March 20, 2014
Archbishop Oshagan will travel to Dearborn, Michigan, on Sunday, March 23, where he will preside over the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian. His Eminence will deliver the sermon and preside over the 40th day requiem service for Archpriest Gorun Shrikian.

The Christian Aram Middle East Churches Together (CAMECT) met today at the Prelacy offices in New York City. Archbishop Oshagan is president of the group; Bishop Gregory Mansour is secretary.
The main discussion centered on an upcoming press conference scheduled to take place on May 7 in Washington D.C., organized by Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of California. The press conference will help raise awareness about the situation of the Christians in the Middle East among American churches and government bodies and officials. Also attending today’s meeting was Ms. Nina Shea, from the Hudson Institute in Washington, who is assisting the Congressmen organize the Press Conference.
Representative of CAMECT met today at the Prelacy.
The third of a six-part Prelacy Lenten Program took place last night at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City, presided over by His Grace Bishop Anoushavan, Vicar General, who was also the speaker. Bishop Anoushavan’s lecture focused on the divine and eternal identity of Jesus Christ—“We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ.” His Grace spoke about a number of titles attributed to Jesus Christ in the Creed, which in fact come from the Bible, underscoring His true divine identity, sharing fully in the nature of God the Father. Substantiating his claims, Srpazan Hayr cited several biblical texts and comments by Armenian Church Fathers. To hear/view Srpazan’s presentation, please click below.
Next Wednesday, March 26, Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church, will speak on the mission of 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.
A scene from the Lenten service.
Bishop Anoushavan spoke of the divine and eternal identity of Jesus Christ.
A dinner reception last Saturday hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Sarkis and Mary Ohanessian at their home in Paramus, New Jersey, strengthened the roster of the Pillars of the Prelacy, as additional people agreed to join the current list of Pillars with a yearly donation of at least one thousand dollars.
The Pillars of the Prelacy was established more than ten years ago. The main objective of the program is to help sustain and expand the mission of the Prelacy.
Archbishop Oshagan spoke to the assembled group about how much the support from the Pillars has helped the Prelacy in its spiritual and cultural mission. He expressed deep gratitude to Sarkis and Mary Ohanessian for hosting the lovely dinner/reception. He thanked the new Pillars who have come aboard and urged others to follow.
Along with a delicious dinner, guests were treated to an enjoyable musical interlude provided by the Yeghiazaryan Sisters, known professionally as the “YYsisters,” that included singing, with lively accompaniment on violin and cello.
Sarkis Ohanessian welcomes everyone to the Pillars reception.
Archbishop Oshagan describes the goals of the Pillars.
The YYsisters perform.
The 31st Musical Armenia concert will take place next 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).
This year’s featured artist, clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist who, according to The Washington Post, “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity.” As a winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in YCA’s Rhoda Walker Teagle New York debut concert at Merkin Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to rave reviews. Mr. Arutyunian has performed extensively in Australia, Asia, and in Europe, where he appeared at the Louvre in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa, among others. He has appeared as soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in Russia with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. By the age of 16, he had already won First Prizes in the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow.
Born in 1992 in Gyumri, Armenia, Mr. Arutyunian’s family moved to Moscow when he was three. He graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory. Currently he lives in New York City, and works with Charles Neidicyh at The Juilliard School.
Tickets ($25) for Musical Armenia are available at the Box Office, 212-247-7800 or through the Prelacy, or 212-689-7810.
For more information click here.
Dn. Shant Kazanjian presents the Commentary on the Nicene Creed at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York.
On Friday, March 14, as part of the Lenten program at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York, a book presentation was held under the auspices of his Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, the Prelate. Commentary on the Nicene Creed written by Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian, of blessed memory, was translated by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of AREC, who made the presentation. Dn. Shant spoke briefly about the origin and the function of creeds in general and the Nicene Creed in particular. He then presented the book, its structure and content, highlighting various elements and some unique aspects of the Armenian version of the Creed.
The bilingual Commentary on the Nicene Creed is available at the Prelacy’s bookstore (, 212-689-7810).
On Friday, March 28, Dn. Shant will present the book at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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.

The 1988 earthquake in northern Armenia killed more than 35,000 people and displaced upwards of 300,000 others. The United States responded by deploying a team of search/rescue and recovery experts to the region. That team was the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Virginia Task Force 1. Their deployment to Armenia made history because they were the first American team since World War II to travel to the Soviet Union to offer assistance. For one very intense week the team worked day and night to help the Armenian people.
The Board of Trustees of Soorp Khatch Church in Bethesda, Maryland, recently met with the Virginia Task Force and invited them to visit the Church on Sunday, March 16, and speak about their mission in Armenia and to share some of their experiences. Following the program, a special plaque of appreciation was presented to the team of volunteers by Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor of Soorp Khatch, and Zareh Soghomonian, chairman of the Board of Trustees. Team members present included: Captain Dan Bickham, Lieutenant Michael Regan, Technician Donny Booth, and Dr. Frederick Krimgold, Director of Disaster Risk Reduction Program at Virginia Tech University.
Virginia Task Force 1 was established in 1986 as a domestic and international disaster response resource. It is currently sponsored by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. The Task Force is comprised of approximately 200 specially trained fire and rescue personnel, with expertise in rescuing victims from collapsed structures following catastrophic events.
Some of the members of the Virginia Task Force that went to Armenia after the earthquake are seen here with Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor, and Zareh Soghomonian, chairman of the Board of Trustees. A plaque of appreciation was presented to the Task Force.
St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, hosted an Open Forum for Armenian American College & University Students of New York on Saturday March 15. The afternoon started with Mr. Shont Vosgerijian’s opening remarks. Guest speakers Mr. Aram Babikian, a financial analyst and Mr. John D. Megerian, Esq., made presentations relevant to their field of expertise along with some practical ideas on networking. A group discussion followed the presentations where participants introduced themselves and shared information about their future plans, their strengths and challenges. Suggestions were made concerning the format and content of upcoming forums at St. Sarkis Church. The afternoon was concluded with the closing remarks of Fr. Nareg Terterian, Pastor.
Der Nareg with the participants in the Open Forum.
Bible readings for Sunday, March 23, Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Steward are: Isaiah 56”1-57:21; Ephesians 4:17-5:14; Luke 16:1-31.
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him. So he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:1-15)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Saturday, March 22, the Armenian Church commemorates the lives of the following four saints:
St. John, Patriarch of Jerusalem, succeeded St. Cyril as Patriarch of Jerusalem (386-417). He grew up with the monks at the monastery of Nitria (Egypt) where he learned about Christianity and the teachings of Origen. He was noted for his keen intellect and is said to have delivered inspiring and eloquent sermons.
Hovhan Odznetsi (St. John of Otzoon) was catholicos from 717 to 728, which was a period when Armenia was under Arab rule. He defended Armenians from forced conversion and was successful in securing the right of worship for Armenian Christians. He was also successful in securing tax-exempt status for the church. He was highly admired and respected.
Hovhan Vorodnetsi (St. John of Orotni) was born in 1315. Following his ordination he served at the monasteries of Klatzor and Datev. He dedicated most of his efforts toward the preservation of the orthodox faith, and against the attempt to merge the Armenian Church with the Latin Church. He wrote commentaries on the Gospel of John and the epistles of St. Paul.
Krikor Datevatzi (St. Gregory of Datev), born in 1346 in the province of Vayotz Tsor, is perhaps the best known of the four. He was a student of John of Orotni and a great defender of the character of the Armenian Church. He was a brilliant scholar; he knew Latin fluently and had studied the Greek philosophers extensively. He is regarded to be the greatest teacher of the Armenian Church. His most famous work is the Book of Questions (Kirk Hartsmants), which examines questions of faith. He is also credited with setting a high standard for preaching. He is often referred to as “the second Gregory the Illuminator.”
Datevatzi, who died in 1409, has the distinction of being the last person to be canonized in the Armenian Church. To this day no others have followed him.

This Sunday, March 23, the fourth Sunday of Lent, is the Sunday of the Steward (Tntesi Kiraki). The parable of The Unrighteous Steward is in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 16, verses 1 to 8. This parable is about a rich man and his steward. The steward was one who looked out for his own personal benefit and through his cunning arrangements he made deals with those who were in debt to his master. Jesus used this parable not to condone the behavior of the steward but rather as an illustration of qualities that have a necessary place in the life of true disciples. Since we are stewards of the world, we are accountable to our Lord for the talents we have and the things that have been entrusted to our care.
Throughout his ministry, Jesus used parables as a teaching tool. His parables were common stories, usually short and always interesting. Generally, the stories were used to convey important moral and ethical lessons. Some of the parables are simple and easy to comprehend. Others are complex and more challenging.
Next Wednesday, March 26, is the median day of Lent (Meechink). It is the 24th day of Lent and it occurs on the Wednesday of the fourth week of Lent. Although it does not have any specific religious significance, this mid-point day has been traditionally marked as a special day and occasion for fellowship, friendship, and the sharing of a Lenten meal.

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).
The 35th annual Book Fair opened at the Catholicosate in Antelias last Sunday. His Holiness Aram I opened the Book Fair whose theme this year is “Source of Spiritual and Intellectual Enrichment.
In his opening message, the Catholicos said that although the current innovations in technology and communications are providing immediate information and knowledge, the Armenian book is still the powerful repository of Armenian spiritual growth and identity.  Quoting a verse from Matthew, the Catholicos said Jesus said “It is written. Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that comes forth from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4).
“Books are necessary,” he said, ”to communicate the Christian understanding that the body, the mind, and the spirit, the presence of God and the image of God are embedded within each person. Historically our people have been nurtured and inspired y the Bible and the printed reflections, the spiritual hymns, the prayers and the meditations of our Church fathers and the recorded heroic acts of our martyrs to defend their depriving us from our spiritual resources and even  weakening our identity as a people.”
The Catholicos then looked at our own shortcomings and asked, “Is our government in Armenia empowering our teachers and intellectuals to reflect, write, and publish and to keep pace with the modern world? Is the Church encouraging potential authors and enabling them to publish? Are the wealthy Armenians sustaining the Armenian publications? …The Armenian book sustains our national existence, and it enriches our people’s lives through spiritual growth.”

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])
Death of Alexander Miasnikian (March 22, 1925)
Few communist leaders are still celebrated in Armenia after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the second independence. Alexander Miasnikian is one of them.
He was born in Nakhichevan-on-Don (Nor Nakhichevan), the town near Rostov founded by Armenian migrants from Crimea in the late eighteenth century, on January 28 (February 9 in the Gregorian calendar), 1886. Son of a small merchant, he studied first at the diocesan school of his hometown and then at the Lazarian Lyceum of Moscow from 1904-1906. He was attracted by revolutionary ideology as a student, first in Nakhichevan and then in Moscow. Miasnikian formally became a member of the underground revolutionary movement (the Bolshevik branch of the Russian Social-Democratic Party) in 1904 and was arrested and exiled to Baku in 1906. He continued his revolutionary activities, first in Baku and then in Moscow, where he graduated from the law department of Moscow University in 1911. Between 1912 and 1914, he worked as an assistant to a lawyer in Moscow and participated in the dissemination of political literature. His revolutionary nom de guerre was Al. Martuni (“son of fight”).
During those years, he also devoted himself to literary criticism and journalism. He edited ten periodicals. He published articles in the 1910s about the meaning of the discovery of the Armenian alphabet and the works of poets Mikayel Nalbandian, Hovhannes Tumanian, Hovhannes Hovhannisian, and Alexander Tzaturian. He wrote many times about the Armenian Question, which he labeled “Gordian knot,” where the disagreements and the interests of the European powers were tied.
Miasnikian was drafted into the Russian Army in 1914, where he promoted revolutionary ideas among the soldiers. After the February Revolution of 1917, he became a member of the Western Front’s frontline committee and was elected as a delegate for the 6th Congress of the Bolshevik Party. He later became chairman of the Northwestern Regional Committee of the Bolshevik Party, member of the Military Revolutionary Committee of the Western Region, and commander of the Western Front. In early 1919 he was appointed chairman of the Central Executive Committee and the Bolshevik Party in Bielorussia (Belarus).
After his long parenthesis outside Armenian life, Miasnikian, who was on the Polish front in 1920, was appointed chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars, the newly installed government of Soviet Armenia which replaced the Revolutionary Committee that had been in power after the fall of independent Armenia. He took the position in April 1921, after the end of the February uprising against the Soviet regime. He brought a letter from Vladimir Lenin, where the leader of the Soviet revolution exhorted his Armenian comrades: “(...) A slower, more careful, more systematic transition towards socialism; this is what is possible and necessary. To work at the same time to improve the situation of the villager and took over the great work of electrification and watering...”
Miasnikian’s constructive policy led to the formation of state institutions and the economic infrastructure of the republic, stabilizing the internal situation. He actively pursued work towards the eradication of illiteracy and the development of local manufacturing. Many intellectuals exiled in Iran before and after the February uprising returned to Armenia, while many others settled from Constantinople and other places. Many refugees from Western Armenia also started to settle in the country. He voted in July 1921 against the decision of incorporating Mountainous Karabagh into the territory of Azerbaijan, which was fueled by Joseph Stalin.
After the creation of the Transcaucasian Federative Republic in March 1922, where Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan were integrated in one political unit, Miasnikian left his position and went to occupy leadership positions in the government of the federation as one of the chairmen of the Executive Committee and later first secretary of the Transcaucasian Committee of the Communist Party.
He died tragically on March 22, 1925, when he was departing from Tiflis (Tbilisi) to Sukhumi with Gevorg Atarbekian and S. Mogilevsky to participate in the Congress of the Soviets of Abkhazia. The “Junkers” airplane took fire due to an engine problem and the three men died. They were buried in Tbilisi three days later. Although the official version was an accident, there are views that it was not, and that the incident was orchestrated by, among others, the influential Georgian Bolshevik Laurenti Beria, who had started his career as right hand of Stalin. 
A monument to Miasnikian in central Yerevan.
A factory, a square, and a street took Miasnikian’s name (in Russian Myasnikov) in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Later, two cities in Armenia and Karabagh were named Martuni after his pseudonym, while a village in the province of Armavir was called Miasnikian. His statue is placed in Miasnikian Square of Yerevan.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (
Dr. Ceren Ozgul will present a lecture tomorrow evening about current citizens of Turkey whose ancestors were converted to Islam around 1915 (Islamized Armenians), who have recently been baptized into the Armenian Church. The lecture will take place at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street), New York City, room 9204, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Professor Marc Nichanian will be the discussant. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Ozgul received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate Center, CUNY, in May 2013. Her dissertation, “From Muslim Citizen to Christian Minority: Tolerance, Secularism, and Armenian Return Conversions in Turkey,” analyzes the return conversions of forcibly Islamized Armenians in modern Turkey back to Armenian Christianity. Currently, Dr. Ozgul is the 2013-14 Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Today is the first day of Spring. Enjoy.
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 21—St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, a lecture by Dr. Gregory Kazanjian, DDS. Fellowship hour by the Young Adults.
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 6—The Cultural Committee of St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, is hosting a bilingual lecture by Dr. Ara Caprielian on the “Trials of Young Turks in Turkey (1919-1921 and 1926),” following churchy services at approximately 1:30 pm. Free admission. This lecture is part of a series of events leading to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. 
April 11—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.
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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