Special Edition - April 13, 2015
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His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass yesterday, Sunday, April 12 in memory of the Armenian Martyrs of 1915, at the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, on the occasion of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Pope Francis called the massacre of the Armenians by Ottoman Turkey as the first genocide of the 20th century. “Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it,” the Pope said.

Attending the Mass were His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia, the Armenian Catholic Patriarch His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX, and Armenia’s President Serge Sarkisian as well as other dignitaries from the Republic of Armenia. A large number of Armenians from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East were also present. At the conclusion of the services both Catholicos Karekin and Catholicos Aram addressed the gathering and expressed thanks to the Pope.

During the Mass, the Pope officially declared St. Gregory of Narek a doctor of the church, a formal title that indicates the writings and works of that person are of universal importance. Thus, St. Gregory of Narek became the 36th doctor of the church alongside St. Basil the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Catherine of Siena.

To see a video of the Mass at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica click here.

To read an article published in the New York Times today click here.

Archbishop Oshagan attended a one-day exhibit on “Near East Relief and Its Legacy,” yesterday. The exhibit took place at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts honoring Near East Relief for assisting Armenians 100 years ago during and after the Armenian Genocide.

Interest in the exhibit was heightened by the news that earlier that morning Pope Francis who offered a special Mass on the occasion of the centennial anniversary described the genocide as the “first genocide of the 20th century.

In his brief remarks, Archbishop Oshagan described how his grandfather—an Armenian clergyman—was crucified on the door of a church in 1915. “We as Christians believe the truth will set us free,” the Prelate said. He praised Pope Francis for his defense of truth.

To read an article published in today’s Boston Globe click here.

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the martyrs will be canonized at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin in Armenia on Thursday, April 23, with His Holiness Karekin II and His Holiness Aram I presiding. At the symbolic hour of 19:15 (7:15 pm EDT), all the church bells throughout Armenia will ring one hundred times. Church bells will also toll in Armenian churches throughout the world as well as many other Christian denominations that are joining in honoring the newly canonized martyrs of 1915.


Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral, New York City

The faithful filled St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York on Easter Sunday. His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon.
The children gather around Archbishop Oshagan, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, and deacons, to engage in the traditional Easter egg games.
St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York
Bishop Anoushavan, Vicar, with Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, altar servers and congregation following Easter services at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston.
All Saints Church, Glenview, Illinois
All Saints Church in Glenview, Illinois, was filled to capacity on Easter. Archpriest Fr. Zareh Sahakian celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon.
Archpriest Fr. Zareh Sahakian with altar servers in Glenview.
Saint Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts
A view of the congregation on Easter Sunday at St. Stephen Church in Watertown. The celebrant was V. Rev. Fr. Zareh Sarkissian.
Archpriest Fr. Antranig Baljian, pastor of St. Stephen Church, and V. Rev. Fr. Zareh Sarkissian, with the twelve young boys who participated in the Washing of the Feet ceremony on Holy Thursday.
Soorp Khatch Church, Bethesda, Maryland
Bishop Anoushavan officiated over Maundy Thursday services at Soorp Khatch Church, Bethesda. He is seen here with Rev. Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor, deacons, and students from the Hamasdegh School and parish children who participated in the Washing of the Feet ceremony.
A view of the congregation at Soorp Khatch Church.
To view the Easter services at Soorp Khatch Church click here.

Saints Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey
Archbishop Oshagan and Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian at Good Friday services at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield.
Archbishop Oshagan and Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian with altar servers and choir members.
Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts
Rev. Fr. Mikael Der Kosrofian, pastor of St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, during the Washing of the Feet service on Holy Thursday.
Der Mikael with Sunday School students at St. Asdvadzadzin Church.
April 1-30—Photography exhibit by Tom Vartabedian commemorating the Centennial at Haverhill (Massachusetts) 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 11—Concert by the Armenian Society Areni Choir, conducted by Armine Vardanyan, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, 6 pm, at The Queens Theater in the Park, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Park, Corona. Also featuring renowned guest singers and musicians, as well as the Antranig Dance Ensemble. For tickets ($40 and $50): 732-982-7364.

April 12—“A Tribute to Survival,” concert, sponsored by the Armenian Martyrs’ Memorial Committee of Rhode Island, featuring The Armenian Chorale of Rhode Island, directed by Maestro Konstantin Petrossian, accompanied by Mari Panosian and symphony orchestra. Guest artists: Gohar Manjelikian, Joanne Mouradjian, Kate Norigian, Debra Takian Pjojian, Elizabeth Souin, Vagharshag Ohanian. Musical instrumental selections by David Ayriyan on Kemancha and David Gevorkian on Duduk. The Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston, directed by Apo Ashjian will perform. Park Theatre, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island, at 3 pm. Free admission and parking. Valet parking available. For information: www.ammri.org.

April 13—“Armenian History through Music,” presented by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Greater Detroit and The Cohn Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, 10:45 am to 12:45 pm, at Wayne State’s Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall, Detroit, MI, 48202. Light refreshments provided. For information: Lara Nercessian (248) 761-9215, or lnercessian@hotmail.com, www.agc-mi.com.

April 21—The Armenian Poetry Project Presents, “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, armenianpoetryproject@gmail.com.

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

April 23—Divine Liturgy at Holy Ascension Armenian Church, Trumbull, Connecticut, 6:30 pm. Rev. Fr. Kapriel Mouradjian, pastor of the Holy Resurrection Armenian Church of New Britain, Connecticut, will be the celebrant and Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian, pastor of St. Stephen’s Armenian Church of New Britain, Connecticut, will deliver the message, “Will the Dry Bones Come Back to Life again?”

April 23—“The Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later: How Do We Remember?” Speakers include Dan Leshem, Ph.D., Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; Freddy Mutanguha, Country Director-Rwanda, Aegis Trust, and Rwandan Genocide Survivor; and Molly Sullivan, Esq., Director and Curator, Near East Relief Historical Society, 6:30-8:30 pm; Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY. Co-sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee-Eastern Region, The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, and the Near East Foundation. For more information, khrca@qcc.cuny.edu or 718-281-5770.

April 23—The Holocaust Resource Center and The Human Rights Institute, Kean University, present “An Evening of Culture and History,” commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Keynote speaker: Virginia Matosian Apelian, psychologist, author, lecturer. Also Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble of St. Vartan Cathedral; Little Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey, 6:30 pm. Free admission.

April 24—Centennial Memorial Dinner, sponsored by Providence ARF, hosted by the Armenian Cultural Association of America, Inc., Omni Providence Hotel, One West Exchange Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Cocktails 6 pm; dinner 7 pm. Emcee: Honorable Scott Avedisian, Mayor of Warwick; guest speaker, Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy, author of “Sacred Justice: The Voices and Legacy of the Armenian Operation Nemesis.” $50 per person. Reserve by email: acaa.prov.ri@gmail.com or by phone: Raffi Rachdouni 401-226-2305; Paula Burke 401-282-0459.

April 25—Connecticut Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day at the Connecticut State Capitol at 11 am. Keynote speaker: Noted author Chris Bohjalian. Because of security everyone must enter the State Capitol from the West Side entrance. There are stairs as well as a ramp available at this entrance. Entering through the front entrance will not be permitted. Please arrive in sufficient time for the 11 am beginning.

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 26—Annual Genocide Memorial Blood Drive by the Armenian Relief Society Chicago Zabelle Chapter, 11 am to 3 pm, in Hudaverdian Hall, Armenian Community Center, 1701 N. Greenwood Road, Glenview, Illinois. Note: Donors must have photo ID; eat breakfast and drink plenty of water; blood donations allowed every 56 days. Contact ars.zabelle@gmail.com to register.

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 ctrholst@drew.edu.

May 6—PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, “Armenian Genocide: A Dark Paradigm,” in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, leading experts and writers discuss this tragedy and its significance as a “dark paradigm” for late attempts by governments to silence writers and cultural leaders. SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City, 7:30 pm. Featuring: Peter Balakian, Eric Bogosian, Maureen Freely, Nancy Kricorian, Robert Jay Lifton, Ronald Grigor Suny, Ragip Zarakolu. Tickets: penworldvoices.org or 866-811-4111; $10 with code AGC2015. 

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, 5:30 pm, Marriott Marquis.

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

May 12—“Anatolia, Land of Armenians Until the 1915 Armenian Genocide,” presentation by Margaret Tellalian-Kyrkostas, executive director of the Anthropology Museum of the People of New York and the Armenian Cultural Educational Resource Center Gallery at Queens College, 7 pm in the Lapham Meeting Room at the Port Washington Public Library.

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 (saintgregory.org/organizations/mens-club).

June 28-July 5—29th annual 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 and registration, please visit the Prelacy’s website at armenianprelacy.org/arec/datev or contact the AREC office at 212-689-7810 or arec@armenianprelacy.org.

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.

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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