Ghevont, Moushegh, Arshen, Manuel, Abraham, and Khoren; Deacons Kachach and Abraham.
The Prelacy Lenten Program will begin on Wednesday, February 14, and continue through Lent to March 21. Sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the Prelacy Ladies Guild (PLG), and the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, the Lenten series of lectures will begin with a church service at 7 pm at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, followed by the lecture and Q&A, and Table Fellowship. For information contact the Prelacy office (212-689-7810) or arec@armenianprelacy.org or the Cathedral office (212-689-5880) or office@stilluminators.org
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.
As noted above, throughout Musical Armenia’s 35-year history the price of admission has been kept low thanks to the support of dedicated sponsors. As a sponsor you can make a key contribution to the development of talented musicians as they strive for success in their various musical fields. All donations are acknowledged in the concert booklet. The categories of sponsorship are: Diamond $1,000; Platinum $500; Gold $300; Silver $200. Diamond, Platinum, and gold sponsors will receive two complimentary tickets.

For more information and to become a sponsor of Musical Armenia 35 by clicking here or by contacting the Armenian Prelacy at (212) 689-7810.

For tickets or information contact: Carnegie Hall (212-247-7800) or Prelacy office (212-689-7810).

The Siamanto Academy continues its monthly activities this year. As a reflection of the monthly sessions, the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) last year started producing a series of educational videos featuring the subjects treated in the lessons. The first installment of the new series for this year has just been released. The series consists of bilingual PowerPoints about various subjects of Armenian history, culture, and current issues, with the explanation in Armenian. 

For many decades the Prelacy has sponsored an annual raffle drawing that benefits the Prelacy’s educational and religious programs. The drawing takes place in May at the conclusion of the National Representative Assembly, which this year is taking place in North Andover, Massachusetts. The top prize is $5,000; second prize is $2,000; and third, fourth, and fifth prizes are $1,000. It is great to win, but we always like to point out that in this raffle there are no losers, because all of the money raised benefits our programs for the youth. Please consider purchasing one or more tickets ($100 each). Contact your local parish or the Prelacy office ( email@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810).

Death of Rafael Ishkhanyan (February 6, 1995)
Rafael Ishkhanyan was a prominent expert of Armenian language and book history, and also an engaged intellectual in Soviet times and the first years of the second independence.

He was born on March 9, 1922, in Yerevan. His parents, Avetis Kirakosian and Haykanush Ishkhanyan, who had become Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1919, then divorced. Rafael lost his mother at the age of eight, and grew up with his maternal uncle and grandmother, adopting their last name. In 1937 he lost his father, who was shot during the Stalin purges. (He would later marry Burakn Cheraz-Andreasyan, whose parents, Vahan Cheraz, a founder of the Armenian scout movement, and Vartanush were also shot by the Soviet regime in 1928 and 1937.)

In 1939 Rafael Ishkhanyan entered the Faculty of Philology in Yerevan State University. However, he interrupted his studies in 1940 when he was drafted by the Soviet army. He was wounded in World War II, fell prisoner to the German army, and after being released, he returned to the battle front. After the end of the war, he was discharged and returned to his studies. After finishing university in 1949, he left for Moscow, where he also graduated from the Institute of Library Studies in 1954.

From 1955-1963, Ishkhanyan worked in the field of library studies. He entered the Public (now National) Library where he worked as a senior librarian, head of subdivision, and head of division, and also worked at the Matenadaran as director of the scientific library. He also taught at the distance course of the Pedagogical Institute of Armenia. In 1962 he defended his first Ph.D. dissertation about Axel Bakunts (1899-1937), one of the prominent writers killed during the purges. The following year, he entered his alma mater, where he would spend the next thirty years (1963-1992) teaching at the chairs of Armenian language and history of the Armenian language. His main subjects were Armenian contemporary language, dialectology, and history of the language of Armenian literature. He would defend his second Ph.D., “History of the language of modern Armenian literature,” in 1973, and earn the title of professor in 1978. In the late 1970s, Ishkhanyan published some of his major works, Bakunts’ Life and Art (1974), History of the Armenian book (vol. 1) (1977), History of the language of Eastern Armenian poetry (1978), and The New Literary Armenian in the Seventeenth-Eighteenth Centuries (1979).

From the 1960s, two controversial subjects attracted Ishkhanyan’s attention, who published his views whenever possible: the origin of the Armenian people, which he considered autochthonous to the Armenian Plateau, and the restoration of traditional orthography (in replacement of the “reformed” orthography imposed in 1922 and 1940). He would ardently defend his views until the end of his life. Not by chance, his first books published on the subject appeared in the Diaspora, because the views expressed did not make it possible to publish in Soviet Armenia: Our Fundamental Orthographic Question (1983) and The Origin and Earliest History of the Armenians (1984).

When the Karabagh movement started in 1988, Ishkhanyan was also at the forefront of the national issues that were attached to the claims for Karabagh, and particularly the status of the Armenian language in Armenia. He also wrote extensively about political issues, including Armenian-Turkish relations ( The Law of Excluding the Third Force, 1991). He became the editor of “Lousavorich,” a newspaper entirely published in traditional orthography. Two books on his views on Armenian origins were finally published in 1988 ( Questions on the Origin and Earliest History of the Armenian People ) and 1989 ( Armenian Native Words and Earliest Loanwords ). In the 1980s he had serialized a history of the Armenian people for children and teenagers, Armenian Illustrated History, of which the first volume appeared in 1990 (two more volumes would be posthumously published in 1997 and 2004). He published a total of forty books in his life and countless articles.

In 1991 Ishkhanian was elected a deputy to the Supreme Council (the forerunner to the National Assembly) of Armenia and designated director of the National Library of Armenia. He passed away on February 6, 1995, in Yerevan. The school No. 153 of the Armenian capital now bears his name.

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Click Here to watch this week's Prelacy Reflection by Der Nerses Manoogian of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church of Philadelphia PA.

This weeks episode features:
  • An interview with Professor Siobhan Nash-Marshall, “The Not So Traditional Talk about the Armenian Genocide.”
  • Introducing Season of Advent.
  • Bible Reflection
  • Hymn of the Day
Hymn Dedicated to the Martyrs of April
(Limited Supply)
By Bishop Zareh Aznavorian
This 80-page multi-language (Armenian, English, French) soft cover book, Hymn Dedicated to the Martyrs of April , by Bishop Zareh Aznavorian, was originally published in 1990 in Antelias, Lebanon. It has been out-of-print for a number of years. Recently, the Bookstore was able to secure a limited number of copies. In April 1989 His Holiness Vazken I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia, issued a joint communiqué about the 75 th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that was going to be commemorated in 1990. The Catholicoi announced that on this occasion preliminary preparations were going to start toward the sanctification of the 1915 Martyrs to be sanctioned as a feast day in the Armenian Liturgical Calendar with its own Canon of Hymns. Shortly thereafter a new canon of hymns dedicated to the Martyrs was composed by Bishop Zareh in a tribute of profound love and pious reverence for the Martyrs. The book includes text in three languages, and musical notation. The process of sanctification of the Martyrs was completed in April 2015 by His Holiness Karekin II and His Holiness Aram I on the occasion of the 100 th anniversary of the Genocide.

Hymn Dedicated to the Martyrs of April
By Bishop Zareh Aznavorian
80 pages, soft cover, $15.00 plus shipping & handling.

Replica of the Martyrs Memorial in Antelias
The Martyrs Chapel at the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia is next to the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator. The Chapel, designed in the traditional Armenian style of church architecture, was built and dedicated eighty years ago in 1938. The Chapel underwent an extensive renovation several years ago prior to the centennial anniversary of the genocide. The center gold cross on the altar is a gift from His Holiness Vazken I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and some of the religious ornaments are from Sis, the Catholicosate’s ancient home in Cilicia. This model depicts the exterior of the renovated Chapel. The Liturgy is celebrated in the Chapel on April 24 and the faithful from near and far visit the Chapel to pray throughout the year.

To order these or other items contact the Bookstore by email ( books@armenianprelacy.org ) or by phone (212-689-7810).

Need we remind you that Sunday is the Super Bowl? Probably not. Unless you’ve been hibernating in deep slumber this winter. We are not big fans of football, but the Super Bowl has been growing since the first Super Bowl took place more than fifty years ago (1967) and difficult to ignore. In recent years it has become the most watched American TV broadcast, and it is the second largest day for food consumption in the U.S. (Thanksgiving is first).  Enjoy the game football fans. For the rest of us, Super Bowl Sunday is a great day to go to the movies!

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 4 —Armenian Relief Society, NJ Shakeh Chapter presents Kev Orkian, British-Armenian musician, comedian, and actor from London, 4 to 7 pm at Mahwah High School, 50 Ridge Road, Mahwah, New Jersey. Tickets: $50, $40, and $30. For information and tickets: Maggie Kouyoumdjian, 845-598-3284, maggie11370@yahoo.com ; Maral Kaprielian, 201-289-6486, kaprielianmaral@gmail.com .

February 5-7 —Eastern Prelacy’s Annual Ghevontiantz Clergy Gathering hosted by Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts. This year’s theme is “Freedom,” in accordance with the encyclical issued by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia.

February 8 —Sts. Vartanank commemoration services by the four Armenian churches of Metro Detroit will take place at St. Vartan Catholic Church, 7 pm.

February 11 —Sts. Vartanantz Day Badarak and Celebration at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island. Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon. His Eminence will ordain two acolytes during the Liturgy. Dinner and program hosted by Ladies Guild and Men’s Club will follow. Deacons of the parish will be honored for their faithful service and the Armenian National Committee of Rhode Island will be honored for its advocacy for freedom in Armenia and Artsakh. Advance reservations recommended; contact Liz Kopoian at 401-353-2213. General admission $20; children under 12, $10.

February 14 —Lenten Sunrise ( Arevakal ) one-hour service followed by fellowship hour, Every Wednesday thru March 21 at 10:30 am, St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan.

February 16 —Lenten Peace & Compline one-hour service followed by lecture every Friday evening at 7 pm through March 23, St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan.

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 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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