October 23, 2014

This week Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate of Aleppo, is visiting communities within the Eastern Prelacy conducting public briefings on the continuing crisis facing the Armenian community in Syria. Funds raised at all of the events will help to keep the Armenian schools in Syria open and functioning. Archbishop Shahan met with major communities in Canada and California during the past two weeks. 
Archbishop Oshagan is accompanying Archbishop Shahan at the meetings taking place on the East Coast.

Yesterday evening a public gathering took place at St. Stephen’s Church in Watertown, Massachusetts. Earlier in the day the Prelates met with members and the Central and Regional Executive of the Armenian Relief Society.
Archbishop Oshagan and Archbishop Shahe with members of the Armenian Relief Society yesterday in Watertown, Massachusetts.
This morning the Prelates met with some key leaders and benefactors at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island. This evening a public briefing will take place at St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Tomorrow evening, October 24, at 7 pm, a public briefing will take place at St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.

Saturday evening, October 25, a public briefing on the continuing crisis will take place at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, at 8 pm. Reservations needed for this event. Call the church office at 201-943-2950. On Sunday, October 26, Archbishop Shahan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the Sermon at Sts. Vartanantz Church in New Jersey. Archbishop Oshagan will preside. Following the Liturgy a presentation and fellowship reception will take place in the church’s middle hall.

On Monday evening, October 27, at 7:30 pm a public briefing will take place at the Armenian Center in Woodside, New York, hosted by St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and the New York Armen Garo Gomideh of the ARF.

Please support these public briefings with your attendance and donation. If you are unable to attend and wish to donate you may do so with the link below or by mailing your check to the Armenian Prelacy, 138 E. 39th Street, New York, NY 10016.

To listen to an interview with Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian click below for Podcast #8 by Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian.
The crisis in Syria requires our financial assistance.
Please keep this community in your prayers, your hearts, and your pocketbooks.



Armenian Prelacy
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New York, NY 10016
Checks payable to: Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief

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Bishop Anoushavan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the Sermon at St. Hagop Church, Racine, Wisconsin, on Sunday, October 26. During the Liturgy the Vicar will grant the right to wear stoles to altar servers, Vahan Mahdasian and Arakel Khaligian. Following the services the parish will celebrate its 76th anniversary.

On Saturday, Bishop Anoushavan, will meet with the leadership and parishioners of St. Paul Church, Waukegan, Illinois. The evening will begin with Vespers at 7 pm, followed by a meeting with the Vicar.


Last Sunday, October 19, Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the Sermon at St. Stephen’s Church, serving Hartford and New Britain, Connecticut. During the Liturgy, the Prelate ordained Ara Stepanian, son of Archpriest Fr. Aram and Yn. Margaret Stepanian, to the order of the diaconate. In his message, His Eminence congratulated the St. Stephen community, which is one of the oldest of the Prelacy parishes, and told the faithful that they are “the church,” and they must take every effort to keep their church healthy to serve the people and bring to them the message of our Lord.

Following the Liturgy His Eminence presided over the banquet and celebration of the parish’s 89th anniversary that took place at the Marriott Hotel in Hartford, with Archdeacon Ed Varjabedian serving at the Master of Ceremonies. Inspiring messages were delivered by Archbishop Oshagan and Der Aram, who has been instrumental in providing guidance and support during the parish’s recent period of transition.

Certificates of Merit were presented to Anita Arakelian, treasurer of the Board of Trustees, and to Richard Arzoomanian, a former board member who currently serves on the parish’s Investment Committee.
Ara Stepanian was ordained a deacon of the Armenian Church.
A scene from the anniversary banquet.
Certificates of Merit were presented to Richard Arzoomanian and Anita Arakelian.
Rev. Fr. Torkom Chorbajian, who was ordained in October 2013, will serve St. Gregory Church in Granite City, Illinois.
To read a story in the New Britain Herald click here.


Bishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at St. Gregory Church in Granite City, Illinois, last Sunday, and introduced the parish’s new pastor, Rev. Fr. Torkom Chorbajian and Yeretzgin Shogher.

Rev. Fr. Torkom was born in Aleppo, Syria, on September 12, 1990. Der Hayr was ordained to the order of the married clergy at the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Antelias, Lebanon, by Archbishop Nareg Alemezian on October 20, 2013. He graduated from the Theological Seminary of the Holy See of Cilicia after completing a seven-year course of study. He also completed graduate courses in Biblical and Pastoral Studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut. Der Torkom arrived in the United States in March 2014 and began a period of apprenticeship at St. Stephen Church in Watertown, Massachusetts, under the auspices of Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian.
Last Sunday Bishop Anoushavan introduced Der Torkom and Yeretzgin Shogher to the Granite City community that welcomed them warmly.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia announced that the blessing of the Holy Muron (Oil) will take place next year on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon.
The Armenian Church has special reverence for the Holy Muron, especially because of its continuity beginning with the Holy Anointing Oil of Exodus 30. The blessed oil is used during Baptism, Ordination of priests, Consecration of catholicoi and bishops, and Extreme Unction. Church buildings, religious painting, and sacred objects are also anointed with the Holy Muron. 

The Holy Muron is made of olive oil and forty-eight aromas and flowers. The remaining portion of the previous blessed oil is poured into the newly prepared oil during the blessing, thus ensuring continuity from generation to generation.


The Musical Armenia committee is accepting applications from young Armenian musicians who would like to be featured in a concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Those interested in applying should visit the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org) or click here.

The Prelacy inaugurated the Musical Armenia series in 1982 in order to promote the careers of talented young Armenian musicians from all over the world. Since then, the annual concerts have remained faithful to the objectives of the series. The 2015 concert will take place on Friday, March 20. Applications should be sent no later than October 30, 2014.

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian conveyed greetings on behalf of Archbishop Oshagan to Mr. Zaven Khanjian, the newly appointed Executive Director of the AMAA.

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and a member of the Prelacy’s Religious Council, represented Archbishop Oshagan at the 95th annual banquet and concert of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) that took place in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on October 18. The theme of the event was “Keep Telling the Story.”

Due to the ongoing war in Syria, the Armenian Relief Society (Eastern USA) has been concentrating on assisting the Armenian communities in Syria, especially in Aleppo where the situation is very dire. Continuing their efforts in this respect, the New York Mayr Chapter of the ARS organized a fundraising luncheon at St. Illuminator Cathedral’s Pashalian Hall last Sunday.

The event featured talented musicians David Antabian (piano) and Lusine Musaelian (vocalist). Armenian dance music was provided by DJ Khajag.

Mrs. Anais Tcholakian, chairwoman of the Mayr chapter welcomed the guests and Mrs. Rachel Nadjarian served as the master of ceremonies. Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of the Cathedral, encouraged everyone to pray for the Armenian community in Syria and to make generous donations. Mrs. Sonia Bezdikiian thanked everyone for their support. Der Mesrob was granted honorary ARS membership in appreciation of his extraordinary support and dedication to the ARS.
Rev. Fr. Mesrob with members of the New York Mayr Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society.

Bible readings for Sunday, October 26, 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.”

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

On Saturday, October 25, the Armenian Church remembers 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.
The Khodageradz Soorp Nshan reliquary which encases a piece of the Holy Cross in its center.

This Sunday, October 26, 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 death became a symbol of salvation and victory.

His Holiness Aram I traveled to New Julfa, Isfahan, in Iran, last week. Throughout 2014 the New Julfa community has been celebrating the 350th anniversary of the construction of the Cathedral at All-Savior Monastery that has remained in continuous service and is endowed with many historic works of art and artifacts.

Upon his arrival at the Monastery, His Holiness was welcomed by the community and was escorted in procession by the prelates, the clergy, and representatives of church and community organizations to the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church for Hrashapar services. The procession then went to the Armenian Genocide Martyrs monument to lay wreaths. Bishop Papken Charian, Prelate of New Julfa/Isfahan, welcomed the Catholicos and thanked him for his initiatives regarding the situation in the Middle East and for the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

Last Sunday, after the Divine Liturgy, His Holiness received the Governor of Isfahan, his deputies, the head of religious affairs and the chief of internal security at the Holy Savior Monastery. The Governor thanked the Catholicos for his visit to Iran, his leadership and the significant contribution of the Armenian community to the city. Present at the meeting were Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate of  Tehran; Bishop Papken Charian, Prelate of Isfahan; Bishop Krikor Chiftjian, Prelate of Aderbadagan, and Bishop Magar Ashkarian, and representatives of the diocesan council.
Catholicos Aram blesses bread and salt upon his arrival.
Clergy and parishioners filled the courtyard of the All-Savior Monastery to welcome His Holiness.

Bishop Shahe Panossian, Prelate of Lebanon, represented His Holiness Catholicos Aram at a conference organized by Adyan, the Lebanese foundation for Interreligious Studies and Spiritual Solidarity, at Notre Dame Du Puits-Bqennaya. After thanking the organizers for this timely initiative, Bishop Shahe read a message from the Catholicos.

His Holiness said that “Middle East religious leaders bear the historical responsibility to promote a culture of living together.” He also stated that the religions of the Middle East find themselves at a critical junction and have the ability at this moment to either enrich or destroy communities. “Religious leaders,” he said, “must take their God-given responsibility and use their influence in their respective communities to face the present grave situation directly by acting together to promote a culture of living together.”
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Birth of Anna Ter Avetikian (October 23, 1908)

This name is probably unfamiliar to the English reader. Anna Ter Avetikian was the first female architect of Armenia and the designer of some recognizable buildings in Yerevan.

She belonged to a family well-known to older inhabitants of the capital of Armenia. The Ter Avetikians had been instrumental in the construction of many historic buildings, such as the small hall of the Philarmonia of Yerevan, the old building of Yerevan State University, and the first hospital of the city, located on Abovian Street. Their efforts had succeeded in the creation of the first drinking water network of Yerevan.

In 1924 Anna Ter Avetikian entered the department of Architecture of the Technical School of Yerevan State University, which became the grounds for the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute in 1933 (now the State Engineering University of Armenia). She graduated in 1930. In 1926, while still a student, she started working in the studios of two renowned architects, Nikoghayos Buniatian and Alexander Tamanian (the author of the master plan of Yerevan and of many of its most characteristic buildings). Later she went to work in design organizations.

The designs of Ter-Avetikian were used for the construction of about forty buildings in Yerevan (schools, residential buildings, and administrative buildings). These included the building of film makers at the corner of Mashtots Avenue and Koriun, where the legendary coffee shop “Ponchikanots” (the ponchik is a kind of donut) and the Mayakovsky School are located.
An inscription on a building designed by Anna Ter-Avetikian where Armenian filmakers lived during the Soviet period in central Yerevan.
She married architect Konstantin Hovhannisian (1911-1984), who also worked in the studios of Buniatian and Tamanian in the 1930s, and together they designed the buildings of the Yerevan Police, the Yerevan Fire Station (on Sakharov Square),  and the “Sasuntsi Davit” cinema (demolished in the 1980s). Her husband was the head of the excavations of Arin-Berd (1950-1972) and dug out the remnants of the citadel of Erebuni.

Anna Ter Avetikian was a laureate of the Soviet overviews of female architects in 1938 and 1956, and received a diploma from the international exhibition of Paris, “Women in Art and Popular Creation” in 1938. Her design of the building of film makers earned her the first prize in the all-Soviet competition of female architects of 1948. In 1967 she received a congratulatory note from the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian Republic and in 1968 she became an emeritus architect of Armenia.
She also won recognition and honors from the independent Republic of Armenia: the golden medal “Alexander Tamanian” (2002) and the golden medal “Yerevan” of the Yerevan City Hall. In 2012, at the age of 104, she gave an interview to the news agency Mediamax, in which she said:

“I can’t single out any one of the buildings. Is it possible to say which one of your children is your dearest?

“All my buildings are built with national style. That was not only conditioned by traditions, but by seismic and weather conditions, as well as the characteristics of national psychology.

“All cities change, and that’s natural. There are periods of flourishing and decline. However, people build the city and its environment is created thanks to them. The old city has to be maintained; keeping the link of time educates people and ties them to their history and roots.”

Anna Ter Avetikian passed away at the age of 105. Her passing was announced on January 16, 2013, by the news agency A1+.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” can be read on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org).

The Prelacy Bookstore has an extensive collection of books (in Armenian and English) about the Genocide including histories, historical novels, memoirs, eye witness testimonies, essays, and poetry. From now through next April we will feature one or two books each week from the Bookstore’s collection.
Der Zor: On the Trail of the Armenian Genocide of 1915
Bardig Kouyoumdjian and Christine Simeone
Translated by Michele McKay Aynesworth

Bardig Kouyoumdjian, a photographer and grandchild of a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, went to the Syrian desert where hundreds of thousands of Armenians found their final destiny. He made an incomparable journey to these forgotten places, the centers of deportation in Aleppo, Meskene, Rakka, and Deir Zor. He also managed to find the main sites of the massacres at Shaddade, Markade, Ras-ul-Ain. The moving photography is enriched by his account, written down by Christine Simeone.

$50.00 (softcover) plus shipping & handling
Նամակներ «թրքուհիին» եւ հայ գրողին միջեւ 
Արմէն Տօնոյեան
Երեւան, «Մուղնի» հրատարակչութիւն, 2003

Այս գրքոյկը կը ներկայացնէ ուրֆացի հայ գրողի մը եւ ուրֆացի թուրք (մայրը՝ հայ) կնոջ մը նամակագրութիւնը։ Այդ նամակագրութենէն ու մօր մահուան կրած ցնցումէն թուրք կնոջ մէջ կը ծնի ինքնութեան տագնապ մը, որ կը զայն կը մղէ իր արմատներու փնտռտուքին՝ մինչեւ Հայաստան երթալու աստիճան։

Գին՝ 10 տոլար (թղթակազմ)

To order these books or for information contact the Armenian Prelacy Bookstore by email (books@armenianprelacy.org) or by phone (212-689-7810).
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Two Ways to Say “And”

Unlike English, and many other languages, Armenian has two words to say “and.” But, as with many synonyms, people tend to use one particular word and put aside all others. It is a matter of style. If you care about your speech, you will want to speak accurately. Otherwise . . . you may see the results every day.

The two conjunctions in question are yev (եւ) and oo (ու). Do they have any difference in meaning? No.

If you want to say “I will first go to eat and then go home,” you can either say
Նախ պիտի ուտեմ եւ յետոյ պիտի քնանամ (Nakh bidi oodem yev hedo bidi knanam) or
Նախ պիտի ուտեմ ու յետոյ պիտի քնանամ (Nakh bidi oodem oo hedo bidi knanam).

However, you can take advantage of the existence of both words to improve your quality of speech. Thus, 
1) You should not use yev or oo alone several times in the same sentence, as in:
Ես եւ դուն պաղպաղակ կերանք եւ յետոյ տուն գացինք
(Yes yev toon baghbaghag gerank yev hedo doon katsink, “You and I ate ice cream and then went home”).
It is better to use oo between yes and toon (“You and I”):yes oo toon.

2) In general, when a word ends in a consonant and the next starts with a consonant, it is advisable to use oo (շուն ու կատու/ shoon oo gadoo “dog and cat”), and when a word ends in a vowel and the next starts with a vowel, yev is the word of choice (քու եւ իմ/koo yev im “your and my”).

3) If the surrounding words are filled with oo¬, it is better not to use the conjunction oo. For instance, instead of ուրախութիւն ու երջանկութիւն (oorakhootioon oo yerchangootioon “joy and happiness”), it is better to say ուրախութիւն եւ երջանկութիւն (oorakhootioon yev yerchangootioon).

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

Since 1948, October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day, marking the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations.
“The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises […] At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable. On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


A four-page advertising supplement under the banner headline “Armenia. An ancient nation; a modern republic,” is part of today’s issue of the New York Times.
October 25—St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley, Annual Fall Fair, 10 am to 7 pm, at Jaffarian Hall, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Shish, losh, and chicken kebab dinners, lentil and kheyma, vegetarian dinners, pastries, gifts, raffles. For information: 978-685-5038.

October 26—Celebration of 80th anniversary of Armenian Weekly and 115th anniversary of Hairenik, at home of Carmen and Avo Barmakian, 58 Matthew Lane, Waltham, Massachusetts. Keynote speaker, Professor Richard G. Hovannisian, professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History at UCLA. Reservations by October 18, Heather Krafian, 617-932-1965.

October 27—Public briefing: The Syrian Armenian Crisis, hosted by St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and New York Armen Garo Gomideh. Come and meet H.E. Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate of Aleppo. Please support this public event with your attendance and donation.

November 2—All Saints Church, Glenview, Illinois, 71st Anniversary under auspices of Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, following the Divine Liturgy, at Shahnasarian Hall, 1701 N. Greenwood, Glenview, Illinois.

November 6—Avak Luncheon, sponsored by St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts, at noon. Speaker: Sonya Vartabedian, “Diary of a Community Editor,” reflections from Sunday School student here to award-winning journalist and editor of The Andover Townsman and Andover Magazine.

November 7-8-9—Rouben Mamoulian Film Festival, 7 pm, at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York. Sponsored by the Anthropology Museum of the People of New York, the Armenian Cultural Educational Resource Center Gallery at Queens College, and The Museum of the Moving Image. Opening night and reception will feature Love Me Tonight, the 1932 musical comedy film produced and directed by Mamoulian, with music by Rodgers and Hart, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier. For tickets and information: anthroarmen@aol.com or 718-428-5650.

November 7 & 8—St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 58th Armenian Bazaar, 10 am to 9:30 pm at Armenian Cultural & Educational Center, 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, Massachusetts. Meals served from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (take out is available). Enjoy delicious meals, Armenian pastries, gourmet items, arts and crafts, books, raffles, attic treasures. For information: 617-924-7562. 

November 14-15—Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, Annual Fall Fest. Friday, 4 to 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Shish, chicken, losh kebab and kheyma dinners. Home made pastries and special desserts. For information: 508-852-2414.

November 15 &16—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, Armenian Fest 2014 at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Broad Street, Cranston, Rhode Island.  Largest indoor festival in Rhode Island. Delicious shish and losh kebob, chicken and kufta dinners and Armenian pastry available all day.  Live dance music. The Mourad Armenian School and Providence Hamazkayin dance groups will perform on Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. Hourly raffles, silent auction, country store, gift baskets, flea-market, arts and crafts. Main raffle prizes worth total $2,700.  Fun for all ages. Free admission, parking and valet. For information: 401-831-6399 or www.stsvartanantzchurch.org.

November 21, 22, 23—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual Bazaar, Food Festival, and Hantes. Mezze and Kebab dinners (chicken, shish, luleh); dessert table and trays of home-made delicacies; Boutique Booths; Chinese Auction; Supervised Game Room for children; Pre-packaged Monte, Sou Buereg, Kufteh, and Lehmejun; Take-out available; Live Music for dancing and listening. Traditional Kavourma dinner on Sunday served immediately after church service. For information: 201-943-2950.

December 6—Armenian Winter Dessert Festival, Soorp Khatch Church, Bethesda, Maryland.

December 6—Lowell Gomideh anniversary celebration, 6 pm, at St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Dinner, entertainment, program, speaker: David Boyajian, “The Survival of Armenia: Dangers and Opportunities. Admission: $20 adults; $10 students. For information: tommyvart@aol.com or 978-373-1654.

December 6—St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Annual Bazaar at Christian Reform Church, Whitinsville, 10 am to 5 pm.

December 7—Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut, will host a Wine Tasting Party at noon in the church hall, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain. A wine talk and tasting will be provided by Taylor Brooke Winery, Woodstock, Connecticut, owned by Linda Varjabedian Auger.

December 7—8th Annual ANC Eastern Region Banquet, Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, NY. Freedom Award Honoree: former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and the Morgenthau family; Vahan Cardashian Award Honoree: ANCA activist Alice Movsesian.  Tickets are $250.  For reservations and information, please visit www.anca.org/erbanquet or 917.428.1918.

December 12—Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) 11th Annual Holiday Gala, Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City. Cocktails and Silent Auction, 7 pm; Dinner & Program, 8 pm; Dancing & After Party, 10 pm. For tickets and information www.coafkids.org or 212-994-8234.

December 13—St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “A 2014 Christmas Celebration” at 7pm in the Sanctuary. Usher in the Christmas season with family and friends. Featuring master organist, Ara Eloian, group caroling in Armenian and English. Reception  following in Terhanian Hall. Admission is Free. RSVP to church office 215-482-9200.

February 9-11, 2015—Ghevontiantz gathering of clergy serving the Eastern Prelacy.

March 13-15, 2015—“Responsibility 2015,” International conference for Armenian Genocide’s centennial at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, featuring prominent historians, policymakers, authors, and artists. Organized by the ARF Eastern US Centennial Committee, under the auspices of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America, Eastern Region. www.responsibility2015.com for information.

March 20, 2015—Musical Armenia, presented by Eastern Prelacy and Prelacy Ladies Guild, Weill Recital Hall, 8 pm, Carnegie Hall, New York City.

October 5-9, 2015—Clergy gathering of Eastern, Western, and Canadian Prelacies.
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