September 26, 2013
In what is believed to be the first such gathering in 600 years, nearly all of the Bishops of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church have gathered in Holy Etchmiadzin for the Synod of Bishops that began on Tuesday, September 24, and will continue through tomorrow, Friday, September 27, with the blessings and presence of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.
Following the opening prayer, a requiem service was said for the souls of recently departed Archbishop Shahan Svakian and Archbishop Ardavast Terterian, as well as for the souls of all deceased clergymen.
Armenia’s president, Serzh Sarkisian, attended the opening ceremony and welcomed and addressed the participants. Opening remarks were given by Catholicos Karekin II, Catholicos Aram I, and Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, Patriarchal Vicar of Constantinople.
In his opening address, Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians, spoke of the political circumstances that have created hardship for the Armenian people, as well as the natural disasters, massacres, pogroms, the Genocide, and the Soviet years of atheism. He said today the Motherland is independent and the Church is free to carry out reforms.
In his opening address, Catholicos Aram I of Cilicia, spoke about various theological and ecclesiastical issues and said that if the Church is not reformed it will turn into a museum. Building a church is important, he said, but becoming a church is much more important. He noted that we have to preserve traditions, but not idolize them.
Archbishop Oshagan and Bishop Anoushavan traveled to Etchmiadzin last week and are participating in the historic gathering that has brought together Armenian bishops from all over the world. The Synod is studying issues and challenges facing the church and nation, and the question of reforms in the canons and liturgical practices of the Armenian Church. The two main subjects on the agenda are canonization of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and the Baptismal ceremonial rite.
Read the entire opening remarks (in Armenian) of President Sarkisian, Catholicos Karekin II, and Catholicos Aram I here.
Video of message of Karekin II here.   Video of message of Aram I here.
Der Khatchadour speaking to the parishioners of Holy Trinity Church. Archbishop Oshagan is on left and Yeretzgin Marie is at right.
Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Divine Liturgy, delivered an uplifting sermon, and ordained two deacons on Sunday, September 15, on the occasion of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, at Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts. Ordained to the deaconate were Berj Bardizbanian and Hovsep Yaghmourian.
Following the Liturgy His Eminence presided over the 79th anniversary of the parish and the retirement of Archpriest Fr. Khatchadour Boghossian, after 18 years of service to three Prelacy parishes, namely, St. Asdvadzadzin Church (Whitinsville), Holy Trinity Church (Worcester), and Sts. Vartanantz (New Jersey). The Mayor of Worcester attended the celebration and congratulated Der Khatchadour on the occasion of his retirement and expressed appreciation of his service to the Armenian Church and the Worcester community, before presenting him with the keys to the city of Worcester.
Der Khatchadour expressed his gratitude to God for guiding him after graduating from the Theological Seminary of the Catholicosate of Cilicia to teach and then serve as a priest to communities in Syria, Lebanon, France, and the Eastern United States. Der Hayr expressed his thanks to Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, of blessed memory, and to Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan for their spiritual guidance. He thanked his spiritual brothers as well as all of his parishioners for their loyal friendship and support.
Archbishop Oshagan congratulated the parishioners on the occasion of the parish’s 79th anniversary, and expressed appreciation of Der Khatchadour’s pastoral service to three Prelacy parishes. He wished Der Hayr, Yeretzgin Marie, and their children Vicken and Taline, good health and happiness.
Tony Bennett Concert Hall at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York, was filled to capacity last Saturday, September 21, for  the St. Illuminator’s Huyser Music Ensemble’s performance of “The Sound of Freedom: A Celebration of Independence,” under the direction of Harout Barsoumian, Founder and Artistic Director, and Karine Barsoumian, Musical Director. The performance included a special presentation by the Vanush Khanamiryan Dance Academy of New York, and pianist Karine Poghosyan.
H.E. Garen Nazarian, Armenia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, was present and addressed the gathering, praising this spirited celebration of the 22nd anniversary of Armenia’s independence.
Huyser Music Ensemble’s goal is to keep Armenian music alive by giving outstanding performances that bring joy, pride, and tears to the audience, as this concert did. A diverse and appreciative audience gave the performers a well-deserved extended standing ovation.
Ambassador Garen Nazarian addresses the performers and audience with thanks for this special celebration of Armenia’s independence anniversary.
A scene from the performance.
Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, was filled with parishioners to participate in one of the most loved Feast days in the Armenian Church, The Exaltation of the Cross (Khachverats).    Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, pastor, spoke about this Feast day which is one of five Tabernacle Feasts in the Armenian Liturgical Calendar. From the earliest centuries of Christianity the Cross became a venerated object and looked upon as the way to salvation and eternal life.
Rev. Fr. Hovnan  Bozoian celebrates the Exaltation of the Cross with deacons and altar servers at Sts. Vartanantz Church, New Jersey.
Following the Divine Liturgy the celebrant, altar servers, choir, and parishioners proceeded to the church’s large hall where the Andastan service was performed followed by the blessing of the Rehan (Basil) and Madagh.
Recognizing the importance of discovering and promoting the careers of exceptionally talented, but not well known, young Armenian musicians from all over the world, the Eastern Prelacy launched the Musical Armenia annual concert series in 1982. For more than thirty years the program has remained true to its objective by encouraging young Armenian artists and presenting them in recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
All young soloists and ensembles with at least one member of Armenian descent are invited to apply. Priority will be given to applicants currently living or studying in the United States. The deadline for applications has been extended to October 30, 2013.
For more information and application for the 2014 Musical Armenia concert click here.
On Tuesday, September 24, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City, received a visit from Thomas Schultz, who recently became the owner, along with his friend Larry Joseph, of thousands of paintings by a little known Armenian American artist, Arthur Pinajian, who died in 1999 at age 85.
According to the story told by Mr. Schultz, he and his friend purchased an old ramshackle bungalow in Bellport, New York, in 2007, with the intention of renovating it and selling it. Inside the bungalow they found thousands of paintings and drawings by said Arthur Pinajian, a former resident of the property who struggled throughout his life to find success in the art world. He left instructions that upon his death all of his art work should be discarded. Rather than destroying the art work, his family just left them in the bungalow. Mr. Schultz and Mr. Joseph paid an extra $2,500 and took possession of the art collection and invested thousands of dollars restoring the artwork.
The pieces include abstract expressionist paintings, landscapes, sketches from the Second World War, illustrations for 1930s comic books, and images from the 1960 Woodstock artist colonies. After having the collection appraised, Mr. Schultz opened an art gallery in Bellport where most of Pinajian’s works are being stored. The artwork was appraised to be worth millions of dollars.
The Cathedral is planning to have an exhibition in the near future.
The Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) is sponsoring a symposium, “Armenian Women as Artists and Mothers,” in celebration of the Year of the Mother of the Armenian Family. It will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 2-6 pm, at Pashalian Hall, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. The lecturers will be Jennifer Manoukian (Columbia University), Dr. Vartan Matiossian (ANEC), and Dr. Melissa Bilal (Columbia University). For more information about the event, click here.

An eight-week Bible study program on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, will begin on Thursday, October 24, and continue on subsequent Thursdays up to December 19, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. The Bible studies will be presented by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), and is sponsored by AREC and the Cathedral. Registration, which is required, can be done on line ( or by contacting the Prelacy at 212-689-7810,, or the Cathedral at 212-689-5880, Or click here.
Bible readings for Sunday, September 29, 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.
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 24:30-36)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Sunday, September 29, is the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak, a feast that is unique to the Armenian Church and is celebrated two weeks after the Exaltation of the Cross. After coming to Armenia, the Hripsimiantz 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. He followed 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 Khatchit).
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 modern 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 historical Armenia, Artsiv 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.
Varagavank in 1900.
Varagavank today.
This Saturday, September 28, 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 he urged 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 that is preceded by a period of fasting. Although the fast is not connected to St. George, through the centuries it has been popularly identified as the Fast of St. George.
The Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief is a joint effort of: Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Eastern Prelacy); Armenian Catholic Eparchy; Armenian Evangelical Union of North America; Armenian Relief Society (Eastern USA, Inc.); Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
Thank you for your help.
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Foundation of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (October 1, 1921)
The Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (ADL; in Armenian, Ramgavar Azadagan Goosagtsootioon) was founded in Constantinople on October 1, 1921. It is considered the continuation of the first Armenian party, the Armenagan Organization, which was created in 1885 in Van.
The Democratic Liberal Party was the result of the alliance of four liberal and conservative parties from Western and Eastern Armenia: the Armenagan Organization, which had lost its headquarters in Van after the genocide; the Armenian Constitutional Democratic Party (1907-1921), which had acted within the frame of constitutionalism in the Ottoman Empire after the Ottoman Revolution of 1908; the Reorganized Hunchakian Party, a right-wing split of the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party after 1896; and the Armenian Popular Party, founded in 1917 in Tiflis (Tbilisi) after the model of the Russian Constitutional Democratic (Kadet) party.
The party advocated liberalism and capitalism, while the other two political parties, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and the Hunchakian Party, had a left-leaning platform. For the next seventy years, the action of the Democratic Liberal Party, as well as of the other two, was limited to the Diaspora, since Armenian political parties were banned by the Communist regime in Soviet Armenia. Its position, nevertheless, has consistently been one of support for Armenia, regardless of the regime or government in charge.
The party established its main headquarters in the Middle East (Egypt and later Lebanon), with branches in various communities, particularly Syria, Greece, France, the United States, Canada, and Argentina, publishing newspapers and magazines in some of them. Nowadays, it has the following media in the Diaspora: Zartonk (Beirut), Arev (Cairo), Nor Ashkharh (Athens), Abaka (Montreal), Nor Or (Pasadena), The Armenian Mirror-Spectator (Boston), Sardarabad (Buenos Aires). It has had representation in the Lebanese Parliament since 2000 as a member of the Future Movement chaired by the late prime minister Rafik Hariri (now called March 14 Alliance).
After the independence of Armenia and the disappearance of the one-party system, the Democratic Liberal Party of Armenia was founded in 1991 as a local counterpart to the Diasporan party. Various rifts within the party caused the formation of a second party, the Armenakan-Democratic Liberal Party, in 2009. Both parties were unified in 2012 under the name “Democratic Liberal Party (Armenia).” The newspaper Azg, one of the most respected press organs in Armenia, was founded by the party in 1992, but in the last few years became an independent, non-partisan newspaper.
Note: Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (
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The “Apple” That Came from China . . . or India
You cannot compare apples with oranges, but of course, you can compare an orange and a նարինջ (narinch), because both refer to the juicy fruit used to make your everyday breakfast beverage and both have the same origin. And, as we will see, apples were somehow part of the origins of the English orange.
Oranges probably originated in Southeast Asia, and were already cultivated in China around 2500 B.C. However, the ultimate origin of both English orange and Armenian narinch (pronounced narinj in Classical Armenian) is India. The fruit was called naranga, which means “orange tree,” in the Vedas, the sacred books of Indian religion written in Sanskrit, although the origin of the word is unknown. It seems to come from a non-Indo-European language of the Indian peninsula, such as Telugu, Malalayam, or Tamil.
The fruit went from India to Western Asia with the Arabs as intermediaries. Along went the name: it remained as narang in Persian, turned naranj in Arabic (Arabic does not have a g), and became narinj in Kurdish and Armenian. According to German linguist Heinrich Hubschmann and his disciple Hrachia Adjarian, the Armenian word originated from Persian narang.
The fruit went to Europe through Portuguese travelers to China, and through Arabs. It received the name of “Chinese apple” in some languages: they are called sinaasappel in Dutch and appelsin in Low German, literally “China’s apple” (hence Russian апельсин apelsin “orange,” which you may hear sometimes in Eastern Armenian). Interestingly, “Chinese apple” is the name of the pomegranate in British English.
Interestingly, Spanish and Portuguese most probably adopted the word through Arabic influence in the Iberian Peninsula (Spanish naranja and Portuguese laranja), but Portugal helped spread the word to Southern Europe and the Middle East: Greek πορτοκάλι (portokáli) and Turkish portakal. Believe it or not, Arabs today call the fruit burtuqāl برتقال; the word nerinj is used for a different citric.
The name and the fruit reached England through a more indirect path. Old Italian borrowed the word from Arabic and turned it into melarancia (mela + (n)arancia “apple of orange”). The French calqued the word from the Italians and turned it into pome orenge (“apple of orange”). Finally, Old English borrowed orenge/orange from Old French, without the “apple” part. (In the end, the French dropped the word “apple” too.) And this is how English orange sounds quite close to Armenian narinch, only with the vowel o at the beginning.
There is one difference, though: orange in English means both the fruit and the tree. In Armenian, we have two different words, although close enough: narinch for the fruit and նարնջենի (narncheni) for the tree. The suffix eni is equivalent to the English “-tree,” as in khntzoreni “apple tree.”
Note: Previous entries in the “Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site (
Renowned Armenian actor, playwright, artist, and political activist, Sos Sargsyan, passed away today at age 84. He was born in the Lori region of Armenia and moved to Yerevan in 1948 where he worked as an actor in Armenia’s Youth Theater. He graduated from the Yerevan Fine Arts and Theatre Institute in 1954. He performed at the Sundukyan Drama Theatre of Yerevan, and served as director of the Yerevan Institute of Theater and Cinema. He starred in 20 films and worked in the Russian cinema. He was awarded the St. Sahag-St. Mesrob medal by His Holiness Karekin II in 2000 in honor of his extraordinary 70-year career in the arts.
After Armenia’s independence he entered the political arena of Armenia as an activist. He was a candidate for president in 1991, representing the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, and elected to parliament in 2009.
September 5 to October 3—“A Brief Introduction to Modern Armenian Literature,” a series of five seminars presented on Thursdays, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. Sponsored by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) and the Cathedral. Presented by Vartan Matiossian, Ph.D.
September 26—Presentation and signing of A Place Far Away, a powerful portrayal of the realities of human trafficking in Armenia, 7 pm  at Kavookjian Auditorium, St. Vartan Cathedral, 630 Second Avenue, New York City. Sponsored by the Armenian Studies program of the Department of Youth and Education, the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, and the Fund for Armenian Relief. All proceeds from the book are being donated to organizations devoted to protecting children and fighting human trafficking.
September 26—“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” sponsored by the Ladies Guild of St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Peter and Irene Vosbikian, Moorestown, New Jersey. Sumptuous brunch, vendors, Chinese auction, $50 per person. For reservations for the brunch contact: Mari Degirmenci 610-353-9199; Ashkhen Setrakian 610-527-3119; Cissy DerHagopian 856-231-9447; Theresa Hovnanian 856-231-1544. Transportation available from St. Gregory Church; departing 9:30 am and return trip at 3 pm. For transportation reservations ($20 per person) contact: Helen Guveyian 610-742-5871.
September 29—St. Sarkis Cultural Committee presents a lecture by Dr. Gregory Kazandjian, MS,  DDS, on Mkhitar Heratsi, master physician of Cilician Armenia during the 12th century. Mkhitar is considered to be the father of Armenian medicine and he wrote many medical texts. Lecture is at 1 pm at St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, New York. Free admission. For information: 718-224-2275.
October 5—Symposium “Armenian Women as Artists and Mothers,” 2-6 pm, sponsored by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) at St. Illuminator Cathedral Pashalian Hall, 221 East 27th Street, New York City, in celebration of the Year of the Mother of the Armenian Family. Lecturers: Jennifer Manoukian (Columbia University), “Zabel Yessayan: Mother and Activist,”; Vartan Matiossian (ANEC), “Armen Ohanian: An Armenian Woman of the World,” and Melissa Bilal (Columbia University), “Lullabies and Tears: On Armenian Grandmothers and Granddaughters in Istanbul.”
October 5—St. Paul Monthly Movie Night featuring a documentary about Our Motherland—Armenia—with introduction by Rev. Fr. Daron Stepanian, 7 pm, at St. Paul Churchy, 645 S. Lewis Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois. Light refreshments. This is a free event. For information: Arda Haroian-Bowles, 847-445-7934.
October 6—Special program following the Divine Liturgy presented by Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian commemorating the passing of Catholicos Zareh I (50th) and Catholicos Khoren I (30th) will take place at Soorp Khatch Church, 4906 Flint Drive, Bethesda, Maryland.
October 13—Special program following the Divine Liturgy presented by Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian commemorating the passing of Catholicos Zareh I (50th) and Catholicos Khoren I (30th) will take place at St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, New York, under auspices of Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan.
October 19—Armenian Friends of America presents “Hye Kef 5” featuring musicians Leon Janikian, Joe Kouyoumjian, Greg Takvorian, Ken Kalajian, Ron Raphaelian, and Jay Baronian, 7:30-12:30, Michael’s Function Hall, 12 Alpha Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts. Proceeds to benefit all Armenian churches in Merrimack Valley and New Hampshire. Tickets: $40 adults; $30 students; includes individually-served mezza platters. For information/reservations: John Arzigian 603-560-3826; Sandy Boroyan 978-251-8687; Scott Sahagian 617-699-3581; Peter Gulezian 978-375-1616.
October 20—St. Hagop Church, Racine, Wisconsin, 75th Anniversary Celebration to begin with Badarak at 10 am at the church, followed by a gala “tasting banquet” and program at the Racine Marriott. For information: Mary M. Olson, 262-681-1535.
October 24 to December 19—St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, an 8-week Bible study program beginning Thursday, October 24, and continuing on Thursdays up to December 19 (no session on Thanksgiving, November 28). Sessions will be presented by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). Sessions will take place at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City, 7:15-8:00 pm, Presentation; 8:00-8:45 pm, Q/A & Discussion. Registration is required. Register at or contact the Prelacy 212-689-7810, or the Cathedral at 212-689-5880.
October 27—90th anniversary celebration of St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate. Immediately after the Divine Liturgy at the church’s Founders Hall, 8701 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128.
November 1 & 2—St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 57th Armenian Bazaar, 10 am to 9:30 pm, at Armenian Cultural & Educational Center, 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown. Delicious meals (take-out available), Armenian pastries, Arts and Crafts, Books, Raffles, Attic Treasures, Auctions, and more. For information: 617-924-7562.
November 2—Mid-West Regional Conference for Clergy, Boards of Trustees, and NRA Delegates, hosted by All Saints Church, Glenview, Illinois, beginning at 10 am and ending at 4 pm. Members of Prelacy’s Religious and Executive members will be present.
November 2 & 3—Armenian Fest 2013, Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, presents its Armenian Food Festival at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Broad Street, 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, silent auction, hourly raffles, and grand prize, $2,000. Children’s dance group will perform on Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. Armenian food and pastry are available all day. Saturday, noon to 9 pm; Sunday, noon to 8 pm. Free admission and parking. For information: 401-831-6399.
November 10—Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, presents The Way We Were Ensemble of New York/New Jersey in their performance of “The Gamavors,” at 2 pm in the church hall. Coffee and reception with cast will follow performance. Tickets: $20 adults; $10 children under 12. For tickets: Mary Derderian, or 781-762-4253.
November 15-16-17—Annual Bazaar, Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey.
November 16—Public Relations seminar for New England parishes, directed by Tom Vartabedian, at St. Stephen Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, beginning at 10 am. Speakers include: Stephen Kurkjian, three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from the Boston Globe, and Khatchig Mouradian, editor of The Armenian Weekly.
November 16 & 17—Annual ART IN FALL Exhibition featuring national and international Armenian artists, Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. Fine art including oils, mixed media, photography, and sculpture in classic, modern, and contemporary styles by 27 artists. Opening Reception, Saturday, 7 to 10 pm. Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres, $30 donation.  Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, Refreshments, $15 donation.
November 17—Banquet and Program celebrating the “Year of the Armenian Mother,” organized by the Eastern Prelacy, at Terrace in the Park, Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Watch for details.
November 24—Special program following the Divine Liturgy presented by Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian commemorating the passing of Catholicos Zareh I (50th) and Catholicos Khoren I (30th) will take place at St. Stephen’s Church, 38 Elton Avenue, Watertown, Massachusetts.
December 7—Annual Church Bazaar of St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, will take place at Christian Reform Church, 25 Cross Street, Whitinsville. For information: 508-234-3677.
December 7—Annual Holiday Bake Sale, St. Paul Church, 645 S. Lewis Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois, 9 am to 3 pm. Enjoy authentic Armenian & American pastries and plan to stay for lunch at St. Paul Café. For information or pre-orders, 847-244-4573.
February 24-26, 2014—Annual Clergy Ghevontiantz Gathering hosted by Holy Cross Church, 255 Spring Avenue, Troy, New York.
March 28, 2014—Musical Armenia Concert presented by Eastern Prelacy and Prelacy Ladies Guild, at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 8 pm.
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