March 14, 2019
IN MEMORIAM

His Beatitude Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan
Patriarch of Constantinople
1956—2019
His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan and the Religious and Executive Councils received the news of the passing of His Beatitude Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan, Patriarch of Constantinople, with great sadness. Archbishop Anoushavan sent a letter of condolence to Archbishop Aram Ateshian, locum tenens of the Patriarchate, praising the late Patriarch and describing him as a brave leader who through the example of his own life captured the hearts and minds of his flock as well as non-Armenians.

His Beatitude, the 84 th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, died Friday, March 8 in Istanbul’s Armenian Soorp Pirgich Hospital where he was being cared for. He was 62 years old. He was elected Patriarch in 1998 and withdrew from his duties in 2008 due to his progressive illness.

The funeral and anointing service will take place on Sunday, March 17, at Kumkapi Mother Church. Interment will take place in Shishli Armenian Cemetery.

His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan announced that all Eastern Prelacy churches will offer special requiem services this Sunday, March 17, for the repose of the soul of the late Patriarch.

May our risen Lord remember his faithful servant.
CATHOLICOSATE PLANS CONFERENCE ON THE
ARMENIAN PRESS IN JULY
The Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia has announced plans for a pan-Armenian conference devoted to the Armenian Press as part of the year-long commemoration of the Year of the Armenian Press that was proclaimed by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I in January.

The conference will take place July 2, 3, and 4, at the Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon. The conference will have a pan-Armenian focus and editors and journalists from Armenian, Artsakh, and the Diaspora are invited to participate. The conference will focus on the current challenges facing the Armenian Press, as well as other relevant topics such as the ways and means of working together, the use of modern technology, the role of social media in the world of reporting, and today’s struggles facing the Armenian print press.

Those wishing to participate in the conference should contact Mr. Khachig Dedeyan at the Catholicosate no later than April 15 by email ( info@armenianorthodoxchurch.org ) or telephone (+961 4 410001).

MUSICAL ARMENIA 2019
Musical Armenia concert is this Sunday! 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. Piogossian 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).

BIBLE READINGS
Bible readings for Sunday, March 17 , Third Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Prodigal Son, are: Isaiah 54:11-55:13; 2 Corinthians 6:1-7; Luke 15:1-32.


Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to make merry.

“Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf! And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’” (Luke 15:1-32)

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As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.

Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship is there between light and darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and of spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 6:1-7:1)

ST. CYRIL OF JERUSALEM
This Saturday, March 16, the Armenian Church commemorates St. Cyril (315-386) of Jerusalem, a doctor of the church. St. Cyril had a pleasant and conciliatory disposition, however he lived at a time when bishops were embroiled in bitter controversies and were quick to condemn any attempts at compromise, even calling such attempts as treason. Sixteen years of his thirty-five years as a bishop were spent in exile. When a famine hit Jerusalem, he sold some of the possessions of the church to raise money for the poor starving people. He was condemned for selling church property and banished. His best known work that has survived, “The Catechetical Lectures,” is believed to be one of the earliest systematic accounts of Christian theology. The lectures consist of an introductory lecture, followed by eighteen lectures on the Christian faith that were used during Lent for those preparing to be baptized on Easter, and five lectures on the sacraments to be used after Easter. The lectures have been translated into many languages, including English and Armenian, and are noted for their presentation of the Christian faith in a positive light and maintaining a balance between correct belief and holy action.

Thousands of pilgrims would come to Jerusalem for Holy Week. Cyril instituted the liturgical forms for that week as they were observed in Jerusalem. A detailed account of Holy Week observances in Jerusalem in the fourth century is available thanks to a woman named Egeria (Etheria), believed to be a Spanish nun, who made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and kept a journal describing the liturgical practices at the various holy sites.
SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
Our journey through Great Lent continues. This Sunday, March 17, is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. The parable of the prodigal son shows God’s fatherly love and eagerness to forgive those who repent (See the Gospel reading above).

Light from light, generation and down, you came to seek out the wondering sheep of our nature which you carried together with the cross on your shoulder; purify us also from our sins.

Holiest of the holy, purifier of those who exist, you swept your house, purified the world from sins and having found your image in it you renewed it, renew us also from our ancient sins.

With the prodigal son we cry out to you, tender-hearted Father, we have sinned against heaven and before you, the purifier from sins; come out with love to meet us, embrace us with a kiss and purify us from our sins.

Holy Mother of God, fountain of life which flowed from the heavenly Eden, which watered the thirsting earth with the Spirit’s wisdom, pray that we may be given a fountain of tears for the cleansing of our sins.

(From the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church for the Third Sunday of Lent, Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
PRELACY’S LENTEN PROGRAM CONTINUES
The second of a six-part Lenten Program took place last night, March 13, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City. The Program included a short church service at 7:00 pm followed by a lecture at 7:30, and a table fellowship at 8:00pm, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, the Prelate.

The topic last night was “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12) and was presented by Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church (Douglaston, NY). Due to technical issues yesterday’s lecture was not live streamed. You can watch it here .
JOIN US NEXT WEDNESDAY EVENING
Next Wednesday, March 20, Rev. Fr. Vahan Kouyoumdjian, visiting clergy at St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church (New Britain, CT), will lecture on “Hearing and Understanding.”

EXPLORING THE EUCHARIST
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 ). 

SALT AND LIGHT
PROVIDENCE’S STS. VARTANANTZ CHURCH LAUNCHES
“SALT & LIGHT” YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAM
A group photo of the youth, parents, and members of the local youth ministry committee.
Annie Ohanessian, the Prelacy’s Director of Youth Ministry, presents a comprehensive view of the program to parents and youth.
The youth and the director exchange ideas and questions.
Anticipation and excitement were in the air last Friday evening as families gathered in Fermanian Hall for the launch of the Sts. Vartanantz Church "Salt and Light" Youth Ministry in Providence, Rhode Island.
After greetings and a blessing from the pastor Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, teens, parents, grandparents, siblings and the Youth Ministry team enjoyed a delicious Lenten dinner of pizza and salad together. After the meal Der Hayr offered an overview of the program and stressed its importance in the life of the teens of our church. He then introduced Annie Ovanessian, the Prelacy Director of Youth Ministry, who travelled to Providence to assist with the launch. Annie presented a more in-depth view of the program and answered parents' questions, while the teens and group leaders went downstairs to the new Youth Center for some fun icebreakers and Q &A’s. Then, Der Hayr and Annie met with the teens, while the group leaders talked with the parents. The evening concluded with dessert and the same sense of hope and joy with which it began.
Der Kapriel noted, “It is a great blessing to be able to offer our young people an innovative program that helps them to grow closer to Christ and His Church, and to walk by faith in the world. Please remember to include ‘Salt and Light’ in your prayers.”

REGISTER NOW FOR DATEV SUMMER PROGRAM
We are pleased to announce that plans are underway for the 33 rd annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Program, a unique Christian educational program for youth ages 13-18. Sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the weeklong program will be held at St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from June 30 to July 7, 2019. For information and registration, please click here .

NEWS FROM OUR PARISHES. . .
“UNDERSTANDING THE DIVINE LITURGY” IN PROVIDENCE
Rev. Fr. Kapriel is presenting a series of weekly lectures “Understanding the Divine Liturgy” during the Lenten season.
Archdeacon Hagop Khatchadourian demonstrates the procedure of vesting as he vests subdeacon Andrew Bagdasarian
Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, pastor of Sts. Vartanantz Church in Providence, Rhode Island, began his weekly series of Lenten presentations this week on “Understanding the Divine Liturgy,” sponsored by the Christian Education Committee (CEC) of Sts. Vartanantz Church. Der Hayr began by providing background information regarding the Divine Liturgy, or Soorp Badarak , going back to the Last Supper and how the service evolved over time. He explained that Soorp Badark means “Holy Sacrifice” and that it is best viewed as one long continuous prayer that requires the participation of the people, along with the priest and deacons. He explained that participation in the Soorp Badarak is central to drawing closer to God and to one another. As Der Hayr progressed with his background of the Divine Liturgy, he went on to the very beginning of the service. Soorp Badarak begins with the vesting of the celebrant, immediately following the morning service. In order to illustrate all the parts of the priest’s vestments, Archdeacon Hagop Khatchadourian vested Subdeacon Andrew Bagdasarian, much to everyone’s delight. Der Hayr explained the significance of each piece of the vestments, along with the readings that accompany them, pointing out their Biblical significance. Afterwards, the nearly 60 parishioners in attendance enjoyed a lovely fellowship provided by the CEC and expressed how much they are looking forward to the continuation of the series and learning more about our beautiful Soorp Badarak . The presentations will continue each Monday evening during Lent at 7 pm. Der Kapriel emphasized that attendance at each session is not necessary in order to understand what is being discussed. All are welcome to attend as many of the sessions as possible.
ST. SARKIS LADIES GUILD IN MICHIGAN PUBLISHES COOKBOOK
The Ladies Guild of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Dearborn, Michigan, has published a new Armenian cookbook titled “It Took a Village.” The vinyl covered loose-leaf book presents a great many recipes divided into categories and is accompanied with color photographs. Contains recipes handed down from family members in the community, as well as a history of the Detroit Armenian community. The last section of the book is titled “Our Traditions” and contains a lot of information about holidays and traditions. The price of the book is $25.00 plus shipping and handling ($5.00 in USA). To order or for more information contact St. Sarkis Church, 19300 Ford Road, Dearborn, Michigan 48128; telephone 313-336-6200; Web site: www.saintsarkis.org .
A TRIBUTE TO AZNAVOUR 
Berge Turabian presents Aznavour’s song at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.
Last Friday Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural and Educational Society of New York with the collaboration of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, hosted a cultural event dedicated to Charles Aznavour, one of the world’s most celebrated singers of popular songs, and a lifelong advocate for Armenian issues. More than 150 people enjoyed this special evening at the Cathedral.

The event was opened by Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, who invited the audience to observe a minute of silence in honor of the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan, of blessed memory, who passed away earlier that day.

Dr. Herand Markarian introduced Aznavour's career with a Power Point presentation entitled "A Perspective of Life." Singer and songwriter Berge Turabian interpreted Aznavour's songs in French and Armenian. Mr. Turabian is a well known figure in the Armenian community of New York. Born in Egypt and raised in Armenia, in the 1970s he was among the wave of chansoniers (poet songwriters) emerging in Armenia. He has six albums to his credit and has had concerts in Armenia, the United States, Canada, France, and other places with Armenian communities. Also participating in the tribute were Ms. Loussine Minassian with a dance performance, and Mrs. Lucyn Djirdjirian with a recitation. 

THE FUTURE OF ARMENIAN BOOKS
FOR THE MODERN READER
Haig Norian and Mardig Tcholakian with Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian and Hamazkayin members.
Last Sunday, March 10, Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural and Educational Society of New York, with the collaboration of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, hosted an interesting lecture on the future of Armenian books for the modern reader.

The event was opened by Dr. Herand Markarian, chairman of Hamazkayin, who introduced the master of ceremonies, Mr. Nazareth Markarian, Esq., who then introduced the lecturers, Haig Norian and Mardig Tcholakian.

Haig Norian is an electrical engineer specializing in the design of mixed signal hardware and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has worked on a variety of interdisciplinary engineering projects. In addition he has developed an automated computer script to decipher scans of old Armenian books into unicode text. He also helped found Rosline Press, whose mission is to translate the best and brightest works of world literature into Western Armenian.

Mardig Tcholakian was born in Aleppo, and graduated from Haigazian University in Beirut with a degree in Computer Science. He later received a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD in France. A technologist by background, he has most recently worked in the financial sector. Mr. Tcholakian introduced an app called VLUME that offers a huge selection of Armenian books converted to audio books for anyone who wants to listen or read in Armenian.
Death of Georges Garvarentz 
(March 19, 1993)

French-Armenian composer Georges Garvarentz was a prolific author of music for films and musical collaborator of Charles Aznavour.

He was born Diran Garvarentz on April 1, 1932, in Athens, Greece, to a family of Armenian immigrants. He received his elementary education in his birthplace. His father, poet and teacher Kevork Garvarentz, was a genocide survivor and the author of the well-known “March of the Volunteers” ( Gamavoragan Kayle Yerk) popularly known as Harach Nahadag… ).

After the occupation of Greece by the Axis forces (Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria) in 1941, the terrible economic situation forced the Garvarentz family to move to Italy via Vienna in 1942. They first settled in Venice, and then in Milan (1943). However, after Kevork Garvarentz’s sudden death in 1946, his widow moved to Paris with their two children.

Georges entered the Samuel-Moorat Armenian lyceum in Sevres and later studied at the Paris Conservatory, from where he graduated in 1952.

In 1956 Garvarentz met Charles Aznavour and started writing music for his lyrics. They wrote over 100 songs, including “Prends garde à toi” (1956), “Et pourtant” (1962), “Il faut saisir sa chance” (1962), “Retiens la nuit” (1962), “La plus belle pour aller danser” (1964), “Hier encore” (1964), “Paris au mois d'août” (1966), “Une vie d’amour” (1980). From the 1950s Aznavour and other star singers like Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Dalida, Gilbert Becaud, and Mireille Mathieu, interpreted Garvarentz’s more than 700 songs. His disc “Les plaisirs démodés” was edited in 350 versions and 23 million copies. He won the “Chansonnier” special award in 1964.

In 1965 the composer married Aznavour's sister, Aida Aznavourian, a singer herself.

Garvarentz also composed over 150 film scores, including scores for Un taxi pour Tobrouk (1960), Les Parisiennes (1962), The Devil and the Ten Commandments (1962), Le Rat d’Amérique (1963), That Man in Istanbul (1965), The Sultans (1966), Surcouf, le tigre des sept mers (1966), Triple Cross (1966), The Peking Medallion (1967), Caroline chérie (1968), They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968), The Southern Star (1969), The Heist (1970), Love Me Strangely 1971), Someone Behind the Door (1971), The Pebbles of Etratat (1972), Murder in a Blue World (1973), Killer Force (1976), Teheran 43 (1981), Hambone and Hillie (1983), The Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1983), Too Scared to Scream (1985), Yiddish Connection (1986), A Star for Two (1991), and Catorce estaciones (1991).

He was the author of a musical comedy, Deux anges sont venus, and an operetta, Douchka.

Garvarentz visited Armenia twice, in 1977 and 1988. His collaboration with his brother-in-law Aznavour also reflected their common Armenian roots. In 1975 they composed the song “Ils sont tombés” (They Fell), on the sixtieth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Thirteen years later, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of Armenia in December 1988, they composed “Pour toi, Arménie” (For You, Armenia), gathering a collection of well-known French singers for its release in video. The income from the song was entirely destined to the assistance for the victims.

In 1991 Garvarentz suffered a heart attack and his precarious health, which took him from one hospital to the other, did not stop him from composing. He passed away on March 19, 1993, at the hospital of Aubagne, near Marseilles.
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s website ( www.armenianprelacy.org ).
THE SYRIAN ARMENIAN COMMUNITY
BEGINS TO REBUILD
 
The fighting and bombs have stopped. Now the difficult process of rebuilding has started.
Please continue to keep the Armenian community in Syria in your prayers and pocket books.

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WEEKLY REFLECTION
In this week's reflection, Rev. Fr. Stephan Baljian, Pastor of St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of Merrimack Valley meditates upon this Sunday's bible reading from the gospel of Luke 15:1-32. To watch this week's reflection, click below:n
"MARCH FOR JUSTICE"
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
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 .
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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.

March 17 —Annual Musical Armenia concert sponsored by Eastern Prelacy and Prelacy Ladies Guild, 2 pm, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Featured artists: Edvard Pogossian, cello; Cara Pogossian, viola; Vatche Jambazian, piano. Tickets ($25): Carnegie Hall Box Office 212-247-7800 or Prelacy office 212-689-7810.

March 23 —Exploring the Eucharist (Soorp Badarak), 10 am to 3 pm at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, NYC. Conducted by Archdeacon Shant Kazanjian, Director Christian Education / Eastern Prelacy. Registration by March 15. Contact: church office, 212-689-5880 or office@stilluminators.org .

March 23 —Introduction of Prelacy Young Couples Club, hosted by Vahe and Talyn Chaglasian in Upper Saddle River, NJ. For information: 212-689-7810.

March 24 —Ladies Guild of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, NJ, annual Lenten Luncheon after Holy Badarak. Enjoy Vospov Kufteh, Iman Bayildi, Plaki, plus desserts. For information: church office (201-943-2950).

March 29 —Town hall meeting with Armenian Defense Minister Mr. Davit Tonoyan, presented by Embassy of Armenia to United States, 6:30 pm, Kavookjian Auditorium, Diocese of the Armenian Church, 630 Second Avenue, NYC. RSVP to rsvp.armembassyusa@mfa.am .

March 28 to April 7 —Armenian Relief Society, Agnouni, Bergen County Armenouhie, Shakeh & Spitak chapters of New Jersey Online Auction to benefit the ARS Endowment Fund. For information:  arseusaauction@gmail.com .

March 30 —ARS Agnouni, Bergen County, and Hamazkayin of NJ present “From Reincarnation to Independence,” a new collection by Shadoyan Fashion Couture, dedicated to the 100 th anniversary of the First Armenian Republic. At the Syrian Church, 55 Midland Ave., Paramus, NJ, at 6 pm. For information: arsbergencounty@gmail.com ).

April 7 —Finding Our Roots: A Genealogy Presentation by George Aghjayan, Director of Armenian Historical Archives, author, genealogy researcher, at 1 pm, luncheon followed by presentation. St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, MA. Information: Audrey Guzelian 617-731-6051.

April 7 —85 th anniversary and banquet, St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Divine Liturgy at 10 am, celebrated by Archbishop Anoushavan. For information: stgregorymass@yahoo.com .

April 7 —Book Presentation in English and Armenian, “Acknowledgment and Condemnation: The Trials of Young Turks in 1919-1921 and 1926.” Hosted by St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and Hamazkayin (Eastern Region), 1 pm at the Cathedral’s Pashalian Hall. The author Dr. Meline Anumyan will speak. Information: 212-689-5880.

April 12-14 —Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School presents exhibition of artwork by Arthur Pinajian at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, 630 Second Avenue, NYC. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Holy Martyrs School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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