March 7, 2019
By Florence Avakian

A snowstorm did not deter two dozen clerical leaders and dignitaries, as well as a large number of the faithful in attending a special Ecumenical Service, in honor of the Eastern Prelacy’s new Prelate Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, on Saturday, March 2, at St. Illuminator’s Armenian Apostolic Cathedral in New York.

The impressive church service began with the clerical leaders leading the Prelate down the cathedral’s center aisle to the majestic hymn Hrashapar, sung by the church choir. Following the church service, the clerics to the joyous chant Oorakh Ler led the faithful to the church hall, where a short program and fellowship were accompanied with a sumptuous lunch hosted by the Cathedral’s Ladies Guild.

The Christian leaders present included Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan; Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America; Eparch of the Maronite Church of Eastern USA Bishop Gregory Mansour; Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, representing the Eastern Diocesan Primate Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan. Among other clerics attending were . . . To read the entire article and see photos of the event click here.
Last Thursday, February 28, Archbishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, in commemoration of the Vartanank saints and the name day of the New Jersey parish. Assisting His Eminence on the altar were Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Pastor of St. Illuminator Cathedral in New York, and Rev. Fr. Vahan Kouyoumdjian, newly ordained and serving as outreach clergy for the Prelacy. Also attending the service were Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, pastor of St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York and Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor of Soorp Khatch Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

As they do every year students of the Hovnanian School, grade 4 to 8, attended the Liturgy with their teachers and principal. After the Liturgy the students and parishioners enjoyed a luncheon prepared and served by the Ladies Guild, after which the students presented a program of songs and recitations devoted to Vartanantz. Archbishop Anoushavan praised the students, their teachers, and parents for their dedication to their Armenian heritage.

On Sunday, March 3, Archbishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Providence, Rhode Island, in celebration of the Vartanank saints and the name day of the parish. At the request of the pastor, Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, the Prelate ordained Peter Bedros Zaytounian as an acolyte ( tbir ) and granting his the grace and responsibility to open the doors, clean the church, light the candles, and read the Psalms and Epistles. The Prelate granted the right to bear the stole ( ouraragir) ) to Deacons Nerses Donoyan and Armen Eghian echoing the words of Jesus, “My yoke is easy and burden is light.”

In his sermon the Prelate spoke about the heroic sacrifice of St. Vartan and his followers. Following the Liturgy the Ladies’ Guild and Men’s Club hosted a delicious luncheon in the parish’s Aramian Auditorium. Hagop Donoyan, Vice Chairman of the Board those gathered with his opening remarks and Jason Simonian, Chairman of the Board, welcomed His Eminence and congratulated the newly ordained acolytes and the stolebearers. He also congratulated Stephen Elmasian, who in the “Year of the Armenian Press” as proclaimed by Catholicos Aram, was honored for his dedicated, heartfelt, and faithful reporting about the church and parishioners through the years. Students from the Mourad Armenian School, under the direction of the school’s music director, Raffi Rachdouni, presented a beautiful performance celebrating Vartanantz with recitations and music. The afternoon came to an end with Anoushavan Srpazan’s words of encouragement to the students, whose names he memorized, and charged them to carry on the traditions of their faith and culture.
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 ( ) or telephone (+961 4 410001).

This Sunday, March 10, marks the 10 th anniversary of the passing of Rev. Fr. Vartan Kassabian of blessed memory. Requiem service will be held in his memory at Saint Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he served as Pastor for six years before his untimely death at the age of 50.

Der Hayr was a shining advocate for the Christian faith and Armenian Church. His gregarious personality attracted the love and respect from all who knew him. Der Hayr was an early supporter of Crossroads and a frequent contributor with thoughtful meditations and prayers.

We pray that the Almighty will illuminate his soul and comfort his loving family. 
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 for Sunday, March 10, Second Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Expulsion are: Isaiah 33:2-22; Romans 12:1-13; Matthew 5:17-48.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present 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. (Romans 12:1-13)


“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.” (Matthew 5:17-48)

This Saturday, March 9, the Armenian Church remembers 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 noted 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 do. He was martyred in 319 A.D. in Heraclea, Thrace.
As of Monday we entered the period of Great Lent ( Medz Bahk ), and the Church has taken on a somber, mournful, and penitential manifestation. Beginning last Sunday, which was Poon Paregentan , 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. We are reminded that through prayers and fasting we strive to please God and regain Mankind’s original sinless creation.

Each of the Sundays during Lent has a theme. This Sunday is the Sunday of the Expulsion ( Ardagsman 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 hymns sung on the first two Sundays of Lent remind us of the expulsion and give sinners the opportunity to be worthy through 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 ( Medz Bahk or Karasnortkh ) that began on Monday, March 4, 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)
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.
The first of a six-part Lenten Program took place last night, March 6, 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 8:0pm, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, the Prelate.
The speaker last night was Mrs. Iris Papazian, the Eastern Prelacy’s Director of Communications and Publications; the title of her lecture, “The Challenge of Change: The Church and the Press in the Digital Age.” Mrs. Papazian said, “We live in a dramatically different world, and as a church, we need to take the new technology and tools available and adapt them to our benefits, just as the early Christians did.”
She continued, “Our message as a Christian Church can never change, but the methods of transmitting that message can and must change to suit the times.” Before beginning her presentation, Mrs. Papazian noted that the Prelacy Lecture series began in 1979, and thus is celebrating its 40 th birthday. The series was inaugurated by Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, of blessed memory, and through the years has featured presentations by well-known clergymen, theologians, historians, and scholars.

Last night’s lecture was live-streamed. If you missed it, click here to watch it.

Next Wednesday, March 13, the theme of the lecture is “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12) and will be presented by Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Douglaston, New York.

The Lenten Program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) and the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.

Although there are references to a Sunrise Service in the Armenian Church as early as the 7 th century, the service as we know it today is the work of the 12 th century Catholicos, St. Nerses Shnorhali (The Graceful) whose music and prayers have greatly enriched the Armenian Church.

During Lent the Sunrise Service, which traditionally took place on Wednesday and Friday mornings during Lent, takes place on Sundays immediately following the closed-altar Divine Liturgy.

Although the Church takes on a mournful demeanor during Lent, the Sunrise Service is quite joyous with its main theme being “light,” representing our Lord. The word light ( looys ) appears more than any other word throughout the service, whereas the word “darkness” ( khavar ) is used just once.

The service consists of four parts, or sets. Each one follows the same pattern starting with a hymn, followed by a litany by the deacon, and a prayer by the priest. Each set has a different theme. Readings are from the book of Psalms.

The joyful music of the hymns and the stirring words make this one of the most pleasant and spiritually uplifting services in the Armenian Church.
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 ( ). 
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 .
Paregentan was celebrated in St. Gregory Church of North Andover, Massachusetts, with many activities that included an educational seminar with Deacon James Haddad, mask painting with Ms. Ani Babayan, as well as luncheon and games.
Students of the Nareg Armenian School at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, presented a program devoted to Vartanantz on Saturday, February 23.
Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian congratulates the students for their presentations.
Archbishop Anoushavan, Rev Fr. Nareg Terterian and Yn. Annie Terterian with members of the St. Sarkis Suzanne and Hovsep Hagopian Saturday School PTA.
Saint Sarkis Suzanne and Hovsep Hagopian Saturday School’s PTA (Douglaston) hosted its sixth annual gala last Saturday at the Inn at New Hyde Park with the theme of Masquerade, attracting a record breaking attendance to benefit the school. The Co-Chairs of the Gala committee, Annette Givelekian and Natalie Meneshian, and Yn. Annie Terterian (co-vice chair of the PTA) spoke thanking the PTA, Committee, event sponsors and raffle donors, and Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, the principal and staff of the school and everyone in attendance for their support.

Nairy Zohrabian, principal of the school, spoke about the importance of Armenian schools and she introduced the Prelate, Archbishop Anoushavan, who offered his words of congratulations and appreciation to all.

Elie Berberian and his band from Montreal performed starting a night of fun for all.

Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, pastor of Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey leads Bible Studies, held Friday evenings. Currently they are studying the Gospel of Matthew.
Members of the four New Jersey chapters of the Armenian Relief Society attended services on Sunday, February 24, at Sts. Vartanantz Church in New Jersey, where requiem service was offered in memory of ARS benefactors and members.
Birth of Jansem
(March 9, 1920)

Jansem, a recognized French Armenian painter, was born Hovhannes Semerdjian on March 9, 1920, in Sölöz, a village near Brusa, nowadays Bursa, in northwestern Asia Minor (Turkey), which was also the birthplace of the famous writer Hagop Oshagan.

The Semerdjian family fled in 1922 to escape the massacre and deportation of Greeks and Armenians undertaken by the Kemalist movement in Asia Minor. They settled in Salonica (Greece), where Hovhannes spent his early childhood. After the death of his father, he moved to France with his mother in 1931. They settled in the suburban town of Issy-les-Moulineaux, one of the traditional concentrations of Armenians around Paris.

He broke the bones of his foot in an accident and had to spend three years in the hospital. From 1934-1936 he attended a variety of evening classes in Montparnasse and the Marais, in Paris. He met painter and teacher Ariel Ajemian, who taught him to draw, but he found his grand revelation in the works of Picasso.
He was admitted to the École des Arts Decoratifs (1936-1938), and completed a training course at the École des Beaux-Arts and at Atelier Sabatier in 1937. He adopted the pseudonym Jansem (from Jean Semerdjian) in his first exhibition in 1940 at the Salon des Independents. He would also be known as Jean Jansem. His paintings, which had been characterized by somber tonalities, took a new shape after his travel to Greece in 1950, when he discovered light. He eagerly sketched the shadowy figures of the Greek countryside that had surrounded him in his childhood and remained hidden in his subconscious. The yellow-green palette of his paintings was often associated to red, purely green, and orange tonalities. Critics defined him as a miserabliste , an artist of unfortunate people.
In the 1950s Jansem won many awards in France and Mexico, and was decorated with the Order of the Arts and Letters of France in 1953. For the next half a century, he would have exhibitions in Paris, New York, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Rome, Brussels, Lausanne, Beirut, and other cities, and many of his works were acquired by European and American museums and private collections. He had the exceptional privilege of having two museums dedicated to his work in Japan during his lifetime (1993 and 1997). He visited Armenia in 1973 and again in 2001, when he donated his series of 34 paintings, “Genocide,” to the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. He was decorated with the Mesrob Mashdots award and received an emeritus doctorate from the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia in 2002. In 2003 he was ordained a Knight of the French Legion of Honor.

Jansem passed away on August 27, 2013, at age 93, in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, in central France. 
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As the readers know, the Armenian Church has a series of vigil ceremonies during the period of Great Lent. In the past, this entailed to keeping watch and praying, while staying awake during normal sleeping hours.

In fact, the word “vigil” comes, via Old French vigile, from Latin vigilia (maintained in Spanish vigilia ), which meant “wakefulness, watch”), and the root of vigilia is… vigil, meaning “awake.” The ultimate source is the Proto-Indo-European root *weǵ- (“to be strong”).

The word “vigil,” in English, is the root of the noun “vigilance” and the adjective “vigilant,” as well as the word “vigilante,” a loanword from Spanish, meaning “watchman,” which designates in English those people that watched over law and order where official authority was imperfect, and today they think themselves as being entitled to do the same thing in some places.

Vigils are called հսկում (husgoom) in Armenian, but the origin of this word is unclear. We know that the actual word was սկում (usgoom ), as it appeared in the Bible in the fifth century A.D., and it acquired the հ ( h ) to emphasize the schwa sound at the beginning of the word (like in սկայ/usga > հսկայ/husga “huge, gigantic; giant”). But we do not know its actual source. The late linguist Gevork Jahukian, long-time director of the Institute of Linguistics of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia, suggested that the word may have derived from the Hittite (an Indo-European language spoken in Asia Minor in the second millennium B.C.) word hušk (“to wait”).

By the way, the Armenian word husgoom also means “vigilance,” and a հսկիչ ( husgeech ) is an inspector, an overseer, and a guardian.

Of course, as in English, when you are doing a quiet demonstration for a cause, or waiting long hours, especially throughout the night, to learn about a certain political decision, that is also a husgoom. Some communities in the Diaspora, for instance, have a husgoom on the eve of April 24.
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SIAMANTO ACADEMY— Meets every second Saturday of the month at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. For information: or 212-689-7810.

March 9 —Kyrkostas Concert Celebrates with Music, Dance, Comedy & Dinner, 7 pm at 5710 Hewlett Street, Little Neck, New York, honoring memory of Armenian/Greek American pianist/composer Mark Kyrkostas. Seating limited, reserve early (718-428-5650).

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 .

March 24 —Ladies Guild of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, NJ, annual Lenten Luncheon after Holy Badarak. Enjoy Vospov Kufteh, Iman Bayildi, Plaki, plus desserts. $20 per person/$10 children under 12. For information: church office (201-943-2950).

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: .

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: ).

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:

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 of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, NJ. “60 Years from Generation to Generation,” honoring Garabedian, Mirakian, Najarian, and Sarajian families. Banquet in church’s grand hall. $75 per person. 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: 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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