February 14, 2019
Today, Thursday, February 14, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple ( Dyarnuntarch 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 below for more about this Feast).

On this occasion and upon the invitation of Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern), Archbishop Anoushavan attended the Divine Liturgy at St. Vartan Cathedral in New York City.
The Armenian American community witnessed the centuries-old and inspiring ceremony of ordination to the holy order of priesthood during a two-day ritual on Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9. Sts. Vartanantz Church of Ridgefield, New Jersey was filled to capacity with faithful from the Eastern Prelacy, including family and friends of the candidate, Deacon Vahan Kouyoumdjian, to celebrate this joyful event.

Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, officiated over the Service of Calling on Friday and the Divine Liturgy and Ordination on Saturday, along with the participation of seventeen clergymen.
Calling to the Priesthood
The ordination service began on Friday evening with Vespers and the Order of Calling to the Priesthood, with the candidate, on his knees, proceeding down the main aisle of the church as a sign of humility and readiness to serve God. Deacon Vahan was escorted by his Godfather, Very Rev. Father Sahag Yemishian, Vicar of the Prelacy.

Through a series of questions Archbishop Anoushavan confirmed the worthiness of the candidate and his willingness and ability to serve as a priest in the Armenian Apostolic Church in true apostolic faith. The candidate then recited the orthodox faith of the Armenian Church. The creed, attributed to St. Gregory of Datev, is more elaborate than the Nicene Creed recited during the Divine Liturgy. Making the sign of the cross over the candidate’s head, the Prelate prayed that the Lord would protect, bless, and illuminate him.

Ordination and Consecration
The next morning, Sts. Vartanantz Church was filled to capacity with family, friends, and parishioners from the metropolitan tri-state area. In the tradition of the Armenian Church the ordination service is intertwined with the Divine Liturgy, as this is the liturgical context in which the priest will serve most visibly. The Divine Liturgy began with the Episcopal procession and continued until the scriptural readings, at which time the Prelate took his place on the Episcopal throne on the altar. Deacon Vahan, on his knees, and escorted by the Vicar and other clergy, came before the Archbishop, who placed his hands on the candidate’s head and prayed that he would be “worthy to keep the priestly rank spotless, and would be workers who have no need to be ashamed, and that the Lord would grant them apostolic grace to heal, to preach, and to call upon the Holy Spirit to accomplish the Holy Sacraments.” 
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Archbishop Anoushavan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York, this Sunday, February 17, on the occasion of the parish’s name day. His Eminence will preside over a reception following the Liturgy. On Saturday morning His Eminence will meet with the parish’s Salt and Light youth group.
Archbishop Anoushavan met with his Excellency, Bishop Gregory Mansour, Eparch of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, on Monday morning. The two church leaders are active participants in ecumenical circles and have a long history of brotherly friendship.
Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian and Annie Ovanessian with workshop participants.
Annie Ovanessian, director of Youth Ministry, describes the new program developed by the Prelacy. 
The Prelacy’s Youth Ministry Director, Annie Ovanessian, recently conducted a five-hour workshop to train the first group of local youth ministry facilitators at Sts. Vartanantz Church of Providence, Rhode Island. Four of the counselors, Jayne Zobian, Shakay Kizirian, Armand Kibarian, and Shant Eghian, had the opportunity to share questions and ideas with Annie as they worked together to plan the start of this new Prelacy program in Providence. Also participating in the workshop were Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, Pastor, and Mark Phillips, a member of the Prelacy’s Executive Council. Providence plans to launch its Youth Ministry program on Friday, March 8, with a parent informational meeting and teen introductory activities.

Several parishes have already established their Youth Ministry programs and several others are in various stages of the planning process. Crossroads will begin to devote a special section for news and updates about the Prelacy-wide Youth Ministry programs this month.
The Eastern Prelacy has presented the annual Musical Armenia concert since 1982, bringing many talented artists of Armenian descent into the limelight. This year’s concert that will take place at 2 pm, on Sunday, March 17, is the 36 th concert in the series. The concert will feature Cara Pogossian, (viola) and Edvard Pogossian, (cello), with Vatche Jambazian, (piano).

Cara Pogossian was awarded a bronze medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the largest chamber music competition in the world. She appeared recently on NPR’s “From the Top” program. Ms. Pogossian is currently a sophomore at the Curtis Institute of Music. She was awarded a scholarship from the AGBU.

In recognition of his winner achievement at the Juilliard Concerto Competition Edvard Pogossian performed with the Juilliard Orchestra at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center and at Chicago’s Harris Theater. Mr. Pogossian is a first-year artist in residence student at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

The program includes the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Komitas, Mirzoyan, Mansurian, and Spendiarian. The concert venue is Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, West 57 th Street and Seventh Avenue in New York City. Tickets ($25) can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box office (212-247-7800); and at the Armenian Prelacy (212-689-7810).

Become a Sponsor of Musical Armenia:
Established by Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian and the Prelacy Ladies Guild, Musical Armenia is dedicated to promoting young Armenian artists and to the performance of music by Armenian composers. Over the past 37 years many of the program’s performers have established solid professional careers.

The Prelacy is able to present this annual concert 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.

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 donors 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 or to become a sponsor of Musical Armenia contact Sophie by email ( sophie@armenianprelacy.org ) or by telephone (212-689-7810).

Bible Readings for Sunday, February 17, Fifth Sunday after Nativity are: Isaiah 63:7-18; 2 Timothy 3:15-12; John 6:22-38.

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciple were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his deal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. (John 6:22-38)


You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them! For among them are those who make their way into households and captivate silly women, overwhelmed by their sins and swayed by all kinds of desires, who are always being instructed and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth. As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these people, of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith, also oppose the truth. But they will not make much progress, because, as in the case of those two men, their folly will become plain to everyone.

Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and my suffering the things that happened to me Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued from all of them. Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:1-12)

Today, Thursday, February 14, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple ( Dyarnuntarch 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.
Tomorrow, Friday, February 15, the Armenian Church remembers the Prophet Jonah (Hovnan), one of the Minor Prophets. The Minor Prophets are not considered less important than the ones called Major Prophets, but their books are shorter. All of the Minor Prophets were servants of God who proclaimed His will to people in need of repentance.

The story of Jonah and the whale is one of the better-known stories in the Old Testament. Jonah’s feast falls on the last day of the Fast of the Catechumens, and after three days without any specified readings, the reading for tomorrow is the entire book of Jonah. Just as the people of Nineveh fasted and repented from their wicked ways, so too do the people of God during this preliminary fast before Great Lent (Medz Bahk), the most penitential season of the year.

Saturday, February 16, the Armenian Church commemorates St. Sarkis the Warrior, his son Mardiros, and 14 faithful soldiers. This is a moveable feast that can occur between January 11 and February 16. It follows the Fast of the Catechumens, which is not connected to St. Sarkis, but has become associated with this saint, even often referred to as the fast of St. Sarkis.

Sarkis was a 4 th century Roman soldier who became a Christian. He rose through the military ranks because of his valiant campaign on behalf of the Emperor Constantine. With the accession of Emperor Julian, Sarkis and his son took refuge in Armenia, where Christianity had already been the nation’s official religion. Later they went to Persia to join the Persian army to fight Julian. Both fought with exceptional bravery. The Persian leader, Shapur II, tried to convince them to abandon their Christian faith and embrace Zorastrianism. Both refused, and father and son were martyred. Fourteen loyal Christian soldiers who went to claim the bodies were also killed. Eventually, Christians secured the remains and sent them to Assyria where they remained until the fifth century when Mesrob Mashdots had the remains transferred to the city of Karpi in the area of Vaspurakan in Armenia. A monastery was built over the site of the graves. 
Also commemorated this week:
Monday, February 18: Sts. Adom the Generals and companions
Tuesday, February 19: St. Sookias the Martyr and companions
Thursday, February 21: St. Voski the Priest and companions
Great Lent, which begins on March 4, is around the corner. In keeping with the tradition, the Prelacy’s Lenten Program will be held at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City on six consecutive Wednesdays of Great Lent starting, March 6. The program will include a short church service at 7:00pm, followed by a 20-minute lecture at 7:30 and a table fellowship at 8:00pm. 

The speakers are: Iris Papazian (March 6), Rev. Father Nareg Terterian (March 13), Rev. Father Vahan Kouyoumdjian (March 20), Rev. Father Nerses Manoogian (March 27), Rev. Father Kapriel Nazarian (April 3), and Prof. Siobhan Nash-Marshall (April 10).

The Program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) and the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. Look for more details next week.
The Prelacy’s Orphans Sponsorship program was established in 1993 and continues to be the central mission of the Prelacy’s programs in Armenia and Artsakh. As part of the program, letters are received regularly from sponsored children addressed to their sponsors.

The letters are delightful to read. Occasionally we will share some of these letters through our weekly Crossroads electronic newsletter. The first letter we present is from Hovhannes, age four. The letter was written on his behalf by his older sister. We will identify the children by first name only.

Dear Honorable Sponsor,

               This is the sister of Hovhannes, who writes to you. My brother is young and unable to write this himself. Thank you very much for sponsoring my brother, because after my father’s death we desperately need a helping hand.

               The April War of 2016 changed our life dramatically. We never considered ourselves a needy family and we had everything we needed. My father always loved his unit’s soldiers like his own children. He made sure that they never lacked anything and helped them always. When he gave his life for his country, his family became insecure and in need of help. Thank you for providing it to us.

               Hovhannes is 4 years old and he goes to kindergarten. He is a very smart and lively kid. He loves to play and go on hikes with me. He loves listening to the stories about his father and he always tries to be like him. He wants to grow up and serve in the military, like his father.

               We wish you and your family a Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. Wishing you all the best.

With love,

Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian speaking to a Sunday school class at Sts. Vartanantz Church.
Sts. Vartanantz Church’s Sunday school classes were honored to have Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian and Yeretzgin Margaret Stepanian as their honored guests on Sunday, February 10. Yeretsgin spoke to the students about making life-changing decisions while keeping God in mind. Der Aram spoke to the students about love and dedication to God and Jesus. He also explained how the Sunday school staff members are intertwined with each other. He blessed each and everyone in the room. The students were enthusiastic to hear the inspiring words of the visitors and look forward to more special visits. 
Der Hrant delivers the monthly children’s sermon at St. Sarkis Church in Dearborn, Michigan. He is holding a hairbrush, the object selected by the students for the basis of the sermon.
Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian, pastor of St. Sarkis Church in Dearborn, Michigan, delivers a monthly sermon specifically for the younger generation. In what’s being called “Let’s Challenge Der Hrant,” the students select an ordinary object upon which Der Hrant bases his sermon. The object for January’s sermon was a hairbrush. The students eagerly look forward to this monthly challenge.
Yn. Tamar explains the sacrament of baptism with a pretend baptism.
Yeretzgin Tamar’s Sunday School class performed a “mock” baptism during assembly. The students had a great time role playing, as Yeretzgin explained the entire ceremony in detail. It was a learning experience for both students and teachers.
Birth of Clement Sibilian
(February 17, 1872)
The nineteenth century was the time for the rediscovery of the Armenian past, with the two branches of the Mekhitarist Congregation in Venice and Vienna leading the charge. A monk from Vienna, Rev. Clement Sibilian, would become the pioneer of Armenian numismatics.

Born Mgrdich Sibilian in Constantinople on February 17, 1824, he entered the Mekhitarist monastery of Vienna in 1838. He became a member of the congregation in 1842 and was ordained a celibate priest in 1845, taking the name of Clement ( Կղեմես in Armenian). He had started learning numismatics in the classes of Abbot Aristakes Azarian, who had begun the collection of coins of the Congregation in 1825. In 1846 he started writing what would be his magnum opus, Classification of Rupenian Coins, but he left the manuscript aside when he understood the lack of primary research in the field. He traveled through Armenia Minor in 1847-1849. In 1851 he published two books of general interest in Vienna: Hernán Cortés or the Conquest of Mexico as Continuation of Christipher Columbus and Terdat’s Isolation, the Last Days, and the Death (the latter was about Armenian king Terdat III). He was in Smyrna from 1853-1855. An attempt to go on a scientific expedition to Cilicia was botched by his superiors’ decision to send him to Constantinople and then, in October 1856, to Persia (Iran), where he spent twelve years at the helm of the Armenian Catholic community in Ispahan. In the meantime, he had started publishing articles on numismatics and antiquities in Armenian and European journals.

During his sojourn in Persia, Sibilian visited Tehran (1857), Tiflis and Echmiadzin (1864). Thus, he got acquainted with both the past of Armenia, his subject of interest, and the present. He returned to Constantinople in 1868 and went out in another field trip to Asia Minor until 1870. Each of his travels was an opportunity to collect coins and other antiquities, which he donated both to the museum of the Congregation and to other European institutions. After a short return to Vienna, he went back to Constantinople, where he started collaborating with all Armenian cultural institutions of the city. He gave lectures in the schools and published a textbook, Brief Geography for Children of Elementary School (1877).

In 1875 Sibilian was designated corresponding member of the Numismatic of Vienna as an expert in Greek and Armenian coins. He classified the ancient materials of the Ottoman Museum of Constantinople and in 1876 Sultan Abdul Aziz, in appreciation of his talents, designated him second director of the museum. In late 1876 he finally was able to visit Cilicia, and in April 1877 he was commissioned by the museum to go to Mesopotamia to acquire materials. This trip would prove fatal. Sibilian, physically weakened by continuous traveling, caught dysentery and arrived in a semi-comatose state to Diarbekir, where he passed away eight days later, on May 23, 1878, and was buried.

Shortly before his death, Sibilian had completed Classification of Rupenian Coins, where he processed, classified, and chronologically established for the first time more than two thousand coins of the Armenian state of Cilicia. The manuscript remained in the family until the Mekhitarist Congregation bought it and published it in 1892, in an edition prepared and updated by Rev. Fr. Krikoris Kalemkiarian. In the preface, the editor noted that the Mekhitarists of Vienna possessed a collection of 15,000 coins, including 220 coins from the Arsacid dynasty and 2,232 coins from the Cilician period, thanks to Sibilian’s continuous efforts. A review in the journal Ararat of the Catholicosate of Holy Echmiadzin remarked in 1893: “Here is a book that deserves to ornate the table of each Armenian, if the memorials of his ancestors are valuable to him, if he wants to have a permanent image of those memorials before him.” The Armenian Numismatic Society of California published a commemorative volume in 1980 on the centennial of Sibilian’s death.
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s website ( www.armenianprelacy.org ).
The fighting and bombs have stopped. Now the difficult process of rebuilding has started.
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A one day seminar will take place on Saturday, March 23, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City. The seminar, “Exploring the Eucharist (Soorp Badarak)” will be conducted by Archdeacon Shant Kazanjian. Registration is required by March 15. For information and registration contact the Cathedral office by phone (212-689-5880) or email ( office@stilluminators.org ). 
Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, pastor of St. Gregory Church in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, has written an article, “God’s Existence,” which was published online in Today’s American Catholic. In this article he explains, “I won’t write about the literature and theories that exist about this issue, because they can be obtained through books and the Internet. This article is about my personal experience considering this issue.” You can read the article here.
This week, Reverend Father Bedros Shetilian, pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church of Springfield, MA, presents the weekly reflection. Visit our Facebook or our Website tomorrow at noon to view this weeks reflection.

To watch all of the Prelacy Reflections, Click here.
We would love to know your thoughts about and suggestions for our weekly Crossroads electronic publication, and we have set up a special e-mail address for your comments. Write to us at crossroads@armenianprelacy.org . We are happy to share the following comments we recently received.

From Dr. Alta E. Mekaelian:

My compliments to you and your staff regarding the "dual" versions of Crossroads. Being able to place the English and Armenian versions side by side greatly enhances my Armenian reading and vocabulary--a more interesting way to help maintain and improve the proficiency of my language skills. Wonderful idea with tremendous benefits!

From Gladys Saroyan:

I just want to write to you and let you know that whoever is writing the Armenian Language Corner is just a very good person for sharing with us such high quality information in regards to linguistics. Also, his or her sense of humor is very good. I love origins of words or anything to do with words and it’s really an amazing gift that you are sharing with us. I want to applaud the writer for being so giving and generous with his or her knowledge.

I also want to add that I appreciate the extra information that he or she shares, such as the poem by Taniel Varoujan and findings by Hrachia Adjarian and others. I am embarrassed to say that I was not aware of them and I immediately went and researched them. What stories! Even teaching us words in Akkadian!!!!!
This Monday, February 18, is Presidents Day, a Federal holiday in the United States that was originally created to replace the February 22 nd holiday celebrating George Washington’s birthday. The holiday became popularly known as Presidents Day after it was moved to the third Monday in February as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends. Presidents Day is now considered as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.
By Nshan A. Erganian

Written like a novel, this book is based on the actual experiences of the author’s father and grandmother during the genocide of the Armenians. It vividly captures the struggles of the Armenian people during this horrific time.
291 pages, soft cover, $12.99, plus shipping & handling
By Hovhannes Toumanian
Translated by Thomas Samuelian
Illustrated by Aida Boyajian

The epic of David of Sassoon is told in this bilingual edition (English and eastern Armenian with Mesropian orthography) with color illustrations. The David of Sassoon presented here is Hovhannes Toumanian’s captivating rhymed version of the third cycle of the epic.
Soft cover, $15.00 plus shipping & handling
By Hovhannes Toumanian
Prepared and Illustrated by Razmig Bertizian

Another richly-illustrated version of the epic poem in Armenian (Sassoon dialect) and English. Presented with creativity, imagination, and style.
Hard cover, $20.00 plus shipping & handling
To place an order or for information contact the Bookstore by email ( books@armenianprelacy.org ) or by telephone (212-689-7810).
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 16 —Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance, sponsored by Armenian Relief Society New Jersey Shakeh Chapter; 8 pm at Assyrian Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary, 644 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey. Entertainment by: Zareh Kasbarian and his band from Washington, DC; Sako Tashjian from Montreal, Canada; Garo Torossian from New Jersey; Keyboard by Maestro Vicken Makoushian. Net proceeds will benefit ARS programs and Sts. Vartanantz Church. Donation: $75. Appetizers, Dinner (catering by Sultan Cuisine); BYOB. For information and reservations: Maral Kaprielian (201-289-6486); Seta Asadurian (201-320-2859).

March 2 —Third annual Hye Hearts Dance, hosted by the five Armenian churches of Greater Hartford and Western Massachusetts at the Holiday Inn in Hartford, Connecticut, featuring live Armenian band and DJ Gena with international music, 8 pm. Adults $40 (in advance); $50 after February 15. Students and seniors $30 (in advance); $35 after February 15. Mezze included; cash bar. Tickets and information: David Jermakian (413) 727-2586, davidjermakian@gmail.com .

March 3 —ARS Shakeh Chapter, Poon Paregentan Bake Sale following the Holy Badarak at Sts. Vartanantz Church’s large hall, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Delicious desserts and savory food before Lent begins. For information contact Seta Asadurian at 201-320-2859.

March 9 —Kyrkostas Concert Celebrates with Music, Dance, Comedy & Dinner, 7 pm at 5710 Hewlett Street, Little Neck, New York, honoring memory of Armenian/Greek American pianist/composer Mark Kyrkostas. Preceding the program a buffet dinner, $30 per person (2 for $50). Seating limited, reserve early by calling 718-428-5650.

March 17 —Annual Musical Armenia concert sponsored by Eastern Prelacy, 2 pm, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Featured artists: Edvard Pogossian, cello; Cara Pogossian, viola; Vatche Jambazian, piano.

March 23 —Exploring the Eucharist (Soorp Badarak), 10 am to 3 pm at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City. Conducted by Archdeacon Shant Kazanjian, Director of Christian Education of Eastern Prelacy. Registration is required by March 15. For information and registration contact the church office by phone (212-689-5880) or email ( office@stilluminators.org ).

March 30 —ARS Agnouni, Bergen County Chapters and Hamazkayin of New Jersey will present Shadoyan Fashion Couture House, “From Reincarnation to Independence,” a new collection dedicated to the 100 th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia. At Syria Church, 55 Midland Avenue, Paramus, New Jersey, at 6 pm. Copious mezze and wine included. Donation $100; for reservation please contact Silva (201-759-7612); Floria (201-708-5709); or by email arsbergencounty@gmail.com ).

April 12-14 —Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School presents exhibition of artwork by Arthur Pinajian (1914-1999) at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, 630 Second Avenue, New York City. A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit the Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School in Bayside, New York.

May 5 —60 th anniversary of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey. SAVE THE DATE.

May 16-19 —National Representative Assembly of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, hosted by St. Asdvatzadzin Church of Whitinsville, Massachusetts.

June 30-July 7 —Datev Summer Program for youth ages 13-18. The 33 rd annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Christian Studies Program will take place at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). For information, contact the AREC office, 212-689-7810 or arec@armenianprelacy.org .

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

October 19 —Armenian Friends of America present the Annual Hye Kef 5 Dance, featuring The Vosbikians, at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Andover, Massachusetts. Tickets purchased before September 13 will include the Great Venue, Buffet, Vosbikian Band, and five Free raffle tickets. Adults $75; Students 21 and under $65. Specially priced AFA rooms available through September 17. For tickets and information contact: Sharke’ Der Apkarian at 978-808-0598; or John Arzigian at 603-560-3826. Also visit www.ArmeniaFriendsofAmerica.org .

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