September 12, 2013
Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon this Sunday, September 15, on the occasion of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and will ordain Berj Bardizbanian and Hovsep Yaghmourian to the deaconate at Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Immediately following the Liturgy, His Eminence will preside over a luncheon celebrating the 79th anniversary of the parish and the retirement of Archpriest Fr. Khatchadour and Yn. Marie Boghossian, who have served the Holy Trinity parish for nine years. Prior to serving in Worcester Der Hayr and Yeretzgin served St. Asdvadzadzin Church in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, and Sts. Vartanantz Church in New Jersey. We wish Der Hayr and Yeretzgin a happy and healthy retirement.

Bishop Anoushavan, Vicar, will travel to Illinois this weekend where on Sunday, September 15 on the occasion of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at All Saints Church, Glenview, Illinois. Archpriest Fr. Zareh Sahakian will assist the Vicar at the altar. Following the Liturgy, Bishop Anoushavan will present a special tribute he has prepared commemorating the passing of Catholicos Zareh (50th) and Catholicos Khoren (30th).

Last Saturday the Armenian National Education Council (ANEC) sponsored a seminar for educators teaching in Armenian day and Saturday schools in the eastern region. The program was held at the Armenian Prelacy in New York. Attendees from Armenian schools from New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Providence, and Philadelphia, gathered on Saturday morning for breakfast and opening remarks by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan who spoke about his experience as a teacher and the important role of the educator. He said that the task of educating the next generation is not just a cultural issue, but a national one.
Serving as the day’s master of ceremonies, ANEC member Dr. Asbed Vassilian told participants that “this seminar is dedicated to you.” He went on to remark how each year ANEC looks for ways to change and improve. He then gave a brief overview of the program that included presentations by Dr. Vartan Matiossian, director of ANEC, who spoke about “Secrets’ of the Armenian Language;” Maroush Gulumian shared her vast knowledge on the topic of “Teachers’ Resources: Where to Find and How to Use Them;” ANEC chairman Haroutune Misserlian presented the third portion titled “Armenian History through Maps;” The final presentation was by Dr. Matiossian, who spoke about “Basic Knowledge on the Armenian Genocide.”
In his closing remarks, Vassilian spoke about the support ANEC promises to provide teachers, students, and administrators and emphasized that the power for change was in the hands of each school. “ANEC cannot solve each school’s problem,” he said, “but can support each as they find solutions.” Vassilian concluded that ANEC will find ways for teachers to connect and work together and support each other.
ANEC is a joint body formed through the partnership of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Armenian Relief Society. For more information, visit
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Teachers at the ANEC Seminar with the lecturers and guests, front row, left to right: Maroush Gulumian, Vartan Matiossian, Asbed Vassilian, Archbishop Oshagan, Haroutune Misserlian, Hourig Papazian Sahagian, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian.
Dr. Asbed Vassilian, a member of the ANEC committee, served as Master of Ceremonies.
Dr. Vartan Matiossian delivers the first of five seminars devoted to Armenian Literature.
“A Brief Introduction to Modern Armenian Literature,” a five-session, English-language seminar sponsored by St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and the Armenian National Education Council (ANEC), started last Thursday. The series will continue4 for the next four Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Cathedral in New York City.

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s and a member of the ANEC committee, introduced the presenter of the series, Dr. Vartan Matiossian, Executive Director of ANEC. Before the lecture, Der Mesrob asked for a moment of silence in memory of Levon Ananyan, President of the Writers’ Union of Armenia, who passed away on September 2.

In the first session, Dr. Matiossian presented an overview of the history of Armenian literature from its beginnings until the 19th century. In his concise and entertaining presentation, he combined facts of language and literature to give the audience a general picture of that long stretch of history as an introduction to the next four sessions: Western Armenian Literature (September 12); Eastern Armenian Literature (September 19); Diasporan Literature (September 26); and Soviet and post-Soviet Armenian literature (October 3). Questions from the audience during and after the presentation helped clarify and expand certain issues.

The Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) is sponsoring a symposium, “Armenian Women as Artists and Mothers,” in celebration of the Year of the Mother of the Armenian Family. It will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 2-6 pm, at Pashalian Hall, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. The lecturers will be Jennifer Manoukian (Columbia University), Dr. Vartan Matiossian (ANEC), and Dr. Melissa Bilal (Columbia University). For more information about the event, click here.
Bible readings for Sunday, September 15, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, are: Isaiah 49:13-23; Galatians 6:14-18; John 3:13-21. 
No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.” (John 3:13-21)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Sunday, September 15, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Khachverats), which is the last of the five Tabernacle Feasts observed by the Armenian Church during the liturgical year.
This holiday is a celebration of the Holy Cross and is commemorated by most Christian churches on September 14. The Armenian Church celebrates it on the Sunday closest to the 14th. It is the oldest of the feasts devoted to the Cross. The cross, once a means of death for criminals, gradually became the dominant symbol of the Christian world, an object of reverence and worship, and symbol of triumph over death. There are four feasts devoted to the Cross in the Armenian liturgical calendar, with the Exaltation being the most important. The other three are: Apparition of the Holy Cross; Holy Cross of Varak; and Discovery of the Cross. Each of these four holidays devoted to the Holy Cross are related to the life and the salvific work of our Lord.
The ceremony for the Exaltation begins with the decoration of the Cross with sweet basil (rehan), a sign of royalty, and also as a symbol of the living cross. After the Bible readings, the officiating priest lifts the Cross and makes the sign of the Cross, and blesses the four corners of the world (Andastan service), and asks the Almighty to grant peace and prosperity to the people of the world.
The Khachveratz ceremony was prepared by Catholicos Sahag Dzoraporetsi (677-703). He also composed the hymn that is sung on this occasion. As with other Tabernacle Feasts, the Exaltation is preceded with a period of fasting (Monday to Friday), and followed by a memorial day (Merelotz).
Name day commemorations this Sunday include: Khatchadour, Khatchig, Khatcherets. Rehan, Khatchkhatoun, Khachouhi, Khatchperouhi, Khosrov, Khosrovanoush, Khrosrovitoukhd, and Nshan.

The day after the Tabernacle Feasts is a Memorial Day in the Armenian Liturgical Calendar. Traditionally the Divine Liturgy was celebrated on this day and then the faithful went to the cemeteries where graves were blessed to honor the memory of their departed loved ones.
Remembering the dead is an important ritual for the living. In a sense it is an act of faith and love, not meant necessarily to achieve understanding or bring healing. It is simply to remember, as we witnessed this past week with the remembrances of September 11. His Holiness Khoren I, of blessed memory, often said, “Rome fell because Rome forgot its dead.”
In a letter addressed to the Armenian Writers’ Association in Yerevan, Catholicos Aram expressed his deep sorrow on the death of the Association’s president, Levon Ananyan. His Holiness described Ananyan as a literary visionary, a writer of mission who shaped the direction of Armenian literature from Armenia, to Artsakh, and the Diaspora with his message of “One Nation, One Culture.” The Catholicos described how Ananyan’s vision had framed the messages of the conferences that the Catholicosate of Cilicia has organized on Armenian language, literature, and culture. In 2006, during the first conference of Armenian writers of the Middle East, His Holiness recognized the important contribution of Levon Ananyan by honoring him with the Cilician Catholicosate’s St. Mesrob Mashdotz insignia.

King Abdulla II of Jordan invited the heads of the Christian communities in the Middle East to meet in Amman on September 3-4, to discuss the challenges they are facing as a result of the conflicts in the region. His Holiness Catholicos Aram appointed Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate of Armenians in Iran, and Archbishop Nareg Alemezian, the Ecumenical Officer of the Catholicosate to represent him at the meeting.
In his message, His Holiness thanked the King for his initiative and stated that he regretted the absence of Muslim religious leaders. The Catholicos then identified some issues and thoughts to be considered by the participants.
  1. The challenges arising from the conflicts affect everyone in the region, because the people of the Middle East are one.
  2. As one of the presidents of the Middle East Council of Churches, he noted that historically Christians have sometimes disagreed on theological issues; however they have always had a common mind on basic issues.
  3. The moral and ethical values of Christians and Muslims, as two monotheistic religions, are rooted in similar principles that transcend political tensions.
  4. Christians and Muslims have lived in mutual recognition and respect for centuries. Their basic principles are founded on their common monotheistic religious roots. Today, religious communities should not emphasize differences and incite mistrust and fear.
  5. Referring to the centuries-long history and experiences of Armenians in Armenia, Cilicia, and the Middle East, His Holiness acknowledged that there have been dark moments such as the 1915 Genocide of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey. However, he stated, the tragic series of events surrounding the genocide were due not to religious conflict, but to the imperialistic ambitions of the Ottomans. Lebanon today, he said, is a vibrant example where 18 communities, including the Armenians, continue living together.
  6. Catholicos Aram stated the principles that should guide religious communities in the Middle East including: Living one’s own faith does not mean excluding the other, the neighbor of another faith; No religion commends violence in any form; Religions should not mix political goals and aspirations; Mutual respect express through dialogue is rooted in the two religions.
Concluding his message, His Holiness said, “Christians belong to the Middle East and are part of its history. They have contributed to its culture and civilization and have served as a bridge between East and West. Christians in the Middle East are committed to dialogue and peaceful coexistence, and they are aware of their responsibilities and rights.”
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Birth of Victor Hambardzumyan (September 18, 1908)
It is hard to say that any Armenian was thinking of reaching the stars, theoretically speaking, during the childhood of Victor Hambardzumyan. However, he was able to do it and to become the pioneer of Armenian astronomy in the twentieth century, following the path opened by such a predecessor as seventh century astronomer Anania Shirakatsi.
Hambardzumyan was born in Tiflis (Tbilisi), the capital of Georgia. His father Hamazasp (1880-1965) was a lawyer, graduated from the University of St. Petersburg (1908), a writer, and a scholar of Classical philology; he would later teach classical literature at Yerevan State University, become a Ph.D. at the age of 73, and publish his translation of Homer’s Iliad into Armenian in 1956.
Young Victor went to study to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1924, where he attended the department of Physics and Mathematics of Leningrad State Pedagogical Institute and then of Leningrad State University. He published his first scientific article at the age of 18, in 1926, and another article published in 1929, coauthored with physicist Dmitri Ivanenko (1904-1994), brought his work into prominence; it demonstrated that atomic nuclei could not be made from protons and electrons. Three years later, the discovery of neutrons (the other component of atoms, together with protons) confirmed the theory.
Hambardzumyan married in 1930 and taught at his alma mater, Leningrad University, since his graduation in 1931. He founded and headed the first astrophysics chair in 1934, and directed the astronomic observatory from 1939-1941. During the war, the scientific laboratories were evacuated in 1941 to the autonomous republic of Tatarstan, where Hambardzumyan (a correspondent member of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union at the age of 31, in 1939) directed them for the next four years. In 1943 the Armenian Academy of Sciences was founded, and Hambardzumyan was appointed vice president. He became its president in 1947 and was re-elected successively until 1993, when he became honorary president.
By the 1950s, Hambardzumyan had already become one of the founders of theoretical astrophysics. He made several important contributions to science throughout his career, such as quantum field theory, the idea of active galactic nuclei, stellar evolution, and many others.
The astrophysical observatory of Byurakan
The astrophysical observatory of Byurakan was founded in 1946. Hambardzumyan became its first director from 1946-1988. In 1953 he became a full member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and in the 1960s he was president of the International Astronomical Union (1961-1964) and the International Council of Scientific Unions (1966-1972). He was member of several foreign science societies and won various state awards in the Soviet Union. His textbook “Theoretical Astrophysics” (1952) was translated into many languages, including English. “There can be no more than two or three astronomers in this century who can look back on a life so worthily devoted to the progress of astronomy,” wrote Nobel Laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Physics 1983), on the 80th anniversary of Hambardzumyan’s birthday.
A member of the Communist Party since 1940, the astronomer was a member of the Central Committee of the Armenian party and a delegate to the Soviet Supreme of the USSR for almost fifty years. In 1989 he was elected to the USSR Congress of the People’s Deputies, which existed between 1989 and 1991. In September 1990, together with several Armenian intellectuals, he was on a hunger strike for two weeks to support the claims in the Karabagh movement.
A worldwide known personality of science, Hambardzumyan was also deeply attached to his national roots. In the last years of his life, he wrote as a testament of sorts (August 29, 1994):
“My will to the following generations, to my grandchildren and great grandchildren, is to master the Armenian language. Everyone has to make his/her duty to study the Armenian language and be proficient in it. We don’t transmit blood to the generations, but ideas, and the most valuable among those ideas is the Armenian language for me. Each generation has the obligation of teaching the Armenian language to the next one.”
Hambardzumyan passed away on August 12, 1996, in Byurakan and is buried next to the Grand Telescope Tower. The astronomic observatory has been named after him, as was an asteroid discovered in 1972.
Victor Hambardzumyan is featured on the 100 dram bill of the Republic of Armenia
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Where Is He? Here or There?
If you were looking for someone, one answer to the question above could be: “He may be either here or there.”
As anyone knows, these two adverbs are both related to the old axiom of realtors: “Location, location, location.” This is true regardless of what language we use, English or Armenian. In both languages, they mean exactly the same:
English          Meaning                 Armenian                    Meaning _________________
here             “in this place”         այստեղ /aysdegh       ays = this, degh = place
there            “in that place”       այնտեղ /ayndegh      ayn / = that, degh = place
There is a third word, այդտեղ (aytdegh), whose closest meaning in English is “that.” English has no exact equivalent, because the Armenian word actually indicates an object or a subject located beyond the place indicated by ayndegh/that. Those who know Spanish may figure out that exact equivalent: in Spanish, it is the word aquel (այդտեղ = aquel lugar)
The three Armenian words mentioned so far are equally used in Western and Eastern Armenian. Additionally, Western Armenian has three synonymous words, which can be used alternatively:
այստեղ (aysdegh)     հոս (hos)
այնտեղ (ayndegh)    հոն (hon)
այդտեղ (aytdegh)     հոդ (hot)
(As a matter of style, the word հոդ (hot) is less used in writing nowadays.)
Thus, you have two choices to ask the question of the title in Western Armenian
  1. «Ո՞ւր են անոնք։ Այստե՞ղ, թէ՞ այնտեղ»։ (Oor en anonk? Aysdegh, teh ayndegh?)
  2. «Ո՞ւր են անոնք։ Հո՞ս, թէ՞ հոն» (Oor en anonk? Hos, teh hon?)
However, it is very common—and very wrong—to hear people saying, for instance:
«Ես հոնտեղ գացի» (Yes hondegh katsi)
«Ես հոստեղ եկայ» (Yes hosdegh yega)
This is wrong for a very simple reason: the words hon and hos, unlike ayt and ayn, mean “that place” and “this place.” If you added the word degh, then you would mean “that place place” and “this place place,” which sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?
As a bonus, the same applies to the word ուր (oor) “where,” which indicates “in what place.” You say «Ո՞ւր ես» (Oor es?) “Where are you,” but, obviously, you cannot say Ուրտե՞ղ ես (Oordegh es?),(*) which would be the same as saying “in what place place are you?” in English. . .
In conclusion:
  1. Use aysdegh, ayndegh, aytdegh, whenever applicable
  2. Use hos, hon, or, less usual, hot as synonyms;
  3. Use oor;
  4. Never use hosdegh, hondegh, or hotdegh;
  5. Never use oordegh.

(*) On a side note, Eastern Armenian utilizes the word որտեղ (vordegh), as in «Որտե՞ղ ես» (Vordegh es?), where որ means “what” and not “where”
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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.
A Legacy of Armenian Treasures:
The Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum
Edmond Y. Azadian, Executive Editor
This newly-published handsome volume features more than 160 of the museum’s most important pieces, reproduced in color and accompanied with a description. The book’s Foreword is written by Thomas F. Mathews of New York University and there are nine essays written by scholars of Armenian art and artifacts. A beautiful and informative book.
A Legacy of Armenian Treasures
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Two Girls from Heliopolis
A Novel by Seta Terzian
Two Girls from Heliopolis follows the friendship of Eugenie and Alicia who grew up in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis after their families fled the short-lived Republic of Armenia. Following the girls through school, first love, career choices, and marriage, the girls face World War II and the changing world around them. They later find themselves starting a new life in the United States and struggling to find where they belong.
Two Girls from Heliopolis
342 pages, softcover, $16.00 plus shippihng & handling

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Today, September 12, is the 98th anniversary of the rescue of more than 4,000 Armenians who had taken refuge on Musa Dagh, a small mountain on the Mediterranean coast. For 53 days the Armenian inhabitants of six villages resisted the Ottoman Turks in 1915 and set up fortifications on the mountain. On the 53rd day they were rescued by French and British naval ships that saw the large words on the side of the mountain, “Christians in Distress.” The event was immortalized in the best-selling book by Franz Werfel, Forty Days of Musa Dagh, in 1933. The rescued Armenians were taken to Port Said in Egypt. Many eventually settled in the village of Anjar in Lebanon, which to this day is almost totally inhabited by Armenians. Today, on Musa Dagh, only the small village of Vakifli remains Armenian; it is the only Christian Armenian village left in Turkey.
This event is commemorated on the third Sunday of September, with prayers, the traditional meal of “Harissa” (wheat and meat porridge), and patriotic songs and dances.
Werfel’s Forty Days of Musa Dagh that was a best-seller for many months is available at the Prelacy Bookstore in a recent edition that includes about 100 pages that were not included in the original edition.
A view of Musa Dagh (Mountain of Moses)
The monument dedicated to the heroic Battle of Musa Dagh located in the village of Musa Dagh between Yerevan and Etchmiadzin in Armenia
The "largest meal in Armenia" of Harissa being prepared for the annual commemoration
September 5 to October 3—“A Brief Introduction to Modern Armenian Literature,” a series of five seminars presented on Thursdays, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. Sponsored by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) and the Cathedral. Presented by Vartan Matiossian, Ph.D.
September 13—Opera Encore sponsored by the Armenian Relief Society Ani Chapter, Providence, Rhode Island, at the Wannamoisett Country Club, 96 Hoyt Avenue, Rumford, at 6 pm. Featured performers of Opera Providence are Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor, and Victoria Avetisyan, mezzo-soprano, singing traditional and folk Armenian music, as well as traditional and Armenian opera selections. Full course dinner will be served. Proceeds will benefit relief efforts for the Syrian Armenian community. Tickets: $50 per person. For information/reservations contact Esther Kalajian, (401)595-7991 ( or Joyce Yeremian, (401) 354-8770 (
September 15—Book Presentation at Pashalian Hall, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, New York, of “One Church One Nation” by Hrair Hawk Khatcherian.
September 15—79th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, and celebration of retirement of Archpriest Fr. Khatchadour and Yn. Marie Boghossian, at 1 pm, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate. Please call the church for dinner reservations, 508-852-2414.
September 20—St. Hagop Church, Racine, Wisconsin presents “Flavors of the Mediterranean” wine tasting fundraiser at Uncorkt in downtown Racine, 6 – 8 pm. Featured wines from France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Traditional mezza plates will be served. In addition to supporting the church, 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Mother and Child center in Armenia. For tickets/information contact: Denise Lansing, 262-639-8204; Mary M. Olson, 262-681-1535. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple.
September 21—St. Illuminator’s Cathedral’s “Huyser” Music Ensemble presents “The Sound of Freedom,” a celebration of independence, at the Frank Sinatra School of Arts, Tony Bennett Concert Hall, 35-12 35th Avenue, Astoria, New York, at 7:30 pm. Tickets $25—$35. For information: 212-689-5880.
September 22—Presentation and book signing of A Place Far Away, a compelling new novel by Vahan Zanoyan, presented by the Agnouni, Bergen, Shake, and Spitak Chapters of the Armenian Relief Society, 2 pm at Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Refreshments served. All net proceeds from the book are being donated to organizations devoted to protecting children and fighting human trafficking in Armenia. Proceeds from book sales at this event will also benefit the ARS.
September 26—Presentation and signing of A Place Far Away, a powerful portrayal of the realities of human trafficking in Armenia, 7 pm  at Kavookjian Auditorium, St. Vartan Cathedral, 630 Second Avenue, New York City. Sponsored by the Armenian Studies program of the Department of Youth and Education, the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, and the Fund for Armenian Relief. All proceeds from the book are being donated to organizations devoted to protecting children and fighting human trafficking.
September 26—“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” sponsored by the Ladies Guild of St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Peter and Irene Vosbikian, Moorestown, New Jersey. Sumptuous brunch, vendors, Chinese auction, $50 per person. For reservations for the brunch contact: Mari Degirmenci 610-353-9199; Ashkhen Setrakian 610-527-3119; Cissy DerHagopian 856-231-9447; Theresa Hovnanian 856-231-1544. Transportation available from St. Gregory Church; departing 9:30 am and return trip at 3 pm. For transportation reservations ($20 per person) contact: Helen Guveyian 610-742-5871.
October 5—Symposium “Armenian Women as Artists and Mothers,” 2-6 pm, sponsored by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) at St. Illuminator Cathedral Pashalian Hall, 221 East 27th Street, New York City, in celebration of the Year of the Mother of the Armenian Family. Lecturers: Jennifer Manoukian (Columbia University), “Zabel Yessayan: Mother and Activist,”; Vartan Matiossian (ANEC), “Armen Ohanian: An Armenian Woman of the World,” and Melissa Bilal (Columbia University), “Lullabies and Tears: On Armenian Grandmothers and Granddaughters in Istanbul.”
October 6—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 Soorp Khatch Church, 4906 Flint Drive, Bethesda, Maryland.
October 13—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. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, New York, under auspices of Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan.
October 19—Armenian Friends of America presents “Hye Kef 5” featuring musicians Leon Janikian, Joe Kouyoumjian, Greg Takvorian, Ken Kalajian, Ron Raphaelian, and Jay Baronian, 7:30-12:30, Michael’s Function Hall, 12 Alpha Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts. Proceeds to benefit all Armenian churches in Merrimack Valley and New Hampshire. Tickets: $40 adults; $30 students; includes individually-served mezza platters. For information/reservations: John Arzigian 603-560-3826; Sandy Boroyan 978-251-8687; Scott Sahagian 617-699-3581; Peter Gulezian 978-375-1616.
October 20—St. Hagop Church, Racine, Wisconsin, 75th Anniversary Celebration to begin with Badarak at 10 am at the church, followed by a gala “tasting banquet” and program at the Racine Marriott. For information: Mary M. Olson, 262-681-1535.
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. 
November 1 & 2—St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 57th Armenian Bazaar, 10 am to 9:30 pm, at Armenian Cultural & Educational Center, 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown. Delicious meals (take-out available), Armenian pastries, Arts and Crafts, Books, Raffles, Attic Treasures, Auctions, and more. For information: 617-924-7562.
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, or 781-762-4253.
November 15-16-17—Annual Bazaar, Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey.
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 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.
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.
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.
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