October 24, 2013
This Sunday, October 27, Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Philadelphia.
Following the Liturgy, His Eminence will preside over a luncheon in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Philadelphia parish and the 46th anniversary of the parish at its current location. The luncheon, which has been sold-out for several weeks, will take place in the parish’s beautiful Founders Hall that was dedicated three years ago.
St. Gregory Church at the current location on Ridge Avenue. The new church was consecrated in 1967.
An etching of St. Gregory Church at 16th and Oxford Streets where the parish was founded 90 years ago.
Rev. Fr. Torkom Chorbajian
Last Sunday the ordination of Deacon Mourad Chorbajian to the married priesthood took place at St. Asdvazadzin Church in Bourdj Hamoud, Lebanon. The ordination took place during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by Archbishop Nareg Alemezian. Deacon Mourad was given the name Torkom.
In his sermon Archbishop Nareg thanked His Holiness Aram I for entrusting him with the honor of conducting this ordination. He also offered words of congratulations to Archbishop Oshagan, noting that the newly-ordained Der Torkom will begin his service with the Eastern Prelacy.
Der Torkom will celebrate his first Divine Liturgy on Sunday, December 1, following his 40-day retreat in Antelias, Lebanon.
Archbishop Nareg Alemezian officiated the ordination ceremony that began Saturday evening and concluded Sunday during the Divine Liturgy.
This Sunday, October 27,  Bishop Anoushavan  will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts. His Grace will take this opportunity to introduce the Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishyan, who will begin serving as pastor of the parish.
Since his arrival in August, Father Sahag has been serving the Prelacy as an outreach priest. Hayr Sourp was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1983. He studied at the Armenian Theological Seminary in Antelias, Lebanon, for nine years and was ordained a celibate priest in 2006. He served the Catholicosate as the director of the archives, and a lecturer at the Seminary. Most recently he served as pastor to the Armenian community of Salonica, Greece.
Throughout the year of 2013 parishes under the jurisdiction of the Holy See of Cilicia have been celebrating the “Year of the Mother of the Armenian Family.” With the end of the year approaching, the Prelacy is sponsoring an appropriate culmination with a banquet on Sunday, November 17, at the Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Reception is at 4 pm; dinner will follow at 5 pm. Donation for the banquet is one hundred dollars.
The program will include music and poetry devoted to motherhood. The program booklet will include articles, reflections, and poetry devoted to mothers. In addition the booklet will include a section honoring the founding members and current and past members of the Prelacy Ladies Guild that has assumed the role of the “Mother of the Prelacy” since the Guild was established in 1974. The booklet will also list all of the individuals who have been honored as “Mother of the Year” by the Prelacy.
For information or reservations contact the Prelacy by telephone (212-689-7810) or by email (email@armenianprelacy.org).
Bishop Anoushavan will attend a Religion and Foreign Policy Roundtable discussion on “Institutions, Education, and Religious Tolerance,” tomorrow, Friday, October 25, organized by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City.
On Monday he will travel to the Republic of Korea, where he will attend the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Busan, beginning October 30 to November 8. The theme of the Assembly is “God of life, lead us to justice and peace.” The Assembly will bring together Christians from around the world.
There are 354 member churches in the WCC and nearly all are expected to participate. Representatives of the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia are: Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Archbishop Nareg Alemezian, Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Ms. Christine Arzoumanian, Dr. Nora Bayrakdarian-Kabakian, Ms. Nazeli Kandakarjian, Ms. Vanna Kitsinian, Ms. Teny Simonian, and Ms. Irma Vartanian Balian.
His Holiness Aram I was moderator of the WCC from 1991 to 2006.

Executive members of the New York and New Jersey Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society met with Archbishop Oshagan on Monday at the Prelacy. They discussed national concerns and areas of cooperation, especially in cultural and educational endeavors.
The Prelate with New York and New Jersey Hamazkayin members, from left, Flora Kasbarian, Ani Tchaglassian, Hasmig Abrahamian, Archbishop Oshagan, Dikran Kazanjian, Asdghig Sevag, Arevig Caprielian.
Last Sunday, October 20, parishioners of St. Hagop Church, Racine, Wisconsin, celebrated the parish’s 75th anniversary. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Anoushavan, who was assisted at the altar by Rev. Fr. Daron Stepanian, pastor of the parish. The Vicar’s sermon focused on the message of Luke 8:21, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it,” that stresses our relationship with God and our practice to be good Christians.
Following the Divine Liturgy, a celebratory banquet took place that was attended by many parishioners and friends. Dr. Levon Saryan, master of ceremonies, and vice chairman of the board of trustees thanked the attendees and pledged to keep the torch lit for the years to come. Dr. Mary Olson, a board member and banquet committee member offered three toasts for the past, present, and future generations of St. Hagop Church.
Der Daron’s message focused on three truths: victory, vigilance, and vision. “Let us continue to grow deeper, aim higher, and serve better until we become the church that God intends us to be,” he said.
Bishop Anoushavan conveyed the blessings of the Prelate, Archbishop Oshagan, the congratulations of the Religious and Executive Councils, and stressed the uniqueness of the family oriented church, where Armenians by birth and by choice meet in harmony.
The Prelacy’s Certificate of Merit was presented to Mrs. Jessie Toppe, the eldest mother in the parish who will celebrate her 100th birthday in December. Mrs. Toppe, hospitalized because of a recent fall, was presented with the award personally by the vicar and pastor in the hospital in the presence of family and friends.
Bishop Anoushavan and Der Daron with altar servers and parishioners after the Liturgy at St. Hagop Church, Racine.
Vicar and pastor present the Prelacy award to Mrs. Jessie Toppe.

Last Saturday St. Asdvadzadzin Church of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, once again took part in the National Crop Walk organized by Church World Services. Thirteen parishioners joined with more than 150 walkers from eleven churches in Whitinsville on a three-mile walk to raise funds for food and supplies for the needy.
Archpriest Aram Stepanian, pastor, reports that it was a sunny day and everyone enjoyed walking together and fulfilling Jesus’ teachings. Along the way from Whitinsville to Uxbridge, the walkers were offered apples and water. At their destination they were given sandwiches and dessert. St. Asdvadzadzin Church raised more than $400 for the worthy project.
Parishioners of St. Asdvadzadzin Church joined with 150 participants from eleven area churches for the charity walk.
The St. Asdvadzadzin contingent raised more than $400.
Last Friday “Life by the Cage,” a play by Samuel Kosyan, staged and directed by Dr. Herand Markarian took place at the Armenian Center in Woodside, New York. The event was sponsored by the New York Hamazkayin Cultural Association.
The director with clergy guests and cast members after the performance.
Recognizing the importance of discovering and promoting the careers of exceptionally talented, but not well known, young Armenian musicians from all over the world, the Eastern Prelacy launched the Musical Armenia annual concert series in 1982. For more than thirty years the program has remained true to its objective by encouraging young Armenian artists and presenting them in recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
All young soloists and ensembles with at least one member of Armenian descent are invited to apply. Priority will be given to applicants currently living or studying in the United States. The deadline for applications has been extended to October 30, 2013.
For more information and application for the 2014 Musical Armenia concert click here.

The eight-week Bible study program on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, begins tonight and will continue on subsequent Thursdays up to December 19, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. The Bible studies are being presented by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), and is sponsored by AREC and the Cathedral. For information contact the Prelacy at 212-689-7810, arec@armenianprelacy.org, or the Cathedral at 212-689-5880, office@st.illuminators.org.

The Prelacy recently published Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian’s monumental “Commentary on the Nicene Creed,” in a bilingual English and Armenian edition. The English translation was prepared by Deacon Shant Kazanjian, executive director of the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). This important work is based on a series of lectures delivered by Archbishop Zareh, of blessed memory, and was published in Armenian in Aleppo in 2008. A presentation of this new bilingual edition will take place on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 pm, at the Prelacy offices, 138 E. 39th Street, New York City.
This important work explains the Nicene Creed line by line, word by word, in accordance to the orthodox faith; it presents the beliefs of the Christian faith that are essential for every believer. Each theological and biblical term is carefully examined and compared.
Admission is free. Please RSVP by email (email@armenianprelacy.org) or telephone at 212-689-7810. For more information click here.
Bible readings for Sunday, October 27, Seventh Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Discovery of the Holy Cross, are: Wisdom 14:1-8; Isaiah 33:22-34; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; Matthew 24:27-36.
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of his age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 18-24).
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Saturday, October 26, the Armenian Church remembers the Twelve Holy Teachers (Doctors) of the Church, namely: Hierotheus of Athens, Dionysius the Areopagite, Sylvester of Rome, Athanasius of Alexandria, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ephrem the Syrian, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory the Theologian, Epiphanius of Cyprus, John Chrysostom, and Cyril of Alexandria.
The "Khodageradz Surp Nshan" Reliquary which houses a piece of the Holy Cross in its center.
This Sunday, October 27, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross (Giut Khatchi). Empress Helena, mother of Constantine and a devout Christian, wanted to find the True Cross. She went to Golgotha (Calvary), which had become an obscure and neglected place. According to some chronicles, it was an informed Jew named Juda who pointed out the location. After excavation at the site, three wooden crosses were found. In order to identify the True Cross, the three crosses were successively placed on the body of a youth who had just died. When one of the crosses was placed on him, the young man came back to life. This was determined to be the True Cross. The commemoration of this event take place on the Sunday closest to October 26, and can vary from October 23 to 29.
Christ’s exact burial site was also located, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was built on that spot in 335. The church was destroyed by fire in 614 when the Persians invaded Jerusalem; it was subsequently rebuilt. The current dome dates back to 1870. Three denominations (Armenian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, and Russian Orthodox) administer and maintain the church and surrounding grounds, unfortunately not always harmoniously. Agreements strictly regulate times and places of worship for each denomination. Ironically, for centuries a Muslim family has been the custodian of the keys to the church, which is within the walled Old City of Jerusalem.
His Holiness Aram I addressed the Armenian Genocide Committee in Brussels during the closing dinner of the conference organized by the committee. Addressing the assembled dignitaries and delegates, His Holiness said: “The values we cherish as a nation and our common challenges should outweigh our differences and provide the framework for common action by all Armenians. We must not only seek the recognition of the Genocide and reparations; we must also work together to build a sustainable Karabagh and a strong Armenia.”
The Catholicos then urged everyone to help work through the problems in Armenia and focus on nation building. “The Armenian Church,” he said, “has supported the aspirations of our people for freedom and independence throughout history and continues to do so today.” He concluded by saying that the Church is committed to strengthening the independence of Armenia and Karabagh and working towards the just resolution of the Armenian Cause.

During the time His Holiness Aram I was in Brussels to address the 3rd Conference of the Armenian Genocide Committees in Europe, he met with representatives of countries and institutions.
At a luncheon hosted by the Ambassador of Lebanon to Brussels, the Catholicos met with representatives of the Lebanese community in Brussels, representatives of the Vatican, and others. His Holiness thanked the Ambassador for the invitation, and his kind words about the Lebanese Armenian community during his welcoming address.
The Catholicos met with representatives of various countries at a dinner hosted by the Ambassador of
Armenia to the European Union in honor of His Holiness and Pako Sahakian, President of Karabagh. During their address to the gathering, both the Catholicos and President Sahakian spoke about the
Armenian Genocide, its recognition by Turkey, and obligations for reparations. They both stated that Armenians, in Armenia, the Diaspora, or Karabagh, would express their demand for justice with one voice.
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
Fall of Kars (October 30, 1920)
The Turkish nationalist movement headed by Mustafa Kemal, with headquarters in Ankara, did not recognize the Treaty of Sevres signed by the legal government of the Ottoman Empire on August 10, 1920. Barely a month later, on September 23, Turkish armed forces under the command of General Kiazim Karabekir started an attack, without mediating a war declaration, against the Republic of Armenia. A month later, again, the fortress of Kars—the most important bulwark of the Southern Caucasus—would fall almost without a fight to the advancing troops.
Kars, the capital of an Armenian medieval kingdom ruled by a branch of the Bagratuni family, had changed hands several times over the past hundred years. After being briefly occupied by Russian troops in 1855 during the Crimea War of 1854-1856, it was occupied again during the Russian-Turkish war of 1877 and annexed to the Russian Empire as a result of the Treaty of Berlin in 1878. It fell to the advancing Turkish troops in March 1918 and was re-conquered by the troops of the newly born Republic of Armenia after the Turkish retreat following the end of World War I.
The young commander of the fortress, Col. Mazmanian, gave the order of attack to his soldiers, who refused to follow his orders and, instead, deserted. Confronted with the shameful desertion, Mazmanian took his own life with his revolver in the sight of his soldiers. According to the memoirs of Karabekir and other sources, the Kemalist soldiers and the Turkish, Kurdish, Muslim, and Armenian Bolshevik rebels occupied the entire city in three hours, took hundreds of Armenian officers and soldiers as prisoners, seized an enormous quantity of war material (cannons, projectiles, weapons, and bullets) and massacred thousands of people among the civil population; in 1920-1921, the Turks would kill a total of 20,000 Armenians in the city and the province of Kars. Years later, Garegin Nejdeh, who headed the successful defense of Zangezur against the attacks of Azerbaijanis and Bolsheviks from 1919-1921, would write: “The shame of Kars is not only of the government of the Republic of Armenia, but of the entire Armenian people. The armies measure their forces and clash, but the nations are the winners or the losers. Under the walls of Kars, not only the Armenian soldier and the general were defeated, but also the entire Armenian people, lacking spirit of fight and bravery."
The effects of the fall of Kars would be catastrophic. Despite Armenian heroic resistance in other places, two weeks later, Alexandropol (now Gumri) fell to the Turks, which practically reached the outskirts of Yerevan from the west. The cabinet of Prime Minister Hamo Ohanjanian fell, and Simon Vratzian became Prime Minister of a coalition cabinet, which lasted scarcely a week. On November 29, 1920, Bolshevik forces entered Armenia from the east, and the Armenian government, confronting the menace of destruction, chose the lesser of two evils and power was transferred to the Communists on December 2. Armenia would enter the Soviet Union in 1922 as part of the Federative Republic of Transcaucasia.
The trauma of the fall was masterfully addressed by poet Yeghishe Charents, a native of Kars, in his only novel, Yerkir Nayiri (Land of Nayiri), published in 1926. The fall of Kars still remains a polemical one in the historiography of the Republic of Armenia.
Note: Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org).
A general view of modern Kars with the central Armenian church in the foreground and the fortress in the background.
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
Talent Weighs a Lot
People look for talent everywhere, starting with talent shows in elementary school. Interestingly, we have the same word talent in Armenian, only pronounced a little differently: daghant (տաղանդ). The use of gh instead of l shows that the word appeared in Classical Armenian when the Greek λ (l) was written down as ղ (gh).
Both English and Armenian, therefore, share the same ultimate origin: Greek τάλαντον (talanton), a word that meant “scale” and “weight,” and also indicated a certain amount of weight (26 kilograms or 57 pounds), as well as the monetary sum equivalent to a talent of gold or silver. When Carthago lost the Second Punic War (218-203 A.C.) to Rome, it had to pay the exorbitant amount of 10,000 gold talents (= 570,000 pounds)!
The Armenian translation of the Bible already showed the figurative meaning of daghant as “ability or skill.” But, while Armenian borrowed the word directly from Greek, English used an intermediary, the plural form of Latin talentum, and the figurative meaning was reinforced by the Old French talent (“will, inclination, desire”).
If you want to delve into the gradations of a talent, the Armenian language gives you several choices, from the bottom to the top:
անտաղանդ (andaghant) “untalented”
տաղանդաւոր (daghantavor) “talented”
տաղանդաշատ (daghantashad) “much talented”
մեծատաղանդ (medzadaghant) “of great talent”
բազմատաղանդ (pazmadaghant) “multi-talented”
However, the limit between a multi-talented person and a հանճար (hanjar “genius”) is a matter for others, not for this column.
Note: Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org).
By Hagop Martin Deranian
In 1925, Dr. John H. Finley, Vice Chairman of the executive committee of the Near East Relief, presented a rug made by Armenian orphans to US President Calvin Coolidge. In making the presentation, Dr Finley said that the orphans “have tied into it the gratitude of tens of thousands of children to you and to America. And what they have tied into it will never be untied…. It is sent to adorn the dearest of our temples, the White House of our President.”
In accepting the rug, President Coolidge said, “The rug has a place of honor in the White House, where it will be a daily symbol of good-will on earth.”
The rug is large (eleven feet seven inches by eighteen feet five inches) and is estimated to contain four and one-half million knots. An inscription on the reverse side of the rug reads: “Made by Armenian girls in the Ghazir, Syria, [now Lebanon] orphanage of the Near East Relief and presented as a Golden Rule token of appreciation to President Coolidge.”
The odyssey of the rug made by orphans in the orphanage in Ghazir is told in this slim, but informative book. Dr. Deranian tells the rug’s story from start to the present day. Currently it is in storage in the White House and rarely sees the light of day.
76 pages, softcover, with photographs
$10.00 plus shipping & handling
To place an order contact the Prelacy Bookstore by phone (212-689-7810) or by email (books@armenianprelacy.org).
The Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief is a joint effort of: Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Eastern Prelacy); Armenian Catholic Eparchy; Armenian Evangelical Union of North America; Armenian Relief Society (Eastern USA, Inc.); Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
Thank you for your help.
October 24 to December 19—St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, an 8-week Bible study program beginning Thursday, October 24, and continuing on Thursdays up to December 19 (no session on Thanksgiving, November 28). Sessions will be presented by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). Sessions will take place at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City, 7:15-8:00 pm, Presentation; 8:00-8:45 pm, Q/A & Discussion. Registration is required. Register at www.armenianprelacy.org or contact the Prelacy 212-689-7810, or the Cathedral at 212-689-5880.
October 26—Annual Fall Fair sponsored by St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts, 10 am to 7 pm. Armenian foods and pastries, along with gift tables, white elephant, raffles and games. Fun for the whole family.
October 27—90th anniversary celebration of St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate. Immediately after the Divine Liturgy at the church’s Founders Hall, 8701 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128. 
October 27—“Truth or Consequences: Challenges to Armenia’s Environmental Safety,” at Pashalian Hall, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 E. 27th Street, New York City, at 2 pm. Documentary Film and Q&A, and guest speakers Yeghia Nersessian, Anna Aghlamazyan, and Levon Galstyan, representing the Pan-Armenian Environmental Front. Opportunity to meet three activists on the frontlines of environmental issues in Armenia today.
October 27—A Showcase of Talent, Art Exhibition and Sale, St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
November 2—70th Anniversary of All Saints Church, Glenview, Illinois.
November 1 & 2—St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 57th Annual Armenian Bazaar, 10 am to 9:30 pm, at Armenian Cultural & Educational Center (ACEC), 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown. Delicious meals (take-out available), Armenian pastries, gourmet, Harvest Store, Books, Raffles, Attic Treasures, Auctions, and more. For information: 617-924-7562 or on Facebook.
November 2 & 3—Armenian Fest 2013, Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, presents its Armenian Food Festival at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Broad Street, Cranston. Featuring chicken, losh, and shish kebabs, and kufta dinners, Armenian delicacies, dancing to live music, arts and crafts, flea market, gift baskets, children’s corner, country store, jewelry, silent auction, hourly raffles, and grand prize, $2,000. Children’s dance group will perform on Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. Armenian food and pastry are available all day. Saturday, noon to 9 pm; Sunday, noon to 8 pm. Free admission and parking. For information: 401-831-6399.
November 7—Avak luncheon, noon, Jaffarian Hall, St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Speaker, Dr. Edward Khantzian, clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, “Impressions of a Keynote Visit to Armenia.”
November 10—Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, presents The Way We Were Ensemble of New York/New Jersey in their performance of “The Gamavors,” at 2 pm in the church hall. Coffee and reception with cast will follow performance. Tickets: $20 adults; $10 children under 12. For tickets: Mary Derderian, hyeguin@yahoo.com or 781-762-4253.
November 13—Book presentation and reception for “Commentary on the Nicene Creed” by Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian, of blessed memory. Bilingual edition of this important work will be presented under the auspices of Archbishop Oshagan at the Prelacy offices, 138 East 39th Street, New York City. English translation was prepared by Deacon Shant Kazanjian.
November 15-16-17—Annual Bazaar, Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey.
November 16—Public Relations seminar for New England parishes, directed by Tom Vartabedian, at St. Stephen Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, beginning at 10 am. Speakers include: Stephen Kurkjian, three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from the Boston Globe, and Khatchig Mouradian, editor of The Armenian Weekly.
November 16 & 17—Annual ART IN FALL Exhibition featuring national and international Armenian artists, Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. Fine art including oils, mixed media, photography, and sculpture in classic, modern, and contemporary styles by 27 artists. Opening Reception, Saturday, 7 to 10 pm. Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres, $30 donation.  Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, Refreshments, $15 donation.
November 17—Banquet and Program celebrating the “Year of the Armenian Mother,” organized by the Eastern Prelacy, at Terrace in the Park, Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Watch for details.
November 22 & 23—Fall Food Festival at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 635 Grove Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Join us on Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturday from noon to 4 pm for shish, losh, chicken kebob, or kheyma dinners. Country Store and Bake Table. Stock up on katah, choreg, manti, porov kufta, simit, and much more.
November 24—Special program following the Divine Liturgy presented by Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian commemorating the passing of Catholicos Zareh I (50th) and Catholicos Khoren I (30th) will take place at St. Stephen’s Church, 38 Elton Avenue, Watertown, Massachusetts.
November 24—Ladies Guild Annual Bazaar, St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
December 6—Anniversary celebration by Lowell “Aharonian” Gomideh, 6:30 pm, St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts; dinner and program honoring 50-year members Steve Dulgarian and Joe Dagdigian; remembering the 25th anniversary of the earthquake in Armenia; soloist Nina Hovsepian, accompanied by Mary Barooshian. Donation: $20 adults; $10 students.
December 7—Annual Church Bazaar of St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, will take place at Christian Reform Church, 25 Cross Street, Whitinsville. For information: 508-234-3677.
December 7—Annual Holiday Bake Sale, St. Paul Church, 645 S. Lewis Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois, 9 am to 3 pm. Enjoy authentic Armenian & American pastries and plan to stay for lunch at St. Paul Café. For information or pre-orders, 847-244-4573.
December 7—ARS New York Erebouni chapter presents dinner & dancing honoring the Mother of the Armenian Family, St. Sarkis Church, Main Hall, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, New York, 8 pm. Featuring Steve Karageozian and his Band. Full mezze and dinner. Donation $60 adults; $20 children age 5 to 12; under age 5 free. For tickets and reservations: Nayda, 516-739-0805 or Vicky 516-365-0971.
December 15—Simply Christmas Concert, St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
February 1, 2014—Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance, St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
February 24-26, 2014—Annual Clergy Ghevontiantz Gathering hosted by Holy Cross Church, 255 Spring Avenue, Troy, New York.
March 28, 2014—Musical Armenia Concert presented by Eastern Prelacy and Prelacy Ladies Guild, at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 8 pm.
June 1, 2014—Ladies Guild Annual Brunch, St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
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