February 13, 2020
In Faith I Confess 22nd Prayer

Read by Valerie Selverian of
St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church of Philadelphia, PA
PRELATE TO VISIT PARISHES
On Sunday, February 16, His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate, will preside over the Holy Liturgy at the St. Stephen’s Armenian Church of New Britain, CT.

On Tuesday, February 18, the Prelate will travel to Watertown, MA, where he will preside over the celebration of Sts. Ghevontiantz at St. Stephen’s Church, with the participation of New England priests. Archbishop Anoushavan will also consecrate the icon of Sts. Vartanantz.

ST. SARKIS CELEBRATES ITS PATRON SAINT’S NAME DAY
Sunday, February 9, 2020, was a joyous day for the community of St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church of Douglaston, NY. Festivities for the name day of the patron saint of the church started with Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian. In his homily, the Prelate preached on the virtues of St. Sarkis: faith, courage, and self-sacrifice. He appealed to the congregation to meditate on and learn from the life of St. Sarkis.

Badarak concluded with the consecration of the icon of Saints Vartanantz, the latest addition to the icons of our church, by artist Rudik Petrossian.

Church services were followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated main hall of the church and a celebratory banquet hosted by the Ladies Guild of St. Sarkis Church. Mr. Simon Bardizbanian, a member of the Board of Trustees, was the master of ceremonies. Karina Vartanian, young talent in the community and a member of St. Sarkis Church Salt & Light Youth group, presented an anthology of Armenian and international songs and received the warm and heartfelt appreciation of the audience. Violinist Arsen Ketykyan also performed.

Harry Seoylemezian, Board of Trustees Chairman, invited all to be involved in new and ongoing activities of the church such as the Bible Study course and the newly formed dance classes. He also spoke about the 30th anniversary of the new St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston and the celebration banquet scheduled for May 31 in East Northport, NY.

Fr. Nareg thanked the Ladies’ Guild for organizing the banquet, and he recognized Mr. and Mrs. Karnig and Alice Alajajian as the benefactors for the new icon in the sanctuary. He also thanked the Board of Trustees members for their hard work in planning and executing a major renovation of the facilities of the church. He singled out Mr. Karnik Minassian, who spearheaded this much-needed project, and invited the Prelate to recognize him with a certificate of honor. Mr. Minassian thanked Archbishop Anoushavan for the honor bestowed on him. He explained that his dedication to this church came from the fact that his late mother adored this church and that his two young sons grew up here.

The event concluded with Archbishop Anoushavan’s encouraging remarks to continue the mission of the Armenian Christian faith in the community of St. Sarkis.

Archbishop Anoushavan and Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian joined by the altar servers of St. Sarkis, the benefactors of the icon, Mr. and Mrs. Karnig and Alice Alajajian and painter Rudik Petrosyan.

His Eminence and Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian joined together with Mr. Karnik Minassian and his family for photo.

The unveiling of the newly renovated Chadrjian hall at St. Sarkis Church.

The Prelate and Pastor surrounded by St. Sarkis Church's Board of Trustees.

PRELATE RECEIVES NEWLY-ELECTED EXECUTIVE OF ARF ARMEN GARO GOMIDEH
This afternoon, Archbishop Anoushavan received the executive of the newly-elected ARF Armen Garo Gomideh of New York. His Eminence congratulated the visitors and wished them success in their endeavors. During the encounter, various issues regarding Armenians at large were the subject of discussion.

ARTUR MARTIROSYAN APPOINTED ARMENIA’S
VICE MINISTER OF EDUCATION
Artur Martirosyan, former New York resident and member of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral Board of Trustees, has just been appointed Vice Minister of Education and Science of Armenia. A Ph.D. in Political Sciences, Mr. Martirosyan had returned to the homeland in 2018, where he had become director of development of the “Teach for Armenia” project.

In a letter addressed to Mr. Martirosyan, Archbishop Anoushavan congratulated him on his appointment to the government office and wished him success in his new endeavors. “Such a position entails great responsibility,” said the Prelate, urging him to continue promoting the development of the homeland and strengthening the bonds between Armenia and the Diaspora. 

REQUIEM SERVICE FOR CLERGY WHO SERVED THE PRELACY
In conjunction with the Ghevontiants commemoration, Prelacy parishes will observe a special requiem service this Sunday, February 16, 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, Rev. Fr. Nareg Shrikian, Rev. Fr. Moushegh Der Kaloustian.

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)

GET TICKETS FOR MUSICAL ARMENIA AT CARNEGIE HALL
You may now reserve your tickets for the 2020 Musical Armenia Concert, which will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. This is the 37th edition of the much-loved series that began in 1982. Our 2020 event showcases three outstanding artists who will present a stimulating and inspiring program: pianist Tatev Amiryan, vocalist Anna Hayrapetyan, and cellist Laura Navasardian.

Musical Armenia, established by Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian and the Prelacy Ladies Guild, is dedicated to promoting young Armenian artists and to the performance of music by Armenian composers. Over the past 38 years, many of our performers have established solid professional careers. The Prelacy thanks Musical Armenia’s devoted supporters for their contributions to the artists’ development. 

As in the past, Musical Armenia’s sponsors and supporters can make a key contribution to the development of these artists. Prospective sponsors may join any of these categories: diamond ($1,000 donation), platinum ($500), gold ($300), or silver ($200). Diamond, platinum, and gold sponsors will receive two complimentary tickets.

Tickets for the concert cost $25. For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Prelacy at 212-689-7810 or via e-mail at sophie@armenianprelacy.org.
BIBLE READINGS
Bible readings for Sunday, February 16, Fifth 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)

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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.
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD (DYARNUNTARACH)
Tomorrow, Friday, February 14, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple (in Armenian, which means “bringing forward of the Lord”). This feast always falls on February 14—forty days after the Nativity (January 6). It commemorates the presentation of the Lord to the Temple by Mary and Joseph according to Mosaic law (see Numbers 18:15).

In the temple, a righteous and devout man named Simeon to whom it had been revealed that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord, took Jesus in his arms, blessed God and said, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (See Luke 2:22-40)

Some pre-Christian Armenian customs have been incorporated into this feast, including one that remains popular to this day, especially in the Middle East and Armenia. In recent years the tradition has been revived here in the United States as well. On the eve of the feast, a bonfire is lit outside of the church using a flame from the altar. Young people, especially newlyweds, gather around the fire as the flames subside, the young men leap over the flames. The light of the bonfire is symbolic of Christ who is the Everlasting Life and Light of the world.

HOLY VOSKIAN PRIESTS
Today, Thursday, February 13, the Armenian Church remembers the Voskian priests—five men who went from Rome to Armenia as ambassadors to the Armenian king, Sanadrook. When in Armenia, 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 around 107 AD.
ST. SAHAG BARTEV
This Saturday, February 15, 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 older). With the death of Catholicos Sahag Bartev the line of St. Gregory the Illuminator came to an end.

STS. GHEVONT AND PRIESTS
This Tuesday, February 18, 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.

PRELACY LENTEN PROGRAM BEGINS FEBRUARY 26
Great Lent is around the corner—Monday, February 24 is the first day. In keeping with the tradition, the Armenian Prelacy will hold its Lenten Program at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City on six consecutive Wednesdays, starting February 26. Cosponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) and the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s, the Lenten Program will include an abridged Husgoom Service from 7:00-7:30pm, followed by an educational component from 7:30–8:00pm, and conclude with a table fellowship.

The roster of speakers this year includes: Very Rev. Fr. Sahag (February 26), Rev. Fr. Vahan Kouyoumdjian (March 4), Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian (March 11), Louise Kanian (March 18), Dn. Shant Kazanjian (March 25), Prof. Siobhan Nash-Marshall (April 1).

Look for more details next week.

REGISTER FOR THE 34TH ANNUAL DATEV SUMMER INSTITUTE
THIS WEEK’S REFLECTION
In this week's reflection Archpriest Fr. Daron Stepanian visits John 7:37 and reflects on Jesus' statement: "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and let the one who believes in me drink."

The Prelacy’s Orphan Sponsorship program was established in 1993 and continues to be the central mission of the Prelacy’s projects in Armenia and Artsakh. As part of the program, letters are received regularly from sponsored children addressed to their sponsors. We are pleased to share some of these letters through Crossroads .

This week’s letter is from Garnik* who is sponsored by Dr. Vartan Gregorian. (The letter was written by his grandmother. She raises three of her grandchildren. Their parents have died. All three children are sponsored by our program. Garnik is 17 years old with a severe learning disability). 

Dear Sponsor,

This is Garnik’s grandmother who writes to you, because Garnik cannot write. I hope that you are doing well. We are doing fine. Garnik is well and growing up. Although he cannot read and write, he is a very hard-working child and he helps me a lot with my house chores.

He is now learning to become a hairdresser. Next year he will finish his training.

I am extremely grateful to you for helping us. May God bless and protect you. I am now raising the children alone, because their grandfather died three months ago.

Thank you again and again.

* In order to protect the privacy of the children we use only their first names.

PLEASE CONSIDER SPONSORSHIP:
Currently there are children on the waiting list for the Prelacy’s Sponsorship Program. If you would like to sponsor a child please click here for quick and easy online sponsorship. You may also contact the Prelacy by email ( sophie@armenianprelacy.org ) or telephone (212-689-7810), ask for Sophie. 
A CHANCE TO SPONSOR A STUDENT IN ARMENIA
The St. Nerses the Great Charitable and Social Organization (Medsn Nerses) is now supporting its beneficiaries who pursue college education: the young who reach the age limit of 18 will receive aid that may be vital for their careers.

The College Sponsorship Program starts this year. An annual stipend of $250 will help defray some of the costs for the young men and women who have enrolled in an institution of higher education.

This marks the latest evolution of a program that then-Prelate Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, of blessed memory, urgently put together right after the 1988 catastrophic earthquake. At the time, the priority was to provide immediate help for earthquake survivors. Soon thereafter, the Orphan Sponsorship Program emerged as a priority benefitting thousands of children.

The programs have grown and blossomed greatly, and currently also include aid to orphanages, schools, students, the elderly, disabled servicemen, and a summer camp. Now, former members of the Orphan Sponsorship Program have become college students and will be needing new sponsors. With the highest standards observed since its inception, the St. Nerses the Great Charitable Organization will continue to track down potential candidates and bringing them to your attention.

Sponsors who have generously ensured a stipend for children may continue to do so as they mature into young professionals.

If you would like to sponsor a young student in the College Sponsorship Program օr a young child in the Orphans Sponsorship Program, you may contact the Prelacy by email (sophie@armenianprelacy.org) or telephone (212-689-7810).
FROM OUR SCHOOLS
SIAMANTO ACADEMY'S FEBRUARY SESSION
Archbishop Anoushavan welcomed Siamanto Academy students as they got together for yet a new class on Saturday, February 8, at the Prelacy offices in New York, during which they explored how they related to the Armenian language and discussed issues related to modern manners. The Prelate congratulated them for their dedication, urging them not to give up in their efforts to learn more.

Following Archbishop Anoushavan remarks, the Young Couples’ Club committee members, some of whom are Siamanto alumni, paid a visit, promising to drop by more frequently in the future.

A conversation about the omnipresence of mobile phones in daily life generated a hearty discussion. Then they moved on to another contentious topic: the difficulty to learn Armenian. As they began to study the language with the teaching resources provided to them, they found out it was not as insurmountable a challenge as it seemed. It wasn’t that hard after all, they saw. It’s possible to learn Armenian having fun, too.

With no small amount of surprise, they also discovered that Eastern and Western Armenian are not that different. Step by step, picking sentences and words apart with the help of an online dictionary, it did not take them long to see that both branches of Armenian are, indeed, the two parts of the same language. 

Archbishop Anoushavan, Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian and Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian with Young Couples’ Club committee members (from left to right: Talyn and Vahe Chaglasian, Taline Chalian).

“THE GREAT LOSS OF THE ARMENIAN CLERGY DURING THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE”

BISHOP PAPKEN TCHARIAN
Now Archbishop Papken Tcharian, Prelate of the Armenian Church in Canada, the author wrote this work as his thesis to obtain the degree of archimandrite. “This dissertation, rather than being a comprehensive history, must be regarded as a mere glimpse on the events of the time, because it depicts the suffering and martyrdom of the Armenian clergy during the terrible period of the Genocide in a condensed and authentic form.” After an introductory section, Archbishop Papken presents concise biographies of the most notable clergymen of the time. The third section presents a list of martyred clergymen from the Apostolic, Catholic, and Protestant churches.
Copies of this book may be purchased from the Prelacy Bookstore ( books@armenianprelacy.org   or 212-689-7810)
Death of Hamazasp Servantzdiants (February 18, 1921)
The first years of the twentieth century did not lack in heroic exploits, and Hamazasp Servantzdiants was among those who lived and died in the service of the liberation of his homeland.

Hamazasp Servantzdiants, also known by his first name, was nephew of Bishop Karekin Servantzdiants (1840-1892), the noted ecclesiastic, folklorist and writer. He was born in Van in 1873. After finishing elementary school, he learned and worked as a jeweler and watchmaker.

Soon he was involved in the revolutionary movement, first as a member of the Armenagan Organization, founded in 1885 and mainly active in Van, and then the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. To escape the persecution of Turkish authorities, he left his birthplace and went to Yerevan and Shushi. He participated in the Armeno-Tatar conflict of 1905-1907 and distinguished himself particularly in the bloody combat of Askeran (August 22, 1905).

Hamazasp organized the defense of the Armenians of Gandzak (at the time Elizabetpol, nowadays Ganja) against Tatar incursions. He was arrested during the roundup of A.R.F. members organized by the Czarist government in 1908 and condemned to death. However, his sentence was commuted to a 15-year sentence to forced labor in Siberia. He escaped prison in 1913 and went to Europe, and from there to Constantinople. In August 1914 he participated in the 8 th World Assembly of the A.R.F. and expressed his categorical opposition to any cooperation with the Young Turks.

During World War I, Hamazasp was a key participant in the Armenian volunteer movement as commander of the third battalion of volunteers attached to the Russian army. He participated in many battles on the Caucasian front and ensured that the population of Basen and Alashkert could escape the genocide. In May 1915, he was among the volunteers who liberated the population of Van after a month-long resistance against the attack of the Turkish regular army.

After the first Russian revolution of February 1917, he was appointed commander of the military police of Alashkert and held this post until the Russian withdrawal from the Caucasian battlefront following the October Revolution. He then went to Baku where he fought for the Baku Commune in 1918 as the commander of the Armenian brigade (3,000 soldiers and officers), and then resisted for four months the advance of the Ottoman forces going to Baku. After the fall of Baku to the Turk-Tatar combined forces, he went to Persia.

Returning to Armenia, Hamazasp was designated commander of the forces in the region of Nor Bayazid (nowadays Gavar) and participated in the suppression of the Bolshevik uprising of May 1920 and the Tatar-Turkish revolts. After the establishment of the Soviet regime in December 1920, he was lured to Yerevan by war commissar Avis Nurijanian. Hamazasp went to the capital with the sincere aim of cooperating with the new government. However, it was a trap. He was arrested and threw into prison.

The repressive measures of the Bolshevik regime, headed by the Revolutionary Committee ( Heghgom, in Armenian), proved to be intolerable, and a popular revolt was in the works in mid-February 1921. After twenty-one prisoners were shot to death on the night of February 16-17, several dozens more were shot to death or axed by Turkish butchers on the night of February 17-18. Hamazasp Servantzdiants was among them. On February 18 in the morning, Yerevan was taken by the rebels, the Revolutionary Committee fled, and hundreds of prisoners saved their lives. The same night, the corpses of those dead in the prison of Yerevan were identified and counted.  
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site ( www.armenianprelacy.org ). 
FROM OUR ARCHIVES
This week’s archive photo easily falls in the category of “a once in a lifetime” photo opportunity. The monumental historical events of the 1990s, plus the worldwide celebration of the 1700th anniversary of Christian Armenia, brought together to Armenia high ranking members of the clergy of the Armenian Church and the opportunity to visit Khor Virab, the dungeon or “deep pit,” where Saint Gregory the Illuminator, the fourth-century patron saint and apostle to the Armenians, was imprisoned for more than a decade. The pit is still accessible beneath a chapel and pilgrims make the downward trek into the darkness of Gregory’s imprisonment, as did a group of clergymen in 1995 that included, from left to right, Archbishop Karekin Nercesian (now Catholicos of All Armenians); Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, Patriarch of Jerusalem; Catholicos Karekin I of the Holy Mother See of Etchmiadzin; Catholicos Aram I, of the Holy See of Cilicia; Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, later Prelate of the Eastern United States, and two priests: Very Rev. Fr. Krikor Chiftjian (left rear) and Very Rev. Fr. Vrouyr Demerjian (right). 

ANY COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS FOR CROSSROADS?
Please send your inquiries and comments (English and/or Armenian) to crossroads@armenianprelacy.org . Please remember that the deadline for submitting items for Crossroads is on Wednesdays at noon.

All parish news, photographs, and calendar items should also be emailed to crossroads@armenianprelacy.org .

Comments received may be shared from time to time. We are looking forward to yours.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 ( Calendar items may be edited to conform to space and style )
February 14, 2020 —The next Siamanto Academy class at the Prelacy office on Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. For more information, contact Mary Gulumian, director of the Armenian National Education Committee by email (anec@armenianprelacy.org) or phone (212-689-7231).

February 18, 2020— Celebration of Sts. Ghevontiantz at St. Stephen’s Church (Watertown, MA), presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate. Icon of Sts. Vartanantz to be consecrated during Badarak.

March 1 – “Domestic Violence in Armenia and beyond -- how can we help?” A slide presentation by Maro Matosian, Executive Director, Women's Support Center in Yerevan, Armenia, following church service at St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, 38-65 234th St., Douglaston, NY 11363. For more information, please contact 718-224-2275.

March 4, 2020 —The Embassy of Armenia in the U.S. and PostClassical Ensemble present “An Armenian Odyssey: The Color of Pomegranates,” a multimedia performance of Armenian music, culture and history, featuring Jivan Gasparyan and others, at 7:30 pm at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

March 15, 2020 —Save the date and watch for details for the Eastern Prelacy’s 37 th annual Musical Armenia concert, 2:00 pm at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, West 57 th Street at Seventh Avenue, New York City.

March 28, 2020 —“Faith Building Women 2020 Symposium,” a daylong conference to heighten awareness of women in the Bible, organized by the Adult Christian Education department of St. Peter Armenian Church. The Symposium will take place at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Keynote speakers are Dr. Roberta Ervine and Arpi Nakashian.

May 13-16, 2020 —National Representative Assembly (NRA) of the Eastern Prelacy hosted by St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Philadelphia. The Clergy Conference will begin on Wednesday, May 13; the full Assembly will convene on Thursday, May 14 and conclude on Saturday, May 16.

May 31, 2020 —Save the Date. St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, 30 th Anniversary Banquet.

June 28—July 5, 2020 —St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Program: the 34th annual Datev Summer Program for youth ages 13-18 will take place at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). For information, please click here or contact the AREC office—212-689-7810 or arec@armenianprelacy.org
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