February 26, 2015

The national observance in the United States includes special events that will take place over a three-day period (May 7, 8, 9) in Washington, DC, that includes an ecumenical prayer service, a Pontifical Divine Liturgy, a memorial concert, and an awards banquet honoring those who helped the survivors. The Catholicoi, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will be present to preside over the events. Armenians from all over the United States are expected to participate in solidarity and unity.

Learn more about the national observance in Washington at www.armeniangenocidecentennial.org


In New York, commemorative events are being organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America, Eastern Region, for the weekend of April 24 that will take place in New York City. On Friday evening, April 24, services will take place at both St. Vartan Cathedral and St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. A candlelight vigil will follow at the United Nations. On Sunday, April 26, a united Divine Liturgy, presided by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, will take place in New York City, to be followed by a rally in Times Square that will include the participation of national public figures and cultural performances. The participation of all parish communities and organizations in the Eastern Region is expected to bring together many thousands of Armenian Americans to the “crossroads of the world.”


By the directive of the Prelate Archbishop Oshagan, Requiem Services will be conducted in all parishes of the Eastern Prelacy this Sunday, March 1, for the souls of the 21 Coptic Christians who were brutally martyred last week by Islamist extremists in Libya. The Prelate has also directed the parishes to conduct a special plate collection on Sunday to assist the families of the 21 victims.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, sent letters of condolence to the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Patriarch Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church. In his letters, His Holiness wrote about the dangerous consequences of extremism that could jeopardize the peaceful Christian-Muslim coexistence in the region. He emphasized the urgency of combating extremism in all its forms and expressions.

In his directive to the parishes, Archbishop Oshagan called for prayers for worldwide peace, especially in the Middle East, and also for the safety of 220 Christians, mostly Assyrian, who were kidnapped this week by ISIS terrorists from various villages in the Hassakeh province in northern Syria.


The New England Regional Conference took place last Saturday, hosted by Holy Trinity Church of Worcester, Massachusetts. Focal points of discussion included the centennial observances in New York City and Washington, DC, and the upcoming pontifical visit by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I.

Pastors, members of the boards of trustees, and delegates to the National Representative Assembly attended the one-day seminar that provided the opportunity to share ideas.  
More photos and article by Tom Vartabedian here.
Participants at the New England Regional Conference last Saturday in Worcester. (Photo by Tom Vartabedian)

Bible readings for Sunday, March 1, 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, February 28, we commemorate 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 would come 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 (Etheria), believed to be a Spanish nun, who made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and kept a journal describing the liturgical practices at the various holy sites.

Our journey through Great Lent continues. This Sunday, March 1, 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.


The second of the Prelacy’s six-part Lenten Program took place last night, Wednesday, February 25, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City, with church service and reflections and meal fellowship, presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan. The program will continue on subsequent Wednesdays during Lent.

This year, instead of faith-based topics, the Lenten reflections are focusing on diverse aspects of the Armenian Genocide, in commemoration of the centennial anniversary. The reflections are presented by young adults, three every Wednesday. Last night’s presentations were offered by Sossi Essajanian, Melineh Mesrobian, and Arousiag Markarian.

Next Wednesday, March 4, reflections will be presented by Seta Tavitian Megherian, Yeraz Markarian Meschian, Ph.D., and Tamar Harutunian, Esq.
The Lenten Program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the Prelacy’s Ladies Guild (PLG), and the Ladies’ Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.
The presenters last night were Sossi Essajanian, Melineh Mesrobian, Arousiag Markarian.
Last week’s reflections by Lori Hatem Asquith, Esq., Ara Sarajian, and Krikor Yeremian can be seen here.


The annual Musical Armenia concert series presented by the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Prelacy Ladies Guild, will take place Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The high standards of professionalism as represented by the roster of artists featured during the past years will continue with this year’s thirty-second concert of the series. A duo of exceptionally talented musicians, Patil Harboyan, pianist, and Heather Tuach, cellist, in a program dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, will present the works of Armenian composers, including Atamian, Babajanian, Khatchaturian, Saradjian, Stepanian, and Talalyan. A considerable part of the program will be devoted to the work of the great Armenian composer and musicologist Komitas Vardapet, who was among the intellectuals and leaders arrested on April 24, 1915, at the onslaught of the Armenian Genocide. Continue reading the entire press release here.
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The United Armenian Fund delivered over $17 million of humanitarian assistance to Armenia and Artsakh from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014, according to a recent audit of its financial statements. The UAF spent only 2% of its total revenues on administrative expenses, allocating the remaining 98% to assisting the people of Armenia and Artsakh.

In the past 25 years, the UAF has delivered to Armenia and Artsakh a grand total of $697 million worth of relief supplies on board 158 airlifts and 2,192 sea containers. The UAF is the collective efforts of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Relief Society, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, and Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America. 
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Armenia becomes a member of the United Nations (March 2, 1992)

The Supreme Council of the Republic of Armenia declared the independence of Armenia by 213 votes to 0 on September 23, after the popular referendum of September 21 had answered with an overwhelming “Yes” to the question whether Armenians wanted independence.

The three Baltic republics (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) had been incorporated into the United Nations in September 1991, and thus, Lithuania recognized the independence of Armenia in November. However, international recognition essentially started after December 10, 1991, the date when the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was officially dissolved. Ironically, Turkey was among the first countries to recognize Armenian independence on December 24, 1991, one day before the United States, but has refused to establish diplomatic relations until the present.

The Republic of Armenia officially applied for membership in the United Nations on January 23, 1992. Six days later, the U.N. Security Council discussed the application of Armenia in its session 3035 and advised the U.N. General Assembly to incorporate the newly independent Republic as a member (resolution 735, January 29, 1992).

On March 2, 1992, Ambassador Samir S. Shihabi of Saudi Arabia opened the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly as its president. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali placed on the agenda the application of nine countries, eight of them former Soviet republics (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirguizia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), as well as San Marino, which previously had enjoyed observer status. The Republic of Armenia was represented by Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian; Armenian ambassador to the United Nations, Alexander Arzumanian, and Armenian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Armen Sargsyan. Some 30 representatives of the Armenian American community were also attending, including Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church, of blessed memory.
A large crowd gathered on March 2, 1992, to witness the raising of the tricolor of the Republic of Armenia in fron of the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The need to find a solution to the ongoing crisis of Karabagh was noted by the representatives of the United States, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Russian Federation, and the European Community. Foreign Minister Hovannisian spoke and, after greeting those present in Armenian, continued speaking in English and declared that Armenia wanted a peaceful resolution of the issue.

The resolution 46/227 of the General Assembly was approved on the same day. Due to the civil war, the membership of Georgia was to be approved in July 1992.

The representatives of the invited countries, led by Boutros-Ghali, were invited to the ceremony of the raising of the flags at 1:30 p.m. Thousands of Armenians had gathered outside the United Nations headquarters and their overwhelming applause greeted Raffi Hovannisian while he raised the Armenian flag. The tricolor floating in front of the United Nations became a symbol of Armenia’s membership in the international community.

In remembrance of this historic date, the government of the Republic of Armenia issued a resolution on March 23, 2012, which established March 2 as the day of the diplomat of the Republic of Armenia.

The Prelacy’s Bookstore has an extensive collection of books (in Armenian and English) about the Genocide including histories, novels, memoirs, eyewitness testimonies, poetry, and essays. We continue to feature two titles from the Bookstore’s collection.
British Reports on Ethnic Cleansing in Anatolia, 1919-1922
Compiled by Vartkes Yeghiayan

These British reports shed new documentary light on the ethnic cleansing that was carried out in Anatolia in the post World War I period, from 1919-1922, and became part of the so-called Turkish “war of independence” that ended with the disappearance of Greeks and Armenians from their historical lands and the foundation of the Republic of Turkey.

Softcover, $20.00, plus shipping & handling
British Diplomacy and the Armenian Question, from the 1830s to 1914
By Arman J. Kirakossian

This volume traces the development of British foreign policy regarding the Ottoman Empire, its Armenian population, and other ethnic elements. It explores British diplomatic activities and the British government’s role at various stages of the Armenian Question.

Softcover, $32.00, plus shipping and handling

To order these or other books, contact the Prelacy Bookstore by telephone (212-689-7810) or by email (books@armenianprelacy.org).
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If Something Is Scarce, Then It is Expensive

The name of the toothed cutting tool that we today call saw has evolved over time. It was sawe in Middle English and sagu in Old English. The name has a common origin with all Germanic languages, and the common root is Proto-Germanic *sago, a word that meant “a cutting tool” and came from an Indo-European root meaning “to cut.”

This looks very straightforward, and it is interesting to see how the same concept varies from language to language. The word saw in Armenian is sughots (սղոց), a composite term which comes from the root soogh (սուղ) and the suffix –ots (ոց). The origin of soogh, however, is unknown.

What does this root mean? It has nothing to do, in appearance, with cutting. Soogh means “scarce, brief, short.” (The word sughakrutiun (սղագրութիւն, “short-writing”), for instance, is the Armenian term for “shorthand.”) Thus, sughots literally means “that makes small.” When you use a saw, you cut something into pieces and make it smaller than the original.

Everything is good so far. But some readers are probably aware of the word soogh “expensive” and the noun sughootioon (սղութիւն “expensiveness”). This meaning only exists in Western Armenian, including several of its dialects; if Eastern Armenian speakers hear these words, they understand soogh as “scarce” and sughootioon as “scarcity.” For them, “expensive” is tang (թանկ) and “expensiveness” is tangootioon (թանկութիւն). However, it is intriguing that speakers of both branches share the composite adjective tangakeen (թանկագին, “valuable”).

But how come soogh means both “scarce” and expensive”? The explanation is very simple: the economic principle of demand and supply. Something abundant has a cheap value, but if that same item is scarce, then it becomes expensive. Thus, the origin of the meaning “expensive” for the word soogh.
(Pastor of St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York)

Episode 26: Interview with Professor Mark Movsesian, “Christians in the Middle East from the Armenian Genocide to ISIS.” Click to listen.
February 28-March 1—Armenian Relief Society Youth Connect Program, at New York University, “Looking Beyond the Centennial.” Featuring: Khatchig Mouradian, ARS Youth Connect Program Director; Speakers, Scout Tufankjian, Photojournalist and Eric Nazarian, Filmmaker. For Armenian college students, 18-25 years old. Deadline for registration (required) January 30. Space is limited. $25 registration fee includes meals and the evening dinner. Overnight accommodation available for out-of-town students. For more information: arseastus@gmail.com or 617-926-3801.

March 1—One Nation, One Culture: A Cultural Evening of Song & Dance dedicated to the Armenian Genocide 100th Anniversary, Felician College, 262 South Main Street, Lodi, New Jersey at 4 pm. Organized by the New Jersey chapter of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, with co-sponsorship of AGBU Ararat NY, Homenetmen Regional Executive, Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA, and Tekeyan Cultural Association of Greater New York. 

March 5—Official opening of Exhibit on Armenian textiles, “Stitching to Survive: Handwork of Armenian Women,” 6-8 pm, at the United Nations, New York. Reception to follow. Organized by the Armenian Relief Society, Inc., and the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the UN.

March 5-27—Solo Exhibition of art by Seeroon Yeretzian, N.A.W.A. Gallery, 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405, New York City, Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Opening reception on March 5, 5 pm to 8 pm. For information: 212-675-1616.

March 6—Conference, “Rebuilding a Nation: The Armenian Woman’s Century of Resistance and Empowerment,” 10 am-4 pm, at Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 East 52nd Street, New York City. Organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of the Armenian Relief Society, Inc.

March 6-8—National Athletic Tournament, hosted by the North Andover (Massachusetts) “Sassoun” AYF Chapter; accommodations, Andover Wyndham Hotel, 978-975-3600, book under “AYF” for special rate ($109); March 6, Characters Sports Club, 7 pm-midnight for those over 21; March 7, basketball & volleyball, Lawrence High School field house, 70-71 North Parish Road, Lawrence; 8 am-6 pm, mini-bus transportation available. Saturday night dance at hotel, 8:30 pm with Kevork Artinian & Friends. For tickets: Rich Minasian rminas6@gmail.com or 201-218-7126. Contact Mgo Kassabian for flight information, mgo.kassabian@gmail.com.

March 7—Cultural program in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, sponsored by the Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA, under auspices of Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate. At 7 pm at Waterside Restaurant & Catering, 7800 River Road, North Bergen, New Jersey. Donation: $100. For information: Knar Kiledjian 201-233-1566; Lena Orangian 516-724-3005 or by email to zavag@aol.com.

March 7—The 2015 Kyrkostas Concert, sponsored by the Anthropology Museum of the People of New York and the Armenian Museum at Queens College will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by celebrating the accomplishments of the musicians, dancers, and artists of the survivors. At 7 pm at Kaloustian Hall, at the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, 209-15 Horace Harding Boulevard, Bayside, New York. Reception will follow the program. Donation  $15 per person (2 for $25), children 12 and under $5. For information, directions and reservations: 718-428-5650.

March 8—Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Ladies Guild Lenten Luncheon, following the Divine Liturgy. For information: 201-943-2950.

March 13-15—“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 15—Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual Membership Meeting following the Divine Liturgy. For information: 201-943-2950.

March 20—Musical Armenia, presented by Eastern Prelacy and Prelacy Ladies Guild, Weill Recital Hall, 8 pm, Carnegie Hall, New York City. Featured artists Patil Harboyan, piano and Heather Tuach, cello, will present a program dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that will include works of Armenian composers Atamian, Babajanian, Gomidas, Khatchaturian, Saradjian, Stepanian, and Talalyan. Tickets are $25 and will be on sale after December 20th at the box office and the Prelacy, 212-689-7810.

March 13-15—International conference, “Responsibility 2015” marking the Armenian Genocide’s centennial, at Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City. Organized by the ARF Eastern United States Centennial Committee, under the auspices of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America, Eastern Region. For information visit the web site (www.responsibility2015.com).

March 21—“Renewal and Remembrance,” Centennial Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide presented by Hamazkayin of Philadelphia, at Founders Hall, 7:30 pm, celebrating three generations of the Armenian singer in the Diaspora, featuring Maroush Paneyan-Nigon (soprano), Barig Naltantian (soprano), Vartan Gabrielian (baritone), and Gary Gress (piano) performing works by European, American and Armenian composers. Tickets: $35. Anny Aghajanian 215-699-9296; Elizabeth Dramgotchian 215-920-6054; Kari Ghezarian 484-919-0203.

March 28—Eastern Prelacy’s Mid Atlantic Regional Conference for pastors, trustees, and delegates, hosted by Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey, 10 am to 4 pm.

April 23—Canonization of the Armenian Martyrs of 1915 in Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia.

April 25—Connecticut Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day at the Connecticut State Capitol. Keynote speaker: Noted author Chris Bohjalian.

April 26—Centennial commemoration of Genocide. Joint united Divine Liturgy in New York City (site to be announced), presided by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan. To be followed by Times Square gathering “100 Years to Remember.”

May 7, 8, 9—National Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration in Washington, DC, organized under the patronage of the Diocese and the Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Presided by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia. May 7, Ecumenical Service at the National Cathedral, 7 pm; May 8, A Journey Through Armenian Music at the Music Center at Strathmore, 7:30 pm; May 8 & 9, Exhibits, Films, and Events at various venues; May 9, Divine Liturgy at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 10 am; May 9, A Time to Give Thanks, banquet, 6 pm, Marriott Marquis.

May 10 to June 4—Pontifical Visit of His Holiness Aram I to the Eastern Prelacy.

June 3-6—National Representative Assembly hosted by St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts.

July 18—Blessing of the Holy Muron (Oil) by His Holiness Aram I, at the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon. For details click here.

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

November 15—90th Anniversary Banquet, St. Stephen’s Church, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain, Connecticut. Watch for details.
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