November 5, 2015
Archbishop Oshagan will travel to Washington, DC, this weekend where he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at Soorp Khatch Church in Bethesda, Maryland, on Sunday, November 8. On Saturday evening, His Eminence will preside over the parish’s 51st anniversary dinner celebration.

Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General of the Prelacy, and Ecumenical Officer of the Eastern United States for the Catholicosate of Cilicia, will travel to Vienna, Austria, where on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10 and 11 he will participate in the Pro-Oriente Commission for Ecumenical Encounter between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

Professor Siobhan Nash-Marshall, Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Manhattanville College, will lecture tonight, November 5, at 7:30 pm sharp at the Prelacy, 138 E. 39th Street, New York City. The title of her lecture is “Homeland and Genocide.” A reception will follow the lecture.

Siovhan Nash-Marshall is Professor and chair of the Philosophy Department, and holder of the Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She has completed two Ph.D. programs in Philosophy from Fordham University (Metaphysics) and Universita Cattolica di Milano (Epistemology). She has done extensive research and produced numerous books, journal articles, and delivered lectures in her various fields of expertise. She has also lectured and written about Ethics, Evil, and Genocide, and has been the organizer of the Annual Armenian Conferences at the University of Saint Thomas.


The Prelacy is pleased to present a presentation of the newly published book Goodbye, Antoura, a memoir of the Armenian Genocide by Karnig Panian, on Sunday, November  22, at 2 pm at St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, New York.

“The Antoura orphanage was another project of the Armenian genocide; its administrators, some benign and some cruel, sought to transform the children into Turks by changing their Armenian names, forcing them to speak Turkish, and erasing their history.” (From the publisher’s website)

The book will be presented by Dr. Herand Markarian. Mrs. Houry Boyamian, daughter of the author, will provide insight about her father’s memoir. Originally written and published in Armenian, this newly published English translation has garnered much critical acclaim. The Saint Sarkis Ladies Guild will host a reception.
Bible readings for Sunday, November 8, Ninth Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, are: Isaiah 24:1-13; Ephesians 5:15-33; Luke 8:49-56.

While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.” And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened. (Luke 8:49-56)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
Archangel Michael by French artists, Pierre et Gilles
This Saturday, November 7, the Armenian Church commemorates the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The word “angel” (hreshdag) means messenger. Archangel is a title given to an angel of high rank in the celestial hierarchy.

Michael (Hebrew meaning “Who is like God”) is the prince of all angels and the leader of the celestial armies. He is considered to be the protector of Christians in general and soldiers in particular, and the guardian of the orthodox faith and defender against heresies.

Gabriel (Hebrew meaning “Strength of God”) is one of God’s chief messengers. He was God’s messenger to Daniel to explain his vision (Dan. 8:16-26) and prophecy (Dan. 9:21-27). He foretold the birth of John the Baptist and was the messenger announcing the forthcoming birth of Christ (Luke 1:11-21).

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

You who see the unseen One who reveal to mankind the depths of God’s mysteries, you came down with the Only-Begotten to serve his economy at his birth you were announcers to the Shepherds and to the myrrh-bearing women; you were proclaimers of the Good News of the life of the risen one; we beseech you, be our intercessor before the Lord for the purification of our sins.

Guardians of the world, the Lord’s guardians of those who fear God, friends of the human race, mediators between death and resurrection, great Michael and Gabriel who stand before the all-Holy Trinity; we beseech you, be our intercessor before the Lord for the purification of our sins.
(Canon to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel and all the Heavenly Powers, from the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church).
“Living out our baptismal call,” a three-part Bible study program will take place on three consecutive Thursdays, December 3, 10, and 17, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. Sessions will be presented by Deacon Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), 7 to 8:30 pm. Registration is required. Contact or or telephone Prelacy (212-689-7810) or Cathedral (212-689-5880) or simply click on the image above to link to the registration page.

As part of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration events, parishioners and friends of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral enjoyed the performance of the New York based “Arminstring” musical ensemble directed by Diana Vasilyan. The audience was delighted by the performance of the young talented violinists performing musical pieces of world-known composers, as well as contemporary Armenian composers.

Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar of the Prelacy, emphasized the importance of music in the education of children and expressed gratitude to the parents, musical director Diana Vasilyan, as well as St. Illuminator’s Cathedral for all of their efforts to keep children interested in music, in their national traditions and cultural roots.
Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian and Fr. Mesrob Lakissian with musical director Diana Vasilyan and the members of the “Arminstring” ensemble.
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Maria Jacobsen in 1910
Birth of Maria Jacobsen (November 6, 1882)
Maria Jacobsen was a key witness of the Armenian Genocide. She belonged to a group of missionaries of different nationalities who had been active since the years before in various areas of Armenian population and continued their work for years, helping victims and survivors with their humanitarian efforts.
Jacobsen was born in Denmark, in the town of Siim, near Ry, on November 6, 1882. She lived in Horsens with her parents. She learned about the Hamidian massacres of 1894-1896 through the Danish media. Feminist activist Jessie Penn-Lewis arrived in Denmark from England in 1898 and helped form the Women’s Missionary Workers (Kvindelige Missions Arbejdere, K.M.A.) two years later. Young Maria soon partook in the efforts to support and provide relief to orphans in the eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire. In 1907, at the age of twenty-five, she departed to Constantinople with American missionaries, and then left for Kharpert, where she worked at the Armenian hospital. She also developed charitable activities in Malatia, Aintab, and other cities.
After a two-years sojourn in Denmark from 1912-1914 with a charity mission, she returned to Kharpert on the eve of 1915 and became a witness of the Turkish atrocities and the deportation of the Armenians.
Maria Jacobsen kept a diary in Danish from 1907-1919, which became a valuable source to document the day-to-day unfolding of the Turkish anti-Armenian policy. In a diary entry on June 26, 1915 regarding the deportations, she stated: “It is quite obvious that the purpose of their departure is the extermination of the Armenian people.” She added: “Conditions now are completely different from what they were during the massacres of 20 years ago. What could be done then is impossible now. The Turks know very well about the war raging in Europe, and that the Christian nations are too busy to take care of Armenians, so they take advantage of the times to destroy their ‘enemies.’”
Jacobsen adopted three children during this period. The first, Hansa, had fled the Bedouin family to which she had been sold, and was hiding in a tree until she became unconscious from sickness and fell. A Turk police officer and Jacobsen found her, and the Danish missionary chose to adopt her on the spot. The second child was Beatrice, and the third was Lilly, who she had found on the side of the road.
In 1919 Maria Jacobson left the Ottoman Empire after contracting typhus from the orphans. She first went to Denmark and then to the United States, where she gave a series of lectures and speeches on the plight of the Armenian people, and the massacres that they had undergone, and raised money for the orphans.
The Kemalist government prohibited the activities of all foreign missionaries, and in 1922, Jacobsen went to Beirut, where she continued to gather and care for the orphans. In July 1922, after moving to Saida, she helped establish an orphanage which sheltered 208 Armenian orphans. The Women’s Missionary Workers (K.M.A.) acquired in 1928 an orphanage previously owned by the Near East Relief, located in Jbeil, where Jacobsen moved with her orphans and would be known as Bird’s Nest (Terchnots Pooyn, in Armenian). She would be known to the orphans as “Mama."
Jacobsen was also fluent in Armenian, and often read the Bible to the orphans in their mother language. She married an Armenian dentist. She became the first woman to receive the Gold Medal Award of the Kingdom of Denmark in 1950 for her humanitarian work. Four years later, on December 14, 1954, she was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor by the government of Lebanon on her 50th jubilee celebration for her service and dedication to the Armenian community.

Maria Jacobsen passed away on 6 April 1960 and, according to her will, was buried in the courtyard of Birds' Nest. Part of her archives were deposited in the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in 2010. Her diary was first published in a bilingual Danish-Armenian edition in 1979 by Archbishop Nerses Pakhdigian and Mihran Simonian, and years later, an English translation was published by the Gomidas Institute.
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How Do You Say “Parsley” in Armenian?
Some words have odd origins. Such is the case of parsley, which does not look like that, but it has a Greek origin. The word was petersilie in Middle English and came from Greek petroselinon (“rock” + “parsley”) via Latin, and took its actual form due to the influence of French peresil, which had the same origin.
Now, the Armenian for parsley has a different origin. But, first, what’s this Armenian word? Most people who base their knowledge of Armenian only on what they hear and not on what they read will promptly say maghdanos (մաղտանոս).
Unfortunately for them, they are utterly wrong. However, it is instructive to see where this Greek-looking word comes from
It appears that parsley was introduced to the Near East after the expedition of Alexander of Macedon (Alexander the Great), when the Hellenistic civilization expanded during the next centuries. The Greek word makedonesi (μακεδονήσι “Macedonian, Macedonian herb”) entered Arabic as magdunis, with the meaning “parsley.” Old Arabic medicine treatises mention magdunis rumi (“Greek parsley”). From Arabic, the word probably entered the Armenian language as maghdanos (Eastern Armenian maghadanos մաղադանոս) and Turkish as maydanoz.  
However, maghdanos has only remained in Western Armenian at the oral level. In the late nineteen and early twentieth centuries, when Modern Armenian was subjected to a cleanup of foreign words, thus went out maghdanos , probably because of its resemblance to the Turkish word. It was replaced by the actual Armenian word, azadkegh (ազատքեղ), which designates the wild parsley and is the only one used in writing. It is composed by the roots azad (ազատ “free”) and kegh (քեղ “a plant”), with the meaning of plant that grows freely or wildly. Indeed, azad is the Persian old root azat that has existed in the Armenian language since the fifth century A.D. and before.
Words not only have odd origins, but have odd ways to resemble each other. The meaning of azadkegh reminds us of petroselinon, the Greek ancestor of parsley that we mentioned before. Isn’t parsley that grows among the stones a plant that grows freely?
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SIAMANTO ACADEMY—Meets every second Saturday of the month at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. For information: or 212-689-7810.
November 5—Lecture (“Homeland and Genocide”) by Prof. Siobhan Nash-Marshall, Professor of Philosophy and the Mary T. Clark chair of Christian Philosophy at Manhattanville College, at the Armenian Prelacy, 138 East 39th Street, New York City, at 7:30 pm.
November 5—Avak luncheon at noon, St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Speaker: Ruth Thomasian, executive director, Project SAVE Photographic Archives, “Forty Years of Preserving Armenian History through Photographs."
November 6—St. Illuminator’s Cathedral sponsors a Book Signing by Abie Alexander, author of “For the Love of Armine,” at the Armenian Center in Woodside, New York, 8 pm. Free admission. All proceeds from sale of books will support the work of the ANCA-ER.
November 6 & 7—59th Annual Bazaar, St. Stephen Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 11 am to 9 pm at Armenian Cultural & Educational Center, 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, Massachusetts. Meals served from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (take-out available). Delicious meals including chicken, beef, and losh kebobs, kufteh, and kheyma dinners, Armenian pastries, Gourmet, Gift Shoppe, handmade arts and crafts, Raffles, Attic Treasures. Live auction Friday and Saturday at 7 pm. For information: 617-924-7562.
November 6, 7 & 8—Annual Bazaar and Food Festival of Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday; Children’s activities; vendors; homemade Manti, Kufte, Sou Buereg, Choreg, and more. Traditional Khavourma dinner on Sunday. Extensive Mezze and desert menu for your Thanksgiving table available for take-out.
November 8—ARS Mayr Chapter of New York, Benefit Luncheon for the rebuilding of the ARS "Soseh" Kindergarten in Stepanakert, 1p.m. at Almayass Restaurant, 24 E. 21st Street, New York, NY.  Donation (includes full lunch, wine, and soft drinks): $75 (adults); $20 children under 12. For reservations: Anais at 718-392-6982 or Anahid at 917-751-4916.
November 8—The Armenian Museum of America; The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research; PEN New England present “Hearing the Lost Voices: Armenian Writers and the Legacy of the Genocide,” featuring Herand Markarian (Rupen Sevag); Danila Terpanjian and Judy Saryan (Zabel Yessayan); Mariam Mesrobian MacCurdy (Zabel Yessayan); Jirair Libaridian (Daniel Varoujan); Eric Bogosian (Siamanto); and James R. Russell (Misak Medzarents). Introduction by Marc A. Mamigoian. Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts, at 8 pm. For information: 617-926-2562.
November 12—An evening with Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc., Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (previously National Heritage Museum), 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, Massachusetts, celebrating 40 years and beyond. Reservations and information: or (617) 923-4542.
November 13-14—Fall Food Fest at Holy Trinity Church, 635 Grove Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, Friday open at 4 pm with dinner served from 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturday open at 10 am with dinner served from noon to 4 pm. Join us for kheyma, shish kebab, losh kebab, or chicken kebab dinners or try our new vegetarian meal. Visit our Country Store and Bake Table. Stock up on choreg, katah, choreg, porov kufta, simit, baklava, yanlanchi, toorshi, and much more. Free admission and free parking. For information: 508-852-2414.
November 14—Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, 10 am to 4 pm, at Jaffarian Hall, St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Handcrafted items by local crafters & artisans. Light lunch served. For information: Dorothy 978-686-7769 or Rose 978-256-0594.
November 14—9th Annual ANCA-ER Banquet, Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit, Michigan. Silent auction and cocktail hour, 6 pm; Dinner and Award Ceremony, 7:30 pm.
November 15—“Remembering the Past, Embracing the Future, 1925-2015,” St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, 90th Anniversary celebration. His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and preside over the banquet at Farmington Club, 162 Town Farm Road, Farmington, Connecticut. Details to follow.
November 14 & 15—Armenian Fest, hosted by Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, at Rhodes-On-The-Pawtuxet (1 Rhodes Place, off Broad Street) in Cranston. The largest indoor festival, serving delicious shish and losh kebob, chicken and kufta dinners and Armenian pastries. Live dance music. Armenian dance group performance on Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. 50/50 main raffle prizes, hourly raffles, silent auction, country store, gift baskets, flea-market, arts and crafts. For more information:
November 19—“Four Authors in Search of a Past: History, Community, Inspiration,” poetry readings by Nancy Agabian, Haig Chahinian, Lola Koundakjian, and Veronica Pamoukaghlian, 7 pm at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City.
November 22—Presentation of Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide by Karnig Panian, organized by Prelacy will take place at St Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York. The book will be presented by Dr. Herand Markarian; Mrs. Houry Boyamian, daughter of the author, will provide insight about her father’s memoir that was just recently translated into English. For information: 212-689-7810.
November 29—ARS Havadk Chapter’s annual Holiday Dinner, at St. Stephen’s Church Hall, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain, Connecticut following church services. Ham with all the trimmings. $13 adult; $8 children under 16.
November 30—Get Classical presents: “With You Armenia,” in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, 7 pm at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street, New York City. Features cellist, Mischa Maisky, pianist Lily Maisky, pianist Elena Lisitsian, and violinist Alissa Margulis. Tickets ($30-$40) may be purchased at . “As musicians we would like to bring attention to some of the much under-appreciated Armenian Classical works by composers such as Arno Babadjanian and Komitas Vartabed. We will also present works by Sergey Rachmaninov and Dmitry Shostakovish. We feel very strongly about our responsibility to never forget and bring others to do so as well, through one of the most direct forms of communication and commemoration, music.” (Lily Maisky)
December 3, 30, and 17—“Living Out Our Baptism,” a three-part Bible study presented by Deacon Shant Kazanjian, executive director of Armenian Religious Education Council, 7 to 8:30 pm. Registration required. Contact or, or 212-689-7810.
December 5—Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church Annual Bazaar in Whitinsville will be held at the Pleasant Street Christian Reform Church Hall, 25 Cross Street, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 10:00-4:30, dinners served at 11:30.
December 20—“Soup, Sandwiches, and Bingo,” St. Stephen’s Church Hall, New Britain, Connecticut, following church services, sponsored by Ladies Guild.
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