April 21, 2016
Archbishop Oshagan will travel to Boston on Saturday where he will attend the ecumenical prayer service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross organized by the Archdiocese of Boston under the leadership of Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, who will lead the first ever Archdiocese of Boston commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. The Cardinal will host and preside at a 4 pm prayer service. Ecumenical and interreligious guests and civic dignitaries will join a large number of faithful from both communities.

Joining in the commemoration will be His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, and His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan from the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America. His Excellency Bishop Mikael Mouradian, who leads the Armenian Catholic Eparchy of the United States and Canada, will be represented by his vicar general, Monsignor Andon Atamian.

Cardinal O’Malley said, “Bringing home to Boston what the Holy Father Pope Francis said last year, we want to acknowledge the specific suffering of so many in the Armenian Genocide as a witness of faith, and to underscore the persecution of Christians still going on today. Building on our bond as Christians, it is such a grace for us Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston together with our Armenian brothers and sisters to make this remembrance in common prayer to our Lord.”

Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar of the Prelacy, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York this Sunday, April 24. The Feast of the Holy Martyrs of April is being commemorated for the first time since last year’s canonization of the Martyrs. See below for more information on this new Feast day.

Archbishop Oshagan will attend and deliver the invocation at the annual April 24 Gathering in Times Square. “Truth, Justice, Recognition: Remembering the Armenian Genocide,” is the theme of this year’s gathering organized by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan. The gathering will begin at 2 pm at the crossroads of the world—New York’s Times Square—with free bus transportation to and from Times Square from various sites. For information visit www.knightsofvartan.org and click on Main/April 24, 2016.

Archbishop Oshagan will attend a banquet in honor of Armenia’s former Ambassador to the United States, Tigran Sargsyan on Monday, April 25. The dinner is being hosted by the current ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sargsyan is now chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Archbishop Oshagan will attend the annual Capitol Hill Observance of the Armenian Genocide on Wednesday, April 27, at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The observance is hosted every April by the Congressional Caucus on Armenian issues, the Embassy of Armenia, the Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, and Armenian American organizations. 


Reporting by Tom Vartabedian
Photos by Tamar Kanarian

A special reception and dinner took place last Saturday evening for the New England area Pillars of the Prelacy, at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts. The following are excerpts from an article written by Tom Vartabedian.

Berdj Garabedian understood that preserving Armenian culture is the sacred and ultimate duty of every Armenian. His remarkable collection of metalwork is a testament to his life’s passion and commitment toward that endeavor.

A gathering of close to 80 people turned out at the Armenian Museum of America last Saturday evening to recognize his work as well as pay tribute to the Pillars of the Prelacy from the New England area.

His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan awarded the prestigious Mesrob Mashdotz Medal posthumously to Berdj Garabedian, which the Prelate presented to members of the Garabedian Family in conjunction with an exhibit that just opened in the Museum’s Simourian Family Gallery. The Mesrob Mashdotz medal is one of three high awards conferred by the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia.

“Berdj was a simple man whose work spoke volumes,” said the Prelate. “He left behind his seal of greatness in the arts, donating time and money to formulate this collection. His love for the arts portrays his nationhood. He carried with him such values of faith and hope. Nobody can destroy that.”

There to accept the medal were members of his family: daughters Sossi and Zovig Garabedian, along with Hourig Van Homeijer, and granddaughter Tamar De Long, her husband Harold, and Daughter Cheyenne. 

The evening’s intent was to honor the existing Prelacy Pillars in the Greater Boston area and encourage new membership. During the evening Michele Koligian gave a stirring presentation about the Berdj Garabedian Collection. As one of the leading Armenian numismatists and specialists in Armenian antiquities, Mr. Garabedian used his art as a research tool to increase appreciation and understanding of Armenian civilization.

A presentation titled, “The Pillars of the Prelacy: Serving to Preserve” was presented by Hagop Antranigian and Karen Jehanian, both current members of the Prelacy’s Executive Council.

The Pillars of the Prelacy is an annual giving program that encourages the active presence and participation of members in the life of the Prelacy. Pillars donate at least $1,000 each year. Last October the Pillars of the New York/New Jersey area were recognized and honored with a similar reception/dinner at Pashalian Hall of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. Similar events will take place in other regions as well.

For more information about the Pillars contact the Prelacy office (212-689-7810).
Archbishop Oshagan welcomes the Pillars and guests.
The Prelate and Executive Council members with family members of the late Berdj Garabedian.
An Ecumenical Prayer service under the theme of “Martyrs for Christ: Yesterday & Today,” took place last Saturday at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago. The service and musical program was followed with a reception. The event was under the auspices of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan. His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos was the Homilist. 

The event was sponsored by the Joint Committee of the Armenian Churches of Greater Chicago and Wisconsin that includes the following parishes: Armenian All Saints Church, Glenview, Illinois; Armenian Evangelical Church, Mt. Prospect, Illinois; Holy Resurrection Church, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin; St. George Church, Waukegan, Illinois; St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, Chicago, Illinois; St. Hagop Church, Racine, Wisconsin; St. James Church, Evanston, Illinois; Sts. Joachim & Anne Church, Palos Heights, Illinois; St. Mesrob Church, Racine, Wisconsin; St. John the Baptist Church, Greenfield, Wisconsin; St. Paul Church, Waukegan, Illinois.
Note: Beginning April 4 and continuing until Pentecost (May 15), each day four Gospels are read in the following order: (1) Morning—Luke; (2) Midday—John; (3) Evening—Matthew; (4) Evening dismissal—Mark.

Bible readings for Sunday, April 24, Apparition of the Holy Cross; Feast of the Martyrs of 1915 are: Readings for the Apparition of the Holy Cross (morning): Galatians 6:14-18; Matthew 24:30-36; (1) Luke 11:33-12:12; (2) Acts 17:1-15; 1 John 1:1-10; John 7:14-23; (3) Matthew 13:53-58; John 19:25-30; (4) Mark 6:30-44.

…then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Matthew 24:30-36)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Sunday, April 24, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Apparition of the Cross (Yerevoumun Sourp Khatchi). The Apparition of the Holy Cross is the first feast dedicated to the Holy Cross in the Armenian liturgical calendar. It is celebrated in remembrance of the appearance of the sign of the cross over the city of Jerusalem in 351 that remained in the sky for several hours. The apparition extended from Golgotha to the Mount of Olives (about two miles), and was brighter than the sun and was seen by everyone in Jerusalem. The Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cyril, used this occasion to remind Emperor Constantius of Byzantium of his father’s (Constantine the Great) orthodox faith. Cyril said the Apparition was further reason to return to orthodoxy.

Traditionally, the Armenian translation of Cyril’s message is read on this feast day during the Antastan prior to the Gospel lection. The Apparition is celebrated by the Armenian and Greek churches. The Greeks observe it on the fixed day of May 7, while the Armenian date is moveable depending on the date of Easter. It is celebrated on the fifth Sunday of Easter, which is the fourth Sunday after Easter.

Cyril is a revered Doctor of the Church and he is remembered in the Armenian Church’s liturgical calendar. Here is a short except from Cyril’s letter about the apparition:

“In those holy days of the Easter season, on 7 May at about the third hour, a huge cross made of light appeared in the sky above holy Golgotha extending as far s the holy Mount of Olives. It was not revealed to one or two people alone, but it appeared unmistakably to everyone in the city. It w sot as if one might conclude that one had suffered a momentary optical illusion; it was visible to the human eye above the earth for several hours. The flashes it emitted outshone the rays of the sun, which would have outshone and obscured it themselves if it had not presented the watchers with a more powerful illumination than the sun. It prompted the whole populace at once to run together into the holy church, overcome both with fear and joy at the divine vision. Young and old, men and women of every age, even young girls confined to their rooms at home, natives and foreigners, Christians and pagans visiting from abroad, all together as if with a single voice raised a hymn of praise to God’s Only-Begotten Son the wonder-worker. They had the evidence of their own senses that the holy faith of Christians is not based on the persuasive arguments of philosophy but on the revelation of the Spirit and power; it is not proclaimed by mere human beings but testified from heaven by God Himself.” (Excerpt from Cyril’s letter about the Apparition of the Cross)

With the canonization of the martyrs of April 1915 last year, the Armenian Church added a new Feast Day in the Armenian liturgical calendar—The Feast of the Holy Martyrs of April. This year is the first celebration of this feast day.

Canonization is an official act of proclamation that a person is inscribed on the list (canon) of the saints. During the canonization ceremony last April 23 the following official declaration of the decision of the synod of the bishops, by Catholicos Karekin II and Catholicos Aram I was read: “We canonize the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide and declare April 24 to be the day of Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs, who were killed during the Armenian Genocide for their faith and for their fatherland.”

In general, the very prominent saints receive the most formal recognition. This is done when the church places the saint(s) on the calendar of the church, with a feast day, commemorated and celebrated publicly in the liturgies of the church, some with hymns dedicated to them and some depicted in icons, and at times with veneration of their relics. 

The martyrs, like all other saints, are invoked to intercede for us; and the Church will no longer do requiem services (hokehankeesd) for the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. All feast days in the church are celebrated by singing hymns (sharagans) and reading selections from the Holy Scriptures. The Canon of Hymns dedicated to the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide was written and composed in 1990 by Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian, of blessed memory, a saintly member of the Cilician Brotherhood, steeped in the Holy Scriptures and the liturgical tradition of the Church, a gifted musician and a master of ancient classical Armenian (Krapar). With some minor modifications it is being adopted as the official canon for the Holy Martyrs of the Genocide. It contains all the sharagans that are sung in our daily cycle of services for the “Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs” on April 24.

The 30th annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute summer program for youth ages 13-18 will be held at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from July 3-10. Sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the summer program offers a unique weeklong Christian educational program for youth. It aims to instill and nurture the Armenian Christian faith and identity in our youth through a variety of educational activities, coupled with daily church services and communal recreational activities. 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.
St. Paul Church in Waukegan, Illinois conducted a service of blessing for the icon of the Holy Martyred Saints of April that were consecrated a few weeks ago at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. A copy of the icon will adorn every parish in the Eastern Prelacy in remembrance of the canonization of the martyrs of the Armenian genocide.
Archpriest Fr. Daron Stepanian with parishioners after the blessing of the icon.
The New York Mayr Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society sponsored its annual “Walk Armenia” last Sunday. The walk took place in New York City, beginning at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral with stops at the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations and the offices of the Armenian Prelacy. All proceeds from the walk will benefit Camp Hayastan in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian with the members of the ARS who participated in the “Walk Armenia.”
All of the Armenian Churches in Connecticut gathered to publicly remember the Armenian genocide and to have their photo taken under the banner that declared “We Remember the Armenian Genocide.” The banner was on the West Hartford Town Green.
H.H. Karekin II of All Armenians and H.H. Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia, accompanied by Ashod Ghoulian, President of the National Council of Karabagh, visited the historic monastery of Kantsasar on April 13. At the Monastery the two Catholicoi entered St. John Cathedral in a procession to celebrate the canonical service.

Archbishop Barkev Mardirossian, the Prelate of Karabagh, welcomed the two spiritual leaders of the Armenian Church and invited His Holiness Karekin II to give his message. His Holiness told the assembled people that the purpose of the visit of the two Catholicoi was to pray and express their solidarity with the people and the army, and to uphold efforts aimed at building their homeland based on peace and justice.

His Holiness Aram I said that although the current visit was his first time in Karabagh, this historic land has always been in his heart and mind. He said that historically, Armenians had never robbed people of their rights but they have always been aware of their own rights based on justice. He called upon all Armenians to unite and express their solidarity with the people and army of Karabagh.

After the visit to the Monastery, the two Catholicoi went to the military hospital and prayed for the soldiers who have been injured and those who have lost their lives during the recent aggressions.

In the evening, the Catholicoi together with President Pago Sahakian walked through the center of Stepanagert, the capital city, before joining the official guests at the dinner organized by the President in their honor.

Before leaving for Yerevan, the Catholicoi announced to the leadership of the Republic of Karabagh that in the name of the Holy Sees of Etchmiadzin and Cilicia and the respective dioceses, each was donating US $500,000 to help the government respond to the urgent needs of the people.
Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)
Foundation of the National United Party (April 24, 1966)
In the early 1960s, with the national revival in Soviet Armenia, the Communist regime had to confront pockets of dissident thinking. The monolithic rule of the party was questioned by people who thought in terms of freedom of thought and speech. Some of the banners in the April 24, 1965 popular demonstrations in Yerevan on the fiftieth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide asked for the release of the “seven patriots” who had been imprisoned in 1964 for anti-Soviet activities.
Haykaz Khachatryan
Painter Haykaz Khachatryan (1920-1989) and a group of sympathizers made a demonstration on that day near the tomb of Gomidas Vartabed at the Yerevan Pantheon. They were arrested, but released a few days later due to lack of evidence. During his detention, Khachatryan garnered several adherents to his ideas, among them Stepan Zatikyan, a student of the Polytechnic Institute, and Shahen Harutyunyan. On April 24, 1966, Khachatryan proposed the creation of a party, the National United Party (NUP), in opposition to the monolithic rule of the Communist Party.

The core of the party was formed in a few days, with several clandestine youth organizations joining the National United Party. The new party produced its bylaws and program of activities. On April 24, 1967, the declaration of the NUP was presented in an event near the nearly finished genocide monument on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. The first members of the party made their sacred pledge to be faithful to the ideas of the party. The NUP Council became the leading body of the party. All members should closely follow the program of the party, entitled “For the Nation and the Homeland.” Any person aged sixteen, who accepted the program, the bylaws, and the sacred pledge, could become a party member. Its structure was composed of ten-member groups, which did not maintain contact and did not know each other. Each group had a leader, who knew the other group leaders, as well as their main leader (captain). The goal of this structure was to maintain the secrecy in the activities of the group.

The NUP produced the first issue of its clandestine periodical Paros (Phare) in October 1967. In an article published with the pseudonym Vram, Haykaz Khachatryan wrote: “Armenian nation, your holy duty is to be faithful to the work of your ancestors, maintain the national identity, struggle for the independence of Armenia. April 24 must be commemorated every year. It must be a day of wrathful protest against the crimes of the past and the present.”
The publication made waves not only in Armenia and the Soviet Union, but also abroad. It disclosed the existence of the party to all quarters where anti-Soviet movements were being formed. Paros was indeed forbidden and labeled as anti-Soviet. Its writers and readers were persecuted. New members joined the National United Party, but this became the cause for its fall, as traitors entered the field. Khachatryan was arrested in June 1968, together with Zatikyan and Harutyunyan, and condemned to five years of prison by the Supreme Court of Armenia on charges of anti-Soviet agitation and participation in an anti-Soviet organization. Khachatryan would be released in 1973 and imprisoned again from 1978-1980; Zatikiyan would be released and then shot by the Soviet regime in 1979; Harutyunyan would later migrate to California and head a movement of support to Armenian dissidents and political prisoners.

After the imprisonment of its founding leaders, Paruyr Hayrikyan became the leader of the NUP, but he was also arrested in 1969 and condemned to four years of prison. During a brief interval in freedom (1973-1974), he was able to publish a second issue of Paros and produce a revised program of the party, where all anti-Soviet references were eliminated. The fundamental course of struggle for independence via legal provisions remained untouched. The claim of a popular referendum for separation of the Soviet Union, as established in the Soviet Constitution, would be legally carried out two decades later with the September 21, 1991 referendum that decided the independence of Armenia.
Paruyr Hayrikyan
Hayrikyan was elected president of the party in 1973. He was arrested again in 1974 and spent the next thirteen years in prison, continuing clandestinely to lead the organization. On his return to Armenia in August 1987, he founded a successor party to the NUP, the National Self-Determination Union, which was quite active in the first years of the Gharabagh movement and still continues its existence as a political party. Other members of the National United Party would become leaders of the Gharabagh movement, such as Movses Gorgisian (1961-1990), or the Republican Party of Armenia, like its founder Ashot Navasardian (1950-1997), or future prime minister Andranik Margaryan (1951-2007).

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org).
Congratulations to Peter Balakian, who was the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Ozone Journal. The winners were announced on Monday by Columbia University in New York.

In announcing Balakian’s prize, Mike Pride, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes said, “In poetry, for a collection of poems that bear witness to the old losses and tragedies that lie beneath a global age of danger and uncertainty, the prize goes to Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian.”

Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University. He is the author of seven books of poems and four prose works. He is a familiar face in the Armenian community often appearing at commemorations and delivering lectures.

The Armenian Relief Society of the Eastern USA recently organized a very successful Art Exhibit with proceeds from sales to benefit the ARS Educational Fund. The exhibit took place in the Vahakn and Hasmig Hovnanian reception hall of the Eastern Prelacy, under the auspices of Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan.

The exhibit, expertly curated by Vicky Shoghag Hovanessian, featured a selection of art from prominent Armenian artists from Armenia and the Diaspora. The committee expresses thanks to Archbishop Oshagan, the local New York-New Jersey churches, the various media outlets for their cooperation, and to the community for its support and encouragement. 
Committee members who helped organize the event.

Hourig Papazian Sahagian led her family on a “life-journey tour” of New York City to celebrate her 90th birthday. Starting at Fort Tryon Park, in the Northern-most point of Manhattan and then into Washington Heights, dubbed many years ago as “Washington Hayots,” the “pilgrimage” continued South from her birthplace to regular gathering places such as Paramount Mansion, Audubon, Webster, Carnegie Halls, City Center, and Lincoln Center.

Toward the close of the tour, they headed for a visit to the Prelacy offices and finally to St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, where she planned to stop by to donate boxes of her books to encourage the re-instituting of St. Illuminator’s Library, and then to move on.  However, she and her 20-member family were stunned and surprised as H. G. Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, the Vicar General of the Prelacy, and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Pastor of St. Illuminator Cathedral, greeted them at the Portal of the Church. 
After Der Mesrob presented Digin Hourig with a bouquet of blazing red roses—her favorite color—they all took the Church stairs to the sanctuary. First to visit and pray at the Martyrs’ Chapel, then to proceed to the Altar for a brief service of Thanksgiving-Resurrection, offered by Srpazan and Der Hayr.  The rousing stanzas of “Cilicia,” sung by all, ended the extraordinary service.

Bishop Anoushavan presented Digin Hourig with a gift of the Prelacy Cross from the Prelate, H. E. Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, while Father Lakissian presented her with a Plaque of Appreciation from St. Illuminator's Cathedral.

Digin Hourig, who had been rendered almost speechless by the surprise of all these unexpected honors, expressed her profound gratitude from the depths of her heart.  She said, “I have received much more from my Church and my People, than I could ever give back to them!  This has been the highlight of my birthday!” Hourig served as the director of the Prelacy’s Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) for many years. In recent years she has been renowned by her “The Way We Were” theatrical group. Happy Birthday, Hourig.
Digin Hourig with Bishop Anoushavan, Der Mesrob, and her family during a tour of the city sites that were prominent in her life.

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With the exciting news of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry going to Peter Balakian, we remind our readers of the following titles still available at the Prelacy Bookstore. 

The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response
Hardcover, $20.00 plus shipping and handling

Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers his Armenian Past
Softcover, $18.00 plus shipping and handling

June Tree: New and Selected Poems (1974-2000)
Hardcover, $25.00 plus shipping and handling

Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide (1915-1918)
By Bishop Grigoris Balakian (edited by Peter Balakian)
Softcover, $20.00 plus shipping and handling

Ziggurat (Phoenix Poets)
Softcover, $15.00 plus shipping and handling

Ozone Journal
(Winner of the Pulitzer)
Softcover, $18.00 plus shipping and handling
SIAMANTO ACADEMY—Meets every second Saturday of the month at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. For information: anec@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810.

April 23—“Beyond the 100th Anniversary: A Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide,” church service in memory of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide, 7 pm at Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Program at 8:30 pm; keynote speaker: H.E. Grigor Hovhannissian, Ambassador of Armenia to the United States.Organized by ARF Dro Gomideh and Hai Tahd Committee. All welcome. For information: arfdro@gmail.com or 201-945-0011.

April 23—“Remembrance, Witness and Resurrection,” Archdiocese of Boston commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley will host and lead the first ever Archdiocese of Boston commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. The Cardinal will preside at a 4 pm prayer service. Joining the commemoration will be His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan. Ecumenical and interreligious guests and civic dignitaries will join a large number of faithful from the Archdiocese and the Armenian Church.

April 23—Connecticut General Assembly, in association with the Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee of Connecticut, will commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide; flag raisin g at 11 am, commemoration at 11:30 am in the House Chambers of the Connecticut State Capitol. Guest Speaker: Shant Mardirossian, Chairman Emeritus of the Near East Foundation (formerly Near East Relief). Reception will follow event.

April 24—Armenian Martyrs Committee of Rhode Island commemoration of 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide at North Burial Ground, Providence, starting at 12:45 pm. Clergy from the three local Armenian churches along with deacons and choirs will participate. Federal and state officials have been invited. Dr. Barbara J. Merguerian of Wellesley, Massachusetts, is the guest speaker. For information: joyce41@cox.net or go to www.Ammri.org.

April 24—“Remembering the Armenian Genocide,” Gathering at Times Square, New York, beginning at 2 pm. Sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan. Free bus transportation available. For information (www.knightsofvartan.org). 

April 28—Annul Alice K. Norian Lecture, “Genocide Recognition or Quest for Justice?” by Harut Sassounian; 5:30 pm reception, 6:00 pm lecture at UCONN School of Social Work, Zachs Community Room, 1798 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut. “They Shall Not Perish: The Story of the Near East Relief” Exhibit will also be on display in the Zachs Community Room on April 28. The Exhibit will be moved to UConn Storrs campus after the lecture, and will remain on display in Laurel Hall until September 20, 2016. Sponsored by UConn’s Norian Armenian Programs, Global Affairs, and School of Social Work.

May 5—St. Gregory Church, Avak Luncheon, 12 noon at Jaffarian Hall, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Speaker: Lisa Kouchakdjian, originator of  “Love on a Plate.” Come share and appreciate some wonderful Armenian recipes. All invited.

May 6—ARS Mayr Chapter of New York, Mother’s Day Celebration, 8 pm, Armenian Center, 69-23 47th Avenue, Woodside, New York. Featuring the Yeraz Dance Ensemble. Donation: $50; children under 12, $15; includes dinner, wine, and soft drinks. Advance reservations required. Call Anais (718-392-6982) or Anahid (718-263-9325).

May 12, 13, 14—National Representative Assembly of the Eastern Prelacy hosted by St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York. Also convening are the National Association of Ladies Guilds conference, and conference of Yeretzgins. 

May 21—Friends of Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School (HMADS), Annual Gala, North Hills Country Club, Manhasset, New York. Educating today’s Armenian American students remains our first priority. Join us in the festivities and help ensure the future of our Armenian School. For reservations/information: 718-225-4826.

July 3-10—St. Gregory of Datev Summer Institute at St. Mary of Providence Center, Elverson, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the summer program offers a unique weeklong Christian educational program for youth. 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.

October 9—Save the Date. Special event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. Details will follow.
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