October 4, 2018
Bishop Anoushavan attended the Annual Gala of the EastWest Institute (EWI) yesterday evening that took place in New York City. During the gala ceremony the President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian was awarded the prestigious John Edwin Mroz Global Statesman Award that is bestowed annually to individuals who have been singled out for their exceptional leadership, innovative spirit and ability to be game changers.

The President of the Tavitian Foundation, the Armenian American benefactor Aso Tavitian spoke of Armenia’s role as a bridge between the East and the West. The President of the Carnegie Corporation Vartan Gregorian presented his vision of Armenia’s future.

The President of Armenia expressed his thanks for the award and noted that the award is very important for him while the East/West Institute is not just a think tank among many in the world but a special institution. . . It is a great honor for me to represent my nation and my state here.”

Bishop Anoushavan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon this Sunday, October 7, at St. Gregory Church in Springfield/Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. This is His Grace’s first visit to this community since his election as Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy. 

Last Sunday, September 30, Bishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at Holy Trinity Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. Here are a few photographs from the visit.


Charles Aznavour
May 22, 1924—October 1, 2018

“ . . .so many songs in me that won’t be sung. . .” *
Charles Aznavour, one of world’s most celebrated singers of popular songs, a prolific composer, actor, and lifelong champion of the Armenian people died at his home in southeastern France this week on Monday, October 1. He was 94. He continued the fast pace of performing up to his death, always laughing off any rumors of retirement. He had concert dates scheduled in France and Switzerland for November and December.
He wrote more than 1,000 songs and sang them in an array of language that included French, Armenian, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Yiddish. By some estimates he sold more than 200 million records during his lifetime, appeared in more than 60 films, and performed to sold-out audiences throughout the world.
As he became an international star, Charles Aznavour became a spokesman and fundraiser for the Armenian cause. He mobilized worldwide help after the 1988 earthquake in Armenia that killed thousands of people and injured thousands more. With the establishment of the independent Republic of Armenia in 1991, he became an unofficial international ambassador for Armenia.
President Emmanuel Macron of France said: “Profoundly French, viscerally attached to his Armenian roots, famous in the entire world, Charles Aznavour accompanied the joys and sorrows of three generations. His masterpieces, his timbre, his unique influence will long survive him.”
His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia issued statements in Armenian, French, and English saying, “Today, we bid farewell to Charles Aznavour, the French poet, singer, film star, child of survivors of the Armenian Genocide, and advocate of the Armenian cause. Aznavour remains with us in his legacy, which continues to inspire people, young and old, everywhere in the world who share a similar fate and history. For nearly a century, through the chansons he composed and sang, Charles Aznavour embodied and expressed the French cultural heritage; his incomparable voice and delivery expressed the pain of the Armenian Genocide and the call of his people for justice. May the Almighty bless his memory.”
*Lyrics from “Yesterday when we were young,” by Charles Aznavour.

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 7, Fourth Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross are, Isaiah 17:7-14; 2 Corinthians 13:5-13; Mark 11:27-33.

And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you a question: answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men? Answer me.” And they argued with one another, “If we say ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘From men’?”—they were afraid of the people, for all held that John was a real prophet. So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” (Mark 11:27-33)


This is the third time I am coming to you. “Any charge must be sustained by the evidence of two or three witnesses.” I warned those who sinned previously and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again, I will not be lenient—since you desire proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful in you. For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have failed. But we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. This is what we pray for, that you may become perfect. So I write these things while I am away from you, so that when I come, I may not have to be severe in using the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. (2 Corinthians 13:5-13)

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

Today, Thursday, October 4, the Armenian Church commemorates Prince Sahak and Hamazasb, brothers who challenged the Arab rule in Armenia. When they were captured, they were given the choice of renouncing their Christian religion or death. They refused to convert and were martyred.

This Saturday, October 6, the Armenian Church commemorates the 72 Holy Disciples of Christ. The reference comes from the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 10, Verse 1): “After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.” (Note: Some sources say 72 disciples; others say 70). These disciples remained true to the Lord and their calling, and spread the Lord’s message. They were not random choices, but rather true disciples whose labors carried the message of the Lord throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. All of the saints are remembered individually in the liturgical calendar of the church, but this day is set aside to remember them collectively.
Death of Vilmos Lázár 
(October 6, 1849)
The centuries-old Armenian community of Transylvania—currently part of Romania--had essentially lost the language by the nineteenth century, but had kept a strong sense of identity. They were fully integrated to the life of Hungary, which was part of Austria since 1526. It should not be surprising that several military leaders of the Hungarian-Revolution of 1848-1849 were Armenian. One of them was Vilmos (pronounced Vilmosh) Lázár.

Lázár’s (originally Lazarian) ancestors had moved from Gherla (Armenopolis), the Armenian center of Transylvania, to the region of Banat—currently divided between Romania, Serbia, and Hungary—and received a title of nobility. He was born in the city of Nagybecskerek (nowadays Zrenjanin in Serbia) on October 24, 1815. In 1834 he began his military career in the service of the 34 th regiment of infantry in the imperial army. He was commissioned by Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria as a second lieutenant in the Hussar regiment, but in 1844 he retired and returned to his estate farm in Zemplen with his wife, Baroness Mária Revitzky. He worked at the railway company in 1847.

The echo of the French revolution of 1848 spread throughout the continent and found fertile ground in Hungary, where nationalist trends had generated an awakening of patriotism. On March 15, 1848, a revolt against the Habsburg dynasty exploded. Led by Lajos Kossuth, poet Sándor Petöfi, and Mór Jókai, it soon became a war of independence. Emperor Franz-Joseph asked for help to Czar Nicholas I of Russia to fight against the revolution.

Lázár took the revolutionary side and volunteered his services to the Hungarian army. He successively became a lieutenant (October 1848), captain (November), major (January 1849). In April 1849 he was appointed as commander of a brigade stationed in Zemplén. At the end of the month the brigade was reassigned to the legion forming in Upper Hungary. In mid-June Lázár became the commander of division in the legion and participated in the Dukla Pass battle against a Russian army. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in July and fought in the last battles of the war of independence. He was promoted to colonel on August 12, but the next day the revolutionary army surrendered to the Austrian-Russian forces. On August 19 Lázár had to do the same with the remainder of his troops (4,600 people).

The promise of an amnesty went unfulfilled. On October 6, 1849, thirteen Hungarian officers were condemned to death by the Austrian forces of occupation in Arad (Transylvania). The date was purposefully selected, because it marked the first anniversary of the failed insurrection of Vienna in 1848 and the supremacy of Austrian power.

Although Lázár only had the rank of colonel, he was considered to have equal status with the generals in the Arad military court martial. He was sentenced to execution by firing squad together with three other colleagues, including General Ernö Kiss, also of Armenian origin. Nine others were hanged.

Vilmos Lázár’s remnants were uncovered in 1913 at the cemetery of the fortress of Arad. His body was then laid to rest in the crypt with a monument that honors him as one of the 13 Martyrs of Arad. Four streets in Budapest and other cities are named after him.

Since 1997, on each October 6, the Armenian community of Hungary organizes a tribute to Vilmos Lázár and Ernö Kiss at the square that remembers the martyrs of Arad in the city of Veszprém.

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

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We are happy to bring to your attention the latest issue of The Treasury (Kantzaran), a quarterly magazine with short articles and essays covering topics ranging from Armenian liturgy and worship, theology, church history, Christian culture, lives of the Saints, practical Christian living, book summaries and more. The Treasury can be read on their website at www.StVoski.org . You can also subscribe and received printed copies of the magazine.

The latest issue contains the following features: The Lessons of St. Gregory of Narek: Confession and Mercy; A Prayer on the Lord’s Prayer; Catholicos Karekin I Hovepiants: May the Holy Spirit Reign; Is John 3:16 the Gospel in a nutshell? ; Words and The Way; and Pastoral Reflections on Marriage.

SIAMANTO ACADEMY— Meets every second Saturday of the month at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. New term begins on September 22, 2018. For information: anec@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810.

September 22, to 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 13 —Annual Armenian Bazaar by St. Gregory Church, 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, 11 am to 6 pm. Visitors are invited to enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf. Both traditional Armenian and American baked goods, such as paklava and spinach-cheese pie. Take out will be available by calling ahead (413-543-4763). Admission and parking are free. For more information contact the church office (413-543-4763).

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 .

November 2 and 3 —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 4 —The Anthropology/Armenian Museum partnering with the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) will present the films “The Promise” 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 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.

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 2, 2019 —60 th anniversary of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey. SAVE THE DATE.

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