November 2, 2017
A mother of two, the youngest just three months old, from Belgium; a computer scientist from Manhattan; a financial analyst from New Jersey; five men from Argentina who had come with five others to celebrate their 30 th high school reunion, all were the innocent victims of a terrorist attack on a popular bicycle path along the Hudson River in New York on Tuesday. The fragility of life was once again impressed upon us in a horrific way. Our prayers are for mercy and compassion for the souls of the dead, comfort and healing for the living, strength and grace for humanity’s struggle against violence. 

Archbishop Oshagan surrounded by clergy, altar servers, choir, following the inspiring Divine Liturgy at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City last Sunday
It was a memorable day on many different levels, including the weather that fortunately did not deter the enthusiastic attendance at either the early morning Liturgy or the afternoon sold-out banquet. Joining the celebration were not only the clergy from the immediate area, but many from further communities. Members of Archbishop Oshagan’s family—20-strong from various parts of the world—were on hand to be a part of a celebration that was filled with love and gratitude.
During the next several weeks, Crossroads will feature various parts of the celebratory program with text, photographs and videos, and the entire collection of memorabilia will be on the Prelacy’s web page soon for you to view at your leisure. A special issue of Outreach , the Prelacy’s print magazine, will also feature this event and Archbishop Oshagan’s fifty years of service to the Armenian Church and especially his twenty years of service as Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy.

Archbishop Oshagan with members of his family who traveled from near and far to attend this celebration.
Last Thursday night, “Cocktails for a Cause,” the young adult event in honor of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, took place at Studio Arte in New York City. This event was proudly organized by a committee of young leaders within the Prelacy who held the objective of further revitalizing Karen Jeppe Armenian College, the renowned high school in Aleppo, Syria. His Eminence, who taught literature and religion for a number of years at the Karen Jeppe College, was pleased with this mission, and the results of this night. All proceeds will be allocated towards paying tuition for a number of students attending the Armenian College. 

Take a look at a few scenes from “Cocktails for a Cause.”
Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon on Sunday, October 22 at St. Stephen Church of New Britain/Hartford on the occasion of the parish’s 92 nd anniversary. Following the Liturgy His Eminence presided over the celebratory banquet at Casia Mia at The Hawthorne. During the banquet Archbishop Oshagan presented a Certificate of Merit to Adrienne Dodakian in appreciation of many years of service to the church.

Archbishop Oshagan with Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian and altar servers during the Liturgy last Sunday on the occasion of the 92 nd anniversary of St. Stephen Church of New Britain/Hartford, Connecticut.

Adrienne Dodakian (center front), the recipient of a Certificate of Merit is surrounded by her family. From left, son-in-law Van Krikorian, daughter Priscilla Krikorian, son Wayne Dodakian, daughter Rachel Dodakian, and husband Sarkis Dodakian.

Bishop Anoushavan will travel to the Midwest this weekend where on Sunday he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at All Saints Church in Glenview, Illinois, on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the parish. His Grace will preside over a luncheon following the Liturgy.

On Thursday, October 26, ANEC director Dr. Vartan Matiossian was one of the speakers at an event on the 55 th anniversary of the literary journal “Pakine,” published in Beirut by the Central Board of Hamazkayin. The event was organized by the New Jersey chapter of Hamazkayin at the Hovnanian School. Dr. Matiossian, who is a member of the editorial board, joined Sonia Kiledjian-Ajemian, editor-in-chief, and Dr. Viken Tufenkjian, another member of the editorial board, both specially invited from Montreal.  
Editor’s Note: Vartan Matiossian is a scholar and a man of many talents. This past Monday he was summoned to Mexico to act as Spanish/Armenian translator for His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, who is currently on a pontifical visit to the Western Diocese, and who for the first time visited Mexico. The photos below show Dr. Matiossian with His Holiness.
Bible readings for Sunday, November 5, 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)

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

Today, November 2, the Armenian Church remembers 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.

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)

Saturday, November 4, 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 6)

From left, Maestro Kostantin Petrossian, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Aren Arakelian, Anahit Indzighulyan, Maestro Krikor Pidedjian and Dr. Mher Navoyan.
St. Illuminator's Cathedral presented a lecture by Dr. Mher Navoyan yesterday evening on the life and legacy of Gomidas Vartabed as a composer, and his influence on world and Armenian music. Recognized as one of the pioneers of ethnomusicology, Gomidas was a priest, as well as a musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster. He is considered the founder of the Armenian national school of music.
Dr. Navoyan is a well-known authority on Gomidas Vartabed. He holds degrees from the Gomidas State Conservatory in Yerevan as an orchestral performer and musicologist. He has been a professor at his alma mater since 1995, teaching courses on history of Armenian and world music, Armenian sacred music, and other subjects. He has also held various other positions, such as supervisor of a specialized course and deputy dean for research affairs, and since 2015 he is the head of the scientific council at the Gomidas Museum-Institute. Dr. Navoyan has participated in numerous local and international conferences.

After welcoming words by Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Pastor, the guest speaker was introduced by maestro Krikor Pidedjian. Dr. Navoyan made an interesting presentation with a bilingual PowerPoint, which lasted an hour. Anahid Indzhigulyan and Aren Arakelian, young talented musicians from the Cathedral parish, accompanied by Ms. Diana Vasilyan, performed works by Gomidas. Maestro Kostantin Petrossian made closing remarks.


His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia, delivered a speech at the 2 nd Athens International Conference on Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Co-Existence in the Middle East that took place October 29-31. The following is a summary of His Holiness’s address to the gathering.
The Middle East has been the birthplace of three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It has also been the homeland of so many cultures, ethnicities and civilizations. These diversities that have characterized the history of the region have often generated tensions, polarizations and conflicts. Religion sometime has been used for non-religious purposes. The affirmation of ethnicity has caused estrangement, and religious extremism has, in its turn, became a major factor in provoking persecution, massacres and wars.
A realistic assessment of the present landscape of the Middle East will not display a different image of the region. In fact, the forceful resurgence of religious extremism, the growing fear of disintegration, and the increasing penetration of global powers in the regional politics, and in addition to these major concerns, the question of refugees and internally displaced persons with their socio-economic implications have furthered destabilized the region. Hence, one may safely assert that the Middle East is actually at the most crucial juncture of its modern history.

As religious and political leaders we have a common role to play. We are challenged to be proactive. Let me briefly identify five areas of common concern which require common action and firm commitment by religious leaders:

1) Protecting life: Monotheistic religions believe that life both in its rational and non-rational expressions is given by God. Hence, life is sacred. Human beings have no right to misuse and abuse it, and to take one’s life. Such an act is a sin against God. We must protect the sacredness, integrity and wholeness of life. This is a God-given vocation that must be realized with the sense of responsibility and accountability. We must promote a culture of life against culture of death.
2) Affirming diversity: Diversity is a God-given reality; it is a significant feature of creation and human life. Therefore, diversity is a source of enrichment and progress. We must enhance and safeguard diversity. We must accept and respect the way we are. Diversity becomes a source of evil when it is transformed to adversity, intolerance and rejection of the other. We must accept the otherness of the other. Exclusive ways of thinking and acting generate conflicts. We must develop an inclusive and holistic approach in our teachings, practices and ways of life that embrace the wholeness of life in all its diversities. Living in pluralistic societies, we are called to transform our diversities to coherent and reconciled diversities, and co-existence to a community sustained by common values.
3) Rejecting extremism: Extremism is another form of evil. Religions have different self-understanding, self-realization and self-expressions. The monotheistic religions have common roots, common teachings and common values; at the same time they have different approaches and perspectives in respect to issues and challenges facing humanity. A religion may claim that it possesses the truth and hence affirm its legitimacy. But it has no right to impose its values on others, exploit religious beliefs for ideological and political ends, and even kill people in the name of God. Any religion will never accept such an evil practice. Therefore, we must join our forces to reject extremism in all its dimensions and manifestations that strongly impact modern societies. We must promote a culture of tolerance, mutual respect and peaceful co-habitation.
4) Overcoming violence:Violence in all its forms and expressions has become a dominant feature of contemporary societies. It impacts all spheres and layers of community. In becoming a global evil, violence has taken on a new dimension and urgency. Violence is also built into systems of governance and has become integral to various structures and ideologies, policies and practices as an instrument to maintain privilege and control. This culture of violence dehumanizes people, shakes the very foundation of a society and destroys the creation. We can overcome this life-threatening evil by community building. We are bound to each other within a community. We are responsible for and accountable to each other. Living as a community will keep away all sorts of violence. We can overcome this global evil also through education. Family and school play a crucial role in moral formation. Therefore religions and governments should make education a top priority.
5) Striving for peace with justice: Peace is not the absence of war; it is essentially the harmonious relations, creative interaction, mutual understanding and respect based on common values, principles and aspirations. Peace is above all a common life sustained and protected by justice. Wherever rights are smashed by might, wherever equality is ignored and participation is neglected, peace becomes shaky. According to the teachings of monotheistic religions, peace is a gift of God. We must safeguard it with care and responsibility; we must work for it by promoting justice. This is, indeed, our common calling.

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Birth of Stepan Malkhasiants (November 7, 1857)

During the first half of the twentieth century, it might be said that the field of Armenian Studies was built upon a quartet of pillars in the fields of philology and history: Stepan Malkhasiants (1857-1947), Manuk Abeghian (1865-1944), Nicholas Adontz (1871-1942), and Hakob Manandian (1873-1952).

Stepan Malkhasiants was born on November 7, 1857, in Akhaltskha (Javakhk, now in Georgia). After finishing the Armenian parochial school and the Russian provincial school of the town, in 1874 he entered the newly opened Kevorkian Lyceum of Vagharshapat, which depended on the Holy See of Etchmiadzin. Upon graduation in 1878, he pursued higher education at the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the Imperial University of St. Petersburg. He graduated in 1889 with a doctorate in Philology, specialized in Armenian, Sanskrit, and Georgian. In 1885, still a university student, he published a critical edition of tenth century Armenian historian Asoghik’s Universal History. Two years later, he published his translation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, directly from the English. In 1892 he would publish a translation of Macbeth .

From 1890-1910 Malkhasiants worked as a teacher at the Nersisian School of Tiflis, where he also was principal from 1903-1906. Meantime, he married Satenik Benklian. During those two decades, he published important studies about the Armenian language and orthography, as well as ancient literature, such as The History of Sebeos and Movses Khorenatsi (1893) and Study of the History of Pavstos Buzand (1896). He also published, in collaboration, a critical edition of Ghazar Parpetsi’s History of the Armenians (1904). He was an active contributor to the Armenian press in the Caucasus, particularly the journal Ararat of Holy Etchmiadzin and the daily Mshak of Tiflis.

Malkhasiants continued his educational work in Tiflis during the 1910s, when he was principal of the Hovnanian girls’ school (1910-1914). Then he accepted an offer as principal of the Kevorkian Lyceum in Vagharshapat (1914-1915), but when the lyceum was closed in 1917, he returned to Tiflis and became principal of the Gayanian School.
In 1917 Malkhasiants was one of the founders of the Armenian Popular Party, which in 1921 would become one of the founding parties of the Armenian Democratic Liberal ( Ramgavar Azadagan ) Party. He moved to Armenia in 1919, and taught for a year at the primer university opened in Alexandropol (nowadays Gyumri). His report to the National Council (Parliament) of Armenia became the basis for the adoption of the tricolor flag of the Republic of Armenia (1918-1920), which would be re-established after 1991. He had the honor of presenting the opening lecture at Yerevan State University on February 1, 1920.

Malkhasiants continued his scholarly activities during Soviet times. In the last decade of his life, he published an impressive number of studies: the Russian translation of Sebeos’ History of Heraclius (1939), a critical edition of the medical treatise of Amirdovlat Amasiatsi (1420-1496), the Modern Armenian translation of Movses Khorenatsi’s History of Armenia, and a monograph, On the Enigma of Khorenatsi, all in 1940, and the Modern Armenian translation of Pavstos Buzand’s History of Armenia (1947). In 1940 he received a title of doctor honoris causa, and in 1943 he was elected member of the founding body of the Armenian Academy of Sciences.

Malkhasiants’ name, however, has become synonymous with his monumental Armenian Explanatory Dictionary (1944-1945), a four-volume work of 2380 pages in three columns, which he compiled between 1921 and 1943. This dictionary was unprecedented in the history of Armenian lexicography, as it included the lexicon of Classical, Middle, and Modern Armenian, old and new loanwords, and many dialectal terms, with a total of 120,000 entries. It gave the grammatical definition of each word, synonyms and antonyms, and examples for most terms. The dictionary became a fundamental source for all dictionaries of the Armenian language and bilingual dictionaries published afterwards in Armenian and abroad. It won the State Prize of the Soviet Union (called Stalin Prize at the time) in 1946, and it was reprinted three times (Beirut, 1956; Teheran, 1982; Yerevan, 2008). An interesting feature is that it was printed in classical orthography upon Malkhasiants’ insistence. The prolific scholar passed away on July 21, 1947, at the age of ninety. 

We will be returning to Standard Time as of 2 am on Sunday, November 5. Set your time pieces back one hour and gain the hour you lost in the spring.
Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day.
The Podcast with Fr. Nareg Terterian is back after a summer hiatus.

Featured this week:
  • 50th Anniversary Liturgy and Banquet.
  • Interview with Annie Ovanessian, Director of Youth Ministry at the Prelacy.
  • And lots more.

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..
November 2 —4 th annual Steak Dinner (10 oz. Deluxe New York Strip Sirloin) sponsored by Men’s Club, Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, 5:30 pm to 7 pm. $20 per person. For tickets contact Peter Kallanian by telephone (508-852-5328) or email ( ).

November 3 & 4  —St. Stephen's Church (Watertown, MA) 61st Annual Church Bazaar will take place Friday-Saturday, November 3-4 at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (47 Nichols Ave, Watertown). Come by with family and friends for delicious chicken, beef, and losh kebab, kufteh and kheyma dinners, mouth watering pastries, and specialty gourmet items. We'll showcase our hand made arts and crafts, the treasure-finding White Elephant table. This is an annual event not to miss. Come reconnect with parishioners, friends and support the future of our Church. Visit our website for information on menus, pastry and gourmet items, and gift shoppe. items!

November 4 & 5 —Annual Church Bazaar and Armenian Food Festival, St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan. Featuring Attic treasures, delicious food and pastries, Armenian music and dancing, raffle drawings at 3 pm. Delightful fun for the whole family. Information: 313-336-6200.

November 2, 9, 16, 30 —Four-part Bible Study on “The Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians,” at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York, presented by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Director of Christian Education at the Prelacy, sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) and St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm , Light Dinner; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Bible Study. Register by email ( ) or phone (212-689-5880).

November 10, 11, 12 —Sts. Vartanantz Church, Annual Bazaar and Food Festival, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Featuring on Friday and Saturday, Chicken, Luleh, and Shish Kebab dinners and traditional Sunday Khavourma luncheon. Dessert Table, Armenian delicacies, Live Music, Upscale Chinese Auction, Raffle Drawing, Children’s Game Room, Boutique Booths, and so much more. Friday 5-10 pm; Saturday 5-11 pm; Sunday noon to 4 pm. For information: 201-943-2950.

November 11 —Trivia Night event, organized by “Holy Seraphim” Choir of St. Gregory Church, Granite City, Illinois.

November 11 and 12 —Armenian Fest 2017, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church, Providence, Rhode Island, Annual Food Festival at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. 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. Armenian Dance Group will perform on Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. Armenian food and pastry available all day. Saturday from noon to 9 pm; Sunday noon to 7 pm. Free admission and parking. Valet parking available. For information: Go to www.armenianfestri/ or 401-831-6399 .

November 12 —[ note corrected date ] PowerPoint presentation in English and Armenian on “Armenians & Political Cartoons,” by cartoonist and journalist Lucine Kasbarian, 1 pm at Pashalian Hall at St. Illuminator Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City. Sponsored by Regional Executive of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society and St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.

November 12 —The ARS Mayr Chapter is hosting a fundraising luncheon for The Wounded Soldiers in Artsakh, at Almayass Restaurant, 24 E. 21 st Street, New York City, at 2 pm. Donation $75; Children 6 to 12, $25; under 5 free. For reservations: Anais 917-225-4326 or Ani 516-784-0740.

November 16 — Join Armenia Tree Project and Paros Foundation for a fundraiser to support kitchen renovations, beautification and environmental education at the school in Rind, Vayots Dzor. Featuring live performance by singer/songwriter Hooshere and silent auction featuring fine art and luxury gift items. Almayass Restaurant, 24 E. 21st Street, New York. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Donation: $100 in advance, $125 at door. To buy tickets or to make a donation, please visit: . For more information, please contact .

November 17 & 18 —Annual Food Festival at Holy Trinity Church, 635 Grove Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Open at 4:00pm Friday with dinner served from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday open at 10am with dinner being served from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Join us for kheyma, shish kebab, losh kebab or chicken kebab dinners or try our new vegetarian meal. Visit our Country Store and Bake Table. Stock up on choreg, katah choreg, porov kufta, simit, baklava, yalanchi, toorshi and much, much more. Free admission and free parking. For information:  508-852-2414.
November 19 —60 th anniversary of Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts. H.E. Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy, ordain acolytes, consecrate paintings, and preside over the Diamond Anniversary Banquet at Highfields Golf and Country Club, Grafton, Massachusetts.

November 19 —Thanksgiving Luncheon and Celebration of the 107 th anniversary of the Armenian Relief Society, Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church, Shahnasarian Hall, 1701 North Greenwood, Glenview, Illinois.

December 2 —SAVE THE DATE: ANCA Eastern Region Gala, International Place, Boston, Massachusetts. For information: .

December 3 --63rd anniversary celebration of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, Granite City, Illinois.

December 5-8 —World General Assembly of the Great House of Cilicia, at the Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon.

December 10 —St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, 85 th Anniversary of the St. Sarkis community and 55 th Anniversary of the current church structure and campus. Soorp Badarak will be celebrated by Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian. Food and refreshments in the Lillian Arakelian Fellowship Hall; Armenian sacred music performed in the church sanctuary by special guest, Onnik Dinkjian.

May 9-12, 2018 —Eastern Prelacy’s National Representative Assembly, hosted by St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts.

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