May 23, 2019
By order of the Prelate, Archbishop Anoushavan, Flag Blessing and Prayers for the Armenian Republic will be offered in Prelacy parishes either this Sunday, May 26, or next Sunday, June 2.

One hundred and one years ago, the Armenian people were miraculously resurrected after the Genocide, under God’s holy protection and the brave and dedicated clergy and lay leaders victoriously created the first free and independent Republic of Armenia that assured survival. Requiem services will be offered for the fallen heroes of Sardarabad, Bashabaran, Gharakilise, and the martyrs of the struggle for Artsakh.

Bless, O Lord, this tricolor flag. And just as after the flood you placed your rainbow on Mt. Ararat and established a covenant with mankind, now too after the flowing of so much holy and heroic blood, may this flag with its beautiful colors be sealed as a sign of our covenant with you.

Bless, O Lord, our country, our Fatherland, where you established the paradise of bliss at the time of the world’s creation. Over the course of centuries the inexorable enemy has reduced it to ruin, but now with your mercy and bountiful grace you have caused it to bloom even more. Adorn our churches, monasteries, schools, and charitable organizations with progress and holiness, and protect them from the enemies. Bless all that is good there, especially the first of names, the name ARMENIA.
(From the Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Republic of Armenia)

Delegates and guests in a group photo from the National Representative Assembly in Framingham, Massachusetts.
The Eastern Prelacy concluded its 2019 National Representative Assembly (NRA) last weekend. Clergy and lay delegates representing our parishes joined the Executive Council (Religious and Lay) at The Sheraton Conference Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, hosted by Whitinsville’s St. Asdvadzadzin Church.

The Assembly was called to order on Thursday afternoon, May 16, by Jack Mardoian, chairman of the Executive Council, and began after the opening prayer by the Prelate Archbishop Anoushavan and the approval of the credentials committee. Words of welcome from Rev. Fr. Mikael Der Kosrofian, pastor of the host parish, greeted the delegates and guests, noting that it is an honor and privilege for Whitinsville to host this 2019 Assembly. Raffi Samkaranian, chairman of the Board of Trustees added his words of welcome emphasizing that this is the first time St. Asdvadzadzin has hosted an Assembly. “I was skeptical at first,” he confessed, “but under the leadership and supervision of Der Hayr and the amazing committee led by Barbara Berberian and Hagop Antranigian everything smoothly fell into place.”

Representing Bishop Daniel Findikyan, the Primate of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), Reverend Father Aved Terzian read a message from the Primate offering warm greetings on behalf of the Eastern Diocese. “It is an honor for me to represent His Grace Bishop Daniel and to greet all of you with his warm words wishing you success as you begin your deliberations,” Father Aved said.

Elected to serve as co-chairmen of the Assembly were Aram Sarafian, from Soorp Khatch Church in Bethesda, Maryland, and Simone Topouzian from St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan.

Elected as the secretaries were: Andrew Asadourian (English), from St. Gregory Church, Granite City, Illinois, and Rev. Fr. Torkom Chorbajian (Armenian), pastor of St. Gregory Church, Granite City, Illinois.

In his keynote address Archbishop Anoushavan thanked the host community for undertaking the responsibility of hosting this year’s Assembly. He also expressed thanks to the Prelates of the Western and Canadian Prelacies, Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and Archbishop Papken Tcharian, respectively. He also acknowledged and thanked the two Prelates under whom he served, Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, of blessed memory, and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan.

He also thanked the Primate of the Eastern Diocese, His Grace Bishop Daniel Findikyan for “his sincere and open-hearted collaboration. His Grace was ordained and consecrated as a Bishop in Holy Echmiadzin just last Sunday, and I would like to ask Reverend Father Aved Terzian, who is representing the Echmiadzin Diocese today, to convey our Christian love and best wishes to Bishop Daniel as he assumes his Episcopal duties.”

Archbishop Anoushavan continued his sweeping and inspiring address to the Assembly, touching upon many themes about national identity, ecclesiastical mission, and the future. “By reflecting through this prism, we should persevere in our service, using the wise direction of our predecessors, and we should reinvigorate the plans of this spiritual institution, in order to strengthen our internal structure and to further advance our ability to reach the needs of our people.” His Eminence spoke about the Great House of Cilicia describing it as “a great House and great Family. It is filled with the Breath of God and is constantly occupied with the mission of service to our people,” he said.

His Eminence spoke at length about the community, identity, faith, and the younger generations. The Prelate emphasized that “the primary mission of the Church is to spread the message of the Holy Gospel of the faith which we received from our Lord Jesus Christ, through the Apostles and Church Fathers, and then to implement the Gospel message in our daily lives.”

Archbishop Anoushavan told the Assembly that we need “to serve the Youth, who are the guarantors of the continued existence of our people…in addition to their physical and intellectual development, spiritual formation is not only important but imperative. For me, there is a great advantage because I inherited from my predecessor prelates a rich supply of materials for this purpose.” He then went on to describe a new mission that was started two years ago for our youth—the “Salt and Light” program, that has already been formed in five parishes and eventually all of our parishes will fully participate in the “Salt and Light” mission.

The Prelate’s Keynote Address also gave recognition and tribute to all of the organizations, including benevolent, social, athletic, and youth groups who serve the community. “Even with the existence of these notable organizations and groups, there is an enormous challenge facing the Armenian community—the alienation of our youth, for various reasons, from their active participation in the life of the Church.” He described the solution as being “a collective mission,” and he emphasized that “addressing this challenge and to find positive solutions will require serious discussions and follow-through action plans.”

In closing, His Eminence described the community as “a great family, with religious, political, charitable, cultural, and athletic fundamentals. . . the Armenian Christian presence must stand dominant in its centuries-old values and for its rights, and with the benefit of current conditions produce more abundant results for our youth. Then, our youth will be able to more keenly set their eyes upon the symbol of our Armenian heritage, Mount Ararat, and higher still above, to the promise of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Watch the Prelate's Keynote Address to the National Representatives Assembly above.

Read the Prelate’s entire Keynote Address in Armenian or English .

Editor’s Note: We will conclude our coverage of the National Representative Assembly next week including the various presentations and panels, the Friday evening dinner at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts and the awards presented, the Conference of the National Association of Ladies Guilds, and the final session of the Assembly on Saturday morning.
Archpriest Father Nerses Manoogian with the Patriarch and the Patriarchal Vicar at St. Mark’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, last Friday. Der Nerses represented Archbishop Anoushavan.
Archpriest Father Nerses Manoogian, pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Philadelphia, represented His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan at the consecration of St. Mark’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in Paramus, New Jersey on May 17. The consecration ceremony was presided by His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, along with His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox Church for the Eastern United States. The ceremony was followed by a celebratory banquet.

We received the news of the passing of Knar Edgarian Babayan this week at age 101, with a sense of loss mixed with a flood of memories steeped in the history of the Prelacy. Knar and her late husband, Vigen, were pioneers in the early days of the establishment of the Armenian Prelacy of the United States in the late 1950s. During the time that the Babayan family lived in New Jersey, they were all faithful members of the then newly-consecrated Saints Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, and took on leadership roles. Vigen served on the Prelacy’s Executive Council at various times from 1959 to 1978, and served as Vice Chairman and Secretary.

Funeral services were private. She is survived by three children and their families: Tamar Hajian (Berj); Richard K. Babayan (Sonya); and Sona Petrossian (Derenig); seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. May our risen Lord bless her sweet memory.

A Note about the Readings:  Beginning on Monday April 29 and continuing until Pentecost (June 9) each day the four Gospels are read in the following order: 1) Morning—Luke; 2) Midday—John; 3) Evening—Matthew; 4) Evening dismissal—Mark. By Pentecost the four gospels are read up to the passion narratives.

Bible readings for Sunday, May 26 , Sixth Sunday of Easter , are: (1) Luke 14:25-15:32; (2); Acts 20:17-38; 1 John 3:2-6; John 9:39-10:10; (3) Matthew 16:13-17:13; (4) Mark 8:27-9:13.

From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, asking the elders of the church to meet him. When they came to him, he said to them:

“You yourselves know how I lived among you the entire time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, enduring the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews. I did not shrink from doing anything helpful, proclaiming the message to you and teaching you publicly and from house to house, as I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus. And now, as a captive to the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and persecutions are waiting for me. But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.

And now I know that none of you, among whom I have gone about proclaiming the Kingdom, will ever see my face again. Therefore I declare to you this day that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God. Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after I have gone, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Some even from your own group will come distorting the truth in order to entice the disciples to follow them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to warn everyone with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothing. You know for yourselves that I worked with my own hands to support myself and my companions. In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

When he had finished speaking, he knelt down with them all and prayed. There was much weeping among them all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, grieving especially because of what he had said, that they would not see him again. Then they brought him to the ship. (Acts 20:17-38)


Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 9:39-10:10)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.

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 .

Archbishop Anoushavan elevated two sub-deacons, Hovhannes Chapanian and John Alexanian, to the rank of full deacon last Sunday at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Philadelphia. Archpriest Fr. Nerses Manoogian, pastor of the Church, assisted His Eminence at the altar.

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian with students from the Krouzian-Zekarian-Vasbouragan Armenian School in San Francisco, California, who visited St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City.
Eighth grade students from the Krouzian-Zekarian-Vasbouragan (KZV) Armenian School in San Francisco, California, accompanied by their teachers, visited St. Illuminator’s Cathedral on Sunday, May 12, and participated in the Divine Liturgy. The students are on a class trip to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

After the Liturgy, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian greeted the students and their chaperones, and gave them a tour of the Cathedral with some historical highlights. Der Hayr answered many questions posed by the students. The students performed several recitations for the audience and were treated with pizza and other goodies. Der Hayr presented the students with prayer books and their teachers with a small token of appreciation for their visit.

New Jersey’s Sts. Vartanantz Church Sunday School will present its 2019 Commencement this Sunday, May 26, immediately following the Divine Liturgy. The commencement ceremony will take place in the Sanctuary at 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey and will be followed by a celebratory reception/luncheon in the church hall. All are welcome to attend.

The closing Hantes of the Mourad Armenian School of Sts. Vartanantz Church in Providence, Rhode Island, took place on Saturday, May 18, in the parish’s Aramian Hall in the presence of the parish’s priest, Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian. The event was dedicated to the 85 th anniversary of the Mourad School. Chairman of the Board, Hagop Khatchadourian, offered his words of thanks to the school’s principal, Mrs. Anahid Kibarian, the teachers, and the parents. He quoted from the Prelate’s keynote address to the National Representative Assembly, regarding the youth, and noted that His Eminence specifically spoke about his personal experience with the young people in the Sts. Vartanantz parish in Providence, noting how the leaders responsible for the church and for the community have taken a thoughtful and long-term perspective in teaching and training the young people in that parish. Mr. Khatchadourian quoted from the Prelate’s speech to the Assembly which said it is such a pleasure to see the same young girls and boys participating in different aspects of the life of the community. “Here is the guarantee that the young people will be the leaders of tomorrow because they are being actively trained today,” His Eminence was quoted.

In her presentation, Mrs. Kibarian first noted that in the fall of 2019 the Mourad Armenian School will celebrate its 85 th anniversary. Then she went on to describe what a great achievement this is as she gave an overview history of the school. “In the fall of 1934,” she said 275 students were enrolled in schools at two different locations. Mrs. Terez Kaloustian served as teacher in both locations, traveling to each school twice a week.” Mrs. Kibarian also paid tribute to the priests who served the church all of whom were so supportive of the school. “We are well aware that we cannot duplicate an everyday school because of the time constraints. Yet, we hope the experiences our students gain will be a base upon which they can build a lifetime study of the Armenian language,” Mrs. Kibarian said.
The Prelacy’s Orphan Sponsorship program was established in 1993 and continues to be the central mission of the Prelacy’s programs in Armenia and Artsakh. As part of the program letters are received regularly from sponsored children addressed to their sponsors. We are pleased to share some of these letters through Crossroads. This week’s letter is from Mariam.
Dearest Sponsor,
It is spring in full bloom here now. The snow melted away and it is nice and warm. This April 1 was the third anniversary of my dad’s death. We went to the cemetery and burned some incense. My mom and my sister were in the hospital, because my sister had pneumonia. Now she’s doing well and goes to school already.

My older brother Gevorg was called to the military service office recently. They want to reopen his file, because his three year postponement has already expired. My younger brother Levon is already doing his military service. He’s well. And my middle brother Garegin helps in all house work and chores.

My grandparents are doing well. I help my mom looking after my younger sister and in all the house chores she needs help with. In school, we recently had a one-week spring break. I am waiting for summer vacation which will start in one month and a half. I am dancing in our after-school dance group, and on May 11 we are going to have a recital. Thank you so very much for sending me 100 dollars.

Currently there are children on the waiting list for the Prelacy’s Sponsorship Program. If you would like to sponsor a child please contact the Prelacy by email ( ) or telephone (212-689-7810), ask for Sophie

Karine Poghosyan, who in 2004 was one of the featured musicians at the Prelacy’s Musical Armenia concert in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, will be performing in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall with “Music of My Soul,” a program that many consider to be her most authentic yet. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 pm. Karine will perform some of her beloved signature works including Falla’s Fantasia Betica and Khachaturian’s Adagio from Spartacus, as well as several compositions by Liszt. Described as “The Powerhouse Pianist,” the award-winning pianist has been praised for her “ability to get to the heart of the works she performs.”

Since her Musical Armenia performance fifteen years ago, which was a smashing success, she has been performing in many different music venues and garnering critical acclaim and recognition. This May 30 th concert in Zankel Hall, where she has previously appeared in concert, is being presented by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations.

Tickets are $20 to $40, and can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box office, 57 th Street and Seventh Avenue, as well as at CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800; or
Inauguration of the Memorial of Sardarabad (May 25, 1968)
Every year, tens of thousands of people, whether locals or tourists to Armenia, visit the memorial to the battle of Sardarabad, the most important of the three battles that defined the creation and the independence of the Republic of Armenia in 1918.

However, it is important to remember that the history of the battle, including the memorial, was detached from the history of the republic itself during Soviet times. The construction of the memorial, located on the elevation where the heroes of the battle were buried, was a feat in itself, because of its political overtones.

The memorial is located 55 kilometers from Yerevan and 10 kilometers from the city of Hoktemberian. The latter, called Sardarabad until 1932, is the ancient city of Armavir, one of the historical capitals of Armenia, founded by the king Argishti I of Urartu (the founder of Erebuni/Yerevan) with the name of Argishtihinili.

In the 1960s, the process of national awakening was spurred by Yakov Zarobian (1908-1980), first secretary of the Central Committee of the Armenian Communist Party, who in 1962 took the initiative to prepare the documentation and the grounds for the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Armenian genocide and the construction of a memorial.

Those materials were the basis for the construction of the memorial to the battle of Sardarabad, which was undertaken by Vladimir Darbinian (1931-2015), secretary of the Regional Committee of the party in Hoktemberian. The project started in 1965, and despite the removal of Zarobian from his position in 1966, his successor, Anton Kochinian, sponsored Darbinian’s activities.

Sculptors Samvel Manasian and Arsham Shahinian, who were well-known for their monumental creations, were hired for the project, and the famous architect Rafael Israelian, who became the architect of the project, invited sculptor Ara Harutiunian to join the team. Israelian selected the site for the memorial complex. Both the architect and the sculptors made a thorough research of the elements of pre-Christian and Christian Armenian architecture and art, coming out with artistic solutions that offered an inspirational reflection on the historical destiny of the people.

The symbolism of the victory and the historical episodes behind it were reflected in a series of elements: the stairs leading to the entrance with the powerful, eight-meter tall winged bulls on both sides; the 35-meter belfry with twelve bells, and the tombs of the heroes of Sardarabad and the modern war of Karabagh; the avenue of the heroes flanked by six-meter tall eagles; the Victory Wall at the center of the complex, with a collection of sculpture representing the battle and the rebirth of Armenia; and the museum. The complex, built with red tufa stone from Armavir, was completed with small lakes, gardens, and administrative buildings.

The complex was inaugurated on May 25, 1968, on the fiftieth anniversary of the battle, and was a candidate for the USSR State Prize in 1969. 

The Ethnographic Museum of Armenia was created by resolution of the Soviet Armenian Council of Ministers in February 1978 and inaugurated on September 13 of the same year. Also projected and built by Israelian, it completed the architectonical ensemble of the complex, reproducing the main elements of Armenian traditional architecture. The museum houses a collection of more than 70,000 objects. It originally was a showcase of Armenian archaeological and ethnographical material, as well as ancient photographs and decorative art. After the second independence of Armenia, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the battles of May 1918 and the first independence of Armenia was added.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site ( ).
This Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day. Originally called “Decoration Day,” it is a day of remembrance for those who died in service to our nation. It was first meant for those who died in the Civil War but after the First World War it became a day to honor all American servicemen who died in battle.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me;
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on…
(from the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” a Civil War song written by Julia Ward Howe).
We remind everyone that the deadline to receive copy and photographs for publication in Thursday’s Crossroads electronic newsletter is Wednesday at noon. Your cooperation will permit us to issue Crossroads on a timely schedule.

Western Armenian in the 21 st Century:
Challenges and New Approaches
Edited by Bedross Der Matossian & Barlow Der Mugrdechian

In 2010 UNESCO added Western Armenian to the list of endangered languages unleashing a concern that was in the minds and hearts of many Diasporan Armenians. This volume brings together experts in the field of Western Armenian who focus on theoretical questions as well as practical suggestions in dealing with outdated pedagogical approaches. This volume presents the latest research in the field of language acquisition. The articles in this volume were presented at a conference in 2017 organized by the Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) and the Armenian Communities Department of the Gulbenkian Foundation.
152 pages, soft cover, $15.00 plus shipping & handling
British Justice and Turkish Leaders Accused of War Crimes
Against Armenians in World War I
Revised Second Edition
By Walter C. Bandazian

Walter Bandazian relates and documents how the crimes of the Young Turks against the Armenian population was ignored and forgotten by British authorities after the first World War. His primary focus concerns the role played by British authorities in the Near East in addressing the Armenian Genocide and initiating the first international effort to bring war criminals to trial. The volume includes documents which informed British authorities of the guilt of civil, parliamentary and military functionaries.
382 pages, soft cover, $30.00 plus shipping & handling
Cilicia 1909: The Massacre of Armenians
By Hagop H. Terzian
Translated by Ara Stepan Melkonian & edited by Ara Sarafian

This book is an abridged translation of the original work, Giligio Aghedu . Hagop Terzian was an Ottoman Armenian intellectual born in Hadjin. A pharmacologist, he ran pharmacies in Hadjin and Adana, while also writing for newspapers. He survived the Cilician massacre of 1909, but was one of the intellectuals arrested in Constantinople on April 24, 1915, exiled and killed. This volume includes the author’s own account of atrocities in Adana in 1909, as well as testimonies of others elsewhere in Cilicia.
146 pages, soft cover, $18.00 plus shipping & handling
Choose to Rise: The Victory Within
By M. N. Mekaelian

This historical novel begins with a family gathered around one of their elders in a hospital after he suffers a stroke. Faced with a dismal prognosis for recovery, a younger brother begins relating the story of what he and his older brother lived through years ago—a story they never shared with family or friends. The story he relates begins in 1913 in Kharpert and goes through the exile and genocide of the Armenians, and ends in the hospital room in Chicago where the brothers’ story is finally told.
433 pages, soft cover, $17.99 plus shipping & handling

For information or to place an order contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email ( ) or by phone (212-689-7810)

( Calendar items may be edited to conform to space and style )
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.
May 30 —“Music of My Soul” by Karine Poghosyan, piano, Zankel Hall, 7:30 pm. Carnegie Hall Box Office 212-247-7800.

June 1 —Armenian Relief Society, NJ Shakeh Chapter, celebrating Ascension, luncheon on the Hudson at Cornetta’s Restaurant, 641 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, New York 10968, 2 to 4:30 pm. For information: .

June 16 —Father’s Day Picnic, St. Gregory Church, 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Delicious food, live music, children’s activities.

June 15 —Patriotic Songs by Karnig Sarkissian and performance by Hamazkayin’s Nayiri Dance Ensemble and Arekag Chorus, honor of First Republic of Armenia, 7:30 pm, Assyrian Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary, Paramus, NJ. For information: or

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.

July 13 —“Hye Summer Night Dinner-Dance,” presented by Ladies Guild of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, Rhode Island, 6 pm to 12:30 pm $60; dance only 8 pm to 12:30 pm, $35. Contact Joyce Bagdasarian, 401-434-4467.

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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