June 20, 2013


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.


The Religious and Executive Councils will meet tomorrow and Saturday at the Prelacy offices in New York City.


Bishop Anoushavan, Vicar of the Prelacy, was in New England last weekend where he attended a number of events.
On Friday evening His Grace attended graduation ceremonies at St. Stephen’s Elementary School in Watertown, Massachusetts, where on behalf of the Prelate Archbishop Oshagan, he presented the Queen Zabel award to the principal of the school, Mrs. Houry Boyamian. The Queen Zabel award, along with the Eagle of the Prelacy, are the two highest awards offered by the Prelacy. The award is named in honor of Queen Zabel (1219-1252), the daughter of Levon the Great (King Leo I). She was the heir to the throne and her marriage to Hetoum (King Hetoum I), unified the two principal dynastic forces of Cilicia. She was very conscious of the social welfare of the people and organized and promoted many social programs for the benefit of the people.
On Sunday Bishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon at St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts. Later he attended the picnic organized by the National Association of Ladies Guilds (NALG) and the Ladies Guild of St. Azdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville. (See next item for more details on NALG seminar and picnic).
Bishop Anoushavan and Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljianwith Mrs. Houry Boyamian who was decorated with the Prelacy’s Queen Zabel Awardin appreciation of her dedicated service to education.
The Vicar with the New England area pastors,from left, Archpriest Fr. Krikoris Keshishian, Archpriest Fr. Vazken Bekiarian,Bishop Anoushavan, Archpriest  Fr.Khatchadour Boghossian, Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian, and Archpriest Fr.Aram Stepanian.
Bishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgyand delivered the sermon at St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley, NorthAndover, Massachusetts, on Sunday, June 16.


The Executive of the National Association of Ladies’ Guilds and the Ladies Guild of St. Asvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, hosted a joint seminar and picnic last Saturday, with attendance from guild members from St. Gregory Church (Indian Orchard), St. Gregory Church (North Andover), Holy Trinity Church (Worcester), and St. Asdvadzadzin Church (Whitinsville).
The seminar took place in the church hall where after breakfast, Eva Kopoyan, chair of the NALG, invited Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian to open the seminar with a prayer and message. The guest speaker of the seminar was Carol Jaffarian, the Armenian Relief Society’s contact with the Mother and Child Clinic and Birthing Center in Akhourian, Armenia, who presented a comprehensive and interesting report with PowerPoint presentation, photographs, and first-hand information about the success of the clinic. On behalf of the NALG, Chairlady Eva Kopoyan and Corresponding Secretary Sharke Der Apkarian, presented a $2,000 check to Carol for the clinic from the proceeds from the NALG’s 2013 raffle.
After the seminar everyone enjoyed a delicious barbeque on the church grounds, where they were surprised and honored to have the presence of the Prelacy’s Vicar, Bishop Anoushavan.
The NALG Executive members expressed thanks for everyone’s support and reiterated their dedication to the Church’s Christian mission.
Bishop Anoushavan and Archpriest Fr. AramStepanian with participants in NALG Seminar and Picnic that took place on thegrounds of Sts. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville.


Eighteen students of St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, participated in an overnight retreat, June 17 and 18, under the direction of the pastor Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian, Sunday school superintendent Diane Changelian, and teachers Mike Crane, Carolyn Sirian, Roupina Carman, and Laurie Haroutunian.
The two-day retreat included morning and evening church services, and lectures about the Divine Liturgy, using our God-given talents, how to treat others, and virtues and deadly sins. In addition to bible and liturgical lessons, students learned a hymn, and enjoyed fun games in the meeting room, as well as a volleyball tournament, swimming, and bonfire at night. After two days of instruction, spirituality, fellowship, and sports, the students are already looking forward to their next retreat.
Teen age Sunday school students gathered for a two-day retreat.
Students learn about the Armenian liturgy.
Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian leads worship service.


Induction services for the Board of Trustees and delegates to the National Representative Assembly took place at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, New York City, during the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 9.
In his sermon Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian said, “This is a very special and unique opportunity to thank all of our volunteers. There are not enough words to describe how grateful I am for your dedication and compassion on behalf of our Mayr Yegeghetsi.”
Induction service for board members and delegates took place at the Cathedral. From left, Yervant Kasparian, treasurer; Viken Najarian, advisor; Antranig Vartanian, vice-chairman; Shant Chalian,Esq., chairman; Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor; Joseph Vartanian, advisorand NRA delegate; Lalig Vartanian, advisor; Michael Yetemian, secretary; Mardig Boyajian, advisor; Christopher Parnagian, Esq., Prelacy Executive Council members, and Zaven Vartanian, NRA delegate.


A concert dedicated to the 300th Jubilee of Sayat Nova took place at the Armenian Center in Woodside, New York, on Friday, June 7. The event was organized by St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society of New York. Well-known singer Elie Berberian and his band from Canada performed songs by Sayat Nova and other favorite Armenian minstrels.
Born on June 14, 1712, Sayat Nova (Harutyun Sayatyan) was an ordained priest of the Armenian Church, as well as a poet, musician and troubadour. He is considered to be one of the greatest folk singer-songwriter. He adopted the name Sayat Nova which means “Master of Songs” in Persian.
The audience enjoys the successful concert dedicated to Sayat Nova.


Registration is still open for the 2013 St. Gregory of Datev Summer Institute for youth ages 13-18 at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from June 30 – July 7, 2013. The Program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). For registration and information, please contact the AREC office at 212-689-7810 or at or click here.


The 4th annual summer camp for orphans will take place in Dzaghgatzor, Armenia, July 4 to 11. Sponsored by the Eastern Prelacy, each year more than fifty orphans enrolled in the Prelacy’s Orphan Sponsorship Program (ages 13 to 16) attend the camp where they learn about the Armenian Church, attend worship services, share in Christian fellowship, and enjoy recreational activities and field trips. The camp is directed by Archpriest Fr. Aram  Stepanian, pastor of St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, with the help of the Prelacy’s Armenia office, the St. Nerses the Great Charitable Organization. To make a donation toward expenses of the camp contact Der Aram by email ( or by telephone (508-865-2454).


Bible readings for Sunday, June 23, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Feast of the Discovery of the Box of the Theotokos are: Isaiah 2:5-11; Romans 9:30-10:4; Matthew 13:24-30.
What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith; but Israel, who did strive for the righteousness that is based on the law, did not succeed in fulfilling that law. Why not? Because they did not strive for it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “See I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.
Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. I can testify that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. (Romans 9:30-10:4)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.


Today, June 20, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Translators, Sts. Sahag Bartev and Mesrob Mashdots. The feasts dedicated to the Holy Translators are among the most beloved commemorations for Armenians. Sahag and Mesrob are honored two times during the liturgical year: on the Thursday following the fourth Sunday after Pentecost, which is today, and on the second Saturday of October.
St. Sahag is remembered for his strong leadership during some of the most difficult days for the Armenian Church, as well as during some of the most glorious. He is also remembered for his vast body of literary work. After the development of the Armenian alphabet, he was the guiding force for the translation of the Bible as well as in the translation of the works of the Holy Fathers.
St. Mesrob developed the Armenian alphabet with the help and support of St. Sahag, after a long period of travel and investigation. According to tradition, during one of his travels Mesrob was meditating in a cave in Palu, and it was there he saw a vision that helped him complete his task of creating an alphabet for the Armenian language.
The two saints, Sahag and Mesrob, are forever linked in the minds and hearts of the Armenian people. There are many Armenian churches throughout world named in their dual honor.
The holy translators, like stewards, were interpreters of the divine Scriptures by inventing letters by means of which are preserved on earth as living words for the shepherd flock of the New Israel; praise God with a sweet sounding hymn.
They looked on the greatness of earthly glory as on darkness and having put their hope in the immortal bridegroom they were made worthy of the kingdom of heaven; praise God with a sweet sounding song.
By the power of the Father’s wisdom the uncreated existing One by means of their translation they made firm the throne of Saint Gregory; praise God with a sweet-sounding song.
Saint Sahag having dressed in the new word adorned the Armenian churches; praise God with a sweet-sounding song.
(Canon to the Holy Translators from the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church)


This Saturday, June 22, the Armenian Church remembers King Drtad, Queen Ashkhen, and Princess Khosrovitoukht. After torturing and condemning St. Gregory to the pit and because of the cruel and fatal treatment of the Hripsimiantz nuns, King Drtad became inflicted with strange and debilitating maladies. Queen Ashkhen and the king’s sister, Khosrovitoukht (who had secretly become a Christian) convinced the king that only Gregory could cure him. Thus, Gregory was released from the deep pit. With the king’s subsequent recovery, all three helped Gregory spread Christianity throughout Armenia. In their later years the queen and princess lived in the fortress of Garni and the king retired to St. Gregory’s retreat on Mt. Sepouh.


This Sunday, June 23, is the Feast of the Discovery of the Jewel Box of the Theotokos.
The Holy Mother was assumed into heaven, and therefore there are no relics of her earthly body. Therefore, her personal belongings became valued and venerated. The box that was discovered contained the Holy Mother’s veil and it is this event that is celebrated this Sunday.


Tuesday, June 25, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Zechariah the Prophet. Zechariah is the eleventh of the twelve so-called “minor” prophets of the Old Testament. They are called “minor” not because they are less important but because the books attributed to them are shorter than those of the “major” prophets.


Last Sunday, June 16, during the Holy Liturgy, a special thanksgiving prayer service took place to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the election and consecration of His Holiness Aram I as Catholicos of Cilicia. After the Biblical readings, the celebrant, Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate of Tehran, described Catholicos Aram as the shepherd who not only led his flock, but also gave worldwide visibility to the Catholicosate of Cilicia, carving a role for the church on ecumenical, international, and local levels. He then offered prayers for the Catholicos’s health. At the conclusion of the liturgy, the clergy and delegates to the World General Assembly and the faithful gathered in the Main Hall of the Catholicosate, where His Holiness presented awards to student who won the school competitions in Armenian language, history, and culture sponsored by the Khatchik Babikian Foundation. The Catholicos thanked everyone for the anniversary celebration and said, “As servants of the church, our journey of service is expressed through different gifts and in different forms. However, the essence of the journey of the Armenian clergy is ‘Christ’s Way.’”


The World General Assembly of the Catholicate of the Holy See of Cilcia concluded last Saturday, June 15. 
On Thursday evening, the participants of the Assembly attended a concert in Bikfaya, the summer home of the Catholicos, and the site of the Holy See’s Seminary. The concert, dedicated to the Armenian mother, featured the Shenorhali Choir conducted by Very Rev. Fr. Torkom Donoyan.
After a short break, the Seminary’s graduation ceremony began under the guidance of Archbishop Nareg Alemezian, Dean of the Seminary. The evening concluded with a message from His Holiness, who praised the concert and everyone who participated in the inspiring program.
Following the graduation ceremony, His Holiness expressed his appreciation of the role of the Seminary and noted that, “The Seminary is the heart of our Catholicosate; its specific mission is to educate people who may lead the community to fulfill spiritual and human values.” The Catholicos told the graduated, “You were not only educated in this institution. The Seminary gave you a vision and a mission that you should fulfill through your service in the church. He reminded everyone that the goal of the Catholicosate is to prepare dedicated individuals to reflect the vision and mission imparted to them during the eight years of study through their service to the church, the nation, and humanity.”


On Saturday morning, June 15, His Holiness Aram I, together with the Diocesan Bishops and about thirty delegates of the General Assembly, met with the president of Lebanon, Michel Suleiman.
The Catholicos expressed thanks to the President for his leadership and introduced the members of the delegation and briefly explained the purpose of the Church’s World General Assembly.
Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)


Artem (Russian Artyom) Alikhanian, regarded as the father of Armenian physics, was born in the historical Armenian city of Gandzak (Elizavetpol during the Russian Empire, and now Ganja, in Azerbaijan). He did not attend school regularly, but was mostly schooled at home. Later, he received an external degree from school Nr. 100 of Tiflis.
In 1930, before he graduated from Leningrad State University, he became a staff member at the Physico-Technical Institute of Leningrad (nowadays St. Petersburg), working together with his elder brother Abraham Alikhanov (Alikhanian, 1904-1970). The Alikhanian brothers, together with Piotr Kapitsa, Lev Landau, Igor Kurchatov, and others, have been credited with laying the foundations of nuclear physics in the Soviet Union.
During the siege of Leningrad by the German army in World War II, Artem Alikhanian and some of his colleagues were excused from full-time defense tasks in order to work on the design of a synchrocyclotron, the accelerator of particles eventually constructed in 1955. The Alikhanian brothers, who were not members of the Communist Party, received the USSR State Prize in 1943. They started a scientific mission on Mount Aragatz, the highest peak of the Republic of Armenia, and researched the third (proton) component of cosmic rays. They founded a cosmic ray station at an altitude of 3250 meters, and participated both in the foundation of the Armenian SSR Academy of Sciences (now National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia) and the Yerevan Physics Institute in 1943. Abraham Alikhanov—who founded the first nuclear reactor of the USSR in 1949—went on to found and direct the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics in Moscow, which he headed until 1968.
The brothers’ findings deserved them the USSR State Prize for the second time in 1948 (Alikhanov would win it alone for the third time in 1953). They initiated the creation of the Yerevan Synchrotron in 1956, together with astrophysicist Victor Hambartsumian.
Artem Alikhanian promoted the training of young physicists and from 1961 to 1975 organized and directed the International Schools of High Energy Physics at Nor-Amberd. A staunch supporter of the international co-operation of scientists, his fidelity to science, his personality, and his great erudition captivated everyone. In 1965 he was invited by Harvard University to give the Loeb and Lee lectures in Physics, and he became the first Loeb professor of Harvard University from Europe. He founded the chair of Nuclear Physics in the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and was a professor at Yerevan State University. He received the Lenin Prize in 1970, together with his colleagues, for the work on wide-gap track spark chambers.
In 1966, director Frunze Dovlatian filmed “Hello, It’s Me!” (Բարեւ, ես եմ, Parev, Yes Em), a drama based on the life of Alikhanian (the main character is a physicist called Artyom Manvelian who has founded a cosmology laboratory at Mount Aragats). The film was nominated to the Golden Palm of the Cannes Film Festival of 1966 and awarded the State Prize of Armenia in 1967, the same year when Alikhanian obtained the title of Honored Scientist of the Armenian SSR in recognition of his scientific achievements and contributions.
Alikhanian resigned from his position at Yerevan Physics Institute in 1973 and left Yerevan, after conflicts with very high level Soviet statesmen. He passed away in Moscow on February 25, 1978. The Physics Institute was named after him, and a street in Yerevan has been named after the Alikhanian brothers. In 2010 the government of Armenia decided to rename the Institute as Artem Alikhanian National Scientific Laboratory.
Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)


As Indo-European languages, Armenian and English share vocabulary that comes from the depths of history, from the time when a common grandparent was supposed to have existed someplace in Eurasia around 3000 B.C. Proto-Indo-European (P.I.E.)—the reputed grandparent of all Indo-European languages, from Farsi to Spanish—has not been attested in any ancient document and has been reconstructed on the basis of language studies. For this reason, scholars use asterisks, as a convention, to represent any of its words. This is why we will actually find a cluster of stars below.
Armenian and English have in common, for example, the words “father” and “mother.” Although the latter look somehow different to their Armenian counterpart հայր (hayr) and մայր (mayr), there is no doubt that both share the same ancestors: P.I.E. *pǝter and *mater.
P.I.E.  * pǝter > Proto-Germanic *fader > English father
P.I.E.  * pǝter> Proto-Armenian *hayer > Armenian hayr (հայր)
P.I.E.  * mater > Proto-Germanic *moder > English mother
P.I.E.  * mater> Proto-Armenian *mayer > Armenian mayr (մայր)
The replacement of *ter by yr (յր) in Armenian may look odd. Comparative linguistics has found out that most Indo-European languages have kept something closer to a *t, such as t, d, or th, to say “mother” or “father,” while it is only in Armenian where P.I.E. *t became y over a certain amount of time. Another example of this rule is seen in the word այրել (ayrel , “to burn”), whose root ayr comes from P.I.E. *ater.
It is not strange, then that Proto-Indo-European *p, after its division, yielded different sounds, such as a*f in Proto-Germanic and a*h in Proto-Armenian. This accounts for the relation between father and hayr (the first parts of mother and mayr are easy to relate). The same as its relatives, Dutch vader (it may well have inspired the name of the “dark father” of Star Wars, Darth Vader) and German vater, English father comes from their common parent, Proto-Germanic *fader
This is not an isolated example. The oldest poem of Armenian literature, namely, the birth of Vahagn, god of storm, fire, and war, includes the following line in his physical description:
Նա հուր հեր ունէր (Na hoor her ooner, “Fiery hair had he”).
Today commonly used in poetic language, hoor (“fire,” hence “fiery”)—synonym to կրակ (grag)--has been or may have been the source for many proper and common nouns, such as the male names Հրաչեայ (Hrachya) and Հրայր (Hrayr), for instance, and standard words like հրշէջ (hrshech, “fireman”), հրաբուխ (hrapookh, “volcano”), and others. Both hoor and fire (< Proto-Germanic fōr) constitute another related pair, whose ultimate common source is P.I.E *puro.
Incidentally, someone might relate Armenian her and English hair; the latter is derived from Proto-Germanic *hera, which at its turn came from P.I.E. *k’er(s) (“stiff hair, bristle”):
1) Both her and hair look alike and have the same meaning.
2) Even though the standard Armenian word for “hair” is մազ (maz), we use her in compounds like շիկահեր (shigaher, “red-haired”) or հերակալ (heragal, “headband”).
However, this is an optical illusion. In the 1920s, Hrachia Adjarian had already stated in his etymological dictionary that the similitude between her—whose actual origin is unknown— and hair was just casual. Since then, it has been shown that the poem about Vahagn, where the word her is already present, reflected words and images belonging to the common Indo-European time (third millennium B.C.), probably long before the ancestors of the English language washed their . . . *hera.
The mysteries of language are still infinite.


This recently published book is available in both hard and soft cover editions. It tells the story of Armenian nurses in the Ottoman Empire, Armenia, the Middle East, and Greece before, during, and after the 1915 Genocide. It shows how Armenian nurses laid the foundations of modern nursing, midwifery, and public health. Included are many black and white photographs and reproductions of relevant documents.
534 pages, hardcover $25.00; softcover $18.00
Plus shipping & handling.
To order this book or for information about any other book contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email ( or by telephone (212-689-7810).


Summer officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere at 1:04 am tomorrow morning, Eastern Daylight Time. Enjoy.
May 2 to June 30—“History of Armenia: Past, Present, Future,” a series of eight seminars presented on Thursdays, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. Sponsored by the Cathedral and the UN Armenian Mission. Facilitator: Artur Martirosyan, Ph.D
June 23—Annual picnic of St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford, 12 noon at the Quartette Club, 225 Wooster Street, New Britain, Connecticut. Admission is free. Come and enjoy Armenian food, music, and dancing, while visiting with old and new friends. For information: Church, 860-229-8322, or email Facebook:
June 23—Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Nareg Saturday School year-end hantes, following the Divine Liturgy.
June 30—Brunch and Talent Show, organized and hosted by the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, New York, at 1 pm, under the auspices of Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian. Adults $15.00; Children $10.00. For information: 212-689-5880.
July 7—St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Outdoor Family Event, following church services on the Feast of Transfiguration, Vartivar. Everyone, especially the youth, is invited to join in water games on the lawn next to the church.
June 9—Father’s Day Dinner and Comedy, sponsored by Armenian Compatriotic Union of Ourfa, featuring renowned comedian Vahe Berberian with a new repertoire, with the participation of violinist Souren Kahvedjian, Ya Hala Restaurant, 45 Main Street, Wallington, New Jersey. Adults $60; children under ten $30. Proceeds to Syrian Armenian Relief Fund. For information: (732) 970-5207.
June 9—St. Sarkis Church and Douglaston School of Music and Art present “Aram Khatchaturian—110th Anniversary Concert,” by faculty members and students of Douglaston School of Music and Art, 1:30 pm, Chaderjian Hall, St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, New York. Donation: $10.
June 13—St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts, 4th annual Cigar Night & Dinner in Blessed Memory of Rev. Fr. Vartan Kassabian. Surf & Turf dinner, open bar, cigars, live & silent auction, raffles. Tickets must be purchased in advance by sending a check for $150 payable to St. Gregory’s Mens Club, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts 01845, or contact Greg Minasian at, or 978-470-3075.
June 15—National Association of Ladies Guilds (NALG), Seminar and Picnic, 10 am to 2 pm. Jointly hosted with Ladies Guild of Saint Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 315 Church Street, Whitinsville. Guest speaker: Carol Jaffarian, will provide update on the Mother and Child Clinic and Birthing Center in Akhourian, Armenia. RSVP by June 8 to the Church (508-234-3677), or to Sharke Derapkrian by email ( or phone (978-685-7243)
June 12 to 15—World General Assembly of the Holy See of Cilicia, at the Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon.
June 16—St. Gregory Church, annual Father’s Day Picnic, 12 noon to 5 pm, on the church grounds at 135 Goodwin Street, Indian  Orchard, Massachusetts. Enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf.  Baked goods available for purchase. 50/50 raffle, Armenian music and dancing, and a bounce house for children. Free admission and parking. For information: 413-543-4763.
June 24—Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, 10th Annual Golf Outing at Sterling National Country Club, Sterling, Massachusetts. Join us for a great day of golf including golf, cart, breakfast, prizes, gifts, and dinner for $140 per golfer. Tee off at 9 am. Shotgun start and scramble format. For information contact Rich Tashjian at or 978-422-7600
June 30-July 7—27th Annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute, at St. Mary of Providence Center, Elverson, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Cou8ncil (AREC). For information contact the AREC office3 by email ( or phone (212-689-7810)
June 30—Brunch and Talent Show with guest performers “Hayer” Band, at St. Illuminator’s John Pashalian Hall, under the auspices of Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian. Organized and prepared by the Cathedral Ladies Guild. Admission $15.00; for information/reservations: 212-689-5880.
July 4-11—4th Annual Summer Camp for Orphans will take place in Dzaghgztazor, Armenia, sponsored by the Eastern Prelacy. Orphans ages 13 to 16 who are enrolled in the Prelacy’s Orphan Sponsorship program are eligible to attend to learn about the Armenian Church and history. The week long program includes Bible study and prayers and meditation combined with summer fun activities and fellowship with other campers. For more information contact Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian by email ( or by phone (508-865-2454).
July 8-19—8th Annual Summer Camp program at St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
July 13—“A Hye Summer Night VII” Dinner Dance sponsored by Ladies Guild of Sts. Vartanantz Church and Armenian Relief Society “Ani” Chapter of Providence, Rhode Island, at the Providence Marriott Hotel, One Orms Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02904, 6 pm to 1 am. Featuring: Joe Kouyoumjian (oud), Brian Ansbigian (oud), David Ansbigian (oud), Leon Janikian (clarinet), Ken Kalajian (guitar), Jason Naroian (dumbeg), Armen Janigian (Daf). For tickets ($50 per person) and information: Joyce Bagdasarian (401-434-4467); Joyce Yeremian (401-354-8770)
August 4—Annual picnic of St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, at Camp Haiastan, 722 Summer Street, Franklin, Massachusetts 02038. Delicious food, music and more from 12 noon to 5 pm. For information, 617-924-7562, visit online at or on Facebook
August 18—Annual Picnic of Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 12 noon on the church grounds, 315 Church Street, Whitinsville, immediately following the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian who will also officiate the Blessing of the Grapes ceremony with the participation of New England clergy. Delicious Armenian food, homemade baked goods. Listen and dance to traditional live Armenian music by the Mugrditchian Band. For information: 508-234-3677
August 18—St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Blessing of the Grapes and Family Fun Picnic, at Lakeshore Park, 601 South Lake Drive, Novi, Michigan. Food, music, dancing, magic show, volleyball, soccer, tavlou tournament, mountain biking, swimming
August 18—Annual Picnic, Sts. Vartanantz Church, New Jersey.
September 5 to October 3—“A Brief Introduction to Modern Armenian Literature,” a series of five seminars presented on Thursdays, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. Sponsored by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) and the Cathedral. Presented by Vartan Matiossian, Ph.D.
September 7—Teachers’ Seminar sponsored by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) in New York. Details to follow.
September 15—Book Presentation at Pashalian Hall, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, New York, of “One Church One Nation” by Hrair Hawk Khatcherian.
October 5, 2-6 pm: “Armenian Women as Artists and Mothers.” Symposium sponsored by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) at the St. Illuminator Cathedral Pashalian Hall, 221 East 27th Street, New York City, on the year of the Mother of the Armenian Family. Lecturers: Melissa Bilal (Columbia University), Jennifer Manoukian (Columbia University), and Vartan Matiossian (ANEC)
October 19—Armenian Friends of America presents “Hye Kef 5” featuring musicians Leon Janikian, Joe Kouyoumjian, Greg Takvorian, Ken Kalajian, Ron Raphaelian, and Jay Baronian, 7:30-12:30, Michael’s Function Hall, 12 Alpha Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts. Proceeds to benefit all Armenian churches in Merrimack Valley and New Hampshire. Tickets: $40 adults; $30 students; includes individually-served mezza platters. For information/reservations: John Arzigian 603-560-3826; Sandy Boroyan 978-251-8687; Scott Sahagian 617-699-3581; Peter Gulezian 978-375-1616
November 15-16-17—Annual Bazaar, Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey.
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