September 24, 2020
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CATHOLICOS RATIFIES EXECUTIVE
AND RELIGIOUS COUNCILS FOR 2020-21
His Holiness Catholicos Aram I has given his blessing and ratification to the new Executive and Religious Councils of the Eastern Prelacy, elected in the National Representative Assembly of September 12, 2020. The new Executive Council members are: Aram Hovagimian; John Kulungian; Raffi Manjikian, and Nayda Voskerijian. Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian and Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian were reelected for a new term as members of the Religious Council.

The Assembly was originally scheduled for May 13-16, 2020 at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Philadelphia but had to be postponed as the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. For the first time to date the Assembly convened entirely on a virtual platform by videoconference to abide by the social distancing restrictions imposed because of the pandemic.
RECONSTRUCTION OF LEBANON COMMUNITY
CALLS FOR ALL-ARMENIAN SUPPORT: ARAM I
Catholicos Aram I urged Armenians throughout the world to continue supporting the reconstruction efforts of the Lebanese Armenian community following the massive explosion at the port of Beirut last month.
 
“Despite these difficult circumstances, the Lebanese Armenian community is still the backbone of the Diaspora Armenians with its leadership role in the Armenian world,” said Aram I in comments made on the Catholicosate’s Cilicia TV network last Thursday, following a meeting with the Lebanese Armenian Reconstruction Committee at the United Armenian School. “The reorganization and revitalization of the Lebanese Armenian community is of importance for the entire Armenian world –it is with this comprehensive approach that we have to stand by the Lebanese Armenian community.”
 
Notwithstanding the challenges, “Lebanese Armenians will continue attached to this country, because the development of the Lebanese Armenian community is not only vital for itself but also for the homeland, Artsakh, and our cause.”
 
Earlier in the day, His Holiness paid a visit to the young volunteers who are helping register the households that suffered damages and distribute the aid. He listened to their explanations and spoke with people who had come to collect aid. The Catholicos assured those present that under his immediate patronage every person in need would continue receiving support without any restrictions. 
 
“We will never want our needy families to be uncared for, with homes destroyed,” he said. “We want that to be away from our sight and our minds.” 
 
His Holiness was happy to learn that the committee had already provided reconstruction help to approximately 1,500 homes. “The first stage is rebuilding people’s houses, the second must be the churches, then schools and community centers, and so on,” he said.
 
He also had words of praise for committee members and the volunteers, who “leaving their work, family, pleasure and rest, are here to help our great family, the Armenians of Lebanon.” The committee, he said, had “worked night and day… gradually bringing to life its plans and work.”
 
The Catholicos, thanking Armenians from all over the world for their support to the reconstruction effort, reiterated that the Armenian Prelacy of Lebanon and boards of all Armenian schools had offered free tuition for all students for the new school year. 
 
This required the sustained effort of every Armenian to help our schools and families to send their children to Armenian schools. “For different reasons, beginning with a financial one, our parents are inclined to send their children to non-Armenian schools,” His Holiness said. “It’s desirable that the children of all our families go to Armenian schools.” 
 
Once again, he expressed his gratitude to the reconstruction committee, community organizations and families as well as every Armenian individual, calling on everybody to jointly participate in the reconstruction effort. “ May God help the Lebanese Armenians, all our communities, our nation and our homeland.”

THE LEBANON RELIEF FUND:
THERE ARE THOSE WHO KNOW NOT PAIN IN GIVING
Dear Brothers and Sisters

This is my seventh appeal for the Lebanon Relief fundraising. I was privileged to open my eyes to this life in Lebanon, historical Phoenicia, which had a humble part in the salvation history depicted in the pages of the Bible. The cedars of Lebanon were highly prized and were used for the building of the great Temple in Jerusalem. Elijah the Prophet found refuge in Zarephath, Phoenicia, near the home of a widow, when he was persecuted by King Ahab (2 Kings 4:1-7). Jesus visited and ministered in several towns of this semi-Biblical land, and referred on different occasions to the major cities Tyre and Sidon.

Today I would like to share with you the wisdom of a great Lebanese American artist, poet, and philosopher, Khalil Gibran Khalil. Since my early years to priesthood I was attracted to his deep understanding and interpretation of life. That’s why with the collaboration of some Armenian University Students Association’s members, we translated his masterpiece entitled “The Prophet” into Armenian and organized an event for his centennial. I would like to quote a few lines about giving from a son of the country of the cedars:

There are those who give little of the much which they have—and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.
And there are those who have little and give it all.
These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty. 
There are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Having enjoyed sparkles of wisdom of this unique contemplator, I am deeply moved to announce that with the cooperation of our clergy and with the generous donations of our faithful, as of today our fundraising reached 354,681 dollars. Today we have made the seventh transfer of $50,000. Your contribution is distributed to our brothers and sisters by the Lebanon Central Coordinating Committee headed by Archbishop Shahe Panossian, Prelate.
 
In the very words of this great child of the country of the cedars may God speak through your hands and smile upon the earth through your eyes.

Prayerfully,

Prelate, Eastern Prelacy of the United States

To see the seventh list of donations, click here.
To see the general list of donations, click here.
THE PRELATE ADDRESSES GLOBAL SUMMIT OF IDC
On the 7th anniversary of In Defense of Christians, His Eminence, Archbishop Anoushavan, who is a member of the Religious Advisory Board of IDC, addressed the 2020 Global Summit held remotely on Wednesday, September 23. You may read his message below:
 
Heavenly Father, we thank you for this opportunity to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the In Defense of Christians organization, which since its inception has been devoted to a noble cause.

During this unprecedent crisis of global pandemic, full of socio-political and economic uncertainty, when we experience the very words of the Psalmist that “we are surrounded by the snares of death and the pang of Sheol has laid hold on us,” (Ps 116:3) we are in dire need of the peace you promised to your Apostles: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you, I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (Jn 14:27).

Along with your peace, O Lord, shower Your wisdom over the spiritual and lay leaders of the world, to lead us all “through the valley of the shadow of death” (Ps 23:4). Also help us to understand and help each other and welcome the fullness of life with peace, joy, and prosperity.

Praised be your Holy Name forever. Amen.
ARCHBISHOP ANOUSHAVAN IN MASSACHUSETTS
On Sunday, September 27, Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and give the sermon at St. Gregory Church in North Andover, Massachusetts. The new dome of the church, with the cross placed on it, will be consecrated and blessed, with the assistance of Rev. Fr. Stephan Baljian, Pastor. Our faithful may follow the ceremony via live streaming.
LET’S LIVE EVERY DAY WITH THE ETERNAL ENERGIZER
THE PRELATE’S REFLECTION
On Sunday, September 20, Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate, presided over the Divine Liturgy at St. Gregory Church in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian, Pastor, celebrated the Divine Liturgy. You can read the Prelate’s sermon below:

Today is the first Sunday following the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and, likewise, it is the Sunday that precedes the fasting-week in preparation for the upcoming Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak. Thus, we may call this Sunday a bridge between two Feasts of the Holy Cross. I would like to share my thoughts on the scriptural readings by bridging a common message which is intertwined in the readings of St. Paul and Isaiah the Prophet, and by establishing a wonderful pedestal by which we may better understand the mystery and power of the Holy Cross.

Saint Paul addresses the Corinthians by saying, “It is not those who commend themselves that are approved, but those whom the Lord commends” (2 Cor 10:18). Our ego is the root of boasting as we strive to be regarded always as righteous, upright, and a super person, etc. Since God created us in His image and likeness, all these feelings may be justifiable, in a way, for the healthy growth of our self-esteem. However, as with every planted seed that usually has a side weed which grows, and which may have an impact on the plant itself, likewise our ego, this wonderful mark of our individuality, when it becomes self-centered, boasts and divinizes itself as the absolute power, deviates from its ultimate good goal of finding our fullness in God.
       
Now let us hear the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High!” (Is 14:12-14). Any reader of this passage, being familiar with the Scriptures, surely will identify the self-centered creature, the son of Dawn, as the fallen Lucifer.

A short review of what we have presented in our former reflections will remind us that God created everything good and endowed the celestial and rational beings with free will. One of the most stunning and amazing features of God’s infinite love is that He was ready to pay the unparalleled consequence, the price of His decision for Creation, knowing that freedom could lead to denial and rebellion. This quotation from Isaiah is the basic manual to understanding the source of all perils starting from the Creation to the Parousia, the Second Coming of Christ. The Good Lord bestowed upon us the Grace of holy freedom so that with Him and like Him we could always beautify this Creation as the eternal sanctuary. By producing good we could always be commended by our loving Father, share with Him all the glories as promised through His Incarnated Son, but alas! We have been paying the deplorable price of the temptation deviating from the ever-good matrix. The Old and New Testaments, as well as the entire course of our History and even our contemporary daily life, step by step, remind us, on the one hand, of the terrible price of divinization in each and every aspect of our existence: the Self, the Race, the Ideology, the Philosophy, the Politics, the Money, etc. On the other hand, it assures us with the unimaginable reward and ratification manifested through the God-centered believers such as Noah, Abraham, the Holy Virgin Mary, St. Gregory the Illuminator, Mother Teresa, and others. Indeed, “It is not those who commend themselves that are approved, but those whom the Lord commends.”

The motivation power to realize good—this godly ordinance—is the Holy Cross, which symbolizes the Eternal Love Crucified for the world. As we acknowledge that every day, whether it is cloudy or shiny, we are constantly reenergized by the sun. Likewise when we live each and every beating of our hearts with the eternal Energizer our Heavenly Father, manifested in the Incarnated Son and working though the Holy Spirit, then we will enjoy the echoing, the actualization and the benefits of the Living Word, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’?” (Jn 10:34, Ps 82:6).

Having this most precious promise, today when the Prophet Isaiah and the Apostle Paul greet each other and caution us against the cardinal sin of pride, boasting, and self-centeredness, and instead lead us to rely on God, the source of all good, let us live every dawn and sunset of our life with the Life Giver and praise Him and be worthy to be commended by Him. Amen.

THE EASTERN PRELACY’S
2020 MEMBERSHIP DUES
As the Prelacy has redoubled its efforts in these trying days of the Covid-19 emergency, so have grown its needs. More than ever in our living memory, we need your support. Please give as generously as you can, “remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

Please help us keep alive the huge achievements we have attained with our joint efforts. We will emerge stronger with the hand you lend us.
BIBLE READINGS
Bible Readings for Sunday, September 27, Third Sunday of the Exaltation, Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak, are: Proverbs 3:18-26; Isaiah 65:22-25; Galatians 6:14-18; Matthew 24:30-36.
Matthew 24:30-36
 
Then the sign of the Son 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.
 
* * *
 
Galatians 6:14-18
 
May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
 
From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.
 
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS OF VARAK
This Sunday, September 27, is the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak, a holiday that is unique to the Armenian Church and is celebrated two weeks after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. After coming to Armenia, the Hripsimiants Virgins lived near Mount Varak. They had brought with them a fragment of the True Cross. Fleeing persecution, they sought refuge on the mountain where Hripsime hid the cross among the rocks before fleeing to Vagharshapat. In 653, a hermit named Todik found the hidden cross by following a brilliant light that illuminated the mountain and guided him inside the church to the altar where he found the cross. The light shone for twelve days. In memory of this event, Catholicos Nerses the Builder established the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak. He wrote the beautiful hymn, “By the Sign of Your All Powerful Holy Cross,” (Nshanav Amenahaght Khachit).
 
The Monastery of St. Nishan (Varakavank) was built on Mount Varak, which is in the southeastern region of Van. It was home to one of the greatest libraries and museums, filled with ancient and contemporary books and works of art. The Monastery became even more prominent when Khrimian Hayrik established a publishing house and a school there, hoping to make the monastery an educational center. He founded the first newspaper to be published in historic Armenia, Artziv Vaspurakani, (The Eagle of Vaspurakan). The massacres and deportations of 1915 destroyed Hayrik’s hopes and plans, as well as so much more. Varakavank was destroyed by the Turkish army on April 30, 1915, during the siege of Van.
 
By the sign of your all-victorious cross, O Christ, lover of mankind, keep us from the unseen enemy, for you alone are the King of Glory, blessed forever. On it you stretched out your spotless hands and shed your blood for the salvation of the universe for you alone are the King of Glory, blessed forever. At your second coming when the holy sign shall appear, once again make your servants worthy of renewal for you alone are the King of Glory, blessed forever.
 
May your cross be our refuge by its flame-like radiance; it is named the tree of life; you crushed the enemy and unloosed the sentence of death for the salvation of the universe. Sending up praises the heavens rejoice and the earth rejoices at the discovery of the holy cross like the four-winged rock which enlightened this world by its sun-like rays. Jerusalem rejoiced, believers were glad; they adorned themselves in marvelous garment for they saw the victorious sign; all creation was adorned with its light.
 
(Canon to the Cross of Varak from the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Apostolic Church)

 SAINT GEORGE (KEVORK) THE COMMANDER
This Saturday, September 26, the Armenian Church commemorates St. George (Kevork) the Commander, a third century Roman general who challenged the Emperor’s persecution of Christians by publicly tearing up the Emperor’s decree, and urging others to follow his example. To this day he remains a popular saint in the Armenian Church and is the patron saint of soldiers and scouts. As in many other instances, the Armenians have given St. George an Armenian national character. The Feast of St. George is always on the Saturday before the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak.
 
Also commemorated this week:
Thursday, September 24, Bishops Barlaam, Anthimus and Irenaeus
Monday, September 28, Saint David of Dvin
Tuesday, September 29, Saint Eustace
FROM OUR SCHOOLS
SIAMANTO ACADEMY BEGINS SCHOOL YEAR SATURDAY
The Siamanto Academy this year returns to its tradition of Saturday classes, which will be held via Zoom beginning this Saturday, September 26. Teenagers from the communities under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Prelacy have enrolled in the classes, which comprise two parts: Armenian language and history-culture. Not only the students, but also the teachers are looking forward to beginning the new school year. 

For registration and more information visit:

FIRST CLASS OF 2020-21 AT STS. VARTANANTZ SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly changed our daily lives over these last six months, and we have all had to adapt in many ways. This pandemic has shown us how much life can change in an instant. The presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in our lives, “who is the same yesterday, today and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8) is our strength and guide through all the storms of life. This is especially true for our children. So it was with great enthusiasm that Sunday, September 13 marked the Sts. Vartanantz Church Sunday School’s 2020-2021 opening day in Providence, Rhode Island.
 
In observance of health and safety considerations, starting this month and running through December, classes will be held virtually through Zoom. Classes only will be held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, and in acknowledgment of the screen time that students have to spend daily, classes will be limited to 45 minutes. Sunday School families are asked to attend church together on the first and third Sundays of the month, to have an opportunity to be together while maintaining social distancing and being together in worship as a larger family.
 
This year’s opening day was a bit different as Der Hayr, Yn. Debbie and all teachers welcomed families with an early morning Zoom gathering. Later in the morning, families came together in the parking lot after church for a special prayer and blessing from Der Hayr. Each child received a bag filled with books, lesson plans and treats from their teachers.
WARM WELCOME TO THE
MOURAD ARMENIAN SATURDAY SCHOOL
Early on the sunny Saturday morning of September 12, the Providence Sts. Vartanantz Mourad Armenian Saturday School welcomed back the students with a grand celebration. Even though classes are temporarily planned to be held online due to the pandemic, principals and teachers, along with Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, wanted to do something special to welcome the students into the new school year.
 
The welcoming ceremony took place in the church parking lot, which was decorated with tri-color balloons and flags with Armenian music playing and signs welcoming everyone back.
 
Der Kapriel began the ceremony with a prayer and words of wisdom followed by the anthems of the Republic of Armenia and the Mourad School. Co-directors Lala D. Attarian and June Mangassarian welcomed the students and parents. The teachers went around to greet their students and reconnect with the families while handing out the welcome packages filled with books, supplies and a few surprises. It was a joyful time for everyone.
The classes will begin remotely. The Mourad Armenian Saturday school offers Armenian classes for kindergarten to middle school students, including Armenian as a second language classes for those who are English speaking. For those interested, please contact:  mouradschool1934@gmail.com.
FROM OUR PARISHES
THANKSGIVING FOR THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA 
His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, said a Thanksgiving prayer for the independence of Armenia and blessed the flag at St. Gregory Church of Springfield, Massachusetts, accompanied by Rev. Fr. Bedros Shetilian. 
On Sunday, September 20, 2020, special prayers were said and the Armenian flag was blessed at the St. Illuminator's Cathedral on the 29th anniversary of the second independence of the Republic of Armenia (September 21, 1991), with the attendance of Mr. Albert Gevorgyan, advisor to the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations, and Mr. Tigran Hovhannisyan, counselor and military adviser. 
Sunday was also a day of celebration of Armenia’s independence at Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Worcester, Massachusetts. Following Church services, the community headed towards the khachkar and offered Thanksgiving prayers. During the brief service, Archpriest Vazken Bekiarian and Der Torkom Chorbajian blessed the American and the Armenian flags and the newly donated flagpole, which was donated by the Babigian Family. 
Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian blessed the flag at St. Sarkis Church of Douglaston, New York. 
Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian presided over the Blessing of the Flag at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Providence, Rhode Island. Der Kapriel was presented with the Armenian flag by Homenetmen scout Arpi Donoyan. 
St Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church, of Racine, Wisconsin, also celebrated Armenia’s Independence Day with the blessing of the tricolor.
Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian, Rev. Fr. Taniel Manjikian and the deacons of St. Stephen's Armenian Church of Watertown, Massachusetts, blessed the flag of the Republic of Armenia.
The blessing of the flag ceremony at St. Stephen's Church, of New Britain, Connecticut, was conducted by Rev. Fr. Vahan Kouyoumdjian.
The celebration by Rev. Fr. Mikael Der Kosrofian at Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church of Whitinsville, Massachusetts.
Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian blesses the Armenian flag at Sts. Vartanantz Church of Ridgefield, New Jersey.
The blessing of the flag at St. Sarkis Church of Dearborn, Michigan. 
BLESSING OF THE BASIL IN PROVIDENCE
Rev. Fr. Kapriel Nazarian, of Sts. Vartanantz Church of Providence, Rhode Island, blesses the basil on Sunday, September 13, during the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
The Prelacy’s Orphan Sponsorship program was established in 1993 and continues to be the central mission of the Prelacy’s projects in Armenia and Artsakh. As part of the program, letters are received regularly from children addressed to their actual or potential sponsors. We are pleased to share some of these letters through Crossroads.
This week’s letter is from Vilen* who is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bedrosian.
*In order to protect the privacy of the children we use only their first names.
Dear Sponsor,

My name is Vilen… I live in the village of Vostan. I am in 8th grade in the middle school #1. I am a good student. I live under the same roof with my mother, sister, brother, and grandmother. My brother and sister are younger than me.

After my father passed away, I try to help my mom more in her house chores. I aspire to become a computer programmer. I don’t like unserious people and bullies.
I thank you and people like you who help families like ours.
Click here for online sponsorship of minors up to the age of 18.

Click here for online sponsorship of orphans who become students at a higher education institution upon turning 18.

You can always contact the Prelacy by email (sophie@armenianprelacy.org) or telephone (212-689-7810) for the sponsorship of both minors and university students in the program of the St. Nerses the Great Organization in Armenia.
“THE ARMENIANS OF NEW ENGLAND”
MARC MAMIGONIAN (EDITOR)
Well over a century after Armenians started coming to America in any substantial numbers, the history and culture of various Armenian-American communities has yet to be comprehensively explored.
 
The Armenian communities in the New World have been shaped, like their Old World counterparts, by geographical, historic, social, and economic forces. The Armenians of New England differ from those of California, and both differ from those elsewhere. However, little attention has been paid to the development and current status of these communities.
 
This book was born from a conference that was the first to undertake the study of an Armenian community of North America. As both the oldest and still one of the largest and most vibrant Armenian communities in the New World, the culture and heritage of the Armenians of New England is ripe for exploration.
 
The articles included in this book are a contribution to the understanding of the history of the community, both for Armenians and non-Armenians alike.
Copies of this book may be purchased from the Prelacy Bookstore
(books@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810)















 
































Birth of Yeghishe Tadeosian (September 24, 1870)
His works on national and religious subjects, as well as his portraits (Gomidas, Hovhannes Tumanian, Shirvanzade), earned Yeghishe Tadeosian a place of his own in the Armenian painting of the early twentieth centuries.

Tadeosian (also spelled Tadevosian) was born in Vagharshapat on September 24, 1870. After studies in Tiflis and at the Lazarian School of Moscow, he entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Painter Vasily Polenov was his teacher and friend. He graduated in 1894 and after a one year stint as a teacher at the Gevorgian Seminary of Holy Echmiadzin, he returned to Moscow in 1896 and began participating in exhibitions by the Peredvizhniki (the Society of Itinerant Artistic Exhibitions) shortly thereafter.

In 1898, he traveled to Palestine with Polenov and would revisit the Middle East several times. In 1901, he moved from Moscow to Tbilisi and became an art teacher. He also participated in local and Russian exhibitions. His early work was influenced by painter Vardges Sureniants but, afterwards, he began to employ impressionistic and pointillistic techniques. In 1916, he became the founder and head of the Union of Armenian Artists in Tbilisi. In 1923, he became one of the founders and first professors of the Academy of Fine Art of Georgia.

Tadeosian earned the title of Emeritus Worker of Art of Soviet Armenia in 1935. He passed away in Tbilisi on January 22, 1936, but he is buried at the Komitas Pantheon, located in the city center of Yerevan. A street in Yerevan and an Art school in Vagharshapat are named after him.
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org). 
NO PHONE HITTING, PLEASE!
You can hit someone with a phone and get their information, can you? That will sound like a personal aggression and a matter for police intervention, but if you are not speaking in English, it definitely has a different sound.

There is an expression in French, coup de telephone, and its equivalent in Spanish, golpe de teléfono, both meaning simply “phone call.” But, in fact, literally, they both mean “phone hit.” If we say in Spanish, le voy a dar un golpe de teléfono (“I’m going to give him a golpe de teléfono”), no Spanish speaker will understand that he or she is under any physical danger.

Incidentally, today we have the English expression “to hit someone up” (with a call), with the same concept of hitting.

However, you can imagine what such a phrase would have meant for an Armenian reader a hundred and five years ago. A polemical article published on June 18, 1915, in Asbarez, the Armenian weekly published in Fresno, California (now it is the only Armenian-American daily published in Los Angeles), ended with an editorial footnote that stated:

«Իսկ գալով տունէ տուն պտտիլը ապացուցանելու խնդրին՝ կրնայ թէլէֆօնի հարուածով մը ուղղակի Տք. Թֆէնքճեանէ եւ կամ խմբագրութենէս իմանալ անունը կամ անունները»
(Coming to the issue of proof for the going around from home to home, he can learn the names or the names directly with a թէլէֆօնի հարուած [telefoni harvadz “telephone hit”])
One may assume that the readers of Asbarez were knowledgeable of French to understand the literal translation telefoni harvadz and be sure that the newspaper was not inciting the other person to commit an act of violence. These are the risks when you translate literally and your words do not make any sense in the target language…

For some reason, it appears that the editorial board wanted to be clear to the reader and made recourse to the international term “telephone” instead of the Armenian word already in use, հեռաձայն (herratzayn). This happens at time in these days, when people do not use the Armenian word for some appliance or device, thinking that they will not understand them.
Previous entries in “Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org). 
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
(Calendar items may be edited to conform to space and style)
September 26 —First Siamanto Academy online session of the 2020-21 school year at 10:30 am. Students from all our parishes are welcome. For further information and to register, please visit:

September 26 —Third class of the ANEC Teacher’s Training Program, online, ET 3:30-5:30pm.

October 17 —St. Gregory Church, Armenian Food Festival To-Go, Noon-5:00 pm, on the church premises at 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, MA. Limited quantities: Pre-order and pre-pay by October 13. For more information and to place an order, please call (413) 262-7251 or email: spariseau@charter.net

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