October 12, 2017

Archbishop Oshagan delivering the sermon at St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia.
Last Sunday, October 8, the community of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Philadelphia, celebrated the 50 th anniversary of the church at its current location. Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Divine Liturgy, delivered the sermon, and presided over the luncheon attended by some 400 people in a sold-out event. Since its relocation to the current Ridge Avenue site in 1967, the parish has enjoyed the dedicated services of two long-serving pastors, Archpriest Fr. Arsen Hagopian and Archpriest Fr. Nerses Manoogian. In both his sermon and address at the luncheon, Archbishop Oshagan praised the Philadelphia community, calling it one of the jewels of the Prelacy. He told the assembled to continue their unique form of service and dedication to the church and community and praised the transition of leadership from generation to generation that was so visible with the “Hall of Fame” the committee had assembled for this occasion.
During the luncheon Certificates of Merit were presented to Deacons Haroutiun Kazandjian and Vartan Karakelian, for more than 25 years of service on the altar. Certificates were also presented to Doreen Yeremian and Michael Injaian for their leadership of the Sunday School for more than 20 years, and Arsine Oshagan for leading the Armenian language school for adults for more than ten years.
The Eagle of the Prelacy, one of two high awards given by the Prelacy, was bestowed on Noubar Yeremian for his distinguished service to the church and community. The Holy See of Cilicia’s Mesrob Mashdotz medal was awarded to Maroush Paneyan Nigon for her many years of service to the St. Gregory Choir.
Saturday evening the 50 th celebration received a grand inauguration with an evening of mezze, cocktails, dessert and the music of the multi-generational Vosbikian band. 
The parish’s Founders Hall ready for the celebration.
Last Sunday Bishop Anoushavan presented the new publications at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York. This Sunday he will make the presentation at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey.
Last Sunday the parishioners of St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York, gathered in Chadrjian Hall after the Divine Liturgy to participate in the book presentation offered by His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General. This was Srpazan’s first stop on his book presentation tour. 

These books, comprised of three volumes, "Counsel to All Christians" by John of Erzenga, "Exhortations" by Sarkis the Gracious, and "Exhortations" by Basil of Mashgevor have been compiled and translated by Srpazan Anoushavan into modern Armenian, and a fourth book, "St. Nerses of Lambron and His Ecclesial Reforms" compiled and translated as his dissertation by Bishop Zareh Aznavorian of Blessed Memory.

Parishioners of St. Sarkis Church, Mrs. Mary Arslanian, Mr. & Mrs. Karnik and Alice Alajajian, and Mr. & Mrs. Arthur and Annette Givelekian in memory of their father Bedros Givelekian, sponsored the printing of these volumes. Dr. Alina Kochoumian Stanciu who was very inspired by this presentation offered to sponsor the English versions.

On the occasion of the Feast of the Holy Translators, Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian will present the books this Sunday, October 15, at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey following the Divine Liturgy. 
Throughout his service to the Church, Archbishop Oshagan has been actively involved in the worldwide ecumenical movement. He has served in executive positions on the Middle East Council of Churches, has served as a delegate to the World Council of Churches Assemblies; represented the Catholicosate on various ecumenical dialogues for Christian unity. He is currently the President of the Christian and Arab Middle Eastern Churches Together (CAMECT); and actively supports the recently formed In Defense of Christians (IDC).
As a member of the religious advisory board of IDC, Archbishop Oshagan is encouraging Christian clergy and lay leaders to join him at the IDC 2017 Summit that will take place October 24-26 in Washington, DC. The theme of the Summit is “American Leadership and Securing a Future for Christians in the Middle East.” In a letter sent to clergy and lay leaders, Archbishop Oshagan said:
“I encourage you to attend this important gathering and join with people around the world in advocating for International Recognition of the Armenian Genocide; Security and Stability in Lebanon; Emergency Relief for Victims of Genocide in Iraq and Syria; Accountability for the Policies of American Allies in the Middle East; Increased efforts to identify and punish perpetrators of genocide in the ISIS genocide against minorities.”
His Eminence concludes his message noting that “these issues are vital and it is up to us to advocate for the U.S. government to stand with Middle Eastern Christians.”
To learn more about In Defense of Christians (IDC) and the 2017 Summit in Washington, DC go to www.indefenseofchristians
In anticipation of the 50 th anniversary of the ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, that will officially be celebrated on Sunday, October 29, a group of young adults have organized “Cocktails for a Cause,” to benefit the Karen Jeppe Armenian College in Aleppo. The event will take place at StudioArte, 265 W. 37 th Street, New York City. His Eminence taught literature and religion for a number of years at the Karen Jeppe College and is pleased that proceeds from this event will help the college recover and resume its educational leadership role in the area.
Bible readings for Sunday, October 15, Fifth Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross are, Isaiah 19:1-11; Galatians 2:1-10; Mark 12:35-44.

While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’
David himself calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?” And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.
As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:35-44)

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up in response to a revelation. Then I laid before them (though only in a private meeting with the acknowledged leaders) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure that I was not running, or had not run, in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. But because of false believers secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might enslave us—we did not submit to them even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might always remain with you. And from those who were supposed to be acknowledged leaders (what they actually were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those leaders contributed nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel for the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do. (Galatians 2:1-10)

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

This Saturday, October 14, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Holy Translators, one of the most beloved feasts. There are, in fact, two such commemorations in our liturgical calendar. One is on the Thursday following the fourth Sunday after Pentecost, which can occur in June or July; the other is on the second Saturday of October.
The October commemoration focuses on the creation of the Armenian alphabet (406) and on the accomplishments of the Holy Translators. Mesrob Mashdots, the founder of the alphabet, and Catholicos Sahag, together with some of their students, translated the Bible. Schools were opened and the works of world-renowned scholars were translated. Their work gave the Armenian Church a distinct national identity.
In modern times the entire month of October has been designated as a “Month of Culture,” thanks to His Holiness Karekin I Hovsepian, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia from 1943 to 1952. Armenians throughout the Diaspora and Armenia mark this with cultural events not only in remembrance of the past, but in celebration of modern-day scholars, theologians, writers, and translators.
Specifically remembered this Saturday along with Mesrob and Sahag , are: Yeghishe, a renowned student of Sahag and Mesrob, who served as secretary to Vartan Mamigonian and who wrote the great history of the Vartanantz wars; Movses of Khoren , another student of Sahag and Mesrob, who is revered as the father of Armenian history; David the Invincible , a student of Movses, who received most of his education in Athens, where he was given the title “Invincible” because of his brilliance in philosophy; Gregory of Narek , who is considered the greatest poet of the Armenian nation and its first and greatest mystic; and Nerses Shnorhali , a great writer, musician, theologian, and ecumenist.
With the creation of the Armenian alphabet and the translations that followed, this group of scholars transformed the course of Armenian history forever. It is an affirmation of the popular aphorism, “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword.”

The holy translators, like stewards, were interpreters of the divine Scriptures by inventing letters by means of which are preserved on earth as living words for the shepherd flock of the New Israel, praise God with a sweet sounding hymn. They looked on the greatness of earthly glory as on darkness and having put their hope in the immortal bridegroom they were made worthy of the kingdom of heaven; praise God with a sweet-sounding song. By the power of the Father’s wisdom the uncreated existing One by means of their translation they made firm the throne of Saint Gregory, praise God with a sweet-sounding song. Saint Sahag having dressed in the new word, the holy scriptures, adorned the Armenian churches, praise God with a sweet-sounding song.
(Canon to the Holy Translators, from the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church)
“After translating the book of Proverbs, Mesrop and his students began the translation of the New Testament. Translating the bible into any language is an enormous amount of work. It is especially daunting given the absence of any Armenian literature prior to the Bible. Contrast this with the translation of the Bible into English. The most famous English translation is the King James Version, completed in 1611. The earliest English Bible was produced by John Wycliffe in 1382. But even before Wycliffe, there was a tradition of writing in English from which Wycliffe and subsequent translators could draw familiar expressions and phrases. The Armenian Bible, however, is the first work of Armenian literature. In translating the Bible, Sahak and Mesrop and their disciples did more than just a translation. They in essence created a new written language that would be a source and inspiration for all of the Armenian literature that would follow.”
( Light from Light: An Introduction to the History and Theology of the Armenian Church ,” by Michael B. Papazian)
Also remembered this week:
October 16: Saints Tatool, Varos, Thomas, Anthony, Kronites the hermits and the seven Khodajarags.
October 17: The Holy Apostles Ananias, Matthias, Barnabas, Philip, John, Silac, and Silvanus.
October 19: Saint Diohnysius the Areopagite and Holy Apostles Timothy and Titus.

Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian, pastor of St. Stephen Church in New Britain, Connecticut, recently participated in the 60 th anniversary of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of New Britain, Connecticut. In the photo Der Aram is fourth from the left. To his right is His Grace Mar Awa Royel, Bishop of the California Diocese. To his left is His Grace Mar Paulus Benjamin, Bishop of the Eastern United States Diocese. On the extreme left is Father Pouls, pastor of St. Thomas Assyrian Church in New Britain.

Students and staff members at St. Sarkis Church.
The 2017-2018 academic year of the Sunday School of St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York, began with 53 enthusiastic students who were eagerly greeted by the staff. The first day began with an assembly that was lead by Mrs. Maggy Kouyoumdjian, who had conducted two training seminars for the teachers and donated Bibles for the students. Students proceeded to their classrooms where teachers facilitated a “Meet and Greet” before they went into the church sanctuary. Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian’s message to the students was based on Matthew 4:19, “Come, follow me.” After receiving Holy Communion the students returned to their classrooms for breakfast donated by Mr. & Mrs. George and Katia Tavitian. 
Rev. Fr. Torkom Chorbajian leads the Blessing of the Flag ceremony at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Granite City, Illinois.

Armenian language classes for young adults began on October 4, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York. The program is led by dedicated parishioner Ms. Astghik Mkhitarian, with the support of the church’s pastor, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian. In his opening remarks, Der Mesrob said, “October is Armenian Cultural Month and is noted for the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Translators. Starting this program in October is a symbolic and wonderful gift to our Armenian heritage.” Those interested in joining the Armenian language classes may contact the church office by email ( office@stilluminators.org ) or by phone (212-689-5880).

“Women of 1915,” by Bared Maronian, will have its Rhode Island premiere on Saturday, October 14, 5:30 pm at Rhode Island College, Gaige Auditorium, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence. Admission is $20. This documentary film is the epic journey of women survivors of the Armenian Genocide and the odyssey of the relentless human rights advocates who empowered them. Lauded with many honors, including Best Documentary Award and Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award. Presented by the Armenian Relief Society Ani and Arax Chapters and Rhode Island Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society.

For information: Pauline Getzoyan, 401-486-3776 ( getzop@gmail.com ) or Taline Mkrtschjan, 401-481-4877 ( haidoon@hotmail.com ). 

Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee

The “No” Came First
When you ask for something, a negative answer is always likely, but a positive answer does not fall out of the realm of possibility.
The “no” came first, at least in Armenian, where the word ոչ ( voch ) is original to the language, while այո ( ayo “yes”) does not have a recognized explanation, even though it appeared as early as the Armenian translation of the Bible (fifth century A.D.).
The compound word voch (literally “no one, none”) is formed by the negative particle ո ( vo ) and the sign of indefinite, չ ( ch ). The combination of ոչ ( voch “no”) and ինչ ( eench “thing”) yielded the word ոչինչ ( vocheench “nothing”). Voch later transformed into the other negative word, չէ ( che ), formed by the sum of չ ( ch ) and է (“to be”).
The Armenian ayo sounds very close to aye in English (“Aye, captain”) or even to yes, but actually, according to the great linguist Hrachia Ajarian, it is an onomatopoetic word, unrelated to its English, German ( ja ) or French ( oui ) counterparts . The word “yes” did not even exist in Greek or Latin. Actually, it was absent from the mother language, and thus, there is not a common word for the family of Indo-European languages.
Most strikingly, ayo had fallen from usage by the 12 th century, when it was replaced by its equivalent հա ( ha ). The Armenian jurist Mekhitar Gosh, the author of the first codification of Armenian laws, Tadasdanakirk (“Legal Corpus”), was even forced to explain that ayo meant ha to make it understandable to his readers.  
The word ha entered Armenian dialects, where (for instance in Van) it was pronounced խա ( kha ) –the dialect aspired the h like a kh ( hats “bread” > khats )--and became abbreviated into խ ( kh ). So, when they asked a Vanetsi, “Are you OK?,” he answered, “ Kh .”
In modern times, ayo made a comeback. Today we normally use it as “yes,” while ha has become a colloquial way to answer affirmatively (like the English “yeah”), but not very well regarded when it comes to polite use. However, when you answer negatively, you can say either voch or che, and both will work equally well.
In the end, it is always harder to say “yes” to anything, isn’t it?
Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web page ( www.armenianprelacy.org ). 

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Birth of Rafael Nogales Méndez (October 14, 1879)

Among the many sources about the Armenian Genocide, the memoirs of Venezuelan soldier Rafael de Nogales Méndez occupy a particular place. Firstly, Nogales served in the Ottoman army, and secondly, his writings did not show him as particularly appreciative of Armenians. This makes his testimony more compelling and trustworthy.
Nogales (his birth name was Rafael Inchauspe Méndez) was born in San Cristóbal, state of Táchira, on October 14, 1879. His father sent him to Europe, where he studied in Germany, Belgium, and Spain, and spoke German, French, and Italian fluently.
The thirst for adventure and the attraction of the military profession turned him into a soldier of fortune from the late nineteenth century. In 1898 he fought with Spain during the Spanish-American War. He returned to Venezuela in 1901, but he was critical of Cipriano Castro’s dictatorship. In 1902 a revolution started and Castro tried to have him arrested, but Nogales escaped to Nicaragua, where President Zelaya supported him in a failed expedition to overthrow the Venezuelan dictator. After spending time in Mexico, where he enjoyed the protection of another dictator, Porfirio Díaz, he went to China and then he was involved as a double spy in the Russo-Japanese war. In 1904-1905 he mined gold in Alaska. Then he returned to California, where he fought along the forces of Mexican revolutionary Ricardo Flores Magón. After the military coup of Juan Vicente Gómez in Venezuela, which overthrew Castro’s dictatorship, Nogales returned to his homeland (1908). He was appointed governor of the state of Apure, but two months later he made himself an enemy of the new president and had to go into exile.
He tried to join the French army at the outbreak of World War I, but he refused to renounce his Venezuelan nationality. In the end he enlisted in the Ottoman Army and was assigned to the Caucasus Front, where he reached the rank of major. During the siege of Van in April-May 1915 he led gendarmerie troops, but asked to be relieved for what he characterized as “unjustified massacres of Christians.” He wrote that the massacres were executed by Halil Bey, the commander and chief of the expeditionary army he had volunteered to serve. (Halil Bey was Minister of War Enver Pasha’s uncle.).

In his book Four Years Beneath the Crescent (1924), Nogales recounted the massacres perpetrated against the Armenian population of Van by order of Governor Jevdet bey (Enver’s brother-in-law): “Supported by the Kurds and the rabble of the vicinity, they [the civil authorities] were attacking and sacking the Armenian quarter. I succeeded at last, without serious accident, in approaching the Beledie reis of the town, who was directing the orgy; whereupon I ordered him to stop the massacre. He astounded me by replying that he was doing nothing more than carry out an unequivocal order emanating from the Governor-General of the province to exterminate all Armenian males of twelve years of age and over.”
Nogales visited Diarbekir (Diyarbakir) in June 1915, and was a witness to the widespread massacres of the local Armenians. According to his conversation with Governor Mehmet Reshid, the orders to massacre had been sent by Interior Minister Talaat Pasha.
The Venezuelan soldier was transferred from the Caucasus and continued fighting in Mesopotamia and Palestine. He was awarded the Iron Cross by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and earned several Ottoman medals.
After the end of the war, Nogales worked with Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto César Sandino and wrote Spanish books, including his memoirs of World War I, Four Years beneath the Crescent (1924), translated into English and German, The Robbery of Nicaragua (1928), and Memories of a Soldier of Fortune (1932). After the death of Gómez, he returned to Venezuela and was appointed to study the army of Panama, but died in Panama City on July 10, 1936.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web page ( www.armenianprelacy.org ). 
SIAMANTO ACADEMY— Join the next session on Saturday, October 21, 2017: Meets every second Saturday of the month at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. For information: anec@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810.

October 14 —Armenian Friends of America, Inc., present “Hye Kef 5,” a five hour dance featuring Onnik Dinkjian with John Berberian (Oud); Mal Barsamian (Clarinet); Ara Dinkjian (keyboard); Ron Tutunjian (Dumbeg), at DoubleTree by Hilton, 123 Old River Road, Andover, Massachusetts. Tickets: $55 (before September 1); $65 (after September 1); $50 for students 21 and under. Continuous buffet 7:30 to 9:30 pm; coffee and dessert will follow. Advance tickets only. Proceeds will benefit five Armenian churches. For information: Sharke Der Apkarian 978-808-0598.

October 14 —Rhode Island premiere of WOMEN OF 1915, a documentary film by Bared Maronian, presented by the Ani and Arax chapters of the Armenian Relief Society and Rhode Island Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society. Rhode Island College, Gaige Auditorium, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, at 5:30 pm. This is the epic journey of women survivors of the Armenian Genocide and the odyssey of the relentless human rights advocates who empowered them. Admission: $20. Refreshments following screening. To reserve tickets, or be a sponsor, or more information contact: Pauline Getzoyan ( getzop@gmail.com ) 401-486-3776 or Taline Mkrtchjan ( haidoon@hotmail.com ) 401-481-4877.

October 14 —“Faith, Family & Fun!” presented by the PTA of the Saturday School, the Sunday School, and the Youth Ministry Committee of St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, 11 am to 2:30 pm. Featuring parents session, teenagers session, and children’s session, lunch, fun activities, and church service. To register: 718-224-2275.

October 15 —Book presentation by Adrienne G. Alexanian, editor of “Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army.” Sponsored by St. Sarkis Church, Armenian Revolutionary Federation, and Armenian Youth Federation, at 1 pm in Main Hall of St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234 th Streets, Douglaston, New York. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow with a book signing. For information: 718-224-2275.

October 15 —Opening reception and meet the artist, Emma Grigoryan’s Exhibition at John Pashalian Hall, St. Illuminator Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, Manhattan, 1 to 5 pm. Exhibition will remain on view on October 16-18, 2 to 4 pm. The artist’s latest book will be available for preview at the reception.

October 21 —Annual Bazaar of St. Gregory Church, 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts from 11 am to 6 pm in the church hall. Enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf. Traditional Armenian and American baked goods will be featured. Take-out available. Admission and parking are free. For information: (413) 543-4763.

October 22 —92 nd Anniversary of St. Stephen Church of Hartford/New Britain, Connecticut. 1 pm at The Casa Mia at The Hawthorne, 2421 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, Connecticut. Divine Liturgy on this day will begin at 10 am.

October 22 —Screening of the documentary movie “Women of 1915,” organized by St. Gregory Church of Granite City, Illinois and Holy Virgin Mary & Shoghagat Church of Swansea, Illinois.

October 26 —“Cocktails for a Cause,” to benefit Karen Jeppe Armenian College in Aleppo, in honor of the 50 th anniversary of the ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan. A magnificent night of friends, music, mezze, cocktails, 7 pm at StudioARTE, 265 W. 37 th Street, New York City. For information: Events@ArmenianPrelacy.org .

October 29 —Celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, under the auspices of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia. Divine Liturgy at St. Illuminator Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City, at 10 am. Followed by reception and dinner at The New York Palace, 455 Madison Avenue, New York City.

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 ( nelok@charter.net ).

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 —PowerPoint presentation in English and Armenian 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 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/food.com or 401-831-6399.

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. For more information, please contact info@armeniatree.org .

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: https://ancaef.org/gala

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.

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