October 18, 2018
Bishop Anoushavan departed for Lebanon on Monday, October 15, where he will participate in the meetings of the Religious and Executive Councils of the Catholicosate of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia. His Grace will also participate in the 50 th anniversary commemoration of His Holiness Catholicos Aram’s ordination to the holy priesthood. Bishop Anoushavan will return to New York on October 23.
His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate, participating in today's meetings of the R eligious   Council  of the  National   General   Assembly  of the  Catholicosate  of Cilicia.
Bishop Anoushavan and Rev. Fr. Mikael Der Kosrofian with altar servers and parishioners.
Bishop Anoushavan with clergy members and Soorp Asdvadzadzin Board of Trustee members. (From Left to Right: Jeffrey Kalousdian, Dr. Andre Markarian, Peter Bedigian, Bobby Jigarjian, Hayr Sahag Yemishian, Bishop Anoushavan, Der Mikael Der Kosrofian, Hayr Shnorhk Ashekian, Joanna Khoury, Yn. Susana, Marina Marian)
Continuing his visits to the parishes following his election, Bishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, last Sunday. His Grace greeted the faithful with fatherly blessings and spoke to the parishioners about the importance of collective worship. A reception/luncheon followed the Liturgy in honor of the Prelate.

Prelate at the Gala: From left to right, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Greg Bedian, Bishop Anoushavan, George Aghjayan, Antranig Kasbarian, Ara Chalian.
A scene from the Gala that took place at New York’s Grand Hyatt.
Bishop Anoushavan delivered the invocation at the 12 th Annual Gala & Awards Program of the Armenian National Committee of America, Eastern Region, last Saturday, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Recipients of the ANCA Freedom Award were Dr. Eric Esrailian, the Producer of “The Promise,” and “Intent to Destroy,” and Terry George, the screenwriter and director of “The Promise.” Ken Sarajian, an educator, activist and community leader was honored with the ANCA Vahan Cardashian Award.

On Sunday, December 2, the recent election of Bishop Anoushavan as Prelate will be celebrated. The Religious and Executive Councils of the Prelacy are pleased to invite the faithful to attend the morning Liturgy and the afternoon banquet.

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 ( email@armenianprelacy.org ) or by telephone (212-689-7810).

One of the important publications on contemporary Armenian issues this year is Secret Nation: The Hidden Armenians of Turkey , by Avedis Hadjian, released by I. B. Tauris a few months ago. The widely reviewed book, characterized in the Times Literary Supplement as “intrepid, eccentric and grimly fascinating,” is the result of a painstaking investigation that took the author, a freelance journalist, to seek the traces of Islamized Armenians throughout towns and villages of Anatolia and Western Armenia, record stories of survival and discovery, and condense his findings into an absorbing account.

Avedis Hadjian will present Secret Nation at the Armenian Prelacy on October 31, at 7:00 pm. The author is a name familiar to New York Armenians, as he lived here a few years ago before relocating to Venice (Italy), and was also active in the community. He has worked for CNN and Bloomberg News, among others, and his writing in English and Spanish has appeared in major international news outlets. His work as a correspondent has taken him to Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, the Caucasus, Turkey, and Latin America.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. For more information and to RSVP for the event, please call 212-689-7810 or write to email@armenianprelacy.org. 
Bible readings for Sunday, October 21, Sixth Sunday of the Exaltation are, Isaiah 20:2-21:6; Galatians 4:3-18; Luke 4:14-23.

Then Jesus filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” (Luke 4:14-23)


So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods. Now, however, that you have come to know God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits? How can you want to be enslaved to them again? You are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years. I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.

Friends, I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong. You know that it was because of a physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you; though my condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me, but welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. What has become of the goodwill you felt? For I testify that, had it been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? They make much of you, but for no good purpose; they want to exclude you, so that you may make much of them. It is good to be made much of for a good purpose at all times, and not only when I am present with you. (Galatians 4:3-18)

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

This Saturday, October 21, the Armenian Church commemorates the Holy Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the authors of the four Gospels. The word Evangelist comes from the Greek Euaggelistes which means “one who brings good news.” Evangelists are given the special ability by the Holy Spirit to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and effectively. In the early days of the church evangelism was the work of the apostles. By the third century, the authors of the four canonical Gospels became known as the Holy Evangelists, and as the church grew “evangelist” began to denote a specific office that could include “apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers” (see Ephesians 4:11-12). All four Holy Evangelists died martyrs.
Matthew is the patron of the Church’s mission. The Gospel attributed to him closes with Jesus’ command to His disciples and followers to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Mark had significant influence on the advancement of Christianity. Although the Gospel according to Mark is a narrative of the life of Jesus, theologians consider it to be a handbook of discipleship. The dominant message is that being a Christian is not only believing in Jesus Christ, it is also living according to the example set by Jesus. According to tradition, Mark was the first bishop of Alexandria. One of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world is named after him in Venice, where his relics are kept.

Luke is the author of the third Gospel and the Book of Acts. He is considered to be the patron of physicians and artists. The Gospel according to Luke describes Jesus as “the healer of a broken world.” Luke is also noted for his concern for the poor, the marginalized, women, and social outcasts. His Gospel does not end with the Resurrection, but continues to Pentecost and the eternal presence of Christ in the world. Traditionally he is believed to be one of the Seventy and the unnamed disciple in Emmaus.

John , often called the “beloved disciple,” is the author of the fourth Gospel. He was the only one of the twelve disciples who did not forsake Christ and stood at the foot of the Cross. Jesus entrusted his mother to John’s care on the day of the Crucifixion. The best known verse in his Gospel is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” According to tradition, John left Jerusalem after attending the first ecumenical council and went to Asia Minor and settled in Ephesus. He was exiled to the island of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation, although more recently scholars have concluded that John the Apostle and John of Patmos were two different people.

Also commemorated this week:
Thursday, October 18: Dionysius the Areopagite.
Monday, October 22: Sts. Joseph, Longinus the centurion, Joseph of Arimathea, Lazarus, Martha and Mary.
Tuesday, October 23: St. Theodotus the Priest.

Elie Berberian puts on a stellar performance at St. Sarkis Church's Chadrjian Hall.
Last Saturday St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York launched its first fundraising event to support the School Expansion Project. The event took place in the parish’s Chadrjian Hall and featured the Elie Berberian Band from Canada, who provided an unforgettable evening of entertainment, excitement, and a very successful fundraiser for the expansion project that is needed because of the rapid growth of St. Sarkis’s Suzanne and Hovsep Hagopian Saturday School and the Sunday School.

The event began with remarks by Annette Givelekian, co-chair of the event with Natalie Meneshian, who was at her side. She stressed the importance of the youth and the need to support all institutions that help the youth keep the Armenian language, religion, and culture alive. Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, pastor of St. Sarkis, offered heartfelt remarks before blessing the table.

(October 24, 1929)
Sos Sargsyan became one of the most renowned Armenian actors in the second half of the twentieth century.

He was born in Stepanavan, in the Lori region of Armenia, on October 24, 1929. He debuted on the stage in 1947 as David Copperfield in a homonymous play based on Charles Dickens’ novel. He moved to Yerevan in 1948 and started performing at the Theater of the Young Spectator. Meanwhile, he entered the Yerevan Fine Arts and Theatre Institute, from where he graduated in 1954. Upon graduation, at the age of twenty-five, he entered the Gabriel Sundukian Drama Theatre, the premier theatrical ensemble of the country, where he worked for the next thirty-seven years.

Sargsyan was one of those actors who did not need to make recourse to external emphasis and emotions in order to reflect his feelings. During his lengthy career, he performed roles in many plays both by Armenian and non-Armenian authors. Roles like Ben Alexander (William Saroyan’s My Heart is in the Mountains ), Don Quixote (Mikhail Bulgakov’s homonymous play), Iago (William Shakespeare’s Othello ), or King Lear (Shakespeare’s homonymous play), among others, cemented his fame.

He played in over forty films, including unforgettable roles in Armenian classic movies like Guys from the Army Band (1961), Triangle (1967, Armenian SSR State Prize in 1975), We Are Our Mountains (1969), Khatabala (1971), Nahapet (1977), Dzori Miro (1981) , Gikor (1982), and others. His cinematographic participations included various Russian films, most particularly Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972). He was the narrator of the documentary Matenadaran (1988, Armenian SSR State Prize).

In 1992 he established the Hamazkayin Theater, which he headed until the end of his life. Sargsyan continued directing and playing, both in theater and cinema. Simultaneously, he was the dean of the Yerevan Institute of Theater and Cinema from 1997-2005, and served as a member of its board of directors from 2006 until his death. He published several novels, memoirs, and collections of essays between 1991 and 2013.

His lengthy career of more than sixty years earned him many distinctions. He was named Popular Artist of Armenia in 1972 and of the Soviet Union in 1986). He was also awarded the Mesrop Mashtots medal of the Republic of Armenia (1996), the St. Sahak-St. Mesrop medal of the Armenian Church (2000), and the Mekhitar Gosh medal of the Republic of Mountainous Karabagh (2001). He was named honorary citizen of Yerevan in 2000 and earned the title of Professor in 2003.

Sos Sargsyan was also active in the political field. He was elected deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 1989-1991, and in October 1991 he was nominated by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation as candidate in the first presidential election in independent Armenia. In 2009 he was elected to the National Assembly on the A.R.F. list. On the same year, he was elected as member of the Public Council, an advisory body to the President of Armenia.

The famous actor passed away on September 26, 2013, in Yerevan, and was buried at the Komitas Pantheon.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s website ( www.armenianprelacy.org ).
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Armenian language books are no longer confined to the four walls of libraries. The Internet has opened extensive prospects for their promotion.
The platform Vlume ( www.vlume.com ) recently came online with a rich and ever-growing collection of digitized books and audiobooks. It aims at making Armenian old and new literature accessible to everyone everywhere with one push.

This platform becomes a portable library that currently carries works by 80 authors to be read or listened to on cellphones, either Android or iOS.

To download the app, visit the following websites:

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 20 —Armenian Friends America, Inc., Sixth Annual HYE KEF 5, featuring Onnik Dinkjian, John Berberian, Ara Dinkjian, Mal Barsamian, and Jason Naroian. Double Tree Hotel, Andover, Massachusetts. For information: www.ArmenianFriendsofAmerica.org .

October 20 —Family Worship at St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan. Dinner at 5 pm; worship service at 6 pm. Pumpkin carving at 7 pm. Informal family fellowship and fun.

October 21 —St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Divine Liturgy Lecture Series, 1 of 4, during sermon time. Evolution of the practice of worshipping together and the basic structure of the Mass.

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 ( office@stilluminators.org or telephone (212) 689-5880.

October 28 —80 th anniversary of St. Hagop Church, Racine, Wisconsin; Episcopal Divine Liturgy at 10 am, celebrated by His Grace Bishop Anoushavan, Prelate; assisted by Archpriest Daron Stepanian. Reception and Gala Banquet at 1 pm (following Badarak); cocktails at 1:30 pm; Dinner at Meadowbrook Country Club, 2149 North Green Bay Road, Racine. Adults $30; children under 10, $15.

October 28 —St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Divine Liturgy Lecture Series, 2 of 4, during sermon time. Meaning and tradition of censing during the procession and the learning portions of the Liturgy.

October 31 —Book presentation at the Prelacy. “Secret Nation: The Hidden Armenians of Turkey,” by Avedis Hadjian, 7 pm at the Prelacy office, 138 East 39 th Street, New York City. The author will present the book. Copies will be available for purchase. RSVP at email@armenianprelacy.org or telephone 212-689-7810.

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 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 ( stgregorymass@yahoo.com 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/food.com 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. SAVE THE DATE.

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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