October 25, 2018
CATHOLICOS ARAM’S 50 th ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION
CELEBRATED IN LEBANON
The 50 th anniversary of the ordination of His Holiness Catholicos Aram was celebrated in Antelias this past weekend. On Sunday His Holiness celebrated the Holy Liturgy and delivered the sermon in the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Antelias. A reception followed the Liturgy. Attending the Liturgy were high officials of Lebanon and Armenia that included the Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. During the reception messages were given by the representatives of His Holiness Karekin II, His Holiness Pope Francis, the President of Lebanon Michel Aoun, and Armenia’s Acting Prime Minister Pashinyan.

His Holiness had requested that the celebration be a local function without the participation of all of dioceses under the jurisdiction of the Cilician See. His sermon on this occasion, which he delivered in Armenian and French, centered on a verse from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 20, verse 28: “…just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

A banquet took place Sunday afternoon at the Le Royal Hotel in honor of His Holiness Aram on the occasion of the 50 th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

RELIGIOUS AND EXECUTIVE COUNCILS MEET IN ANTELIAS
The Religious and Executive Councils of the Holy See of Cilicia convened its meetings on Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19, separately and combined, with His Holiness presiding. During the meeting reports were given on a number of topics and issues, followed by discussions and resolutions. The Religious Council is composed of seventeen clergymen. Serving as chairmen of the Religious Council are Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan and Archbishop Nareg Alemezian. Very Rev. Fathers Boghos and Bedros serve as secretaries.

80 th ANNIVERSARY OF ST. HAGOP CHURCH
Bishop Anoushavan has returned from Lebanon and will travel to Racine, Wisconsin this weekend where he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Hagop Church. Archpriest Fr. Daron Stepanian, pastor of St. Hagop Church, will assist His Grace at the altar. Following the Liturgy, His Grace will preside over the 80 th anniversary celebration of the founding of the church as parishioners and friends gather at Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine.

IN MEMORIAM
Jack DerAvedisian
The Prelacy received with sorrow the news of the passing of Jack DerAvedisian, a long-time supporter of the Armenian American community and a Prince of Cilicia on October 23. Mr. DerAvedisian was a successful businessman first at New England’s Star Market chain and later in his own grocery store chain, Omni Foods, in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Thelma Melkonian DerAvedissian; his son Suren and wife Sharon; and his daughter Christine Mardoian and husband Jack, as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visiting hours will take place at Saint Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 38 Elton Avenue, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472, on Sunday, October 28 from 4 to 8 pm, with a Homecoming Service at 7 pm. Funeral service will take place at St. Stephen’s Church on Monday, October 29 at 11 am. Interment is at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Watertown.

Proud of his Armenian ancestry and heritage, Mr. DerAvedisian was a leading member of the group that built the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center in Watertown that has been serving the community since 1980. A devout supporter of the Armenian Church and community, Mr. DerAvedisian was decorated with the Prince of Cilicia insignia, the highest civilian award given by the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Saint Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church at address above, or Camp Haiastan, P.O. Box C, Franklin, Massachusetts 02038.

Asdvatz Hokeen Lousavoreh . May God illuminate his soul.
CELEBRATING THE ELECTION OF PRELATE
The Religious and Executive Councils of the Eastern Prelacy are pleased to invite the faithful to attend the morning Liturgy and the afternoon banquet, in celebration of the election of Bishop Anoushavan as Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy.

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).
BOOK PRESENTATION AT PRELACY
One of this year’s important publications on contemporary Armenian issues is Secret Nation: The Hidden Armenians of Turkey , by Avedis Hadjian. 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 Prelacy next Wednesday, October 31, at 7:00 pm. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information and to RSVP for the event, please contact the Prelacy by email ( email@armenianprelacy.org ) or by telephone (212-689-7810). 
SEVEN PART BIBLE STUDY ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION
A seven-part Bible Study on the Book of Revelation will start tonight and continue weekly to December 13, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City. Sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council and St. Illuminator Cathedral, the seven sessions will be led by Deacon Shant Kazanjian, the Prelacy’s director of Christian education. For information and/or registration contact the Cathedral by email ( office@stilluminators.org ) or telephone (212-689-5880). 
THIS MONTH'S PODCAST
The Podcast with Fr. Nareg is back. This month's episode features an exclusive interview with His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian. 

CHICAGO’S TANIEL VAROUJAN SCHOOL BEGINS 2018-19 TERM
Very Rev. Fr. Ghevont with teachers, staff, and students of the Taniel Varoujan Armenian School in Chicago.
Taniel Varoujan Armenian School of All Saints Church in Glenview, Illinois, began its 2018-2019 academic year on August 18. Principal Talin Artinian welcomed both returning and new families and Very Rev. Fr. Ghevont Pentezian, pastor, offered the morning prayer. With 104 students, 15 teachers, 7 school board members, and 30 alumni students serving as teacher assistants, Taniel Varoujan Armenian School is a vital part of the Greater Chicago Armenian community.

Faculty and staff have organized a dynamic year full of vibrant programs and activities that include Armenian reading, writing, literature, as well as Armenian religion, art, history, music and cuisine. Visitors are welcome to see the school and witness the dynamic learning experiences offered by the teaching staff and the outstanding support provided by the school’s board.

PHILADELPHIA’S HAIGAZIAN SCHOOL TAKES FIELD TRIP
Haigazian Armenian School students enjoy the hayride and pumpkin patch.
Students of the Haigazian Armenian School at St. Gregory Church in Philadelphia, recently enjoyed a field trip to a farm in celebration of autumn, and the upcoming Halloween holiday. The students enjoyed gathering around the hundreds of pumpkins on display, taking photographs, and enjoying a breathtaking hayride around the field during a gorgeous sunset. The hayride concluded at a campfire where the students and adults enjoyed marshmallow toasting, apple cider tasting, and delicious homemade S’mores.

Teachers and staff members extended thanks on behalf of Archpriest Fr. Nerses Manoogian and board of trustee members to families and friends who made the trip possible, and for their continuous support and commitment to the Haigazian School that perpetuates the Armenian language and culture.

AN AFTERNOON WITH DIRECTOR BARED MARONIAN
From left, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Ed Gulbenkian, Bared Maronian, Diana Mkhitarian, Charlie Mkhitarian, and Hooshere
The Emmy award winning director Bared Maronian’s second Lights, Camera, Stories event took place last Sunday at St. Illuminator Cathedral’s Pashalian Hall, organized by the Cultural Committee of the Cathedral.

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian welcomed the attendees and thanked the organizing committee members, Mrs. Diana Mkhitarian, Mrs. Carmen Gulbenkian, Ms. Tamar Lakissian, and Mr. Movses Musaelian, for their diligent work in organizing the event. 

“This event, besides its inherent importance, has special meaning to me, because Bared is a childhood friend of mine. We met as young boys in Anjar, Lebanon, my native Armenian village, and it’s encouraging to know that both of us serve our people as adults: Bared as a filmmaker and myself as the shepherd of this Cathedral,” Der Mesrob said.

Next, singer-songwriter Hooshere performed two special renditions by Komitas arranged by composer Serouj Baghdasarian. Those songs are scattered throughout Maronian’s film, Women of 1915 , which was screened following Hooshere’s uplifting performance.

After the screening, the audience had an opportunity to ask Maronian questions about the film and his future aspirations.

Then, in an illustrated presentation, the filmmaker introduced the audience to the partnership between Cultural Impact Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and Armenoid Productions Inc., an entity that produces Armenian- themed films for general consumption. Maronian spoke about his upcoming projects, including Titanic Love , a documentary about six Armenians aboard the Titanic, and Bloodless , a documentary dedicated to Armenia’s recent Velvet Revolution.

Following Maronian’s inspiring presentation, Ed Gulbenkian, an honorary founding board member of the Cultural Impact Foundation, described the foundation’s mission and with his unmatched humorous stage presence invited the audience to support its unique projects. The positive response of the audience turned the event into a spontaneous fundraiser with a substantial amount of donations and pledges raised. 
BIBLE READINGS
Bible readings for Sunday, October 28, Seventh Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Discovery of the Holy Cross , are: Wisdom 14:1-8; Isaiah 33:22-34; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; Matthew 24:27-36.

For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

“Immediately after the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken.

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:27-36)

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For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)
    

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

TWELVE HOLY TEACHERS OF THE CHURCH
On Saturday, October 27, the Armenian Church commemorates the Twelve Holy Teachers (Doctors) of the Church, namely: Hierotheus of Athens, Dionysius the Areopagite, Sylvester of Rome, Athanasius of Alexandria, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ephrem the Syrian, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory the Theologian, Epiphanius of Cyprus, John Chrysostom, and Cyril of Alexandria.

FEAST OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE HOLY CROSS
This Sunday, October 28, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross ( Giut Khatchi ). Empress Helena, mother of Constantine and a devout Christian, wanted to visit the Holy Land and explore the sites Christ had walked centuries ago. She went to Golgotha (Calvary), which had become an obscure and neglected place. According to some chronicles, it was an informed Jew named Juda who pointed out the location. At her instruction, workers excavated the site and three wooden crosses were found. Which one was the True Cross? The three crosses were successively placed on the body of a youth who had just died. When one of the crosses was placed on him, the young man came back to life. This was determined to be the True Cross. The commemoration of this event takes place on the Sunday closest to October 26, and can vary from October 23 to 29.

The cross is a great source of pride for Armenians and they have created beautiful works of art using the cross. What once was a means of punishment and death became a symbol of salvation and victory.

“After the marvelous vision which the empress had, she began to search in Jerusalem for the precious wood of the cross on which the Messiah had been crucified. At her awesome command the Jews assembled and pointed out to her the precious wood of the cross which the Creator of creatures had ascended. The discovery of the holy cross in the holy place was accompanied by the spread of fragrance and the universe was filled with great gifts.”
(From the Canon for the Discovery of the Holy Cross, according to the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church)

Also remembered this week:
Thursday, October 25, Kharitian Martyrs: Artemis, Christopher, Niceta, Aquilina.
Monday, October 29, St. Anastasius the Priest.
Tuesday, October 30, Sts. Severianus of Sebastia, Hipparchus and his companions.
Birth of Anton Kochinian 
(October 25, 1913)
Anton Kochinian was a remarkable, yet underrated figure in the history of Soviet Armenia during the 1950-1970s, despite being in top leadership positions for most of that period.

He was born in the village of Shahali (now Vahagni), in the district of Lori, on October 25, 1913, in the family of an agriculturist. He studied in the local school, then entered the youth organization of the Communist Party (1928) and studied in the school of the organization until 1931. He went to Tiflis to study at the Armenian pedagogical technical school in 1932, but left after a year and he was sent to Yerevan to study at the agricultural school of the youth organization (1933-1935).

After working on the editorial boards of local newspapers from Tavush and Vayots dzor (1935-1937), Kochinian rapidly rose in the party ranks. First he was secretary of the regional committee of the district of Azizbekov (Siunik) from 1937-1939, and from 1939-1940 secretary of personnel and then first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth Organization. In 1940 he was elected member of the Central Committee of the Armenian Communist Party, and in 1941-1943 he led regional committees in Yerevan and Kotayk.

After spending two years in Moscow as an auditor at the higher school for party organizers, in 1946 he was elected third secretary of the Central Committee of the Armenian Communist Party, and in 1947 secretary of personnel.

In November 1952 Kochinian was promoted to the post of president of the Council of Ministers. He would occupy this position of prime minister for almost fourteen years, during the tenures of Grigori Arutyunov (1937-1953), Suren Tovmasian (1953-1960), and Yakob Zarobian (1960-1966) as the party’s first secretaries. Kochinian was selected by the Moscow leadership to replace Zarobian in February 1966 after the latter failed to contain the demonstrations of April 1965 on the fiftieth anniversary of the genocide.

During his more than two decades both as prime minister and first secretary of the party, Kochinian recorded a series of important achievements. The economic progress of Armenia was backed by an important program of industrialization. This included the construction of chemical factories in Alaverdi and Kirovakan (nowadays Vanadzor), the industrial complexes of Hrazdan and Charentsavan, and factories in Sevan and Dilijan, complemented by railways that ensured transportation of raw materials and production. The “Yeraz” truck factory (1964) in Yerevan and big electronic factories in the city of Abovian were added in this period. Thermoelectric centrals were built in Yerevan, Kirovakan, and Hrazdan, as well as the hydroelectric central of Tatev and the cascade of Vorotan. The construction of the 48 kilometers-long Arpa-Sevan tunnel, which would bring the waters of the Arpa River to Sevan Lake, started in 1963. Kochinian’s active participation was instrumental in the decision to build the nuclear central of Metzamor, started in 1969, which would lead Armenia to energy self-sufficiency. Several thousand hectares of orchards were planted, along the construction of the canal of Aparan and the reservoir of Garni. The Yerevan-Sevan highway and the Kapan-Goris route were also built.
Besides a network of sanatoria, pioneer camps, and tourism areas throughout the republic, the sports complex of Tzaghkadzor, which would be used to train the Soviet winter sports teams, was built in the 1960s, and some important public works in Yerevan started in the early 1970s, such as enlargement of the Zvartnots airport (1973), the Hrazdan stadium (1971), and the Rossiya movie theater (1970). The first steps to build the subway network were taken in 1972.

Kochinian was also instrumental in the inauguration of the genocide memorial of Tzitzernakaberd (1967), the monument of Sardarabad (1968), and the Erebuni museum (1968). The latter coincided with the celebration of the 2750 th anniversary of the foundation of Yerevan with great fanfare. He also raised the issue of Karabagh in 1966.
During Kochinian’s tenure as first secretary, Soviet Armenia earned three of the five all-Soviet decorations it had throughout its history for reaching high marks in economic activity (1968, 1970, and 1972). Kochinian himself was twice decorated with the order of Lenin.

In November 1974 he was replaced by Karen Demirjian under pretexts of “serious flaws in leadership” and practically left unemployed. He passed away on December 1, 1990. On the centennial of Kochinian’s birth, two busts were inaugurated in Yerevan and in his birthplace in Vahagni (Lori).
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s website ( www.armenianprelacy.org ).
THE SYRIAN ARMENIAN COMMUNITY
BEGINS TO REBUILD
 
The fighting and bombs have stopped. Now the difficult process of rebuilding has started.
Please continue to keep the Armenian community in Syria in your prayers and pocket books.

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AND SELECT SYRIAN ARMENIAN RELIEF IN THE MENU.
OR IF YOU PREFER YOU MAY MAIL YOUR DONATION TO:

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Thank you for your help.
Egg Hunting
Everybody knows that it is a guy in the United States and a chap in England, or an elevator here and a lift across the pond. So, it should not come as a surprise that we have the same situation in Western and Eastern Armenian. Of course, it goes without them that the differences between the two of them are greater than in the case of the English language. However, we will focus on a pair of different names for “egg” in Armenia and elsewhere.

Authors of the fifth century A.D. already recorded the word “egg” as ձու (Classical/Eastern Armenian dzoo, Western Armenian tzoo ). This use of the word entered many Eastern Armenian dialects, both in the Caucasus and Iran, and has continued in literary Eastern Armenian to this day. The word tzoo has generated various compound words, such as ձուածեղ (tzuvadzegh “omelette”), ձուաձեւ ( tzuvatzev “oval”), ձուարան ( tzuvaran “ovaries”). These words are equally used today in Western and Eastern Armenian; the word tzuvadzegh, for instance, was used in dialects from Yerevan to Constantinople and beyond, only with differences in pronunciation.

It is not the same case for the word tzoo itself. Western Armenian dialects opted for a compound word, հաւկիթ (havgeet ); հաւ ( hav ) was the generic name for birds in Classical Armenian, but took the meaning “hen” in Modern Armenian, and կիթ ( geet ) means “animal product” (1). Therefore, havgeet became the product from a hen, namely, an egg, and later was extended to eggs of any kind. Thus, while the compound words with tzoo have remained in use in literary Western Armenian, the root itself was displaced by the dialectal form havgeet.  

Where does tzoo come from? Most Indo-European languages have a common word for “egg.” The original word was *o(u)i-om (pronounce o(v)iom ) in Proto-Indo-European, which derived into different variants: *oyom/ovom in Western languages and *aya in Eastern ones. The word “egg” comes from * oyom, the same as the words that represent the concept, but borrowed from Latin ovum (such as “oval” or “ovaries”). Now, in the case of the Armenian language, it is hard to account for the origin of tz. Some linguists have come to the conclusion that the original word *oiom evolved to *ioiom, and the initial *i turned into tz (they give the analogy of the word tzavar “bulgur wheat,” which comes from the Proto-Indo-European root *ieuo “cereal”). Thus, in the end, “egg” and tzoo would become distant cousins.      

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(1) The verb կթել ( gutel ) means “to produce from an animal.” Thus, while կով կթել (gov gutel ) means “to milk a cow,” this does not imply that gutel has any relation with կաթ ( gat “milk”). We translate it as “to milk” because the product is milk.

Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site ( www.armenianprelacy.org ).

EXHIBIT AT THE MET
The Armenia! Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is truly magnificent. If you have seen it just once, go again, because each visit brings new insight and revelation. There are a number of events in conjunction with this exhibit. For example, on October 18, Helen C. Evans, the curator of the exhibit, lectured about the expansion of Armenian art and culture from Mount Ararat west to towns, monasteries, and kingdoms reaching the Mediterranean.
Here are some upcoming events:
Friday, October 26 at 5:30 and 6:30 pm : Gevorg Dabaghyan performs traditional folk and liturgical songs on the duduk , a double-reed wind instrument indigenous to Armenia. Live in the exhibition galleries.

Friday, November 2, 7 pm at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium: Syrian Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad illuminates the journey of the Armenian people from the fifth century onward with a multimedia work featuring his own live drawings and a new composition by the esteemed Armenian composer and pianist Vache Sharafyan.

Saturday, November 3, 10:30 am to 5 pm : “Symposium— Armenia! ” In the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Art historians and scholars of Armenian Studies examine monuments, manuscripts, paintings, and other works that document the Armenian influence on international trade during the Middle Ages and illuminate the resulting impact on artistic traditions both in Armenia and abroad. In collaboration with the Armenian Center at Columbia University.

Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, 5 to 8 pm: Ara Dinkjian (oud), Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet), and Tamer Pinarbasi (kanun) perform Armenian and world chamber music in the Balcony Bar of the Great Hall.

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

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

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

REMINDER:
Armenia! Is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 13, 2019.
FROM THE BOOKSTORE…
Secret Nation: The Hidden Armenians of Turkey
By Avedis Hadjian
This is a fascinating and pioneering work about survivors of the Armenian genocide who managed to conceal their origin in an act of survival. Some were children who had been adopted by Turks and later discovering the truth of their heritage. This book takes the reader to the heart of these hidden communities for the first time, unearthing their unique heritage and identity. Avedis Hadjian has traveled to the towns and villages once densely populated by Armenians, recording stories of survival.

Secret Nation: The Hidden Armenians of Turkey
Hardcover, 570 pages, $35.00 plus shipping & handling

For information or to order this book contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email ( books@armenianprelacy.org ) or telephone (212-689-7810).

NOTE: Join the author of this fascinating book Avedis Hadjian at a special book talk that will take place next Wednesday, October 31 at 7 pm at the Prelacy, 138 E. 39 th Street, New York City. For information or to RSVP contact the Prelacy by email ( email@armenianprelacy.org ) or telephone (212-689-7810).
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
SIAMANTO ACADEMY— 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.

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

October 25 through December 13 (Thursdays) —Seven-part Bible Study on The Book of Revelation, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27 th Street, New York City, presented by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Director of Christian Education (Eastern Prelacy). For information please contact the church office by email ( 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, 52-11 111 th Street, Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Reception 2:30 pm; dinner and program 3:30 pm.

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

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

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