February 27, 2020
CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF STS. VARTANANTZ
STS. VARTANANTZ CHURCH (RIDGEFIELD, NJ)
Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian's liturgical activity in the week of the Sts. Vartanantz holiday began on Thursday, February 20, when he celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at Sts. Vartanantz Church of Ridgefield, New Jersey. As it is tradition, the students of the Hovnanian School participated in the Divine Liturgy and took the communion on the occasion of the patron saints of the church. During a reception following the liturgy, the students presented a program dedicated to the Feast of Sts. Vartanantz. 
A short clip of a performance by the students of Hovnanian School during their annual visit to Sts. Vartanantz (Ridgefield, NJ) on the occasion of the feast of patron saints of the church.
STS. VARTANANTZ CHURCH (PROVIDENCE, RI)
On Sunday, February 23, the Prelate, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Sts. Vartanantz Church of Providence, Rhode Island, on the feast of the name of the church. During the Divine Liturgy, he ordained Shant Eghian, Arees Khatchadourian, and Dr. Ari Nalbandian as deacons. The Liturgy was followed by the annual Vartanantz Day Celebration Dinner.

The ordination conferred a special significance to this Vartanantz Day, which attracted the entire community, including the Sunday School, Mourad Armenian School and Homenetmen.

The ceremony began with the three candidates ascending the altar on their knees as Der Kapriel Nazarian asked the Prelate to ordain them. By placing his hands on the deacons’ heads, Archbishop Anoushavan bestowed the authority to read from the Gospel and present the Eucharistic bread and wine to the Der Hayr during the Liturgy. During the ceremony, His Eminence invoked the memory of Saint Stephen, the first deacon in the Christian Church.

Following the ordination service, Srpazan Anoushavan delivered a sermon encouraging the deacons to continue their lifelong commitment to serving their church and Armenian heritage. He reminded the community of the heroic sacrifice of St. Vartan and his followers and to never compromise our Christian values to the false standards of the world.
Archbishop Anoushavan with Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, altar servers and choir of Sts. Vartanantz church after the divine liturgy.
At the lunch offered by the Ladies’ Guild and Mens’ Club, Board Chairman Jason Simonian welcomed the public, extending warm wishes to His Eminence and congratulating the newly ordained deacons.

During the dinner, in keeping with His Holiness Aram’s proclamation of 2020 as Year of Armenians with Special Needs, Manoog Kaprielian, Joyce Yeremian, and Armand Kibarian were honored with Prelacy Certificates for their dedicated work in helping those with both physical and emotional needs . Mr. Kaprielian was recognized for his work with survivors of the 1988 Spitak Earthquake and the war with Azerbaijan; Ms. Yeremian, for her work with Armenian refugees fleeing war, and Mr. Kibarian, for his work with the homeless and needy in the local community, in particular at the Providence Rescue Mission. 

His Eminence joined by Der Kapriel, altar servers and Homenetmen scouts.
From left to right: Jason Simonian, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Armand Kibarian, Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, Archbishop Anoushavan, Joyce Yeremian and Manoog Kaprielian   
The students of the Mourad Armenian School then presented a short program of songs and poems commemorating the bravery of St. Vartan and his soldiers, under the direction of music director Raffi Rachdouni. At the end of the program, Der Kapriel shared his thoughts with the public and introduced Archbishop Anoushavan, who offered the closing remarks, commending the Providence community for its strength and resilience after its almost eighty year existence.
Students of Mourad School of Sts. Vartanantz Church (Providence, RI) perform a song on the occasion of the Feast of Sts. Vartanantz.
ROLE OF DEACONS IS DISCUSSED AT ST. SARKIS SEMINAR
Under the auspices of Archbishop Anoushavan, the Religious Council of the Armenian Prelacy organized a seminar on Saturday, February 22, with a focus on the order of deacons. The seminar was hosted by St. Sarkis Church of Douglaston, NY, with the participation of deacons and subdeacons from the mid-Atlantic region: Soorp Khatch Church (Bethesda, MD), Sts. Vartanantz Church (Ridgefield, NJ), Holy Cross Church (Troy, NY), Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral (New York), and the host church. 

After a morning church service in the sanctuary, Archbishop Anoushavan welcomed all present and expressed his joy to see a large number of participants who fulfill their service to the church with devotion. In the first presentation of the day, Fr. Nareg Terterian, Pastor of St. Sarkis Church, spoke about “The Role of the Deacon in the Life of the Church.” Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral (New York), walked participants through Sunrise and Vesper Services. Following a midday church service, the Ladies Guild of St. Sarkis Church hosted a lunch. The second session began with a lecture on “Armenian Hymns, Origin and Development,” by V. Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian, Vicar General and Pastor of Sts. Vartanantz Church, followed by a workshop on Divine Liturgy conducted by Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor of Soorp Khatch Church. The seminar concluded with the evening service.
 
Participating deacons responded enthusiastically to the brush-up course and provided positive feedback.  The next regional seminar will be held in All Saints Church (Glenview, IL) on March 21, 2020, followed by a general seminar for all deacons serving the  Eastern Prelacy churches, which will take place on June 12-13, 2020 at Sts. Vartanantz Church (Ridgefield, NJ) and St. Illuminator's Cathedral (New York).
PRELATE ATTENDS RECEPTION
AT ARMENIAN MISSION TO THE UN
From left to right: Col. Tigran Hovhannisyan, Counsellor, Military Adviser; Archbishop Anoushavan; Col. Karol Lucan, Military Adviser of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the UN, and Mrs. Alisa Altunyan, Col. Hovhannisyan's wife.
On the evening of February 19, Archbishop Anoushavan attended a reception hosted by the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the UN to mark the 28 th anniversary of Armenia's Armed Forces. The Prelate expressed his congratulations on this important anniversary and highlighted the importance of the armed forces as a component of the Armenian identity, not only in Armenia but also in the Diaspora.

DON’T MISS 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 your chance to become acquainted with distinguished and emerging Armenian artists who are making their name on the global stage. Now into its 37 th edition, Musical Armenia this year showcases three outstanding artists: pianist Tatev Amiryan, vocalist Anna Hayrapetyan, and cellist Laura Navasardian.

The New York Times reports that in the 2020-21 season the New York Philharmonic will perform works by Mary Kouyoumdjian, the composer who participated in our program in 2018.

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. Many of our performers have established solid professional careers.

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 , March 1, Second Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Expulsion  are: Isaiah 33:2-22; Romans 12:1-13:10; Matthew 5:17-48.
Romans 12:1-13:10
 
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to pr esent your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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

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

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due them—taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.


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Matthew 5:17-48

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

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

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

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

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

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” 
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
SAINT THEODORE THE WARRIOR
Theodore the warrior
This Saturday, February 29, the Armenian Church commemorates St. Theodore the Warrior, a captain in the Roman army during the reign of Emperor Licinius. Theodore was born into a Christian family and was educated in the teachings of the faith. He was noted for his bravery and was especially remembered for killing a serpent that was terrorizing people and animals. Theodore armed himself with a sword, and with a prayer to the Lord vanquished the serpent and became a heroic figure. He was appointed commander of Heraclea where he combined his military duties with the preaching of the Gospel. Soon nearly all of Heraclea had accepted Christianity. Emperor Licinius began a campaign against the Christians, and Theodore was a main target. He was arrested and given an opportunity to renounce his Christian faith, which he refused to. He was martyred in 319 A.D. in Heraclea, Thrace.

SUNDAY OF THE EXPULSION
As of Monday, we entered the period of Great Lent ( Medz Bahk ), and the Church has taken on a somber, mournful, and penitential manifestation. The altar is closed, symbolic of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden (See Genesis, chapters 2 and 3). Holy Communion is not offered during the liturgy. It is a period of repentance and reflection on our spiritual journey toward Easter.

Each of the Sundays during Lent has a theme. This Sunday is the Sunday of the Expulsion ( Ardaksman Giragi ). The message of this day is a continuation of last Sunday’s Paregentan theme, namely, Adam and Eve’s fall from grace and banishment from Paradise. The hymn sung on the second Sunday of Lent reminds us of the expulsion and invites us to repentance.

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

GREAT LENT BEGAN MONDAY
Great Lent ( Medz Bahk or Karasnortk ), which began on Monday, is the longest of the fasts in the liturgical calendar. It begins on the Monday immediately following Paregentan and continues for 40 days until the Friday before the commemoration of the raising of Lazarus on the Saturday before Palm Sunday. A new period of fasting is observed during Holy Week.

Great Lent, a time of prayer, penance, abstinence, and devotion, is a very personal spiritual journey that is based on the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness following his baptism. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was famished.” (Matthew 4:1-2)

SOCIAL EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS DURING LENT
Because Lent is a time of prayer, meditation, and introspection in preparation of the resurrection of our Lord, social events and celebrations (including weddings) are not scheduled during Lent. Our faithful and all church affiliated organizations are urged to respect this tradition when planning events.
FR. SAHAG INAUGURATES PRELACY LENTEN PROGRAM 
The first of a six-part Lenten Program took place last night, February 26, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City, with a lecture by the Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian on “Caring for People with Special Needs and the Bible.”

Cosponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) and the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s, the Lenten Program included an abridged Husgoom service from 7:00-7;30pm, followed by a lecture from 7:30-8:00pm, and concluded with a table fellowship, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate.

Last night’s lecture was live-streamed. If you missed it, click here to watch it .
THIS WEEK’S REFLECTION
In this week's reflection, Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church of Indian Orchard, MA, delivers a message i n preparation of this Sunday: "The Sunday of Expulsion."

REGISTER FOR THE 34TH ANNUAL DATEV SUMMER INSTITUTE
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 Moushegh * who is sponsored by Vahe and Hasmig Dombalagian.  
Dear Sponsor,

This is Moushegh. I am 9 years old. I have a twin brother. Our family is comprised of twelve people. I have six brothers, four sisters, and one grandmother.

I go to school. I like to play soccer. I want to become a professional soccer player. I wish for all children to have a family. I want my grandmother to never be sick. I want my brothers and sisters to do well in school. I want to be a good student too and have a good job later.

Until the next time,

Moushegh

* 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. 
SPONSOR A COLLEGE STUDENT IN ARMENIA
The St. Nerses the Great Charitable and Social Organization (Medsn Nerses) is now supporting its beneficiaries who pursue college education: now the young who reach the age limit of 18 will receive aid that may be vital for their careers.
 
The College Sponsorship Program is being implemented in 2020. 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.
 
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 or 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
PANEL ON BILINGUALISM AT HARVARD
St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (Watertown, Ma.), along with the Harvard Armenian Student Association, co-sponsors a panel discussion presented by the NAASR/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues entitled “Bilingualism: Challenges and Benefits of Learning and Living in Multiple Worlds.” The program will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at Harvard University, Science Center, Auditorium A, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA. It is free and open to the public.

The discussion will be led by moderator Dr. Anna Ohanyan (Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Stonehill College) and will feature Dr. Lisa Gulesserian (Preceptor on Armenian Studies, Harvard University), Dr. Vartan Matiossian (Executive Director, Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Church), and Dr. María Luisa Parra-Velasco (Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University). It will deal with the value of bilingual education, looking at experiences of other ethnic communities in the U.S. and around the world, with a particular focus on the specificities of the Armenian experience, including the special challenges facing Western Armenian, the fruitful cohabitation of Western and Eastern Armenian, and the specific challenges of researching and teaching the Armenian language.

During the panel discussion, portions of the St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School documentary “Armenian Bilingualism in America: Preserving Language & Identity” will be shown.
“ARMENIA AND SOVIET-TURKISH RELATIONS IN DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS, 1945-1946”

ARMAN J. KIRAKOSSIAN, ed.

The collection of diplomatic documents in this book covers an insufficiently researched period of Soviet-Turkish relations, when the Soviet government in 1945 proposed—as a precondition for a new treaty between Turkey and the Soviet Union—the return, by Turkey, of the Kars and Ardahan regions. While numerous works of research address the history of the Armenian Question and Soviet-Turkish relations, no single academic publication has covered the issue comprehensively. This edition aims to fill that gap in historical research.
Copies of this book may be purchased from the Prelacy Bookstore ( books@armenianprelacy.org   or 212-689-7810)
Birth of Rupen Sevag (February 28, 1885)

Rupen Chilingirian was born on February 28, 1885, in the village of Silivri (Eastern Thrace), near Constantinople. He received his elementary education at the Askanazian school and then at the lyceum of Bardizag until 1901, when he moved to Constantinople. He graduated from the prestigious Berberian School in 1905, when he published his first poem, “Parting Words,” and adopted the pen name Rupen Sevag ( sevag meaning “black eyes”). He would become mostly known as a lyrical poet, characterized by freshness and precision of language. He contributed to many publications in the Ottoman capital and abroad.

Sevag pursued medical studies at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). The double massacre of Adana, with 30,000 victims in April 1909, influenced the work of the young poet, who also issued warnings about the impending danger over his compatriots. In 1910, he published his first collection of poetry, aptly entitled The Red Book, where he also touched upon the themes of social injustice, complaint, and rebellion.

He met Helene (Yanni) Apell, the daughter of a Prussian official. They married in 1910 at the Armenian church of Paris and returned to Lausanne. Rupen Sevag graduated in 1911 and worked for the next three years as an assistant physician at a local hospital and a clinic. His son Levon (1912-2005) was born in the Swiss city. In 1914, he decided to go back to Constantinople, where his daughter Shamiram (1914-2016) was born. After the Ottoman Empire entered the war, he was mobilized and served as a military doctor at the barracks of Makriköy.

In 1915, he gave lectures at the course of nursery organized by Armenian doctors. Three days after his daughter’s baptism, he was arrested on the fatidic night of April 24, 1915, and deported to Cangırı, in the region of Ankara, with many other intellectuals.
When in Cangırı, Sevag cured the daughter of Arabaji Ismail, a Turkish chetteh (bandit). Ismail advised him to marry his daughter and convert to Islam to save his life, but he rejected the offer. The many letters and addresses his wife and his father-in-law sent to the Foreign Ministry of Germany and the German ambassadors in Sofia and Constantinople were in vain.

On August 26, 1915, Rupen Sevag and fellow poet and friend Taniel Varoujan, together with three other Armenians, were dispatched to Ayaş, the other place where Armenian intellectuals had been exiled. Six hours into the route, in a place called Tuney, they were ambushed by a party of Turkish chetteh s organized by the local secretary of the Ittihad Party and savagely murdered. Rupen Sevag was the last to be killed.

His wife Yanni took her children and returned to Lausanne in October 1915. Aware of German complicity in the genocide, she tried to distance them from the German identity and forbade them to speak German.

Rupen Sevag had planned to gather his poems in three collections, but this project was scuttled by his tragic fate. His poems, as well as his pieces of prose belonging to the series Pages Taken from a Doctor’s Diary , remained scattered in the press and were posthumously collected.

A school of Yerevan was renamed after the poet in 1995. The Rupen Sevag Museum was inaugurated in Holy Echmiadzin in 2013. 
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site ( www.armenianprelacy.org ). 
FROM OUR ARCHIVES...
Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian presents the annual “Spirit of Armenia” award to the Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., during the National Representative Assembly (NRA) on May 15, 1993, in Washington, DC, hosted by Soorp Khatch Church, Bethesda, Maryland. His Eminence also presented the honoree with a copy of the recently published “Armenian Art” book by Patrick Donabedian and Jean-Michel Thierry, jointly sponsored by Harry Abrams and the Eastern Prelacy.

NEW SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR CROSSROADS
Please send your inquiries and comments (English and/or Armenian) to crossroads@armenianprelacy.org . Please take note that the deadline for submitting items for Crossroads has changed. The deadline for submission is on Tuesday evenings.

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.

WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT OR SUGGESTION 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.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 ( Calendar items may be edited to conform to space and style )
March 1, 2020   – “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   —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 5 — “Bilingualism: Challenges and Benefits of Learning and Living in Multiple Worlds,” a panel discussion presented by the NAASR/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues, at 7:30 p.m. at Harvard University, Science Center, Auditorium A, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA. The event is free and open to the public. (See more details in “From our Schools” section above).
 
March 14   —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).
 
March 14   —Armenian Prelacy Pillars' events at St. Asdvadzadzin Armenian Apostolic Church of Whitinsville, MA and Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church of Worcester, MA.
 
March 15   —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   —“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.
 
March 29   —ARS Shakeh Chapter of New Jersey presents Kev Orkian. 4:00 pm Abajian Hall, St. Leon's Church, Fair Lawn, NJ.
 
April 4 —Consecration of the cross of the newly built dome of the Church of St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of North Andover, MA.
 
April 4   —Prelacy Parish Partnership event at St. Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church of Watertown, MA.
 
May 13-16   —National Representative Assembly (NRA) of the Eastern Prelacy hosted by St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic 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 17 —Save the date. Following Divine Liturgy, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral will host a talk by academic and author Rubina Peroomian.
 
May 31   —Save the date. St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, Douglaston, New York, 30   th   Anniversary Banquet.
 
June 28—July 5   —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   .
 
October 4 —Save the date. St. Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church of New Britain, CT, 95th Anniversary Banquet.
 
November 15   —Save the date. The Eastern Prelacy's Annual Thanksgiving Banquet.
 
November 28   —Save the date. Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church 80   th   Anniversary Celebration. Under the Auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian. Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island. More details to follow.


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