March 28, 2019
YOUNG ADULT COUPLES CONNECT WITH PRELATE
The guests gather around the Prelate and the hosts, Vahe and Talyn Chaglasian.
Archbishop Anoushavan presided over an exceptional event at the home of Vahe and Talyn Chaglasian in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, on Saturday, March 23. The theme of the evening, “The Prelacy of the People,” was designed to bring members of the community together, especially young couples, to discuss new ideas and programs to keep families and the youth involved in the Armenian Church.
 
A video about Prelacy projects, prepared by the Prelacy’s communications department, showcased the Prelacy’s local, national and international programs that led to many questions and suggestion that the Prelate happily answered and noted for consideration and action. The intimate and beautiful setting of the Chaglasian home encouraged the guests to express their willingness and desire to help the Prelacy and the Church. For example, one of the ideas expressed was to make more of an effort to engage our youth and young families in the social media age where online presence is critical. Archbishop Anoushavan agreed and said there are plans to have more educational and entertaining offerings online. He also stated that the Prelacy staff actively maintains its various social media accounts and he encouraged everyone to “like” and “follow” the Eastern Prelacy on Facebook and Instagram, as well as sign up to receive the Prelacy’s weekly e-newsletter, Crossroads .
 
Guests from New York and New Jersey, as well as from the Philadelphia community, attended the evening and pledged to help organize similar events in their communities to continue the dialogue and encourage more young families to get involved.
 
Archbishop Anoushavan thanked Talyn and Vahe for organizing this successful inaugural event and thanked them for their initiative and leadership by presenting them a Certificate of Merit. The text of the certificate reads, in part, “Thank you for your devotion to the future of the Armenian Prelacy and your support of its mission of service.”
 
As the evening came to an end, the Prelate and the hosts expressed the hope that this evening would be the first of many such events to encourage open conversation and dialogue.
 
Archbishop Anoushavan presents a Certificate of Merit to Vahe and Talyn Chaglasian, hosts of last Saturday evening’s gathering of young couples.
PRELATE WILL ATTEND TOWN HALL MEETING
Archbishop Anoushavan will attend the Town Hall Meeting on 6:30 Friday evening, March 29, featuring Armenia’s Defense Minister, Mr. Davit Tonoyan. The evening is sponsored by the Embassy of Armenia to the United States and will take place in Kavookjian Auditorium at the Diocesan Center on Second Avenue, New York City. Admission is open but RSVP is necessary: RSVP to rsvp.armembassyusa@mfa.am .

Archbishop Anoushavan will welcome the Defense Minister and the Ambassador to St. Illuminator’s Cathedral on Saturday morning, March 30.

PRELATE WILL PRESIDE IN NEW JERSEY SUNDAY;
ATTEND ECUMENICAL SERVICES IN LONG ISLAND
Archbishop Anoushavan will preside over the Lenten Divine Liturgy and Arevakal service at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey. His Eminence will offer the opening prayer of the parish’s membership meeting that will take place after the conclusion of the religious services.
Later in the afternoon, His Eminence will travel to Long Island to participate in the St. Thomas Ecumenical Federation of North America’s “Inauguration of Activities 2019 and World Day of Prayer” at Salem Marthoma Church in Dix Hills, New York.

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).
PRELATE CONGRATULATES DIRECTOR
Archbishop Anoushavan congratulates Karine Kocharian following the performance of Charley’s Aunt in Mahwah, New Jersey, last Saturday evening. Ms. Kocharian was the director of the performance that was co-produced by Vladimir Kocharian Theatrical Group and the Voice of Armenians TVNY. The Prelate, who had a prior engagement earlier in the evening, was able to attend the second act of the performance.

MUSICAL ARMENIA ‘36, A STUNNING SUCCESS

BY FLORENCE AVAKIAN
A sell-out crowd on Sunday, March 17 was treated to an afternoon of outstanding music-making by three young professional artists of concert caliber, violist Cara Pogossian, cellist Edvard Pogossian, and pianist Vatche Jambazian. It was the 36 th anniversary of Musical Armenia , held at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, under the sponsorship of Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy, and the Prelacy Ladies Guild.

The performance started with a technically difficult Bach seven movement Suite played a cappell a by Cara Pogossian, a gifted scholarship student at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music, displaying her technical prowess, poise and self-confidence.

The program continued with a sweeping, elegiac Beethoven Sonata with the three artists playing together as one, with exceptional virtuosity. Included in the performance were several Armenian composers, including the master of the Armenian musical spirit, Komitas Vartabed.

Before playing the works of Komitas, Edvard Pogossian addressed the audience, expressing the appreciation of the three artists, and poignantly saying, “We grew up listening and playing the music of Komitas.”

The plaintive quality as well as the joyful spirit of the beloved “ Yerkinkn Ampela ” was especially noteworthy. Another Armenian favorite was “ Ay Vart ” by Aleksandr Spendiaryan.

Contemporary Armenian composers were also featured, including Tigran Mansurian’s meditative “Four Hayrens”, and Edvard Mirzoyan’s evocative “Sonata for Cello and Piano” displaying the blending of Armenian contemporary and spiritual motifs. . . To read the entire review click here .
BIBLE READINGS
Bible readings for Sunday, March 31 , Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Judge, are: Isaiah 65:8-25; Philippians 3:1-4:9; Luke 17:20-18:14


Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me, and for you it is a safeguard.
 
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh!” For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh—even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh.
 
If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
 
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
 
Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.
 
Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthy things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
 
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
 
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 3:1-4:9)


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Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”
 
Then he said to the disciple, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man.
 
They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot; they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all of them—it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.” Then they asked them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
 
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’ And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
 
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”  (Luke 17:20-18:14)
 
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
SUNDAY OF THE JUDGE
We are now more than halfway through Great Lent (yesterday was Michink , the median day of Lent). This Sunday, March 31, is the Sunday of the Judge ( Datavori Kiraki ). The Gospel reading for this day is the parable told by Jesus about a widow and a judge (see reading above). The judge in the parable is seen as hard-headed and without principles, fear of God, or compassion for people. A widow in the same town has been ill-treated and she has come to the judge for justice. Although her cause is just, the judge does not pay attention to her case. However, she is persistent and she makes the same appeal again and again until at last the judge decides to see she receives justice. He does this not because he cares about justice, but because he wants to be rid of the widow. The message of this parable is that we must persist in our pursuit of righteousness and justice with the confidence that perseverance (especially in prayer) will be rewarded.
FORTY MARTYRS OF SEBASTIA
This Saturday, March 30, the Armenian Church remembers the Forty Martyrs of Sebastia. Although the backgrounds and identities of the forty young soldiers are not known, it is believed they came from Lesser Armenia and served in the Roman army. According to St. Basil of Caesarea, forty Christian soldiers refused to worship the Roman emperor while stationed in Sebastia in Armenia in 320. They remained faithful to their Christian faith. The soldiers were tried and condemned to death by stoning. Miraculously, when the sentence was being carried out, the stones would not reach the condemned soldiers, but would instead bounce back striking those throwing the stones. The soldiers were then thrown into a frozen lake and forced to stay there unless they renounced their faith. Warm baths were prepared for anyone who would recant. Of the forty, only one gave up. When he did, another soldier, moved by the example of the suffering Christians, declared himself a Christian and took the apostate’s place. All forty died.
 
Some of our great Church Fathers like Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, Ephraim the Assyrian, and Sisian of Sebastia, wrote panegyrics about the forty martyrs, who are remembered each year during Lent on the Saturday following the median day of Lent. The Armenians have built and named churches in memory of the Forty Martyrs in various parts of the world.
THE SUNRISE SERVICE ( AREVAKAL )
On many occasions we have expressed our personal appreciation of the Armenian Church’s Sunrise ( Arevakal ) service that is offered during Lent. Traditionally the service takes place on Wednesday and Friday mornings during Lent; however, now, especially in the U.S., we celebrate it on Sundays during Lent immediately after the closed-altar Divine Liturgy.
 
A few years ago the Prelacy issued a CD of the hymns of the Sunrise Service. These hymns are spiritually uplifting and rich in musical expression. Included on the CD are the hymns Harevelits, Juknavork, Looys Ararich Looso , and Janabarh , with their variations. The CD comes with a 12-page booklet that includes the words of the hymns in Armenian, transliteration, and translation. Well-known choral director, Haroutioun Odabashian, who has served as choirmaster of Yerevan’s Sourp Sarkis Church, and principle choirmaster of Armenia’s Araratian Diocese, directs the featured choir.
 
The Arevakal CD is available at the Prelacy Bookstore for the special price of $10.00 plus shipping and handling. To place an order, contact the Bookstore by email ( books@armenianprelacy.org ) or by phone (212-689-7810).
SALT & LIGHT YOUTH GROUP
The Salt and Light Youth Group of St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, met last Saturday for a session about the Armenian Liturgy (Badarak). With more than forty young people attending, Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian spoke about the meaning and the importance of the Badarak in the Armenian Church and the Armenian Christian faith.
 
Der Nareg began by introducing the origin of the Badarak, which was the Last Supper Jesus had during Passover with his disciples in the Upper Room. He talked about the Saints who wrote and composed the music of the Badarak. Der Hayr emphasized the importance of attending the Holy Liturgy and receiving Holy Communion.
ANEC DIRECTOR IN ANTELIAS
Dr. Vartan Matiossian, ANEC Director, traveled to Lebanon on an invitation from the Educational Department of the Catholicosate as a guest lecturer on Modern Armenian literature for the courses at the Armenological Center there from March 27 to April 5. Additionally, Dr. Matiossian will lecture at the Antelias Seminary in Bikfaya and Haigazian University, and will also give a public talk.
PRELACY’S LENTEN PROGRAM CONTINUES
The fourth of a six-part Lenten Program took place last night, March 27, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City. The Program included a short church service at 7:00pm 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 “Looys”—An Armenian Religious Periodical and was presented by Archpriest Fr. Nerses Manoogian, pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church (Philadelphia, PA). If you missed the live stream, click here to watch it. 

Next Wednesday, April 3, Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, pastor of Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church of Providence, Rhode Island, will reflect on “ Living the Divine Call of the Cross .”

The Lenten Program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) and the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.
SEMINAR ON SOORP BADARAK AT CATHEDRAL
Archdeacon Shant Kazanjian with the participants of the seminar on the Divine Liturgy.
Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral sponsored a 4-hour seminar on the Soorp Badarak (Divine Liturgy), entitled “Exploring the Eucharist,” last Saturday, March 23. At the Invitation of the Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor, and the Board of Trustees, the seminar was conducted by Archdeacon Shant Kazanjian, Director of Christian Education of the Eastern Prelacy. The program began with a short church service led by Der Mesrob. Fifty people participated.

Dn. Shant started his presentation by providing a basic scriptural foundation for understanding worship and the celebration of the Eucharist ( Soorp Badarak ). He then walked the participants through the service with commentary, guided by short video clips from the Soorp Badarak and a detailed outline of the service, cross-referenced to the Prelacy’s Soorp Badarak Book. The multimedia presentation was interspersed with questions and lively discussions. 
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 SCHOOLS. . .
SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT
ARMENIA’S ECOLOGY
Armenia Tree Project executives with Sunday School students and teachers at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York.
Jeanmarie Papelian, Executive Director of the Armenia Tree Project, thanks Archbishop Anoushavan, who pledged to plant trees in Armenia through the ATP.
Jeanemarie Papelian, Executive Director, and Jason Sohigian, Deputy Director, of the Armenian Tree Project (ATP) visited St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York, and spoke to the students about the organization and about Armenia’s natural heritage and the “Coin Bank Challenge.” The Armenia Tree Project, currently celebrating its 25 th anniversary, has been a major force in protecting Armenia’s environment. They have planted thousands of trees to improve the standard of living and protect the environment. They also provide environmental education, and support sustainable development initiatives.
MOURAD SCHOOL STUDENTS RESEARCH THE PRESS
Students of the Mourad Armenian School created posters about Armenian newspapers printed in various parts of the world.
Mourad School students at Sts. Vartanantz Church of Providence are celebrating the “Year of the Armenian Press” by doing research about the Armenian daily, weekly, and monthly papers published in Armenia, Artzakh, Beirut, the United States, Canada, Istanbul, Iran, and Egypt. They prepared posters of photographs of the actual papers. They also prepared a poster about the first Armenian printed book, the first printed Bible, and the first published Armenian newspaper. They dedicated their research work to the Year of the Armenian Press, as declared by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. In the process they learned a lot, especially that social media and the Internet are not the only sources of news for them.
NEWS FROM OUR PARISHES. . .
KHRIMIAN HAYRIG AT ST. SARKIS CHURCH
The St. Sarkis Church community of Douglaston, New York had the opportunity to watch the monologue inspired by the legendary Khrimian Hayrig staged by playwright, actor, director, poet, literary critic, and scientist, Dr. Herand Markarian, who has already performed the monologue in Armenia, Artsakh, Cyprus, Lebanon, and various parts of the United States.
 
Many in the audience agreed that it seemed that Hayrig himself was speaking, especially his presence at the Congress of Berlin and his famous “Iron Ladle” speech. St. Sarkis Saturday school students participated in a few scenes. At the end of the event, Archbishop Anoushavan praised Dr. Markarian’s lifetime of dedication to Armenian culture and the Armenian language. He described Dr. Markarian’s contributions as “immense and exemplary.” ( Reported by Dr. Hagop Gorgissian )
HOMENETMEN SCOUTS AT LENTEN SERVICE
Homenetmen Scouts with Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian at Soorp Khatch Church in Bethesda, Maryland. The scouts participated in the parish’s Lenten Church Service last Friday and read the “Havadov Khosdovanim,” (In Faith I Confess).
 DATEVIG CHOIR & NAYIRI DANCE ENSEMBLE PERFORM
The Datevig Children’s Choir of St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, and the Nayiri Dance Ensemble of New Jersey, performed at Vision 2020, a cultural afternoon and fundraiser, hosted by the Armenian Relief Society Erebouni Chapter of New York. The Children’s Choir amazed the nearly 200 attending and the Nayiri Dance Ensemble displayed the true beauty of traditional Armenian dancing.
 
Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, pastor of St. Sarkis, ended the program with his heartfelt remarks about the performances and the important role of the ARS in the community.

Death of Alexander Arutiunian (March 28, 2012)

Arutiunian was born in Yerevan, in the family of Grigor and Eleonora Arutiunian, on September 23, 1920. His father was a military serviceman. He entered the Yerevan State Conservatory’s children’s group in 1927 and was admitted in 1934 to the Conservatory, from which he graduated on the eve of World War II. He wrote his first work, “Impromptu,” for cello and piano, in 1941. After the war he moved to Moscow , where he participated in the workshops of the House of Armenian Culture from 1946-1948 and studied at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1948.

In 1949 Arutiunian was awarded the Stalin Prize for his cantata “Motherland,” a graduation piece he wrote as a student at the Moscow Conservatory. In the same year, he composed the “Festive Overture.” In 1950 he coauthored “Armenian Rhapsody” with Arno Babajanian. He married Irina (Tamara) Odenova and had two children.

He returned to Yerevan and from 1954 to 1991 was the artistic director of the Armenian State Philarmonia. He continued to win acclaim for his works, many of which were inspired by the folk traditions of Armenian music, including the vocal symphonic poem “The Legend about the Armenian People” (1961). In the 1960s he tended towards classical forms and clearer tonality.

Arutiunian wrote a total of thirteen concerts for different instruments, of which the 1950 concert for trumpet made him known in the United States. He composed his concerto for violin and string orchestra “Armenia-88,” inspired by the Spitak earthquake, in 1988.
 He also wrote the opera “Sayat-Nova,” using some of the songs of the great troubadour (1968), the song-cantata “With My Fatherland,” based on the poems of Hovhannes Tumanian (1969), and the vocal series “Monument to My Mother,” based on the poems of Hovhannes Shiraz (1969). 

His prolific production included music for theater and cinema, with the films “The Heart Sings” (coauthored with Konstantin Orbelian, 1956) and “Nahapet” (1977), among others. 
In 1962 he was awarded the title of People’s Artist of Armenia and in 1970 he became People’s Artist of the USSR. Also in 1970 he started teaching at the Komitas Conservatory (Yerevan State Conservatory). He received the title of professor in 1977 and would continue working until 2008. After independence, he was decorated with several medals and orders. In 1987 he was awarded the title of honorary citizen of Yerevan.

He continued producing until his last years. His last work was the “Children’s Album” for piano (2004).

He passed away on March 28, 2012, in Yerevan, and was buried at the Komitas Pantheon.
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FROM THE BOOKSTORE. . .
THE ARMENIAN LEGIONNAIRES:
Sacrifice and Betrayal in World War I
By Susan Paul Pattie
 
The Armenian legionnaires signed up with the understanding that they would be fighting in Syria and Turkey, and if the allies were successful, the legionnaires would be part of an occupying army in their old homelands, laying the foundation for a self-governing Armenian state. They fought valiantly and played a pivotal role in defeating German and Ottoman forces in the Battle of Arara in Palestine. This book vividly describes the motivations and dreams of the Armenian legionnaires and their betrayal as the French and British shifted priorities, leaving the ancestral Armenian homelands to the emerging Republic of Turkey. The book is filled with eye-witness accounts and many photographs and illustrations.

Hardcover, 266 pages, $25.00 plus shipping and handling
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 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 1-2 —2019 Mary T. Clark Event at Reid Castle, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. Various speakers will discuss “Living in a Post-Truth World,” and conclude at 6 pm April 2 with the annual Mary T. Clark Lecture, delivered by His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian. For information: 315-731-0958.

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.

April 28 —Armenian Genocide commemoration in Times Square, 43 rd Street and Broadway, New York City, sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan. Free bus transportation to and from Times Square from New York and New Jersey. For details www.kofv.org/main/april282019 .

April 28 —Armenian Martyrs Memorial Committee of Rhode Island will commemorate the 104 th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, starting at 12:45 pm at the Martyrs Monument in North Burial Grounds in Providence. The clergy and altar servers of the three Armenian churches will participate. Keynote speaker: Stephen Kurkjian, emeritus editor and reporter for Boston Globe. For information email to joycey41@cox.net .

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.

November 17 —SAVE THE DATE for 150 th anniversary of birth of Gomidas Vartabed, organized by the Eastern Prelacy. Details will follow.
 

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