September 4, 2014
His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will arrive in Washington, DC, this Saturday, September 6, where next week he will join with other religious leaders to participate in the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Inaugural Summit of Middle East Christians. The Summit will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel from September 9 to 11. His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan has also been invited to participate in the Summit. (See the next item for information about IDC and the Summit.)

The entourage welcoming His Holiness when he arrives in Washington will be led by our Prelate, Archbishop Oshagan and the Prelate of the Western Prelacy, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh; they will be joined by Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor of Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church of Bethesda, Maryland, and Dr. Dertad Manguikian, a member of the Cilician See’s Executive Council.

His Holiness will deliver the sermon and preside over the Divine Liturgy at Soorp Khatch Church on Sunday, September 7. Following the Liturgy, there will be a reception and opportunity for the Faithful to greet the Catholicos (Achahampouyr).

On Monday evening, September 8, His Holiness will attend a dinner in honor of the Patriarchs from the Middle East attending the IDC Summit that is being hosted by the Ambassador of Lebanon to the United States, H.E. Ambassador Antoine Chedid. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday His Holiness will attend the IDC Summit. On Friday morning he will visit the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to meet with the recently appointed Ambassador Tigran Sargsian, and at noon he will be the guest of honor at a reception hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The deteriorating situation facing millions of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East will be the focus of a bipartisan and ecumenical conference. The three-day event sponsored by In Defense of Christians (IDC) will feature speakers from all over the globe.

The Summit, whose theme is “Protecting and Preserving Christianity, Where It All Began,” will be the first occasion in history where six Christian Patriarchs from the Middle East will gather together in the United States. IDC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the preservation and protection of Christians in the Middle East. Also attending the Summit will be a broad spectrum of religious leaders from the United States, as well as human rights experts. Attendees will participate in a number of pre-scheduled meetings with House and Senate members and their staffs.

Organizers of the Summit said that this first-of-its-kind event will provide the opportunity to gather in unity with hundreds of Christian brothers and sisters, receive exclusive current reports, participate in ecumenical prayer services, speak with members of Congress urging them to stand in solidarity with the historic Christian communities whose survival is not merely a moral imperative, but in the interests of all nations and peoples of the West and Middle East.

For more information about IDC and the Summit click here.

As he has done every year since his election as Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy in 1998, Archbishop Oshagan attended the Labor Day Olympics of the Armenian Youth Federation and opened the games with his message and prayer. This year the Olympics—the 81st—in Detroit, Michigan, hosted by the Kopernik Tandourjian chapter of the AYF.

In his message the Prelate praised the AYF for “keeping our youth together and engaged.”  His Eminence said, “Since my first Olympics message as your Prelate in 1998, my messages have focused on the importance of participation, not only in the sports arena, but in all aspects of life, especially as Armenian Americans who have inherited an ancient and distinctive heritage, and an obligation and duty to safeguard the growth of that heritage.”

“Dear Olympians and Spectators,” His Eminence said, “We are approaching the pivotal year of 2015 and the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that decimated our nation to such an extent that many believed that surely this was the end. Praise our Lord, here we are, the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the survivors, preparing to commemorate the centennial of this horrific crime and to demand recognition, restitution, and reparation.”
Some of the newly-built houses in Nor Giligia.
A few years ago, the Holy See of Cilicia embarked on a long-term project in conjunction with the government of Artsakh, to renovate and revitalize the border village of Nor Khazan that would be renamed Nor Giligia. The overall project included the building of houses, roads, school, hospital, and other infrastructure improvements.

Archbishop Oshagan recently received a letter from the St. Stephen’s Armenian Saturday School of Greater Boston, with a donation of $2,000 for the ongoing Nor Giligia project in Artsakh. The parents of each student donated ten dollars that resulted in a total of $1,500. The governing body of the Saturday school decided to add an additional $500 to the collected sum and remitted $2,000 to the Prelacy.

Archbishop Oshagan received the letter and the enclosed check with gratitude and expressed his heartfelt thanks to the students, their parents, and the governing body. He noted that there is still much work to be done before the Nor Giligia project is completed. The Eastern Prelacy has pledged to sponsor four houses at an approximate cost of $35,000 per house. Donations for Nor Giligia can be made online or mailed to the Prelacy (138 E. 39th Street, New York, NY 10016). Checks should be payable to Armenian Apostolic Church of America with “Nor Giligia” noted in the memo area.
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 apply should visit the Prelacy’s web site ( 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.

The Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC), jointly sponsored by the Prelacy and the Armenian Relief Society, sponsored for many years the Siamanto Academy for young adults. After a recent hiatus, the Academy is ready to resume its activities. The Academy offers courses on Armenian history, culture, and contemporary issues. Classes will take place on a monthly basis, every second Saturday, beginning in September at Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church (Ridgefield, New Jersey), from 2 pm-5 pm. For additional information, please contact ANEC at
Bible readings for Sunday, September 7, Third Sunday after the Assumption, (Eve of the Fast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross), are: Isaiah 14:1-11; 2 Corinthians 7:4-16; Mark 7:31-37. Readings for the Birth of the Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God are:  Proverbs 31:29-31; Isaiah 61:9; Galatians 3:24-29; Matthew 1:1-17.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” (Mark 7:31-37)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Saturday, September 6, the Armenian Church commemorates the First Ecumenical Council held in Nicaea in Asia Minor in the year 325, and the 318 Church Fathers who attended. The Council was convened by Emperor Constantine. Aristakes, son of Gregory the Illuminator, represented the Armenian Church. The Council is mentioned in the writings of Moses of Khoren and Agathangelos. In later centuries and in all their doctrinal writings, the Fathers of the Armenian Church referred to the Council of Nicaea with veneration and the Nicene Creed (Havatamk) was incorporated into the Armenian Liturgy. The Council condemned Arianism that denied the full divinity of Christ, and proclaimed that the orthodox position is the belief in “one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of God and Father, Only Begotten, of the substance of the Father. God from God, light from light, true God, begotten and not made,” (from the Nicene Creed recited during the Armenian Divine Liturgy).

This Sunday, September 7, is the Paregentan of the Fast leading to the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Khachveratz), which is next Sunday. Because the Exaltation is a Tabernacle Feast, it is preceded by a week (Monday to Friday) of fasting.

This Saturday, September 6, is the Feast of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God. The birth of Mary is not recorded in the Bible. The account of this event comes to us from other writings that are not part of the New Testament. According to tradition, Joachim and Anna were faithful and pious, waiting for the promised Messiah. They were elderly and childless. They prayed to God for a child and were blessed with a daughter they named Mary, who would become the Mother of the Messiah.
Last week the patriarchs of the Middle East Churches met at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerke, Lebanon. His Holiness Aram I participated in the meeting, accompanied by Bishop Shahe Panossian, Prelate of Lebanon, and V. Rev. Fr. Housig Mardirossian, the Ecumenical Officer of the Catholicosate.

The participants met to further consider items they had discussed at the recent visit of the Patriarchs to Iraq and to prepared a public statement on the situation. After sharing their impressions on the plight of Christian refugees, the Patriarchs agreed to highlight the following points: Christians belong in the region and they will stay and defend their rights; the strategy and actions of the extremists do not reflect the teachings and values of Islam; Christians will join hands with moderate Muslims of the region; and the international community should assist local Christians in combating conservative Islam.

At the end of their meeting, the Patriarchs received and shared their concerns with the United Nations representative in Lebanon and the ambassadors of the five UN Security Council member countries—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, China, France, and the representative of the Holy See. Catholicos Aram warned the ambassadors that extremist Islam is not only a menace to Christians, but also to Islam and the whole world, and urged them to adopt a holistic strategy that would include political and economic issues along with the humanitarian aid and military considerations.

The ambassadors thanked the patriarchs for sharing their thoughts with them and promised to take the matter to their respective governments.

Earlier in August, high officials from ancient Christian churches in the Near East issued a common statement denouncing the emergence of armed extremist groups who “murder, shatter, and violate the sacred nature of the churches” and other suffering communities in the Middle East. The church leaders called upon the international community, by action of the United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice, to restore the rights and homes of civilian populations and guarantee a return to land that has been taken from them.

The religious leaders who gathered on August 7 in Lebanon at the invitation of the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, Cardinal Bishara Butrsos al Rai, included: Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church; Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorius Lahham III of Antioch and All the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem; Greek Orthodox Patriarch Yuhanna Al Yazajee X of Antioch and All the East; Armenian Catholic Patriarch Narcis Bedros XIX of Cilicia; Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mar Aghnatios Yousel Younan III of Antioch; Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Afram II of Antioch and All the East; representative of Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sakko II of Babylon; and Bishop Shlimon Wardouni, the Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar.

The statement describes religious extremism as “a disease” that attacks the foundations of inter-religious coexistence throughout the region, and the signers of the statement call on governments now supplying terrorist groups to cut off all funding and material support. Sister churches throughout the world are requested to “show solidarity” with the Middle Eastern Christians in the face of wide-scale persecution, and to encourage the continuation of relief work.
Archbishop Oshagan being interviewed by Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, pastor of St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, NY.
Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, pastor of St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York, has inaugurated a new online project, “THE PODCAST with Fr. Nareg Terterian,” that will feature discussions, interviews, Bible reflections, and hymns. The inaugural Podcast features an interview with our Prelate, Archbishop Oshagan. You can hear it now here.

Although it was the Labor Day weekend when many families are away, 150 people came to St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City last Saturday for a “Baroque and Before” concert that featured Lucine Musaelian on the bass viola da gamba and Joyce Chen on the harpsichord. The program included the gems of the Baroque and Renaissance eras that included the works of composers Marin Marais, Georg Philipp Telemann, Francois Couperin, Diego Ortiz, and Girolamo Frescobaldi.

Lucine Musaelian is a junior in Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York. She began playing the viola da gamba in 2006 and she has performed at early music festivals and workshops. She is also enrolled in the Precollege Division of the Manhattan School of Music, where she is a voice student. She is interested in many styles of music, and plays guitar and piano as well as the viola da gamba.

Joyce Chen discovered her love for early music when she joined the UC Berkley Baroque Ensemble. She is currently a doctoral student in harpsichord and a teaching assistant at Stony Brook University. She serves as the music director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Patchogue (NY) and organist at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Hauppauge (NY). She has participated in many early music festivals.

On behalf of a very appreciative audience, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of the Cathedral, expressed heartfelt congratulations and thanks to the two artists for their spectacular performance.
Lucine Musaelian on the bass viola da gamba, and Joyce Chen on the harpsichord provided beautiful music in a concert of early music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras.
Der Mesrob with the artists.
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
Mekhitar of Sebastia
Foundation of the Mekhitarist Congregation (September 8, 1701)
Since its inception, the educational and cultural activities of the Mekhitarist Congregation had a very important role in Armenian history. After becoming a priest at the age of 20, Mekhitar of Sebastia (1676-1749) decided to find a congregation in order to work collectively to increase the spiritual, moral and intellectual levels of the Armenian people. He was consecrated celibate priest in 1699 and soon converted to Catholicism. However, he did not renege his Armenian ancestry and identity. 

On September 8, 1701, on the feast of the birth of the Virgin Mary, Mekhitar and a group of sympathizers founded the congregation of St. Anthony the Abbot in Constantinople. The congregation initially had twelve members, including four celibate priests. The conflict between the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic communities in the Ottoman capital took a bloody turnaround. Mekhitar and his sympathizers fled the Ottoman persecution and moved to the Peninsula of Morea (Peloponessus), in Greece, which was under the domination of the Republic of Venice, and settled in the fortress of Methon. 
The Mekhitarist Monastery on the island of San Lazarro in the Venetian Grotto.
An assembly held in 1705 prepared the draft bylaws of the Congregation, based on the bylaws of the Benedictine Congregation and extracted from the canons of the life of St. Anthony the Abbot. He sent two of his students to Rome with the draft, and letters to Pope Clement XI and the governor of the Propaganda Fide. The assembly of the Propaganda Fide, since the canons of St. Anthony were incomplete, suggested Mekhitar to choose from the canons of St. Basil, St. Augustine, or St. Benedict. The Armenian priest chose the canons of St. Benedict and presented the new draft of bylaws to the Pope on May 12, 1711. The bylaws were approved by Clement XI in 1717, who bestowed the title of Abbot upon Mekhitar.
The library inside the Mekhitarist Monastery in Vienna, Austria.
Meanwhile, a war started between the Ottoman Empire and Venice in December 1714. Mekhitar and most of the congregation members fled Methon and moved to Venice. However, they needed a cloister and a monastery to carry on their plans. The Venetian Senate had just approved a law that forbade the establishment of any new religious congregation in the city. Nevertheless, the highest body took Mekhitar’s request into consideration and proposed that he find a place outside the city. Mekhitar chose the island of San Lazzaro, which belonged to the order of the Mendicants. On August 26, 1717, the Senate of Venice conceded the island to the congregation with right of permanent residence, and Mekhitar and his followers, a total of sixteen, settled there on September 8, the anniversary of the foundation of the congregation. The renovation work at the church was completed in 1723, and Mekhitar started the construction of a new monastery, which was finished in 1740, including a library and a refectory. Mekhitar passed away on April 27, 1749, and was buried before the main altar of the island.  On his death, he had already achieved the publication of some twenty books, including the first volume of the Haigazian Dictionary, which his disciples would complete twenty years later. After his passing, the Congregation was named after him.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” can be read on the Prelacy’s web site (
The Hovnanian School of New Milford, New Jersey, is searching for a new principal. The school is seeking new leadership after its principal of 14 years, Anahid Garmiryan, accepted a position at the Gulbenkian Foundation as the Senior Program Officer for Western Armenian Language Support. Inquiries and requests for more information should be directed to
Charles Aznavour will perform in Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, September 20, in what is being called a “farewell concert” and “only area appearance.” Tickets are on sale now at THEATERATMSG.COM or at 866-858-0008.
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.
The Sandcastle Girls
By Chris Bohjalian

This epic novel is a love story wrapped around the history of the Armenian Genocide. Inspired by his grandparents’ background, Bohjalian writes about the suffering and atrocities of that time with great historical accuracy. Reviewer Eugenia Zukerman wrote in The Washington Post, “The Sandcastle Girls may be a novel, but, based on his family history it is a valuable and powerful piece of evidence pointing to the undeniable.

The Sandcastle Girls, hardcover, $25.95,
plus shipping & handling.
Վկայարան Հայկական Ցեղասպանութեան
Յարութիւն Իսկահատեան (կազմող)
գիրք Բ., Պէյրութ, Կարպիս Լ. Նազարեան հիմնադրամ, 2011

Այս բազմահատոր ժողովածուն կը ներկայացնէ այն յուշագրութիւնները, որոնք կը վերաբերին 1894-1923 թուականներուն։ Իւրաքանչիւր գլուխ ամփոփ կերպով կը նկարագրէ հատոր մը, երբեմն՝ հեղինակի մասին տեղեկութիւններով։ «Այս ժողովածուն պարզապէս փորձ մըն է ներկայացնելու Հայկական Եղեռնապատումի գրաւոր արձագանգներուն համապատկերը, սակայն առանց մերձենալու նեղ մասնագիտական սեղմումներու», կը գրէ կազմողը առաջին հատորի յառաջաբանին մէջ։

Վկայարան Հայկական Ցեղասպանութեան, Գին (լաթակազմ)՝ 15 տոլար (գիրք Բ.)

To order these or other books contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email ( or by phone (212-689-7810).
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September 6—Nareg Armenian Saturday School opening, 9 am to noon, Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey.

September 7—Picnic Festival, St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts, featuring musicians Leon Janikian, Jason Naroian, Johnny Berberian, and John Arzigian; presentation by Siroun Dance Ensemble of Central Massachusetts. 12:30 to 5:30 pm, church grounds. Shish, losh, and chicken kebab dinners, veggie plates, Armenian pastries, family games and activities.

September 7—St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut, Annual Church Picnic after Sunday services will take place at The Quartette Club, 225 Wooster Street, New Britain. Armenian music, dancing, and food.

September 7—Holy Cross Church, Troy, New York, Annual Armenian Picnic, 12pm to 4 pm. Shish Kebob dinner, Lahmajoun for sale, Armenian pastries, live music. For info:

September 7—Lecture “Mkhitar Heratsi,” by Dr. Gregory Kazanjian, at 1 pm, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. Organized by Cathedral and Hamazkayin of New York.

September 12—St. Hagop Church, Racine, Wisconsin, 2nd Annual “Taste of the Mediterranean” Wine Tasting Fundraiser, 4 to 6 pm at Uncork in downtown Racine. Event will again feature 6 wines for tasting, a “mezze” table, silent auction items, and 50/50 raffle. Cost of the event is $20 per person or $35 per couple. Last year’s even was a sell-out, so get your tickets early. For tickets and/or information contact Mary M. Olson by email (

September 14—St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, New York, Annual Picnic on the church grounds following church services. Admission is free. Enjoy excellent kebabs and salads. Terrific entertainment for everyone and special activities for children in the “KidZone.” Music, food, and friends…a wonderful afternoon. For information 718-224-2275.

September 14—Opening day of Sunday School at St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts. For information contact Priscilla Altoonian, Director, (

September 18, 19, 20—2014 Fall Food Festival, Soorp Khatch Church, Bethesda, Maryland.

September 18—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, 12th Annual Golf Classic, River Vale Country Club, River Vale, New Jersey. Rain or Shine. 11 am registration and Grilled Lunch Buffet; 1 pm Tee Off. Format: Shotgun Scramble (All player levels welcome). Golf Outing Reservation: $195; limited to first 128 paid golf reservations. Reservation includes: Grilled lunch buffet, dinner banquet, golf, cart, and range balls. Contests and Prizes. Sponsorships available. For information: 201-943-2950.

September 19—All Saints Church, Glenview, Illinois, 10th Annual Golf Outing, Fox Run Golf Link, 333 Plum Grove Road, Elk Grove Village. For information: Hagop Soulakian 847-858-7685 or

September 19, 20—Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA, Erebouni and Mayr Chapters present Two-Evenings with Emmy Award-winning director Bared Maronian, in support of his new documentary film, “Women of 1915,” on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Guest of honor: Johnson Garrett, great-grandson of Cleveland H. Dodge, founder of Near East Relief. Guest singer: Hooshere. Friday: Virginia Davies & Willard Taylor, 299 W. 12th Street PH, NYC; Saturday: Narine & Sandy Petropoulos, 114 Revere Road, Manhasset, NY. Donation $75.  For information: Anahid ( or 917-751-4916.

September 20—Charles Aznavour “Farewell Concert” at The Theater, Madison Square Garden. Only area appearance. Tickets: THEATERATMSG.COM or 866-858-0008.

September 21—Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut, will host a Tea party at noon in the church hall, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain, Connecticut. Brought back by popular demand. Guest speaker from the Bigelow Tea Company. Goodie bags for all. Raffle prize is being provided by Armeny Custom Jewelry Design.

September 21—St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, “Designer Bag Bingo” luncheon in Founders’ Hall at 2 pm. Fifteen lucky winners of designer bags, including top labels, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Laboutin, Judith Leiber, Chanel, and others. Join us for a fun game of Bingo, Chinese auction, and enjoy the lavish Chanel inspired theme and décor, along with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. Ticket sales limited. For reservations and information: Cissy DerHagopian 856-313-6848; Donna Walter 484-354-0388.

September 21—St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Sunday School Picnic, 1 to 3 pm. Food, hayride, and games at Peter and Susan Baghdasarian’s farm, Uxbridge, Massachusetts. For information contact Sunday school director Priscilla Altoonian (

October 3—St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Douglaston, New York, Saturday School Dinner Dance Gala.

October 3 & 4—Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Diran Der Khosrofian and Deacon Harold Nazarian, at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan.

October 11—Armenian Friends of America presents Kef 5, 7:30-12:30, Michael’s Function Hall, 12 Alpha Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts. Tickets $50; students 21 and under, $40. Proceeds will benefit Armenian churches of Merrimack Valley. Individually served mezza platters and pastries; musicians, Mal Barsamian (clarinet), John Berberian (oud), Bob Raphaelian (violin), Bruce Jigarjian (guitar), Jason Naroian (dumbeg & vocals). Advance ticket sales only. John Arzigian, 603-560-3826; Lucy Sirmaian, 978-683-9121; Peter Gulezian, 978-375-1616, Sandy Boroyan, 978-251-8687.

October 12-15—Prelacy Clergy Gathering for Reflection and Renewal at St. Mary of Providence Retreat Center, Elverson, Pennsylvania.

October 19—St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan will ordain sub-deacon Ara Stepanian during the Divine Liturgy and preside over the parish’s 57th Annual Banquet.

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 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—St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Annual Bazaar at Dutch Reformed Church, Whitinsvilloe, 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.

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

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