November 1, 2018
Today, November 1, the Armenian Church commemorates St. John Chrysostom ( Hovhan Voskeperan ), a notable Christian bishop and preacher in Syria and Constantinople. He is famous for his eloquence—Chrysostom means “golden mouth.” The Orthodox Church honors him as a saint and one of the “three holy hierarchs” (along with Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian). He is also recognized and honored by the Catholic Church and the Church of England. (See below for more about Chrysostom.)
Muse of the deep and ineffable Divine Mysteries.
Wise Prefect and Great Doctor of the world,
Like the rock of the Church, you were faithful to the key to heaven.
From the beloved disciple, you received the gospel.
From the Holy Virgin Birth-giver you received your symbol of authority.
O Patriarch John, by the grace of the Holy Spirit you received wisdom.
(An Armenian Church ode dedicated to St. John Chrysostom)

The Religious and Executive Councils of the Eastern Prelacy are pleased to invite the faithful to attend the morning Liturgy and the afternoon banquet, in celebration of the election of Bishop Anoushavan as Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy on Sunday, December 2. The deadline for reservations and donations in honor of Bishop Anoushavan is November 19. All donations will be acknowledged in the commemorative booklet that will be published on this occasion.

His Grace will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City, on Sunday, December 2. The Liturgy will begin at 10 am. The banquet will take place at the Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows, New York. The reception will begin at 2:30 pm, followed by dinner and program at 3:30 pm. For reservation or information contact the Prelacy by email ( ) or by telephone (212-689-7810).

Bishop Anoushavan will travel to Illinois this weekend where on Sunday he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at All Saints Church in Glenview. Very Rev. Fr. Ghevont Pentezian, pastor of All Saints, will assist at the altar. Bishop Anoushavan will visit the parish’s Taniel Varoujan Saturday School and on Saturday evening he will preside over the parish’s 75 th anniversary banquet and program that will take place in the church’s Shahnasarian Hall.

Bishop Anoushavan and Archpriest Fr. Daron Stepanian with altar servers and parishioners.
Bishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon last Sunday at St. Hagop Church in Racine, Wisconsin. Following the services His Grace presided over the 80 th anniversary celebration of the founding of the church that took place at Meadowbrook Country Club.
The Prelate with Julie Der Garabedian in front of the stained glass window she donated. At right is Archpriest Fr. Daron Stepanian and at left Vahan Mahdessian, chairman of the Board of Trustees. His Grace presented a Certificate of Merit to Ms. Der Garabedian in appreciation of her many years of service to the church and community.
Participants at last week’s opening session.
The first of a 7-part Bible study on the Book of Revelation took place last week at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City, and will continue on subsequent Thursdays, from 7:00-8:30pm, with a light dinner at 6:30pm. Sponsored by the Eastern Prelacy and St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, the Bible study is conducted by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, the Prelacy’s director of Christian Education. New attendees are welcome. For information contact St. Illuminator’s Cathedral by email ( ) or by phone (212-689-5880).
Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian with scholarship recipients Bedros Wannes, Anna Manukyan, and Meghry Tutunjian.
St. Illuminator's Cathedral announced last Sunday that three college scholarships were granted. The recipients of these well-deserved scholarships, Bedros Wannes, Anna Manukyan and Meghry Tutunjian, have been active in the life of the parish and the Armenian community. In his message, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Pastor, remarked: “We extend our sincere gratitude to the donor, Mrs. Lily Markaryan, who established the scholarship fund in memory of her son Armen Markaryan, with the aim of encouraging and supporting the youth of the Cathedral to continue their education.” 

Earlier this year, the Cathedral granted scholarships to six young parishioners attending St. Gregory of Datev Summer Institute and AYF Camp Haiastan. These new scholarships raised the total of scholarships awarded this year to $4,500.

The presentation of Avedis Hadjian’s book, “Secret Nation,” took place last night at the Prelacy with a full house. The author was introduced by Dr. Vartan Matiossian, ANEC Executive Director, who conducted the event. Mr. Hadjian explained the circumstances that led him over the years to engage in a quest about the “hidden” and Islamicized Armenians in Turkey, which resulted in this massive and absorbing book. His illustrated presentation depicted the human stories and some humorous anecdotes behind them. The interested audience asked various questions, which continued unabated through the book signing session. Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate, made closing remarks, congratulating the author for his achievement and bringing his own share of vignettes about the subject.

Project SAVE founder Ruth Thomasian and Principal Houry Boyamian with students during Cultural Day activities.
Armenian Cultural Day was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School on October 25 with a rich and diverse program. The event started with an interactive presentation by Ruth Thomasian, founder and president of Project SAVE, about Armenian photo archives for the graduating class. All the students then gathered in the gymnasium where the fifth graders offered a presentation about the different regions of Armenia ( Marz ).
The celebration continued with the performance of the school’s K to 5 chorale groups, followed by a talent show with many of the students in 1 st to 5 th grade, presented literary and musical works from Armenian poets and composers in the presence of very enthusiastic parents.

A Talent Show featured Armenian literary and musical works offered by student performers.
Leaders of Homenetmen visited the Prelate last week at the Prelacy offices in New York. The visitors included Karnig Mgrdichian, Chairman of the Central Committee; Hratch Mesrobian, Central Executive Representative to the Eastern Region; Vahe Tanashian, Chairman of the Homenetmen Eastern Region Centennial Committee. Homenetmen is celebrating its 100 th anniversary this year.
Bible readings for Sunday, November 4, Eighth Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, are: Isaiah 22:15-25; Ephesians 1:1-14; Luke 8:17-21.

For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light. Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.
Then his mother and his brethren came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brethren are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he said to them, “My mother and my brethren are those who hear the word of God and do it.” (Luke 8:17-21)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful to Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:1-14)

Today, November 1, the Armenian Church commemorates St. John Chrysostom ( Hovhan Voskeperan ), a notable Christian bishop and preacher in Syria and Constantinople. He is famous for his eloquence—Chrysostom means “golden mouth.” The Orthodox Church honors him as a saint and one of the “three holy hierarchs” (along with Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian). He is also recognized and honored by the Catholic Church and the Church of England.

John converted to Christianity in 368 when he was barely 21 years old. He renounced a large inheritance and promising legal career and went to live in a mountain cave where he studied the Bible. He was later ordained a priest and soon his sermons were attracting huge audiences. He challenged wealthy Christians, whose generosity was confined to donating precious objects for display in churches. “The gift of a chalice may be extravagant in its generosity,” he said, “but a gift to the poor is an expression of love.”

His outspoken criticism was not appreciated by the hierarchy and he was sent into exile at various times. He had a profound influence on the doctrines and theology of the Armenian Church because he spent the final years of his exile in Armenia. Some of his important works have survived only in Armenian manuscripts.

He was declared a Doctor of the Universal Church at the Council of Chalcedon in 451 and was named patron of preachers by Pope Pius X.

Saturday, November 3, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of All Saints, Old and New, Known and Unknown. This is the holiday that compensates for any sins of omission in the list of saints remembered by the Church. The western churches celebrate All Saints Day on November 1. In the Armenian Church tradition, the date is variable depending on the season of the Cross. It can occur in late October or in November. This commemoration is rooted in the belief that there are many saints who are not known to us. Therefore, on this day, all saints are honored.

Also remembered this week:
St. Stephen, Bishop of Rome (Monday, November 5)

In honor of the 100th anniversary since the independence of Armenia, the Saint Sarkis Church of Douglaston, New York and the AYF Hyortik Chapter, hosted an event on Sunday, October 28, that featured a presentation by Dr. Garo Nazarian about his volunteer work in Armenia during the last ten years. 
The Master of Ceremonies for the day was 11 year old Aris Givelekian, who is a member of the Executive of the Hyortik Junior Chapter. He welcomed everyone and gave a PowerPoint presentation on the AYF that included events that occur annually at the AYF. This year, two Hyortiks won an $800 award towards Camp Haiastan. The two winners were Lara Givelekian and Aren Bedrossian. Aren, who is also the Chairperson of AYF Junior Chapter, read his winning essay. The topic of the essay was “How Can I Influence Our Armenian Leaders.” Nicole Yadhdjian, who serves on the executive of the AYF, then introduced the presenter of the day, Dr. Garo Nazarian. 
Dr. Nazarian is a former AYF-er from the Long Island Masis Chapter who attended Camp Haistan regularly as a teenager. Dr. Nazarian gave an inspiring presentation about the program he supports that sends dentists from all over the world to villages in Armenia where they set up summer camps for underprivileged children who need dental work. While the children have fun at camp, they are also getting much needed dental care. 

Another AYF-er, Anahit Indzhigulyan, sang a beautiful Armenian song “Yes Im Anoush Hayastani,” which pleased the audience. A representative of the Central Executive, Kyle Dinkjian, offered his remarks and answered questions about the AYF.
Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, pastor of St. Sarkis, made a moving speech about the importance of our youth and our community helping Armenia. More than $4,000 was raised because of the generosity of the parishioners. 
This successful event was collaboration by Fr. Nareg Terterian who made the event possible, along with Yeretsgin Annie Terterian and the Ladies Guild who prepared a mezza table, and the AYF Hyortik Chapter who organized the program.  

Birth of Count Mikhail Loris-Melikov 
(November 2, 1824)
Among many Armenian soldiers who served the Russian Empire, the name of Mikhail Loris-Melikov was also relevant for his political labor.

His actual name was Mikayel Loris-Melikian. He was the scion of an ancient noble family from Lori, which owned the province in the Middle Ages. They later entered the aristocratic society of Georgia, and the princely family of the Loris-Melikovs was approved in 1832 as part of the Russian nobility.

Mikhail Loris-Melikov was born on November 2, 1824, in Tiflis (Georgia), and was educated in St. Petersburg, first at the Lazarian Institute of Oriental Languages and afterwards at the Guards’ Cadet Institute. In 1843 he joined a hussar regiment and was sent to the Caucasus in 1847. He would spend some thirty years there and make a career both as a distinguished cavalry officer and an able administrator, working to ensure a transition from military to civil administration. He was governor of the region of Terek (nowadays the northeastern Caucasus) from 1863-1875.

Loris-Melikov, who reached the rank of cavalry general in 1875, commanded an army corps on the Ottoman frontier in Asia Minor during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. He took the fortress of Ardahan and was rebuffed by Ottoman general Ahmed Muhtar Pasha at Zevin, but he subsequently carried a conclusive victory over his opponent at Alaja, took the impregnable fortress of Kars by storm, and laid siege to Erzerum. His distinguished military service in the war earned him the title of Count, and he was awarded the Order of Saint George of the second degree for his service in Alaja in October 1877.

In 1878 Loris-Melikov was transferred to the region of the Lower Volga as temporary governor-general to combat an outbreak of the plague. His effectiveness at the work earned him another transfer, this time to the provinces to Central Russia to combat the terrorist activities of nihilists and anarchists.

He was successful in his task, and he was appointed chief of the Supreme Administrative Commission created in St. Petersburg after an assassination attempt against Czar Alexander II in February 1880. He showed his preference for the use of ordinary legal methods rather than exception extralegal measures, believing that the best policy was to strike at the root of the evil. He recommended a scheme of administrative and economic reforms to the Russian emperor with the aim of alleviating the causes of social discontent. Alexander II, who was not convinced of the efficacy of police repression, dissolved the Supreme Commission in August 1880 and appointed Count Loris-Melikov Interior Minister with exceptional powers in November.

The scheme of reforms was never carried out. On March 13, 1881, the very day that the emperor signed a decree creating several commissions to prepare reforms in various branches of government, he was the victim of a conspiracy by nihilist terrorists. His son and successor Alexander III adopted an anti-reformist policy and started to undo the reforms promulgated by his father. This led Loris-Melikov to resign in May and retire from active life. He wrote several historical and political works, living in Germany and then in Nice (France) until his death on December 24, 1888. His remnants were moved to Tiflis and buried in the courtyard of the Armenian monastery of Tiflis. 
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s website ( ).
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ARMENIA 1918/2018
“Armenia 1919/2018,” a concert to commemorate the 100 th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Great War (World War I), the founding of the first Armenian republic, and to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide will take place this Monday, November 5, at 7:30 pm at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112 th Street, New York City. The concert features the Rose of the Compass Ensemble and the Cathedral Choir. The musical repertoire features colorful and exciting folk songs and dances, as well as original compositions by Gomidas, the father of the Armenian national school of music. Tickets start at $25. Concertgoers may purchase special tickets that include an additional pre-concert tour exploring areas of the Cathedral constructed during the Great War and its aftermath. Purchase tickets online (, in person at the Cathedral box office, or call OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.
An all-day symposium in conjunction with the Armenia! Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will take place this Saturday, November 3, from 10:30 am to 5 pm at the MET Fifth Avenue. Admission to the Symposium is free with Museum admission; however, advance registration is required. The Symposium begins with a tribute to the scholars who led the way in the study of Armenian art in America in the second half of the 20 th century: Sirarpie Der Nersessian, Nina Garsoian, Richard G. Hovannisian, and Thomas F. Mathews. Poet and author Professor Peter Balakian will speak at the Final Session, 3:45 to 4:15 pm, on The Ruins of Ani, From Sacred Landscape to Political Soil.
Join art historians and scholars of Armenian Studies as they examine monuments, manuscripts, paintings, and other works that document the Armenian influence on international trade during the Middle Ages and illuminate the resulting impact on artistic traditions both in Armenia and abroad. (  
REMINDER: Armenia! is on view at The MET through January 13, 2019.

An article about the MET’s Armenia! exhibit written by Jason Farago was in the print edition of the New York Times on Friday, October 26 under the banner headline “Reverent Beauty: The Met’s Armenia Show is One for the Ages,” and sub-headline “The Metropolitan Museum of Art gives the blockbuster treatment to Armenia, the oldest Christian country in the world.”
Mr. Farago, an art critic for the New York Times, whose work has also appeared in many well-known publications including the Christian Science Monitor, the New Yorker, the Guardian, and London Review of Books, begins his article with current events and the young people in Armenia who brought about a nonviolent “velvet revolution.” He writes: “Armenia is a country with so much history it can overwhelm you. This spring we learned its future might be as eventful as its past, which makes it a timely moment for “Armenia!,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s eye-opening appraisal of the art, manuscripts, textiles and religious artifacts of a nation that is still adding surprising chapters to its dramatic history.”
The author concludes, “Armenians, as this great show attests, have long been at the mercy of outside forces, and the beauty of this show is tinged with conquest and subjection. But the young revolutionaries who marched and sang in Yerevan this spring—such a rare gleam of hope in this global age of authoritarianism—knew that the manuscript of Armenian history is still being written.”
Read the entire article here .
Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, 5 to 8 pm: Ara Dinkjian (oud), Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet), and Tamer Pinarbasi (kanun) perform Armenian and world chamber music in the Balcony Bar of the Great Hall.

Friday, January 11, 6:30 pm, at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Screening of Sergei Parajanov’s influential 1969 film The Color of Pomegranates , a poetic biography of 18 th century Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, accompanied by a new live score by composer Mary Kouyoumdjian. A panel discussion follows the film.

Exhibition Tours : Explore the cultural achievements and creative impulses of the Armenian people during an in-depth tour of the exhibition on the following remaining days beginning at 10:30 am: Friday, November 2; Wednesday, November 14; Friday, December 7; Wednesday, December 19; Wednesday, January 9.

Some of the listed events require purchase of tickets. Visit, call 212-570-3949, or stop by the Great Hall Box office at The Met.

Edited by Helen C. Evans

The companion book to the Armenia! Exhibition is in itself a thing of beauty and amazement. Printed and manufactured with great care, the breathtaking photographs seem to jump from the pages with clarity and high definition. The essays, written by a team of twenty international scholars and specialists, illuminate and bring to life the works of art that define Armenian medieval culture.
Hardcover; 352 pages; 282 color illustrations;
Map, Glossary; Bibliography; Index
$65.00 plus shipping and handling

For information or to order this book contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email ( ) or telephone (212-689-7810).
As of 2 am Sunday, November 4, daylight saving time ends and we return to standard time. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.
Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day. Do your civic duty and VOTE.
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.

Now through January 13, 2019 —“Armenia!” a large exhibition dedicated to the medieval period of Armenian history and culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The exhibit is the first at the Met dedicated solely to Armenia. Curated by Dr. Helen C. Evans.

October 25 through December 13 (Thursdays) —Seven-part Bible Study on The Book of Revelation, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City, presented by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Director of Christian Education (Eastern Prelacy). For information please contact the church office by email ( or telephone (212) 689-5880.

November 2, 3, 4 —Annual Bazaar and Food Festival, Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Delicious dinners to eat-in or take-out, an array of Armenian delicacies and pastries, vendors, music/entertainment Saturday evening.

November 2 and 3 —St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachussetts, presents the 62 nd installment of its annual bazaar at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC) in Watertown. Come by with family and friends for delicious chicken, beef, and losh kebab, kufteh and kheyma dinners, delicious pastries, and specialty gourmet items. Also featuring, handmade arts and crafts, the treasure-finding White Elephant table, and popular auction items. All welcome.

November 3 & 4 —St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Bazaar and Armenian Food Festival with music, games, food, attic treasures, and much more.

November 4 —The Anthropology/Armenian Museum partnering with the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) will present the films “The Promise” at 2 pm, and “Intent to Destroy” at 5 pm. Joe Berlinger, Director of “Intent to Destroy” will be the speaker at the Q&A. Tickets to view both films are $15 per person. Access to visit the exhibits at MOMI is included. To order tickets call 718-428-5650.

November 4 —St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Divine Liturgy Lecture Series, 3 of 4, at sermon time. Eucharistic service and Dismissal service.

November 4 —HEY JAN KHAPAMA, a musical extravaganza by Areni Choir, features musical entertainment with song, dance, and much more. Mezze, full dinner, and dessert. Adults $50 in advance; $55 at door; children under twelve, $20. At 4 pm at St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234 th Street, Douglaston, New York. For tickets: (732) 98ARENI.

November 10 —Exploring the Nicene Creed ( Havadamk ), a 3-hour seminar at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Speaker: Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Director of Christian Education (Eastern Prelacy). For information, contact the church office by email ( or by telephone (413) 543-4763.

November 10 and 11 —Armenian Fest 2018, Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, Annual Food Festival at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, Rhode Island. Featuring chicken, losh and shish kebabs, and kufta dinners. Armenian delicacies, dancing to live music, arts and crafts, flea market, gift baskets, children’s corner, country store, jewelry, hourly raffles. Hamazkayin Artsakh Dance Group will perform on Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. Armenian food and delicious Armenian pastries available all day. Saturday from noon to 9 pm; Sunday noon to 7 pm. Free admission and parking. Valet parking available. For information: www.armenianfestri/ or 401-831-6399 .

November 11 —St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Divine Liturgy Lecture Series, 4 of 4, at sermon time, Eucharistic service and Dismissal service.

November 18 —56 th anniversary of St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Celebrant, His Grace Bishop Anoushavan, Prelate. Details to follow.

December 2 —Banquet in honor of His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, newly-elected Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy at Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111 th Street, Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Reception 2:30 pm; dinner and program 3:30 pm.

December 9 —“What’s in a Name? The Etymology of Armenian Surnames,” a lecture by writer and editor C. K. Garabed, 1 pm in Pashalian Hall at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City, sponsored by Hamazkayin Armenian Educational & Cultural Society—Regional Executive and St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. Light refreshments; free admission.

May 5, 2019 —60 th anniversary of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey. SAVE THE DATE.

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