November 3, 2016


Archbishop Oshagan will travel to the Chicago area this weekend where on Sunday, November 6 he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy, deliver the sermon, and ordain 27 altar boys and girls at All Saints Armenian Church in Glenview, Illinois. A luncheon will follow in Shahnasarian Hall celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the parish and the ordination of the acolytes.


On Tuesday, November 8, Archbishop Oshagan and Bishop Anoushavan will attend a luncheon in honor of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos and Supreme Patriarch of All Armenians, hosted by Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Supreme Head of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, at the Archdiocese Center in Paramus, New Jersey.

The Catholicos is visiting the United States to preside over a number of events including the official opening and dedication of the new campus of the Saint Nersess Seminary in Armonk, New York, the consecration of the chapel, and the ribbon-cutting of the Karekin I Theological Center that will take place next weekend.


Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, celebrated its 59th anniversary last Sunday with the presence of Archbishop Oshagan, who celebrated the Divine Liturgy, ordained sub-deacon Raffi Samkiranian to the rank of deacon, and delivered the sermon. Following the service, His Eminence presided over the parish’s 59th anniversary celebration at the Pleasant Valley Country Club. Dr. Andre Markarian was the Master of Ceremonies and Peter Bedigian, chairman of the Board, presented welcoming remarks. 

Archbishop Oshagan presented the Prelacy’s Certificates of Merit to three recipients: Charles Gigarjian, Joyce Torosian, and Dorothy Arakelian for their years of dedicated service to the church. Mrs. Carol Bedrosian, president of the Ladies Guild, presented the newly ordained Deacon Raffi Samkiranian with a gold cross pendant. In his message, Rev. Fr. Mikael Der Kosrofian, pastor, stressed that it takes “faith, love, and hard work for the church community to thrive; as long as we continue to worship His name our solid foundation will remain unshaken.”  

The children of the parish, ages 1 to 14, presented a charming dance choreographed by Mrs. Kristi Markarian. The celebration came to a conclusion after the remarks offered by Archbishop Oshagan, who congratulated the church community on its anniversary and prayed for the continued success and prosperity of the parish, and looked forward to celebrating the parish’s 60th anniversary next year.

Archbishop Oshagan and Rev. Fr. Mikael with deacons, acolytes, and choir members after the Liturgy.

The Prelate ordains Deacon Raffi Samkiranian during the Liturgy.

Children of the parish offered a dance performance.


Archbishop Oshagan attended a benefit luncheon for Syrian Armenians last Thursday at Krichian Grill & Bistro in Paterson, New Jersey, hosted by the Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (ACCO). Opening remarks were offered by Mrs. Rachel Nadjarian and Mr. Sarkis Balkhian presented the organization’s humanitarian projects that benefit Syrian Armenians in Armenia. Archbishop Oshagan delivered his message and encouraged everyone to support this humanitarian cause.

Archbishop Oshagan and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian with the Board of Directors of ACCO, Maral Karakashian, Raffi Karakashian, Talar Tcholakian, Rachel Nadjarian, Carmen Gulbenkian, and Sarkis Balkhian.


Bible readings for Sunday, November 6, Ninth Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, are: Isaiah 24:1-13; Ephesians 5:15-33; Luke 8:49-56. 

While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.” And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened. (Luke 8:49-56). 


Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. 

Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject to everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleaned her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one.” This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church; however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:15-33)


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


This Saturday, November 5, the Armenian Church commemorates the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The word “angel” (hreshdag) means messenger. Archangel is a title given to an angel of high rank in the celestial hierarchy.

Michael (Hebrew meaning “Who is like God”) is the prince of all angels and the leader of the celestial armies. He is considered to be the protector of Christians in general and soldiers in particular, and the guardian of the orthodox faith and defender against heresies.

Gabriel (Hebrew meaning “Strength of God”) is one of God’s chief messengers. He was God’s messenger to Daniel to explain his vision (Daniel 8:16-26) and prophecy (Daniel 9:21-27). He foretold the birth of John the Baptist and was the messenger announcing the forthcoming birth of Christ (Luke 1:11-21).

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)
Birth of Alenoush Terian (November 9, 1920)

Alenoush Terian, known as the “mother of contemporary astronomy in Iran,” broke the glass ceiling many decades before the term “glass ceiling” was ever used in English.
She was born on November 9, 1920, in Tehran. Her mother had studied in Switzerland and was a French teacher, while her father, native of Nor Jugha, the Armenian suburb near Ispahan, was a writer and became the director of the Sepah Bank for the last twenty years of his life.

Alenoush Terian graduated in 1947 from the Faculty of Science of the University of Tehran and went to work in the physics laboratory of her alma mater. A year later, she was name head of operations of the laboratory.

She tried to convince her professor, Mahmoud Hesabi, to help her get a scholarship to pursue studies in France. However, she was rejected because she was a woman. This did not deter her from going to Paris with her father’s financial support. She studied at the Faculty of Atmospheric Physics of the Sorbonne and obtained a master’s degree in 1956. She was offered a teaching job there, but she rejected it with the aim of bringing her services to Iran. She returned and became an assistant professor of Thermodynamics at the Faculty of Physics in Tehran University.

The situation had changed by 1959, when Western Germany offered a scholarship to Tehran University for studies in the observatory of solar physics for four months. Alenoush Terian was selected for the scholarship and went to Germany in March 1961. After finishing her stint, she returned to Iran. In May 1964 she received the grade of full professor, and became the first female professor of Physics in Iran.

In 1966 she became a member of the Geophysics Committee of Tehran University. Three years later, she was named chairman of the study group of solar physics at the Geophysics Institute of the university and went to work at the solar observatory, which she had helped found. She retired in 1979.

She did not marry, but devoted her entire life to her students. As one former student stated, “She always said that she had a daughter called moon and a son called sun.”
The Iranian TV made a documentary on her life, “Towards the Sun,” in 2003. She was decorated in 2006 by Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Alenoush Terian passed away on March 4, 2011, after spending the last years of her life at a nursing home. In her will, she left her home to the Armenian community of Nor Jugha and to those students who do not have a proper living place.

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


The Emergence of the Armenian Diocese of New Julfa in the Seventeenth Century, by Vazken S. Ghougassian, Executive Director of the Eastern Prelacy, was translated and published in Persian (Farsi) in April 2015. The first edition quickly sold-out and last month a second printing of the work was published in Iran. 

The book is based on Dr. Ghougassian’s PhD dissertation defended at Columbia University in April 1995 that was accepted with distinction. The book was published in 1998 by Scholars Press in the University of Pennsylvania Armenian Texts and Studies Series. The volume received glowing reviews and is considered a valuable source for the history of the New Julfa diocese. 

The Persian translation was done by Said Karimpur and published by Amir Kabir Publishers. The 430 page hardcover volume contains 32 full-color illustrations.

The cover of the Farsi edition published under the title of “History of Armenians of Iran in the Seventeenth Century.”

The cover of the English edition published in 1998 by University of Pennsylvania that is now nearly out-of-print.


Some parishioners who participated in the Trunk or Treat event last Sunday, October 30, at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, Granite City, Illinois.


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We will be returning to Standard Time this weekend. So don’t forget to adjust your clocks back one hour this Sunday. 


It’s been a long and hard road, but finally Tuesday is Election Day (sigh!). 

President Dwight D. Eisenhower offered the following “Prayer for Our Leaders,” in his inaugural address on January 20, 1953.

Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the executive branch of government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race, or calling. 

May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. 

Before all else, we seek, upon our common labor as a nation, the blessings of Almighty God. And the hopes in our hearts fashion the deepest prayers of our whole people. 

May we pursue the right—without self-righteousness. 

May we know unity—without conformity. 

May we grow in strength—without pride in self. 

May we, in our dealings with all peoples of the earth, ever speak truth and serve justice. 

And so shall America—in the sight of all men of good will—prove true to the honorable purposes that bind and rule us as a people in all this time of trial through which we pass. 

This Week Featuring:

In This Episode:

  • Opening Prayer
  • Among other things with Veh & Der Nareg
  • An Interview with Mrs. Natalie Meneshian
  • Bible Reflection
  • Hymn Of The Day

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. NEW TERM BEGINS SEPTEMBER 10.

November 4 & 5St. Stephen's Church (Watertown, MA) 60th Annual Church Bazaar will take place Friday-Saturday, November 4-5 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, and ever popular silent and live auction items. 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, gift shoppe, and live and silent auction items!

November 4, 5, 6 —Annual Bazaar and Food Festival of Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday; children’s activities; vendors; homemade Manti, Kufte, Sou Buereg, Choreg, and more. Traditional Khavourma dinner on Sunday. Extensive Messe and dessert menu for your Thanksgiving table available for take-out.

November 6 —Presentation of “My Prayer Book,” by Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian at St. Illuminator Cathedral’s Pashalian Hall at 1 pm. Presentation by Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General of the Prelacy.

November 12—52nd Anniversary Celebration Banquet of Soorp Khatch Church, Bethesda, Maryland. His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan will preside over the banquet. On Sunday, November 13, His Eminence will celebrate the Divine Liturgy.

November 12 and 13 —Armenian Fest 2016, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church, Providence, Rhode Island, presents Armenian Food Festival at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Broad Street, Cranston, Rhode Island. Chicken, losh, and shish kebab 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, noon to 9 pm; Sunday, noon to 8 pm. For information: or church office, (401) 831-6399.

November 13—ARS Mayr Chapter of New York, luncheon to benefit the Armenian community in Syria.  Almayass Restaurant, at 1 pm, 24 E. 21st Street, New York, NY.  Donation: $75 adults; $30 children under 12; (includes full lunch, wine and soft drinks).  For reservations, call Anais at 718-392-6982 or Ani at 516-784-0740.

November 19—Annual Armenian Dance at St. Gregory Church Community Center, Granite City, Illinois, organized by AYF “Antranig” Chapter.

November 20—91st Anniversary Celebration of St. Stephen’s Church, Hartford-New Britain, Connecticut. Banquet will follow church service at Case Mia at The Hawthorne, 2421 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, Connecticut. His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and preside over the banquet. $45 per person; $20 under twelve.

November 20—Thanksgiving Luncheon at 1 pm at St. Illuminator Cathedral’s John Pashalian Hall, organized by St. Illuminator’s Ladies Guild. Admission: $30.00.

December 3—Children’s Christmas Concert with Maggie and Santa Clause. Organized by St. Illuminator’s Armenian Saturday School and Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church Nareg Saturday School, in large hall of Sts. Vartanantz Church, at 4 pm. Tickets: $25.00. For information and tickets: Silva: 201-779-6744; Sts. Vartanantz Church: 201-943-2950; St. Illuminator Cathedral: 212-689-5880.

December 3 — 10th Annual Banquet by the Armenian National Committee-Eastern Region (ANCA-ER) in Washington, DC at the prestigious Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel.  Honored this year, among others, Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Dr. Levon Avdoyan, and Dr. Roger Smith. The theme for the banquet is "We Are Artsakh Strong" and special focus will be placed upon the activities being undertaken to strengthen and protect Artsakh. The banquet, sponsored by the ANCA Eastern Region Endowment Fund, will begin with cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 pm, followed by dinner and awards ceremony at 7:30 pm. The weekend will also include the first reunion of ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship and Capital Gateway Program alumni, to be held in conjunction with the ANCA Christmas Party on Friday, December 2nd, ANCA-ER Special Briefing at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, with the participation of The Genocide Education Project (GenEd), Permanent Representative of Nagorno Karabakh Republic to the U.S. and Canada H.E. Robert Avetisyan, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the U.S. H.E. Grigor Hovannissian. Brunch Seminar at the ANCA Washington DC Headquarters on Sunday, December 4th from 10 am to 12 noon. To RSVP for the Briefing and/or Seminar, please send an email to Space is limited to the first 50 RSVPs and priority will be given for out-of-town participants. For banquet tickets and for making donations please visit, for more information visit or contact ANCA Eastern Region at or  (917) 428-1918

December 11—Celebration of the 62nd Anniversary of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Granite City, Illinois. Episcopal Divine Liturgy, ordinations, and banquet.

December 18—Armenian Cultural Concert at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, Granite City, Illinois.

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