May 30, 2019
Today is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ ( Hambardzoum ), which is commemorated forty days after Easter. The universal church has celebrated the Ascension since the fourth century. According to biblical scripture the Ascension took place in the village of Bethany, on the Mount of Olives, in the presence of the disciples. After giving them commandments and blessings, the Lord was “received up into heaven and sat on the right hand of God,” (Mark 16:19), and “a cloud received him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9). The Gospels of Mark and Luke conclude with the Ascension.

In the early centuries of Christianity, Hambardzoum was one of the most popular feast days for the faithful and was celebrated with merriment and festivities. There are many Armenian traditions associated with this dominical feast. Perhaps the most well-known is fortune-telling ( vijakakhakh ), especially for young women anticipating their future as memorably portrayed in the Armenian opera Anoush .

“Today he ascended with divine power on the Father’s chariot accompanied by hosts of angels who sang and cried out: Princes, lift up your gates, and the King of glory shall come in. The powers on high were amazed and in fearful voice cried out to each other: Who is this King of glory who comes in flesh and is wonderful in power? Princes, lift up your gates and the King of glory shall come in. The lordships on high sang a new song in marvelous voice: This is the Lord of glory, the Savior of the world and the deliverer of the human race. Princes, lift up your gates, and the King of glory shall come in.”  (Canon for the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church.)

Archbishop Anoushavan administers the final anointing (Extreme Unction) of Archpriest Father Moushegh Der Kaloustian during the funeral mass at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral on May 29.

Clergymen serving the Eastern Prelacy participated in the funeral service. Seen here with Archbishop Anoushavan are, from left, Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian, Vicar; Archpriest Fr. Vazken Bekiarian, outreach priest; Rev. Fr. Stephan Baljian, pastor of St. Gregory Church in North Andover; Archpriest Fr. Nerses Manoogian, chairman of the Religious Council and pastor of St. Gregory Church in Philadelphia; and Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, pastor of Sts. Vartanantz Church in Providence.
The passing of Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Der Kaloustian (1932—2019) on May 24, was received with heartfelt sorrow by the entire Prelacy family. Funeral services took place at the Cathedral on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29. Interment followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Flushing, New York, and a Memorial Luncheon took place at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York. Our sincere condolences to Yeretzgin Vartoughi, his children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews and nieces.

Der Moushegh served as pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral for 30 years until his retirement, at which time he continued to serve the Eastern Prelacy as an outreach priest. Previously he served as pastor of St. Hagop Armenian Church in Racine, Wisconsin, and Holy Trinity Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. He began his service to the Prelacy in 1959.

His gregarious and witty personality was a magnet that attracted people, young and old, Armenians and non-Armenians. The neighborhood children along the Cathedral’s 27 th Street affectionately called him “Father Mike.”

In-lieu-of-flowers donations may be made to St. Illuminator’s Armenian Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York, NY 10016. Indicate “Rev. Moushegh Orphan Fund” in the memo area.

May his soul rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon him.
Archbishop Anoushavan blesses the Armenian and American flags at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York, last Sunday, May 26.
At the discretion of the individual parishes, His Eminence asked Eastern Prelacy parishes to offer Flag Blessing ceremony, Prayers for the Armenian Republic, and Requiem Service either last Sunday, May 26, or this Sunday, June 2.
One hundred and one years ago, the Armenian people were miraculously resurrected after the Genocide, under God’s holy protection, by the brave and dedicated clergy and lay leaders, who victoriously created the first free and independent Republic of Armenia that assured survival.
Archbishop Anoushavan will preside over the Divine Liturgy this Sunday, June 2, at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey. His Eminence will officially introduce the parish’s new clergyman, Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian who will celebrate the Divine Liturgy—his first as pastor of Sts. Vartanantz. Following the Liturgy there will be a fellowship hour in the lower hall with the opportunity to meet and greet Hayr Sahag.

Born in Armenia in 1983, Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian graduated from the Armenian Theological Seminary of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia and was ordained a celibate priest in May 2006. He served the Catholicosate in a number of duties including director of the Archives, director of the Youth Department, lecturer at the Theological Seminary, and pastor of the Armenian community of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Hayr Sahag relocated to the United States in 2013 to serve the Eastern Prelacy and was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, until his recent appointment to New Jersey. During his service to Holy Trinity Church, he continued his higher education at Boston College and graduated with distinction in May 2018 with a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Ministry. Hayr Sourp presented and successfully defended his thesis, “The Holy Spirit in the Hymns of Pentecost in the Armenian Church Liturgy.” In 2010 he received the rank of vartabed and in 2016 he was elevated to the rank of Dzayrakooyn Vartabed (Archimandrite Superior). In 2017 he was elected to the Prelacy’s Religious Council and last year he was appointed to serve as Vicar General of the Prelacy, a position he will continue to serve.

Message from His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia:
In a departure from past years, the message from the Catholicos, His Holiness Aram I, was addressed to the three North American Prelacies and their Assemblies. His Holiness’ message was read by Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian, and said in part:

“Taking into consideration the commonalities that exist among our three Prelacies in North America, as well as the vital importance of reorganization and renewal process that the Catholicosate has initiated after the National Assembly (December 2017), we thought that this year it is appropriate to address the same Pontifical Message to the three Prelacies.

“As you remember, an important part of our message to the National Assembly was devoted to the reorganization of our prelacies. After the Assembly, we shared with our prelacies a Plan of Action. It is our expectation that this process be taken very seriously by our prelacies and be planned and implemented properly within the context of their specific environments, and in the face of tremendous changes taking place in our communities. We would like to share with you some insights and perspectives of pivotal importance.”

His Holiness then emphasized three major points: (1) The reorganization process; (2) Service to the people through our parishes; and (3) The preparation of young clergy who are knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated.

His Holiness ended his message with the suggestion that the three prelacies meet at the Catholicosate in Antelias in six months in order to collectively carefully examine and discuss the work undertaken by the prelacies.

The Religious and Executive Councils for 2018-2019.
Presentation of Panels:
Presented by moderator Karen Jehanian, the following separate panels were introduced: Sunday school Update, presented by V. Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian; Youth Ministry presented by the director Annie Ovanessian; Parish Engagement, presented by Melineh Mesrobian; Parish Investment and Fiduciary Responsibility, presented by Raffi Ourlian; Parish Insurance Program, presented by Mark Phillips; By-Laws; and Budget, presented by Raffi Ourlian.

Delegates signed up for the panel of their choice and participated in that panel that developed recommendations that were presented to the full Assembly for approval.

Other events of note during the Assembly included a short presentation made by Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian about the summer camp for orphans in Armenia that he has been directing for the past nine years; and a video about Prelacy programs prepared by the Communications Department was shown to the delegates, who praised the presentation. Representatives of the Hairenik Association and the Armenian Relief Society were acknowledged and invited to address the Assembly.
Friday Night Dinner and Awards:
The Friday evening dinner took place at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown.
Delegates and local parishioners enjoyed dinner together Friday evening. The delicious mezze and kebob dinner along with the special venue—the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown—provided an atmosphere that was conducive to the Assembly’s theme of Engagement and Discovery. In a compact but meaningful program led by Jack Mardoian, chairman of the Executive Council, delegates were warmly welcomed by Rev. Fr. Mikael Der Kosrofian, who expressed his heartfelt thanks to the committee and parishioners of St. Asdvadzadzin Church who lovingly undertook the job of organizing a National Representative Assembly, a task usually undertaken by the larger parishes.
Archbishop Anoushavan and Jack Mardoian present the Prelacy’s highest award, The Eagle of the Prelacy, to the Honorable Judge Sarkis Teshoian with Mrs. Ardemis Teshoian.
Barbara and John Berberian received Certificates of Merit from the Prelacy in recognition of their outstanding service to the Whitinsville community. 
The Prelacy’s Certificate of Merit was presented to Hagop Antranigian in appreciation of his years of service to Sts. Asdvadzadzin Church and the Prelacy.
Archbishop Anoushavan offered his words of thanks to the Whitinsville community and to all of the delegates who attended and participated with vision and determination, and then presented several Prelacy awards. Although all of the awardees were surprised, none were as surprised as the recipient of the “Eagle of the Prelacy” award—the highest honor accorded by the Eastern Prelacy. The “Eagle” was presented to a surprised—or as he said, “stunned,”—Judge Sarkis Teshoian, who was called to the podium with his wife Ardemis. Judge Teshoian has been an active supporter of the Armenian Church and Prelacy for more than half-a-century, fulfilling many leadership positions with grace and honor. Judge Teshoian thanked the Prelate and assured everyone that he “has received much more than he has given.” The standing ovation that followed was filled with respect and admiration for one of the strongest pillars of the Prelacy. The Prelacy’s Certificates of Merit were presented to John Berberian, Barbara Berberian, and Hagop Antranigian, all members of the host parish and very involved in planning this Assembly.
The Prelate and Rev. Fr. Mikael Der Kosrofian with Charles Whittlesey, who was recognized by the local parish for his outstanding youth leadership role.
National Association of Ladies Guilds:
The 2018-2019 members of the National Association of Ladies Guilds.
The conference of the National Association of Ladies Guilds met concurrently with the Assembly. Yeretzgin Maggie Kouyoumdjian presented the NALG report to the Assembly. During their deliberations the NALG delegates examined ways of getting more involvement into the NALG ranks. “The Power of Prayer,” was explored by the main speaker Nayiri Baljian. Based on her own personal experience, she talked about why we pray and putting everything in God’s hands. Her personal story touched the overflow audience. The NALG executive members for the 2019-2020 fiscal year are: Marion Boudakian, chairlady; Yn. Nectar Manoogian, vice-chairlady; Yn. Maggie Kouyoumdjian, corresponding secretary; Rosemary Khachadoorian, recording secretary; Madonna Kzirian, treasurer; Joyce Bagdasarian, advisor.

Before the 2019 NRA was officially adjourned, the Philadelphia delegation invited the delegates to Philadelphia next year for the 2020 Assembly hosted by St. Gregory Church in Philadelphia.
Raffle Drawing:
The annual Prelacy raffle drawing took place at the conclusion of the Friday evening dinner. A last-minute push by many made the 2019 raffle one of the best ever. The money raised by the raffle campaign is the source of funds for many of the Prelacy programs.

The Winners of the 2019 raffle:
First Prize ($5,000), Liberty Contracting Corp.
Second Prize ($2,000), Anita Masoian.
Third Prize ($1,000), Tamar Kanarian.
Fourth Prize ($1,000), Nayda Voskerijian.
Fifth Prize ($1,000), Zabelle Hajian Azablar.
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, June 2, Second Palm Sunday , are: (1) Luke 19:29-48; (2) Acts 23:12-35; 1 John 5:13-21; John 12:12-23; (3) Matthew 20:29-21:17; (4) Mark 15:20-37.

In the morning the Jews joined in a conspiracy and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. There were more than forty who joined in this conspiracy. They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food until we have killed Paul. Now then, you and the council must notify the tribune to bring him down to you, on the pretext that you want to make a more thorough examination of his case. And we are ready to do away with him before he arrives.”

Now the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush; so he went and gained entrance to the barracks and told Paul. Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to report to him.” So he took him, brought him to the tribune, and said, “The prisoner Paul called me and asked me to bring this young man to you; he has something to tell you.” The tribune took him by the hand, drew him aside privately, and asked, “What is it that you have to report to me?” He answered, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire more thoroughly into his case. But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him. They have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink until they kill him. They are ready now and are waiting for your consent. So the tribune dismissed the young man, ordering him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of this.”

Then he summoned two of the centurions and said, “Get ready to leave by nine o’clock tonight for Caesarea with two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen. Also provide mounts for Paul to ride, and take him safely to Felix the governor.” He wrote a letter to this effect:

“Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings. This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them, but when I had learned that he was a Roman citizen, I came with the guard and rescued him. Since I wanted to know the charge for which they accused him, I had him brought to their council. I found that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but was charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment. When I was informed that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him.”

So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him during the night to Antipatris. The next day they let the horsemen go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. When they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him. On reading the letter, he asked what province he belonged to, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia, he said, “I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.” Then he ordered that he be kept under guard in Herod’s headquarters. (Acts 23:12-35)


When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, “The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”

Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.”

Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard. (Luke 19:29-48)

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

This Sunday (June 2) is Second Palm Sunday ( Yerkrort Tzaghkazard ). The seventh Sunday of Easter is called Second Palm Sunday because of the readings of that day (the readings and hymns of Palm Sunday are repeated). Beginning with New Sunday and continuing until Pentecost, the Armenian Church reads from the four Gospels every day in their proper order. Luke is read in the morning; John at midday; Matthew at the beginning of the evening hour; and Mark at the end of the evening hour. The sections related to Christ’s entry into Jerusalem coincide with the seventh Sunday of Easter, hence the designation of “Second Palm Sunday.”

There are several feast days in our liturgical calendar dedicated to St. Gregory the Illuminator, but according to tradition he is also remembered on the fourth day of Hambardzoum , which is Second Palm Sunday. During the years of Gregory’s imprisonment in the deep pit his guardian angel would appear daily to give him nourishment. On the fourth day of the Ascension the angel did not come, and the next day Gregory asked why. The angel told him that the fourth day of Ascension is the feast day for his celestial army of the 4 th rank, and he was permitted to remain in the heavens to celebrate the feast day and enjoy Christ in heaven.

A tradition has come down to us concerning the mysterious meaning of this great and wonderful feast; the Enlightener of our souls heard from his guardian angel: On this day there is a great feast in the heavens in my rank. For during the ascent of the heavenly One from earth the heavenly spirits in their ranks celebrated this event with rejoicing, beginning with the angels and concluding with the thrones. The illuminator’s guardian angel being from the fourth rank hastened to share in the joyful celebration of which the angel in the flesh learned when he asked him a question. This great mystery took place for the salvation of the logical of angels and mankind so that both of them might unite in one.
(From the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church for the first Sunday after Christ’s Ascension, known as Second Palm Sunday)

Archbishop Anoushavan met with Dr. Michael Bassous, General Secretary /CEO of the Bible Society of Lebanon and Ms. Jane Jelgerhuis, Director of Global Campaign Partnerships of the American Bible Society on May 29 at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.

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 .

For the past several weeks we have been reminding you of a concert by 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. Karine’s concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall is tonight at 7:30 pm. 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. Tonight’s concert is being presented by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations. Carnegie Hall is located at 57 th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan; CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800.
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 Karapet. In order to protect the privacy of the children we give only their first names.
Dear Sponsor,

This is Karapet. . .. I want to thank you for helping me and my family for so many years. Recently, we had an addition to our family. My older brother Garen had a baby boy and now there are 10 of us in the family. We don’t have parents and I live with my brothers. Two of them are married, my older brother has three children, and the middle one just had his first son. We live all together and my brothers have a very hard time finding work. Mostly, it’s day to day, sundry jobs. I help my brothers as much as I can. I love their children very much. The younger addition to our family, Areg, will soon be two months old, and we all love him.

May God bless you for helping me and children like me. I am very grateful to you.

Karapet …
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

Death of M. Sempad Gabrielian (June 3, 1919)

M. Sempad Gabrielian was a well-known intellectual in the Armenian American community at the turn of the twentieth century and also a pioneer of the Armenian press in this country.

Gabrielian was born on December 15, 1856, in Agn, in the province of Sepastia, the future birthplace of poets Siamanto and Misak Medzarentz. He received his education in his hometown and then in Kharpert. He later taught Armenian for two years at the Aintab College, where he studied medicine from 1878-1881. In the meantime, he published his first book, Armenian Restoration (1879). After working for a while as a doctor in Agn, he went to Paris, where he studied medicine at the Sorbonne from 1884-1885. After graduation, he settled in Aintab, teaching at Aintab College and working at a hospital.
However, his book of 1879 was prohibited by the Turkish authorities, and to avoid persecutions, in 1886 Gabrielian was forced to leave the Ottoman Empire and make his way to the United States, where he would spend the rest of his life. In 1888, however, he published his tract The Past and the Future of the Armenian Protestantism in Constantinople.

Gabrielian settled in New York, where he worked as a doctor, but also actively participated in Armenian public life. Two years after the publication of Haigag Eginian’s Arekag, the first Armenian newspaper in the United States, he launched the biweekly Haik (1891-1898), which became a monthly in 1896. This informative and political periodical published material about the Armenian Question, the echoes of the American and European press about the situation of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, and news about the Armenian-American community. In 1895 Gabrielian was elected president of the Armenian Patriotic Federation, a non-partisan organization with the goal of helping to liberate Western Armenian from the Turkish yoke. He also published books in Armenian, like Art of Rhetorics (1891), Khrimian Hayrig (1892), Armenian National Policy (1893), Christian Armenia and Christian Powers (1896), and English ( Facts about Armenia, 1895, and Bleeding Armenia, 1897, in collaboration with A. W. Williams). From 1894-1897 he studied at Columbia University, where he followed courses of history, sociology, and political sciences.

Gabrielian continued his activities after the 1900s, writing for Gochnag and the Mekhitarist journal of Vienna, Handes Amsorya. He published some more books in Armenian, where he collected his lectures and speeches, like The Armenian Crisis and Rebirth (1905; 2 nd edition, 1909), and The Armenian Race (1911). He also produced a book of linguistics ( The Provincial Dialect of Agn and the Armenian Modern Language, 1912) and a medical tract, Sexual Health (1915). He left several unpublished books, of which one of them, The Art of Raising Children, was published posthumously in 1920.
This prolific author passed away on June 3, 1919, in Weehawken (New Jersey), at the age of sixty-three.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site ( ).

Today’s American Catholic Online has published another article by Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, pastor of St. Gregory Church in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. It is a follow-up to an earlier article about the existence of God.

This article is about a “Personal God.” Read the article here:
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.

Handling books, reading, and being read to from a very early age are all fundamental to a child’s educational development. These cute little books in the series “Kids Reading Armenian,” are fun to look at and read. Both are written by Taline Badrikian and colorfully illustrated by Lily Teng. The size of the book and its rigid pages makes it fun and easy to handle for little hands. The text is in Armenian with English transliteration.
Consider these two books for young children:
Ashkhadahser Murchoonner (The Industrious Ants)
16 pages, $15.00 plus shipping & handling
Oorakh Khozooguh ( The Happy Piglet )
16 pages, $15.00 plus shipping & handling
And here are some toys that keep hands and minds busy:
Armenian Map Puzzle:
Helps develop hand-eye coordination while also teaching the geography of Armenia.
$29.99, plus shipping & handling
Armenian Alphabet Puzzle:
A great way to learn the Armenian alphabet and find the right location.
$29.99 plus shipping & handling
Block Letters with Cards:
Includes set of 38 wooden Armenian letters, 38 double-sided cards, and a box for storage.
$39.99 plus shipping & handling
Armenian Numbers Puzzle:
Learning numbers is easy with this toy.
$24.99 plus shipping & handling
Armenian Magnetic Letters
These magnetic Armenian letters help in alphabet recognition and encourages word play.
Set includes 60 wooden magnetic letters in a storage box. ( Magnetic board not included )
$29.99 plus shipping & handling
For information or to place an order contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email ( ) or by phone (212-689-7810)

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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.

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 2 —“Ways to Wellness: A Panel Discussion on Mental Health,” at 1:30 pm, St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 38-65 234 th Street, Douglaston, New York. Information: .

June 9 —Opening reception of “The Colours of Life,” by Areg Elibekian, 1 to 3 pm at St. Illuminator Cathedral’s John Pashalian Hall, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City. The exhibit will be on view from June 10 to June 23. Monday to Friday noon to 4 pm; Sunday 11 am to 2 pm.

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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