March 19, 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.

National Observance in Washington, DC
May 7—9, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015—Ecumenical Service, 7 pm
Ecumenical Service will take place at the National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Presided by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia. President of Armenia, Serge Sarkisian, will attend as will many dignitaries and diplomats. Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. Performances by soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Hover Chamber Choir. Very limited seating; Photo ID is needed. Tickets (non-transferable and color-coded for seating blocks) are free but required for entry. This event is co-sponsored by the National Council of Churches and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Note: There is a waiting list for this event. Register with your local parish.

Friday, May 8, 2015—Concert of Armenian Music at 8 pm
“A Journey through 100 Years,” a concert of Armenian music at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike North, Bethesda, Maryland. Artists participating include sopranos Hasmik Papian and Isabel Bayrakdarian, violinists Ida Kavafian and Levon Chilingirian, cellist Alexander Chaushian, clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, pianists Sahan Arzruni and Serouj Kradjian, Hover Chamber Choir, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Edward Topchian. For tickets ($40 to $125) go to

Saturday, May 9, 2015—Divine Liturgy at 10 am
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC, on the campus of Catholic University, at 10 am. His Holiness Karekin II will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and His Holiness Aram I will deliver the sermon.  Armenian choirs from across the country will participate under the direction of Maestro Khoren Mekanejian. Tickets are not needed.

Saturday, May 9, 2015—Reception and Banquet, 6 pm
Reception and Banquet at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 6 pm. Institutions and individuals who helped Armenians will be honored, with remembrance of all those experiencing genocide and human rights abuses. Mark Geragos, emcee; keynote speakers to be announced; Zulal, a cappella choir, will perform. Tickets are $120 per person. Checks should be payable to Armenian Commemoration Centennial, and mailed to NCAGC, 4125 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Throughout the three days in Washington there will be a variety of exhibitions and cultural events that are free and open to the public at the Marriott Marquis organized by the National Commemorative Committee. Bus tours in and around Washington will also be available (with a fee). Full schedule of these auxiliary events will be available at the hotel.

Buses will be available to take guests between the Marriott Marquis and event venues; $30 per person for the three events.

Make your hotel reservations and ticket purchases and learn more about the national observance in Washington at


Divine Liturgy, Friday, April 24, 10 am
Saint Vartan Cathedral
630 Second Avenue, New York City
Saint Illuminator Cathedral
221 East 27th Street, New York City

Friday, April 24—March to Demand Justice, 12 noon
Immediately after the Divine Liturgy there will be a march from St. Vartan and St. Illuminator Cathedrals to the Turkish Consulate organized by the ARF-ADL (New York and New Jersey branches).

Friday, April 24—Vigil at the United Nations, 4 to 6 pm
“Celebration of the Survival of a Nation,” at United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th Street and Second Avenue, New York City. Program will include Armenian songs, readings of poetry by Armenian martyrs, statements by academics, and more.

Sunday, April 26—Divine Liturgy, 10 am
Saint Vartan Cathedral
The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Armenian Church of America; the sermon will be delivered by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America. Please note: Divine Liturgy will not be celebrated in local parishes of the Eastern Diocese and Eastern Prelacy on Sunday, April 26.

Sunday, April 26, 2015—Gathering at Times Square
Immediately after the Liturgy, the faithful will walk in a procession from Second Avenue and 34th Street to Times Square to participate in a rally/gathering at the crossroads of the world. Buses are expected from throughout the East Coast and Midwest making this the largest gathering ever of Armenian Americans. The Times Square event is organized by the Mid-Atlantic Knights and Daughters of Vartan, in affiliation with the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America (Eastern Region).

The Knights of Vartan and the Eastern Centennial Committee have issued a call for volunteers to assist the elderly, direct procession participants, maintain security, and to keep order and flow of traffic of the participants at the gathering at Times Square on Sunday, April 26. Volunteers are needed for the procession from St. Vartan Cathedral to Times Square, 9am to 2pm and at Times Square, 10am to 5pm. Volunteers will be required to attend a pre-event orientation on Sunday, April 19, 1 pm at St. Vartan Cathedral (V-Hall). Contact: Tigran Sahakyan, 212-444-8003, or Ari Minnetyan, 516-521-7347,

Forty-four members of the House of Representatives introduced the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution yesterday. This bipartisan resolution calls upon President Obama to work toward equitable, constructive, and durable Armenian-Turkish relations based on the Republic of Turkey’s full acknowledgement of the facts and ongoing consequences of the Armenian Genocide. The resolution will also establish a fair, just, and comprehensive international record of this crime against humanity.
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His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan and the Religious and Executive Councils are pleased to announce that His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia, will visit the Eastern Prelacy in May. Originally planned to take place in October 2012, but canceled due to the civil strife in Syria, His Holiness, who will be in the United States in May for the national Centennial commemoration in Washington, D.C., will extend his stay to fulfill the pontifical visit that had been scheduled more than two years ago. The Pontifical Visit will begin on Sunday, May 10 and conclude on Thursday, June 4, when His Holiness will open the Eastern Prelacy’s National Representative Assembly (NRA) in Watertown, Massachusetts, before returning to the Holy See in Antelias.

Watch for regular weekly updates here. More information pertinent to the pontifical visit is available on the Prelacy’s web page. To go there now click here.
Bible readings for Sunday, March 22, Sixth Sunday of Lent, Advent, are: Isaiah 66:1-24; Colossians 2:8-3:17; Matthew 22:34-23:39.

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he? They said to him, The son of David. He said to them, How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son? No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father, the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 22:34-23:12)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Sunday, March 22, is the sixth and final Sunday of Great Lent, known as Sunday of Advent (Galstyan Kiraki). On Advent Sunday we are asked to ponder the mystery of the first coming of Christ and especially his second coming which is a fundamental tenet of our Christian faith, and which is mentioned in the prayers read this Sunday. Christ came to the world for the salvation of humanity. We are told to be ready at all times because He will come again for the judgment of sinners, and when the righteous will become worthy of entering the Kingdom of God. “Then people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. He will send out his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” (Mark 13:26-27)

Advent Sunday has its own special hymn, which proclaims that the apostles knew the mystery of the advent of Christ. The story of the expulsion from paradise is repeated and an appeal is made to Christ to ask the Heavenly Father to establish peace on earth. Sunday of Advent is in preparation of next Sunday, Palm Sunday, which is the celebration of the glorious entry of our Lord into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week.

The terrible manifestation of your glory which will be in your second coming David foresaw and announced beforehand by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, God will come openly, fire will burn before him. Then, O Jesus, spare us, have compassion, O Christ, and have mercy.

Mother of God unwedded, bride of heaven on earth, when in the sight of light you sit at the right hand of your only-begotten beseech him for us to deliver us from the awful flame, to number us with the righteous that we also may sing glory with the heavenly ones.
(Canon for the Sixth Sunday of Great Lent from the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church)

During Great Lent, saint days are commemorated only on Saturdays. During the remainder of the year saints can be honored on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays.

This Saturday, April 5, the Armenian Church celebrates one of the three days in its liturgical calendar devoted to St. Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of the Armenian Church. The three days are: Entrance into the Pit; Emergence from the Pit; and Discovery of his remains. This Saturday is the commemoration of his commitment to the Deep Pit (Khor Virab).

Gregory maintained his faith and refused to renounce Christ. As a result he endured many tortures and his final punishment was banishment into a deep pit where he remained for a period of thirteen or more years. Miraculously he survived, thanks to his faith and according to tradition a woman (identity unknown) who lowered food and water into the pit.

The Monastery of Khor Virab is a popular destination for tourists and pilgrims who visit Armenia. The monastery was built on the exact location where St. Gregory was imprisoned. The pit is accessible and it is possible for visitors to climb down the ladder (27 steep steps) into the pit. The church, named Sourp Asdvadzadzin, dates to the 17th century. The area is one of the most beautiful in Armenia and provides stunning views of Ararat. The area surrounding Khor Virab is the site of the ancient Armenian capital, Artashat, founded by King Artashes I about 180 BC.

Come, let us exalt on this day the spreader of the spiritual light to us who sat in darkness, the holy patriarch Gregory. Come, you children instructed by him, exalt on this day the distributor to the sons of Torgom of the undefiled gifts of the Holy Spirit who gave us a new birth as sons of the light. Come, you children instructed by him, exalt on this day the interpreter of the divine word in the land of Armenia. On this day the Church and her children sing with the angels, on this day of memory of the enlightener ascribing glory to God in the highest.
(Canon to St. Gregory the Illuminator, Commitment to the Pit, from the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church)
Inside Khor Virap, the pit where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned.
The fifth of the Prelacy’s six-part Lenten Program took place last night at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City, with church service and reflections and meal fellowship. This year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide, the Lenten reflections are focusing on diverse aspects of the Armenian Genocide. The reflections are presented by young adults, three every Wednesday. Last night’s presentations were offered by Andrew Bagdasarian, Dalita Getzoyan, and Anahid Ugurlayan, Esq.

Next Wednesday, March 25, the sixth and final Lenten program will feature reflections by Diana Demirdjian Cava, Esq., Nyeree Boyadjian Demirdjian, and Michael Gostanian.

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 Andrew Bagdasarian, Dalita Getzoyan, and Anahid Ugurlayan, Esq.
All of the Lenten Reflections are here.  
A reminder that the Prelacy’s 32nd Musical Armenia concert is tomorrow evening, 8 pm at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York.  Tickets are $25 and can be secured from the Carnegie Box Office, 212-247-7800 or from the Prelacy, 212-689-7810.

Featured artists Patil Harboyan, piano, and Heather Tuach, cello, will present a program dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, featuring 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.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) under the direction of Andris Nelsons will present the world premiere of Ascending Light, a new work for organ and orchestra by composer Michael Gandolfi, written in memory of Berj Zamkochian, a frequent collaborator with the BSO and world renowned organist who died in 2004. The new work that was commissioned by the Gomidas Organ Fund will be performed on March 26, 27, 28 and 31, with Olivier Latry as soloist performing on Symphony Hall’s recently restored Aeolian-Skinner organ. The new work is inscribed to the memory of Berj Zamkochian in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Mr. Zamkochian established the Gomidas Organ Fund in 1970 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gomidas Vartabed. He performed an annual concert to benefit the Fund that supplied organs to many schools, conservatories, and churches around the world.

For more information about the concert and ticket availability go to

For the information of our Midwest readers, there will be an encore rebroadcast of “Guardians of Music: A History of Armenian Music in Detroit,” and “The Armenian Genocide” this Sunday, March 22 on Detroit Public TV. Guardians of Music will be rebroadcast at 4:30 pm; The Armenian Genocide will be rebroadcast at 6:00 pm.
Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)
Oil Doesn’t Come From Oil
You use oil to grease the motor of your car, but also to prepare a salad. In both cases, you should call it yoogh (իւղ) in Armenian. Indeed, yoogh also means “fat,” but this is not strange, since oils are basically liquid fat.

Both oil and yoogh have a distant ancestry. The Armenian word was borrowed from some long-lost Mediterranean language, which was also the source for Greek ἔλαιον (élaion) “olive oil” and ἔλαια (élaia) “olive tree,” and Latin oleum “oil.” Latin became the source for a variety of Latin and Germanic languages, including English oil.  Incidentally, the Armenian word karyoogh (քարիւղ) is a literal translation of Latin petroleum (“stone oil”), the technical term for what we use to fill the tanks of our cars, e.g. “gas.”

Knowledgeable readers are also aware that there is a specialized term in Armenian, tzet (ձէթ), which designates olive oil. It already appeared in the Armenian translation of the Bible, probably borrowed from Syriac zaita. Tzet would become the root of many compound words, such as tzitabdoogh (ձիթապտուղ) “olive,” already present in the fifth century. In the same way, Arabic zait “olive oil” would become the source of Turkish zeytin “olive” much later.

Generally speaking, Armenian names for fruit trees have their origin in the name of the fruit, with the addition of the suffix –eni; for instance, khntzoreni (խնձորենի) “apple tree” or geraseni (կեռասենի) “cherry tree.” Some flower trees share this rule; for example, varteni (վարդենի) “rose tree.” The name of the olive tree is an exception. Its root was not the fruit, but the oil produced by the fruit. Thus, we have tziteni (ձիթենի), which literally means “olive oil tree.”

The names of oils derived from various fruits and plants are composed in the same way as in English; for instance, armavi yoogh (արմաւի իւղ) “palm oil.” However, the word tzet has given birth to a long-standing misuse in colloquial language. Apparently, many Armenian speakers (and dictionary writers, unfortunately) tend to think that tzet means “olive” and use the incorrect word tzitayoogh (ձիթաիւղ) as if it meant “olive oil.” It is funny, because if they gave it a thought, they would realize that they are actually saying... “oil oil.”

Conclusion: if you use olive oil, rely on tzet. For other oils, go to yoogh. Never trust tzitayoogh.
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Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)
Massacre of Shushi (March 23-26, 1920)
The city of Shushi, capital of Karabagh and the third Armenian center in the South Caucasus after Tiflis and Baku, had a population of 43,869 inhabitants, according to the Kavkaskii Kalendar (Caucasus Calendar) published in Tiflis in 1916. Fifty-three per cent of the population (23,396 people) was Armenian, while 44% was Tatar (later called Azerbaijani).

After the independence of Armenia, the situation of Karabagh remained in a sort of limbo due to the Azerbaijani pretentions over the region and the pro-Azerbaijani attitude of the British representatives in the region, interested in securing the oil of Baku. Clashes between Azerbaijanis and local Armenians in 1919, as well as Armenian massacres incited by Azerbaijani Governor-General Khosrov Bek-Sultanov, ended with a British-brokered temporary agreement on August 22, 1919 that lasted a few months.

Sultanov broke the terms of the agreement in the beginning of 1920 and tightened the Azerbaijani blockade around Karabagh. He gathered armed forces in strategically important locations and armed the local Turkish population. Well-aware that the Armenian population was much less armed, he made preparations for “the final resolution of the Nagorno Karabagh issue,” as he wrote in one dispatch to the Azerbaijani government. On February 19, 1920, Sultanov issued a demand to the Armenian National Council of Karabagh "to solve urgently the question of the final incorporation of Karabagh into Azerbaijan." At their eighth congress held from 23 February to 4 March, the Armenians responded that Azerbaijan's demand violated the terms of the temporary agreement of August 1919 and warned that "repetition of the events will compel the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabagh to turn to appropriate means for defense."

The commanders of the Armenian self-defense tried to anticipate Sultanov’s movements. A small Armenian detachment entered Shushi in the early morning of March 23, 1920, when the Turkish population was celebrating the festivity of Novruz, and tried to take over the barrack, according to an uprising plan previously developed. The exchange of fire served as a signal for Shushi’s armed Turkish population, the Azeri army soldiers, and Kurdish gangs abounding in the town to attack the Armenian district, plunder and set everything on fire, and start a horrible massacre of the Armenian population. According to historian Richard Hovannisian, "Azerbajani troops, joined by the city’s Azerbaijani inhabitants, turned Armenian Shushi into an inferno. From March 23 to 26, some 2,000 structures were consumed in the flames, including the churches and consistory, cultural institutions, schools, libraries, the business section, and the grand homes of the merchant class. Bishop Vahan (Ter-Grigorian), long an advocate of accommodation with the Azerbaijani authorities, paid the price of retribution, as his tongue was torn out before his head was cut off and paraded through the streets on a spike. The chief of police, Avetis Ter-Ghukasian, was turned into a human torch, and many intellectuals, including Bolshevik Alexander Tsaturyan, were among the 500 Armenian victims."
The Armenian quarters of city of Shusha destroyed by Azerbaijani armed forces in 1920 with the defiled Cathedral of the Holy Saviorin the background.
Much of the population fled, and the Armenian section of the city was completely destroyed. According to data of 1921, some 8,000 Azerbaijanis lived in Shushi, and the number of Armenians was about 300. The Armenian section remained in ruins for several decades.

The historical Armenian city became an Azerbaijani city during the Soviet period, until the Armenian forces of self-defense liberated Shushi on May 9, 1992, in one of the most crucial moments of the Karabagh war.
(Pastor of St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York)

Episode 29: Interview with Dickran Kabarajian. Click the below above to listen.
The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide
By Eric Bogosian

The popular actor, writer, and performer Eric Bogosian has produced a masterful account of the small group of patriots who came together to avenge the deaths of 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They named their operation “Nemesis” after the Greek goddess of retribution. Over the span of several years, they tracked down and assassinated former Turkish leaders who carried out the genocide and forced dispersion of the Armenian people from the lands they inhabited for nearly three millennia. Early reviewers describe this book as “riveting,” “remarkable,” and “spell-binding.” Hardcover.

$28.00 including shipping & handling.
An Armenian Boy’s Memoir of Survival
By Aram Haigaz

Aram Haigaz was a beloved writer who was widely read by his contemporaries who survived the Armenian genocide and found new life in new places. His prolific stories are a wonderful chronicle of the life of the early Armenian Americans. This account of his survival after the genocide is now available in English thanks to the masterful translation by his daughter, Iris H. Chekenian. Hardbound, 368 pages.

$26.95 including shipping & handling

To order these books contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email ( or by telephone (212-689-7810).
In spite of the forecast for snow in the New York area, tomorrow is the first day of spring. Spring begins officially on Friday, March 20 at 6:45 pm.
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 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 22—Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual Membership Meeting following the Divine Liturgy. For information: 201-943-2950.

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 1-30—Photography exhibit by Tom Vartabedian commemorating the Centennial at Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main Street, showing images of the country and its people, including scenes of the eternal flame at Tzizernagapert. The exhibit is next to the Children’s Room in the upstairs gallery.

April 21—“Commemorating the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide: A Reading in Remembrance,” Holy Cross Church, 580 West 187th Street, New York City, 7 pm. For information: Lola Koundakjian,

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 at 11 am. Keynote speaker: Noted author Chris Bohjalian.

April 25—Armenian Genocide Centennial commemoration sponsored by the Armenian National Committee of Merrimack Valley (Massachusetts), 10 am at Lowell City Hall, following a procession from John Street, led by the Armenian American Veterans. Participants are asked to gather at 9:30 am. Luncheon buffet to follow with the showing of a film.  

April 26—Centennial commemoration of Genocide. Joint united Divine Liturgy at St. Vartan Cathedral, New York City. Celebrant, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian; homilist, Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan. To be followed by Times Square gathering “100 Years to Remember.”

April 27—“Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide,” by Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study in Madison, New Jersey at 7 pm. Testimony of Andranik Vartanian (1900-2007), presented by his daughter Susan Vartanian Barba; “Undoing Denial: The Armenian Genocide and Art” presented by Neery E. Melkonian; Concert by the Armenian folk group, Zulal, an a cappella trio will present Armenian village folk melodies. Free and open to the public. RSVP encouraged: (973) 408-3600 or 

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.

June 18—Annual Cigar Night and Dinner, Men’s Club of St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley, North Andover, Massachusetts. Drawing of Super Raffle of 2015 Mercedes Benz-CLA 250 will take place. Raffle tickets can be purchased online ( 

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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