March 13, 2014
The second of a six-part Prelacy Lenten Program took place last night at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City, presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan.
The Nicene Creed (Havadamk), the official profession of faith of the church, chanted during the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak), is the topic of this year’s Lenten series. The Creed is accepted by all Orthodox Churches and the Catholic Church, as well as by the Anglicans, the Episcopalians, the Lutherans, and many other protestant churches.
Yesterday evening, the speaker was Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian, pastor of St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts. His talk focused on the first part of the Creed, “We believe in one God the Father Almighty, the Creator of all things visible and invisible.” To view Der Antranig’s presentation click here.
Next Wednesday, March 19, His Grace Bishop Anoushavan, Vicar General of the Prelacy, will focus on the next part of the Creed, “We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Lenten Program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the Prelacy Ladies Guild (PLG), and the Ladies’ Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. For details about the upcoming Lenten program, please click here.
Archbishop Oshagan leading the Husgoom (Compline) Service with the participation of Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General, Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian, pastor of St. Stephen’s Church in Watertown, Massachusetts, Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, pastor of Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of the Cathedral, Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Dn. Vahan Kouyoumdjian, M.D., and Dn. Bedros Kalajian.
Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian was the featured speaker in the second of six Lenten Lectures.
The 31st Musical Armenia concert will take place Friday evening (8 pm), March 28, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, featuring Narek Arutyunian (clarinet) and Friends (Hahnsol Kim, violin; and Yun-Chin Zhou, piano).  For more information click here.
The 2014 National Representative Assembly (NRA), along with the Clergy Conference, and the Conference of the National Association of Ladies Guilds (NALG), will take place May 13-17, hosted by St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan. Delegates and guests will find more information here.

On Saturday, March 8, Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Director of the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), conducted a 4-hour seminar on the Nicene Creed for the NY-NJ area Sunday School teachers. The seminar was hosted by the St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City.
In light of the recent publication of a bilingual book entitled Commentary on the Nicene Creed, His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, the Prelate, has directed his pastors to focus on the Nicene Creed through their various Christian educational efforts. So it was fitting that a Sunday School teachers seminar would spotlight the Nicene Creed. The goal of the seminar was to give the teachers an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the Nicene Creed, the official profession of faith of the Church. Accordingly, several issues were presented and discussed, including the origin and the purpose of creeds in the Christian tradition, the meaning and the nature of faith, the use of various creeds in the Armenian Church in general and the Nicene Creed in particular, its function in the religious development of students, its role in the ongoing formation of all believers, as well as a host of related topics.
On Saturday, April 5, Dn. Shant will conduct the same seminar for the New England region Sunday School teachers and it will be held at St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Seminar participants with Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, pastor of Sts. Vartananatz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, and  Dn. Vahan Kouyoumdjian, M.D.
Dn. Shant, director of the Armenian Religious Education Council is conducting regional seminars for Sunday School teachers.
Dr. Vartan Matiossian, Director of the Armenian National Education Committee, was the featured speaker at the annual Saints Vartanantz Commemoration presented by the Inter-Communal Committee of Philadelphia. The event took place at St. Mark’s Armenian Catholic Church on February 27. The Inter-Communal Committee was established in 1963 to create a spirit of understanding and cooperation in the community, and includes clergy and lay representatives of the five Armenian churches in the Philadelphia area.
Mr. Hrant Jilozian, chairman of the committee, introduced the various parts of the program that included a prayer service and a presentation by the students of the Armenian Sisters Academy.
In his bilingual presentation entitled “Living through our Name,” Dr. Matiossian spoke about how and why Armenians name their children after their saints and heroes, hoping that the child will turn out like the person he was named after.
Clergymen and the Armenian Sisters with Dr. Matiossian at the Vartanantz commemoration.
Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union and Vice President of the European Commission visited the All-Savior Monastery and Cathedral in  New Julfa, Iran, on March 10, where the Prelate, Bishop Papken Charian greeted her and her entourage and escorted them on a tour of the Monastery and Cathedral.
This year is the 350th anniversary of the construction of the New Julfa Cathedral that is endowed with many historic works of art and artifacts.  To read an article (in Armenian) about the visit and see photographs click here.
Bishop Papken Charian, Prelate of New Julfa, and EU representative Baroness Ashton admire the beauty of the All Savior Cathedral built 350 years ago.
Bible readings for Sunday, March 16, Third Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Prodigal Son are: Isaiah 54:11-55:13; 2 Corinthians 6:1-7:1; Luke 15:1-32.
So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout the country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would have gladly filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.”
“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’” (Luke 15:1-32)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Saturday, March 15, the Armenian Church commemorates St. Cyril (315-386) of Jerusalem, a doctor of the church. St. Cyril had a pleasant and conciliatory disposition, but he lived at a time when bishops were embroiled in bitter controversies and were quick to condemn any attempts at compromises, even calling such attempts as treason. Sixteen years of his thirty-five years as a bishop were spent in exile. When a famine hit Jerusalem, he sold some of the possessions of the church to raise money for the poor starving people. He was condemned for selling church property and was banished. His best known work that has survived, “The Catechetical Lectures,” is believed to be one of the earliest systematic accounts of Christian theology. The lectures consist of an introductory lecture, followed by eighteen lectures on the Christian faith that were used during Lent for those preparing to be baptized on Easter, and five lectures on the sacraments to be used after Easter. The lectures have been translated into many languages, including English and Armenian, and are noted for their presentation of the Christian faith in a positive light and maintaining a balance between correct belief and holy action.
Thousands of pilgrimages came to Jerusalem for Holy Week. Cyril instituted the liturgical forms for that week as they were observed in Jerusalem. A detailed account of Holy Week observances in Jerusalem in the fourth century is available thanks to a woman named Egeria, believed by some to be a nun, who made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and wrote letters describing the liturgical practices.

Our journey through Great Lent continues. This Sunday, March 16, is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. The parable of the prodigal son shows God’s fatherly love and eagerness to forgive those who repent. (See Bible reading above).
Light from light, generation and down, you came to seek out the wondering sheep of our nature which you carried together with the cross on your shoulder; purify us also from our sins.
Holiest of the holy, purifier of those who exist, you swept your house, purified the world from sins and having found your image in it you renewed it, renew us also from our ancient sins.
With the prodigal son we cry out to you, tender-hearted Father, we have sinned against heaven and before you, the purifier from sins; come out with love to meet us, embrace us with a kiss and purify us from our sins.
Holy Mother of God, fountain of life which flowed from the heavenly Eden, which watered the thirsting earth with the Spirit’s wisdom, pray that we may be given a fountain of tears for the cleansing of our sins.
(From the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church for the Third Sunday of Lent, Sunday of the Prodigal Son.)

Although there are references to a Sunrise Service in the Armenian Church as early as the 7th century, the service as we know it today is the work of the 12th century Catholicos, St. Nerses Shnorhali (The Graceful) whose music and prayers have greatly enriched the Armenian Church.
During Lent the Sunrise Service, which traditionally took place on Wednesday and Friday mornings during Lent, takes place on Sundays immediately following the closed-altar Divine Liturgy.
Although the Church takes on a mournful demeanor during Lent, the Sunrise Service is quite joyous with its main theme being “light,” representing our Lord. The word light (looys) appears more than any other word throughout the service, whereas the word “darkness” (khavar) is used just once.
The service consists of four parts, or sets. Each one follows the same pattern starting with a hymn, followed by a litany by the deacon, and a prayer by the priest. Each set has a different theme. Readings are from the book of Psalms.
The joyful music of the hymns and the stirring words make this one of the most pleasant and spiritually uplifting services in the Armenian Church. Please note the next item.
The Prelacy has just released a new CD of the hymns of the Sunrise (Arevakal) Service. As noted above, these hymns are spiritually uplifting and rich in expression. Included are the hymns Harevelits, Juknavork, Looys Ararich Looso, and Janabarh, with their variations. The CD comes with a 12 page booklet that includes the words of the hymns in Armenian, transliteration, and translation.
The featured choir is directed by well known choral director, Haroutioun Odabashian, who has served as choirmaster of Yerevan’s Sourp Sarkis Church, and principle choirmaster of Armenia’s Araratian Diocese.
The CD is available at the Prelacy Bookstore for $15.00, plus shipping and handling. To place an order contact the Bookstore by email ( or by phone (212-689-7810).
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee [ANEC])
An Old Ship that Looks to the Stars
Both English terms that designate vessels, boat and ship, have Germanic origin, and both are possibly from old Indo-European roots. The same happens with a third term that does not designate a vessel, but is sea-related: navy. While navy comes from Old French navie (“fleet”), the ultimate origin of this word is navis (“ship”). This Latin word is also behind other English words, like naval or navigate, while the Greek naus (“ship”) is behind the English word nautical.
More importantly, Latin navis and Greek naus belong to a widespread family of Indo-European sister words (the term is also present in Sanskrit and Iranian languages, among others) that include the Armenian word նաւ (nav) “ship.” The ultimate source for all of them is a word that theoretically existed at the time when a single Indo-European (also called Proto-Indo-European) language existed. That word has been reconstructed as *nau “ship” (the asterisk symbolizes that the word does not exist in any written text, but it is only a reconstruction).
Historically, Armenia did not have seashores (except on the Caspian Sea and, during the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia, on the Mediterranean Sea), and Armenians were not great seafarers—even though they traveled quite a lot over the seven seas from ancient times. But the Armenian language had a wide collection of words related to nav since the fifth century. We will mention just three of the many words from that time that are commonly used today:
նաւակ (navag): “small boat”
նաւորդ (navort): “navigator” (there you have a possible way to say “GPS” in Armenian)
նաւահանգիստ (navahankisd): “port”
Therefore, all sea-related English words starting with nav- or naut- are actually related to their Armenian distant cousin nav. And even if one day you prefer to go to the stars instead of the sea, remember that an astronaut is called... աստղանաւորդ (asdghanavort) in Armenian.
Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site (
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
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee [ANEC])
March 15, 1921: Assassination of Talaat Pasha
On March 16, 1921, one of the headlines of The New York Times read: “Talaat Pasha Slain in Berlin Suburb.” After giving the details of the killing the day before, the report noted: “Talaat, whose name was on the second Entente list of Turkish war criminals, left Constantinople two years ago and had been living as a fugitive ever since under assumed names, first in Switzerland and later in Germany. He evidently feared the fate which has now overtaken him, for he had frequently changed his address in Berlin and at the time of his death was living at a pension in the West End.” The correspondent for the American newspaper added that the killer had been identified as an Armenian student (“Solomon Tellirian,” according to the Associated Press) and that “it is assumed that the deed was an act of revenge for the massacres of his compatriots.”
In July 1919, the Turkish martial court of Constantinople had condemned to death in absentia, among others, the “Three Pashas,” the members of the Young Turk triumvirate that had led the Ottoman Empire during the war: Talaat (Minister of Interior and Great Vizir in 1917-1918), Enver (Minister of War), and Djemal (Minister of Navy). The three had already fled Turkey, and the sentences were never carried out either by Turkey or by the allies.
The 9th General Assembly of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation convened in Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, between September and October 1919, and adopted a resolution to punish those responsible for the genocide. A list of 200 names was prepared. The secret operation received the code name “Nemesis” (the name of the Greek god of vengeance). It was led by Shahan Natalie (Hagop Der-Hagopian, 1884-1983) and Armen Garo (Pastermadjian, 1873-1923), the latter being the Armenian ambassador to the United States.
On the front page of the daily paper, Chakatamart, the headline in Armenian below the banner reads, "An Armenian student kills Talaat Pasha."
The number one target of the operation was Talaat, who the U.S. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau had called the “Big Boss” of Turkey and already considered responsible of the extermination in his memoirs.
Soghomon Tehlirian (1897-1960), a 23-year-old student who had survived the Armenian Genocide in Erzinga, was selected to execute the mission. Some of the personnel in the Armenian diplomatic mission in Berlin gave logistic support, and other A.R.F. members worked from outside. Once Talaat’s whereabouts were established, Tehlirian arrived in the German capital in December 1920. For the next three months, he carried a surveillance task with his associates. He rented an apartment near the Turkish leader’s house in order to study his everyday movements. Talaat was killed by Tehlirian with a single shot on March 15, 1921, as he came out of his house in the Charlottenburg district. The assassination took place in broad daylight and led to Tehlirian’s immediate arrest by German police.
The young avenger was tried for murder on June 2-3, 1921. The three German defense attorneys focused on the influence of the genocide on Tehlirian’s mental state. When asked by the judge if he felt any sort of guilt, Tehlirian remarked, “I do not consider myself guilty because my conscience is clear … I have killed a man. But I am not a murderer.” It took the jury slightly over an hour to render a verdict of “not guilty.”
Operation Nemesis, which continued until 1922, went totally unnoticed at the time. The partial story of Talaat’s liquidation was told by Tehlirian in his memoirs, published in 1953. The main details of the operation were not uncovered until the 1980s.
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (
A conference marking Women’s History Month will explore the topic of “Women and Genocide” on Monday, March 17, at Queens College in Flushing, New York. The conference will feature eight panelists who will explore “War and its Aftermath from the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust to Ethnic Cleansing in Srebrenica.” The conference, which will take place on the fourth floor of the Student Union, will begin at 9 a.m.
The conference is presented by the Queens College Women and Gender Studies Program. The eight panelists will collectively review nearly a hundred years of war and its aftermath. Donna-Lee Frieze will speak about “The Armenian Genocide, Women, and the Genocide Convention.” Ms. Frieze is Senior Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York City and Visiting Fellow at the Deakin Research Institute in Australia. She has published widely on the Armenian and other genocides in relation to testimony, film, and philosophy. For information: 718-997-5593.

The recently organized non-profit “Socially Relevant Film Festival” will take place in New York from March 14 to March 20 at New York’s Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th Street in Manhattan, and will feature about 40 films and documentaries, including six on Armenian-themed issues. For information and tickets: www.ratedsrfilms,org.
The Armenian Folk Epic, David of Sassoun, has been told and sung by generations and will no doubt continue to be enjoyed by many generations to come. Here are three books that are available at the Prelacy Bookstore for your consideration.
Retold By David Kherdian
The latest of the David of Sassoun book is this one by the well-known poet and writer, David Kherdian. Original and fun to read, critics are already calling this “a classic.”
277 pages, soft cover, $20.00, plus shipping & handling
Critical Studies on the Armenian Epic

Dickran Kouymjian and Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Editors
This volume is a collection of essays that were presented at an International Symposium, “David of Sassoun: The Armenian Folk Epic after a Century,” that took place in 1978, California State University, Fresno. This volume was published last year and those wanting to learn more about this popular epic will find this to be a valuable resource.
209 pages, hard cover, $20.00, plus shipping & handling
Translated by Zaven Nalbandian
Illustrated by Mihran Sosoyan
Published in 2002, this illustrated book is an English translation of the 13,000 verses of Sassountsi Tavit as published in Armenia in 1953.
288 pages, hard cover, $30.00, plus shipping & handling.
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. I recall vividly the excitement with messages of “the www is coming soon….” It all seems like ancient history now; the march of technology is going so fast that it is difficult to keep up. In a span of 25 years there has been at least 100 years of technological advancements.
It is good that many of our parishes are using technology to spread the mission and message of the church. This week an email from Dr. Zareh Soghomonian, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Soorp Khatch Church in Bethesda, Maryland, informed us that they are “in the final stages of completing a real-time live Web streaming platform for the church. When completed, this can be used to stream different services and events live on our website.”
More importantly, Zareh volunteered that if other parishes are interested and need assistance they may contact him via email (

2014 Prelacy Lenten Program, on Wednesdays, starting March 5, at St. Illuminator’s Armenian Apostolic Cathedral (New York City), Sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the Prelacy Ladies Guild (PLG), and the St. Illuminator’s Cathedral Ladies Guild. For information, please contact the Prelacy office at 212.689.7810, or or the Church office at 212-689-5880 or
March 14—St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Douglaston, New York, Commentary on the Nicene Creed book presentation at 7:30pm, by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) of the Prelacy.
March 15—Open Forum for Armenian American College & University students of New York, at St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
March 16—Armenian Earthquake Rescue Efforts…Remembered, at Soorp Khatch Church (Arabian Hall), Bethesda, Maryland, at 1 pm. Presentation by Lt. Michael Regan and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Virginia Task Force 1, the U.S. emergency rescue team deployed to the 1988 Armenian earthquake. Rescue team members will be recounting their experiences.
March 21—St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, A Reflection on the Commentary of Badarak of Hovhanes Arjishetsi, by His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Ph.D. Fellowship hour by Ladies Guild.
March 23—St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, General Membership Meeting and Elections.
March 26—St. Sarkis Ladies Guild, Dearborn, Michigan, Mid-Lenten Luncheon following the Lenten morning service, Lillian Arakelian Hall.
March 27-April 6—Third Annual Online Auction hosted by Armenian Relief Society, Eastern USA, Inc. Auction items include Weekend Getaways, Unique Gifts, Restaurants, Hotels, Spa and Salon Services, Jewelry, Electronics, Artwork, Sports Memorabilia, and more. To view and bid on auction  items during the auction dates: To contact the ARS Auction committee:
March 28—Musical Armenia Concert presented by Eastern Prelacy and Prelacy Ladies Guild, at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 8 pm, featuring Narek Arutyunian (clarinet) & Friends, Hahnsol Kim (violin) and Yunqing Zhou (piano).
March 28—St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, book presentation, Commentary on the Nicene Creed, at 8:00pm, by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC) of the Prelacy.
March 29—Concert by Zulal Armenian A Capella Folk Trio at Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, 4 pm, followed by a reception in the church hall. Tickets $25, if purchased before March 8; $30 after March 8. To purchase tickets email Janis at or Carol at Also online at For information call the church, 508-852-2414.
March 30—Sts. Vartanantz Church Ladies Guild, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Mid-Lenten Luncheon following Church services.
April 4—St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, “Saints & Sainthood,” lecture by Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.
April 5—Sunday School Teachers’ Seminar – New England region, at St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). Theme: The Nicene Creed.
April 11—St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, a lecture by Dr. Gregory Kazanjian, DDS. Fellowship hour by the Young Adults.
April 19—St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, Easter Eve Day, Holy Communion & Breakfast for the children.
April 19—St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, Easter Eve Dinner, 8 pm, salmon dinner with all the trimmings and evening of fellowship. $30 per person. For reservations and information: 718-224-2275.
April 24—“Walk to Honor our Martyrs,” organized by the New York ARF and the ANC of New York, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. Badarak and Hokehankist, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Walk begins 12:30 pm from the Cathedral. For information: or 212-689-5880.
April 26—Armenian Relief Society, Agnouni, Bergen, Shake, and Spitak New Jersey chapters, present Emmy award winner, Bared Maronian, in his new documentary film, “Women of 1915,” 7:30 pm, Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Donation $50 (light meal will be served). For information: Arpi Misserlian 973-907-2898; Talin Daghlian 201-446-2316.
April 27—Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of Merrimack Valley observance, 3 pm, North Andover High School, 430 Osgood St., Arev Armenian Folk Ensemble performing; joint requiem service by MV Armenian churches; reception to follow; complimentary admission.
April 27—Annual Times Square Gathering, in commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan with the support and participation of all churches and organizations. Free bus transportation from area Armenian churches, and other locations.
May 10—Unveiling of new genocide memorial by Lowell City Hall, sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Monument Committee of Merrimack Valley, 10 am, downtown procession, followed by program at City Hall and reception in St. Ann’s Church at noon. Musical interlude by soloist Sevan Dulgarian. Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, MC.
May 21—Benefit for Boston’s Armenian Heritage Park, “Chefs Party for Our Park!” Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 6:30 pm, with participation of more than 15 of Boston’s top chefs. Go to for information.
May 13-17—Clergy Conference and National Representative Assembly, and Annual Conference of the National Association of Ladies’ Guilds (NALG) of the Eastern Prelacy, hosted by St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan.
May 18—St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, Saturday school year-end hantes, 4 pm.
June 1—Ladies Guild Annual Brunch, St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
June 1—St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Toronto Children’s Choir concert in the church sanctuary.
June 29 – July 6, 2014: St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Program for youth ages 13-18 at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). For information, contact the AREC office at 212.689.7810 or at
October 3—St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Douglaston, New York, Saturday School Dinner Dance Gala.
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