October 26, 2017
The long-awaited day of celebration on the occasion of the 50 th anniversary of the ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan has arrived. On Sunday Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the Sermon at St. Illuminator Cathedral in New York City. The Liturgy will begin at 10 am. A reception and dinner will follow at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Avenue, (between 50 th and 51 st Streets) beginning at 1:30 pm.
For those guests who are driving to Manhattan, nearby public parking garages are located at:
1. 50 th Street, at Madison Avenue. This is right at the hotel but is not managed or owned by the hotel.
2. 62 nd  East 54 th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues).
3. 575 Lexington Avenue (between 51 st and 52 nd Streets).
The hotel’s website notes that valet parking is available, but it is very expensive with an added surcharge.
At St. Illuminator’s Cathedral there is a parking lot across the street from the Cathedral closer to Second Avenue that gives a discount to St. Illuminator’s parishioners. Your ticket must be validated at the Cathedral’s office.

Archbishop Oshagan with Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian and altar servers during the Liturgy last Sunday on the occasion of the 92 nd anniversary of St. Stephen Church of New Britain/Hartford, Connecticut.
Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon last Sunday at St. Stephen Church of New Britain/Hartford on the occasion of the parish’s 92 nd anniversary. Following the Liturgy His Eminence presided over the celebratory banquet at Casia Mia at The Hawthorne.
The press conference that opened the 2017 Summit of “In Defense of Christians.”
(Photo by ANCA).
Archbishop Oshagan participated in the 2017 Summit of “In Defense of Christians” that is taking place in Washington, DC this week. An inaugural press conference took place on Tuesday, under the general theme of “American Leadership and Securing the Future of Christians in the Middle East.” The press conference was co-sponsored by the ANCA, The Philos Project, Religious Freedom Institute, the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and His Beatitute John Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. The conference was moderated by IDC Vice-President and Senior Policy Adviser Andrew Doran.
At the press conference, Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) called on U.S. leaders to elevate America’s response to global suffering, threats to faith, dangers to democracy and diversity worldwide—from the field of politics to the plane of morality.
Following the press conference, IDC Summit participants gathered at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for an Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christians in the Middle East. His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, was the celebrant that included the participation of the above mentioned clergy as well as His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, Most Rev. Nicholas James Samra, Bishop of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton, Rev. Berdj Djambazian, Minister to the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, and Rev. Johnnie Moore, Founder and CEO of the Kairos Company, along with numerous other clergy. Yesterday evening a Solidarity Dinner took place with keynote remarks by Vice President Mike Pence.
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 is a member of the religious advisory board of In Defense of Christians (IDC).
To see the entire Press Conference go to the In Defense of Christians Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/indefenseofchristians/

Bible readings for Sunday, October 23, 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)


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 .

On Saturday, October 28, 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.
This Sunday, October 29, 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:
St. Anastasius the Priest, Monday, October 30
Sts. Severianus of Sebastia, Hipparchus and his companions, Tuesday, October 31
Bishop Anoushavan and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian with Board of Trustees members at the Cathedral. From left, Yervant Kasparian, Yelena Ambartsumian, Esq., Bishop Anoushavan, Der Mesrob, Dr. Artur Martirosyan, and Alex Alahverdian.
Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian and parishioners listen to Anoushavan Srpazan’s presentation at Sts. Vartanantz Church in New Jersey.
Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar of the Prelacy, made presentations of newly published books at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey on October 15 and at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral on October 22. Bishop Anoushavan translated three of the presented books into modern Armenian and one book written by Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian, that was posthumously published. The presented books are: “Counsel to All Christians” by Hovhannes of Erzinga”; “Exhortations” by Sarkis the Gracious; “Exhortations” by Parsegh of Mashgevor; and “Nerses of Lambronatsi and His Ecclesial Reforms” by Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian.
The documentary movie “Women of 1915” was screened last Sunday in Illinois with the presence of the director of the movie, Bared Maronian, who spoke to the audience. The screening was organized by St. Gregory Church of Granite City, Illinois, and the Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Church of Swansea, Illinois.

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Death of Khrimian Hayrig (October 29, 1907)

Khrimian Hayrig remains one of the most popular names in the history of the Armenian Church, as shown by the use of the endearing name hayrig (“papa”) along his name.

Mgrdich Khrimian was born in the Aikestan quarter of Van on April 4, 1820. He lost his father at an early age and was brought up by his uncle, a merchant. He was educated at the parochial schools of the islands of Lim and Gduts in Lake Van and the monastery of Varak, where he studied Classical Armenian. In 1842, after returning to Van, he embarked on a journey across the region and made a pilgrimage to Holy Etchmiadzin.

From 1844 to 1846, Khrimian lived in Constantinople, where he made connections with Armenian intellectuals. In 1846 he returned to Van and married Mariam Sevikian. In 1847 he visited Persia and the Russian Caucasus, and sojourned in Alexandropol (today Gyumri) for six months. He moved again to Constantinople and lived there until 1853, teaching at an all-girl school in the quarter of Hasköy. He published his first books in 1850 and 1851.

Khrimian returned to Van in 1853, but finding that his mother, wife, and daughter had all died, he decided to enter the Armenian Church. He was ordained vartabed at the Cathedral of Aghtamar in 1854 and appointed dean of a church in Scutari, near Constantinople, a year later. He started publishing the periodical Artsiv Vaspurakan.

He returned to Van in 1857 and established a seminary at the monastery of Varak. He founded a publishing house there and resumed the publication of Artsiv Vaspurakan (1859-1864). In 1862 he was appointed abbot of the famous monastery of Surp Garabed near Mush. He was instrumental in the foundation of a school and a journal there, called Artsvik Tarono, and transformed the monastery into a flourishing center. In those years, he earned the name of Hayrig.

Ordained as a bishop in Etchmiadzin (1868), Khrimian was elected Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople in September 1869. He cleared the patriarchate's debt and sought to increase the provincial representation in the Armenian National Assembly. He presented a detailed report to the Ottoman government documenting instances of oppression, persecution, and miscarriage of justice in the Armenian provinces. He used the position to advance the interests and conditions of Armenians in the provinces.

His outspokenness annoyed not only the Ottoman authorities, but some of the Armenian wealthy elite as well. The government compelled him to resign in 1873. Afterwards, Khrimian dedicated his time to literary pursuits until 1878 (he published four books from 1876-1878), when he led the Armenian delegation at the Congress of Berlin. The delegation's memorandum to the great powers concerning the implementation of reforms in the Armenian provinces was dismissed, and the Treaty of Berlin, signed in July 1878, failed to force the Ottoman government to implement real reforms.

 After returning to Constantinople, Khrimian delivered a well-known sermon in which he called Armenians to use arms to win over their rights. He told his flock that Armenians, unlike the Christians in the Balkans, had not won autonomy because “no Armenian blood had been shed in the cause of freedom.” Famous for its allegories, such as the analogy of a ladle and cauldron with the sword and freedom, the sermon is considered one of the forerunners of the Armenian revolutionary movement.

After his return from Europe, Khrimian was appointed Prelate of Van in 1879. He opened new schools, including the first agricultural school in Armenian lands. In the 1880s he supported the Armenian secret societies devoted to the cause of national liberation. The Ottoman government, which looked unfavorably on his activities, suspended him in 1885 and had him sent back to Constantinople. Following the Kum Kapu demonstration of July 15, 1890, four representatives of the Armenian National Assembly, including Khrimian, issued a report criticizing the government for the treatment of the Armenian peasantry. Khrimian was exiled to Jerusalem in December 1890 and lived in the St. James monastery of the city’s Armenian Quarter.

On May 5, 1892, Khrimian was unanimously elected Catholicos of All Armenians. Sultan Abdul Hamid II initially did not allow him to travel to Etchmiadzin. He was granted permission to travel, only if he did not set foot in Turkey, after Russian emperor Alexander III’s request. He was finally enthroned as Catholicos Mgrdich I in September 1893. He had his Ottoman citizenship revoked and became a Russian subject. During the Hamidian massacres of 1894–96, Khrimian provided material assistance to the Armenian refugees. He also implemented the renovation of many ancient monasteries and churches. He collaborated with the Armenian Revolution Federation to organize mass demonstrations against the June 1903 edict of the Russian government that closed down Armenian schools and confiscated the properties of the Armenian Church. Popular resistance led to the revocation of the edict in August 1905.

Catholicos Khrimian remained active until the end of his life, on October 29, 1907. He was buried in the courtyard of Holy Etchmiadzin. He was revered for his progressive and nationalist views. A school in Yerevan founded by him in 1906 and renamed for the 26 Baku Commissars during the Soviet period was renamed after Khrimian in 1989. A school in Buenos Aires (Argentina) has carried his name since 1930.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web page ( www.armenianprelacy.org ). 

(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee)
Build Long and Prosper

The root շէն ( shen ) is a very productive one. If we have to believe tradition, it goes to the beginnings of the Armenian people. According to Movses Khorenatsi, the Father of Armenian history (fifth century A.D.), when Patriarch Haig left Babylon and settled in the Armenian plateau, he first founded a township called Հայկաշէն ( Haigashen ), meaning “built by Haig.” Here, shen is the root of the verb շինել ( sheenel “to build”). It was also used with the meaning of “dwelling place.”

These two examples already show the ways shen may come up:
a) Unchanged, when it is the plural of Classical Armenian ( շէնք – shenk “building”) or the second word in a compound word ( Haig + a + shen );
b) Changed into շին ( sheen ) when the phonetic rule applies ( է becomes ի ) in the case of a compound or a derivative word, e.g. շինել ( sheenel ) – շինութիւն ( sheenootyoon “construction”) - շինարար ( sheenarar “builder”).

This root has a second meaning: “prosperity.” For instance, you may have heard the expression Շէն մնաք ( Shen munak ). Of course, this does not mean “Remain built” (or… “You must stay,” according to Google Translate), because the word shen is only used with the meaning of “building” in a compound word. It is actually a blessing: “May you be prosperous” (“May you prosper”). The same meaning appears in the phrase Աստուած շէն պահէ ձեր տունը ( Asdvadz shen bahe tser doonu ), which we may translate as “May God keep your house prosperous.”

The difference between the two meanings “to build” and “to prosper” is marked by the application or not of the phonetic rule e > i . If you apply it, the root of the word means “to build” (շինել - sheenel ); if you do not, it means “to prosper” ( շէննալ shennal ).

At a colloquial level, it is interesting to note that many current speakers of Armenian tend to make a mistake that can even be labeled as funny. When they are talking about a construction, instead of saying շինութիւն (sheenootyoon), they tend to say շնութիւն (shunootyoon) . Besides forgetting the abovementioned phonetic rule, they also forget that shunootyoon does not come from shen, but from… shoon (“dog”). Before becoming all the rage, dogs were not very well regarded in language, whether in English or in Armenian. As a result, those wrongly using shunootyoon perhaps are labeling a construction as a doghouse (the first meaning of shunootyoon is “a dog thing”) or, even worse, as a place of adultery (the associative meaning of shunootyoon is “adultery”; the translation of the eighth commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” is Մի՛ շնանար ( Mi shunanar ).

The final advice would be: check how you use the language. Meanwhile, to paraphrase the Vulcan farewell greeting in Star Trek, “Build long and prosper.”

Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web page ( www.armenianprelacy.org ). 
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 26 —55 th Anniversary of Pakine Literary Journal, 7 pm at Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. Speakers: Sona Kiledjian-Ajemian, editor; Dr. Vicken Tufenkjian and Dr. Vartan Matiossian, editorial board members. Reception will follow. For information: Ani Panossian-Mouradian 973-224-2741.

October 29 SORRY, SOLD OUT . Celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, under the auspices and presence 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. SOLD OUT.

October 29 —“Trunk or Treat” event organized by St. Gregory Church, Granite City, Illinois. Event will take place at the church’s public lot.

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

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

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

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

November 11 and 12 —Armenian Fest 2017, Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church, Providence, Rhode Island, Annual Food Festival at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. Featuring chicken, losh and shish kebabs and kufta dinners. Armenian delicacies, dancing to live music, arts and crafts, flea market, gift baskets, children’s corner, country store, jewelry, hourly raffles. Armenian Dance Group will perform on Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. Armenian food and pastry available all day. Saturday from noon to 9 pm; Sunday noon to 7 pm. Free admission and parking. Valet parking available. For information: Go to www.armenianfestri/food.com or 401-831-6399 .

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

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

November 16 — Join Armenia Tree Project and Paros Foundation for a fundraiser to support kitchen renovations, beautification and environmental education at the school in Rind, Vayots Dzor. Featuring live performance by singer/songwriter Hooshere and silent auction featuring fine art and luxury gift items. Almayass Restaurant, 24 E. 21st Street, New York. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Donation: $100 in advance, $125 at door. To buy tickets or to make a donation, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rind-school-root-restore-tickets-38099464524 . For more information, please contact info@armeniatree.org .
November 17 & 18 —Annual Food Festival at Holy Trinity Church, 635 Grove Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Open at 4:00pm Friday with dinner served from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday open at 10am with dinner being served from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Join us for kheyma, shish kebab, losh kebab or chicken kebab dinners or try our new vegetarian meal. Visit our Country Store and Bake Table. Stock up on choreg, katah choreg, porov kufta, simit, baklava, yalanchi, toorshi and much, much more. Free admission and free parking. For information: 508-852-2414.
November 19 —60 th anniversary of Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts. H.E. Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy, ordain acolytes, consecrate paintings, and preside over the Diamond Anniversary Banquet at Highfields Golf and Country Club, Grafton, Massachusetts.

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

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