February 11, 2015
Struggle for freedom of conscience

Armenians worldwide will celebrates the Feast of Vartanantz tomorrow, commemorating the war between pagan Persia and Christian Armenia in 451. The king of Persia ordered all Christians under his rule to abandon Christianity and embrace Zoroastrianism. The Armenian clergy and leaders refused to follow this command and took an oath to fight the enemies of truth.

Before the two armies met on the morning of May 26, 451, Vartan Mamigonian, the leader of the Armenian forces, addressed his soldiers:
He who supposes that we put on Christianity like a garment, now realizes that as he cannot change the color of his skin, so he will perhaps never be able to accomplish his designs. For the foundations of our faith are set on the unshakable rock, not on earth but above in heaven where no rains fall, no winds blow, and no floods rise. Although in the body we are on earth, yet by faith we are established in heaven where no one can reach the building of Christ not made by human hands.

Vartan was the leader of the Armenians in the decisive battle on the plains of Avarayr, and although outnumbered, the Armenians put up a fierce resistance against the mighty Persian Empire. Vartan and many of his soldiers died, but the Persians sustained even greater casualties, and they recognized the strong commitment the Armenians had to their Christian faith. With this battle the Armenians clearly demonstrated that Christianity had become a part of their national identity.

The resistance to Persian rule continued for more than thirty years, led by Vahan Mamigonian, nephew of Vartan. Vahan successfully negotiated the Treaty of Nvarsag, the first document in history granting religious freedom and home rule, preceding the Magna Charta by nearly 750 years.

The heroes of Vartanank were canonized as a group by the Armenian Church in the fifth century. Our generation will witness the historic collective canonization of the 1.5 million martyrs of the Armenian Genocide that will take place on April 23, 2015, in Holy Etchmiadzin under the auspices of His Holiness Karekin II and His Holiness Aram I. It will be the first canonization by the Armenian Church since the 15th century, when Krikor Datevatzi was granted sainthood.


In the Eastern Prelacy we have two parishes named in honor of the Vartanank saints. Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the Sermon tomorrow at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey. Following the liturgy, a luncheon will be hosted by the parish’s Ladies Guild, and a short Vartanantz program will be presented by students of the Hovnanian School, grades 4 to 8.

On Sunday, February 15, Archbishop Oshagan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the Sermon, and ordain acolytes at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Providence, Rhode Island (weather permitting).

The national observance in the United States includes special events that will take place over a three-day period (May 7, 8, 9) in Washington, DC, that includes an ecumenical prayer service, a Pontifical Divine Liturgy, a memorial concert, and an awards banquet honoring those who helped the survivors. The Catholicoi, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will be present to preside over the events. Armenians from all over the United States are expected to participate in solidarity and unity. The schedule of events is described below:
Learn more about the national observance in Washington at armeniangenocidecentennial.org.


In New York, commemorative events are being organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America, Eastern Region, for the weekend of April 24 that will take place in New York City. On Friday evening, April 24, services will take place at both St. Vartan Cathedral and St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. A candlelight vigil will follow at the United Nations. On Sunday, April 26, a united Divine Liturgy, presided by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, will take place in New York City, to be followed by a rally in Times Square that will include the participation of national public figures and cultural performances. The participation of all parish communities and organizations in the Eastern Region is expected to bring together many thousands of Armenian Americans to the “crossroads of the world.”


A Pilgrimage to experience the Blessing of the Holy Oil (Muronorhnek) in Antelias, Lebanon, is being organized with two options: Option A, to Lebanon only (July 12-21); Option B, to Lebanon, Armenia and Artsakh (July 12-28). Space is limited; reservations must be made by February 12. Check details below:

St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley in North Andover, Massachusetts, marked its 45th anniversary on Sunday, January 25. As reported in the January 29th issue of Crossroads, Bishop Anoushavan, Vicar General of the Prelacy, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the Sermon and joined the parishioners in celebrating their milestone anniversary. Tom Vartabedian, intrepid journalist, wrote a charming account about the Vicar’s visit to North Andover in stormy New England. Read the article here.
Rev. Fr. Stephan Baljian, pastor of St. Gregory Church, joins three young parishioners as they present original artwork to Bishop Anoushavan on behalf of the children of the parish.

Bible readings for Sunday, February 15, Poon Paregentan (Eve of Great Lent) are: Isaiah 58:1-14; Romans 13:11-14:23; Matthew 6:1-21.

Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moss nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:1-21)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.

On Saturday, February 14, the Armenian Church commemorates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple (Dyarnuntarch in Armenian, which literally means “bringing forward of the Lord”). This feast always falls on February 14—forty days after the Nativity (January 6). Forty days after the birth of Christ, Mary and Joseph obeyed Mosaic Law and presented their son to the temple (Numbers 18:15). In the temple, a righteous and devout man named Simeon to whom it was revealed that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord, took Jesus in his arms, blessed God and said, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (See Luke 2:22-40).

Some pre-Christian Armenian customs have been incorporated into this feast, including one that remains popular to this day, especially in the Middle East and Armenia. In recent years the tradition has been revived here in the United States as well. On the eve of the feast, a bonfire is lit outside of the church using a flame from the altar. Young people, especially newlyweds, gather around the fire and as the flames subside, the young men leap over the flames. The light of the bonfire is symbolic of Christ, who is the Everlasting Light of the world.


This Sunday, February 15, is Poon Paregentan, the eve of Great Lent (Medz Bahk). Poon means “real” or “genuine,” and distinguishes this paregentan from others in the liturgical calendar prior to other periods of fasting. Paregentan literally means “good living.”

Poon Paregentan ushers the faithful into the Lenten period of fasting, penance and reconciliation. During Lent the Church takes on a solemn appearance. The altar curtain is closed starting from the evening of Poon Paregentan, symbolic of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Holy Communion is not offered during Lent and the faithful are encouraged to use this period leading to Easter as a time of prayer and meditation to strengthen their faith.

Paregentan Sunday is the last day before the start of Lent. It is marked with good and abundant food, merriment, entertainment and festivities of various kinds. Traditionally, all the food in the house that is forbidden during Lent would be consumed on Paregentan and leftovers would be given to non-Christian neighbors. During Lent all animal products, including dairy and eggs, are forbidden. The earliest Armenian tradition was even stricter and was referred to as Aghouhatz (salt and bread) because of its stringent restrictions.


Great Lent (Medz Bahk or Karasnortk) begins this Monday, February 16. Great Lent is the longest of the fasts in the liturgical calendar. It begins on the Monday immediately following Poon Paregentan, and continues for 40 days until the Friday before the commemoration of the raising of Lazarus on the Saturday before Palm Sunday. A new period of fasting is observed during Holy Week.

Great Lent, a time of penance, abstinence, and devotion, is a very personal spiritual journey that is based on the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness following his baptism. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was famished” (Matthew 3:1-2).


The 2015 Lenten Lectures will begin on Wednesday, February 18, and continue through subsequent Wednesdays during Lent. The theme of the lectures will be the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide with reflections offered by a total of eighteen young adults, three each week. The first lecture will feature reflections by Lori Hatem Asquith, Esq., Ara Sarajian, and Krikor Yeremian.

The Prelacy’s Lenten lectures continue a decades-old tradition. The series is sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council, the Prelacy Ladies Guild (PLG), and the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. The lectures take place at the Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City, with church service at 7:30 pm; Reflections  at 8 pm; and Fellowship at 8:45 pm. All are invited to attend. For more information click here.


The 32nd Musical Armenia concert will take place on Friday, March 20, 8 pm, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This year’s concert is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and will feature artists Patil Harboyan (piano) and Heather Tuach (cello) in a program that includes compositions by Komitas, Khachaturian, Babajanian, Atamian, Saradjian, Stepanian, and Talalyan. Tickets can be purchased from the Carnegie Hall box office by clicking here.

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Death of Hagop Oshagan (February 17, 1948)

His writing has remained unknown by the general public. However, Hagop Oshagan was one of the most important novelists and literary critics in twentieth-century Armenian literature.

He was born Hagop Kufejian on December 9, 1883 in Sölöz, a village near Brusa, in western Turkey. He lost his father at the age of five and endured much hardship during his childhood. He studied for a short while in the seminary of Armash, but he was essentially an autodidact. His voracious reading was the main source for his learning.

He became a teacher at the age of 19, when his first short story appeared in the newspaper Arevelk of Constantinople. He started to make a name for himself in the short period of literary renaissance that followed the Ottoman Revolution of 1908, both as a short story writer and a critic. He joined with Gostan Zarian, Taniel Varoujan, Kegham Parseghian, and Aharon Dadourian to create the short-lived literary group “Mehyan,” which published the journal of the same name from January-July 1914 and attempted a literary renovation.

Hagop Kufejian was on the April 24 lists of the Turkish government, but was able to elude persecution for the next three years, despite being arrested several times. In early 1918, disguised as a German officer, he managed to flee to Bulgaria, where he remained until 1920. He married and would have three children. His elder son, Vahe Oshagan (1921-2000), a poet and literary critic, would become one of the leading names of Armenian literature in the Diaspora during the second half of the twentieth century.
Illustration by Zareh Meguerditchian
Hagop Kufejian adopted the last name Oshagan in 1919 and returned to Constantinople, where he worked as a teacher and was active in literary life. He published his first book, a collection of short stories, The Humble Ones, in 1921. In 1922, together with Gostan Zarian, Vahan Tekeyan, Shahan Berberian, and Kegham Kavafian, published Partzravank, a literary journal that tried to be a qualified literary voice.

The occupation of Constantinople by the troops of Mustafa Kemal in 1922 provoked the escape of many Armenians from the city. Oshagan also left and, after living in Bulgaria from 1922-1924, he became a teacher in Egypt (1924-1928), at the Melkonian Institute of Cyprus (1928-1935), and at the Seminary of Jerusalem (1935-1948).

In the last twenty-five years of his life, Oshagan put together a prodigious amount of literary production, including several lengthy novels. Particularly important was the eighteen hundred-page novel The Remnants (1932-1933), which he left unfinished and was intended to be a novel about the Armenian catastrophe of 1915. Barely read at its time, it became an object of cult followers during the past thirty years, as well as the subject for important literary studies.

Aside from his fiction, including also plays and many literary essays, Hagop Oshagan wrote the ten-volume Panorama of Western Armenian Literature (1939-1944), a collection of monographs about the most important literary figures of the period 1850-1915, which he intended to be the “novel” of that period in Western Armenian culture. He only saw the publication of the first volume in 1945. The remaining nine volumes were published between 1951 and 1982. This cemented his fame as the most important name in Armenian literary criticism.

Oshagan passed away in Aleppo, where he had gone to visit the areas that had been the scene of the Armenian deportation and killing in 1915. He died from a heart attack on February 17, 1948, and was buried in the local Armenian cemetery. He had not been a writer for the masses in his lifetime; nevertheless, twenty thousand people attended his funeral. Every year (until the recent Syrian civil war), the students of the Karen Jeppe College of Aleppo went to the Armenian cemetery at the beginning of the school year to pay their respect at his tomb.

Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” can be read on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org).
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Don’t Sleep Back, Sleep Again!

When you return, you are going back to the place you had been before. However, you are also going again to that same place. Nevertheless, you clearly make a difference between “going back” and “going again,” don’t you? If you forgot something at home, you will say, “I’ll go back home,” but not “I’ll go home again.”

Some speakers tend to make that confusion between “back” and “again” when they speak in Armenian. They use the same word for both cases: yed (ետ).

For instance, in the situation that you forgot something, you will say: Yed doon bidi yertam (Ետ տուն պիտի երթամ, “I’ll go back home”). Why? The reason is that you are making a movement of return, as indicated by the word yed “back” (the root of the word yedev / ետեւ “behind, back”).

When someone wakes you up with a phone call on a Sunday morning, perhaps you will try to go back to sleep. If this is what you want to say, the right thing would be:Yed  bidi yertam knanalu (Ետ պիտի երթամ քնանալու “I’ll go back to sleep”). However, it is wrong to say Yed bidi knanam (Ետ պիտի քնանամ). The reason is that it translates “I’ll sleep back.” When you want to say “I’ll sleep again,” the right thing to say is: Noren bidi knanam (Նորէն պիտի քնանամ). The words noren and its synonym tartsyal  (դարձեալ) mean “again.”

Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” can be read on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org).
Historic Armenian after 100 Years:
Ani, Kars, and the Six Provinces of Western Armenia

This photographic guide highlights cultural sites of Western Armenia as well as Ani and Kars. Text and photographs by Matthew Karanian, the book describes the monuments that still stand today, capturing them in vivid color as they currently appear. Text also includes historic information of the location as well as when to visit, how to get there, and a suggested itinerary. It includes various historic and current maps showcasing information such as borders, kingdoms, and empires. While it serves as a valuable guide for travelers to Western Armenia, it is above all a beautifully written and photographed book.

Historic Armenia after 100 Years
176 pages, softcover, $39.95 plus shipping & handling
The Martyred Armenian Writers 1915-1922:
An Anthology

This anthology compiled by Dr. Herand M. Markarian showcases the lives and work of thirteen writers martyred during the Armenian Genocide. Each piece is an original English translation by Markarian and appears in print for the first time in this collection. Each writer is introduced by a short biography, pen names, literary characteristics, and translated works. The book also includes chapters on Armenian identity, the life of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, Armenian literature, accounts of the Genocide, prison sites, and the martyrdom of Taniel Varoujan, Roopen Sevag, and Indra.

The Martyred Armenian Writers 1915-1933
248 pages, softcover, $20.00 plus shipping and handling

To order these or other books, contact the Prelacy Bookstore by telephone (212-689-7810) or by email (books@armenianprelacy.org).

Legendary basketball coach, Jerry Tarkanian, died today in Las Vegas at age 84. He was one of the most successful and colorful coaches in basketball history. The son of genocide survivors, Tarkanian won more than 700 games and is credited with building Las Vegas into a national powerhouse in college basketball. Nicknamed “Tark the Shark,” he was often embroiled in long-running feuds with basketball’s hierarchy. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. He often spoke about his Armenian roots. In his Hall of Fame induction speech he described how his mother “fled her homeland on horseback with only the clothes on her back after her father and eldest brother were beheaded by Turkish soldiers.”


Monday, February 16 is Presidents Day, a federal holiday in the United States. All federal offices, post offices, banks, and most businesses are closed.
Note: Because of recent extreme weather conditions, please check locally for event cancellations.
February 15—Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain, Connecticut, will celebrate Poon Parekentan at 12:30 pm. “Junk Food Sunday”: Bring your favorite junk food to share, perhaps something you plan on giving up for Lent. No explanations required! Admission is free. Tae Kwon Do and Karate exhibition and workshop by Rachel, Caitlin, Romi, and Ava Bagdasarian. For information: ststephensarmenianchurch@yahoo.com.

February 19—“Remembering the Armenian Genocide: Memory Politics in Turkey Today,” a conversation between Osman Kavala, Chair of Anadolu Kultur (NGO), Istanbul and human rights advocate, and Dr. Mary Papazian, President of Southern Connecticut State University, 6:30 pm in Engleman  Hall, Room A120, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut.

February 21—Eastern Prelacy’s Annual New England Regional Conference, hosted by Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts. Conference is open to all clergy, board of trustee members, and delegates to the National Representative Assembly. Conference will begin at 9:30 am and conclude at 4:00 pm.

February 21—94th commemoration of the February 18th Revolt, sponsored by the Lowell “Aharonian” Gomideh, 6 pm, ARS Community Center, 142 Liberty Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. Dinner & program, “Seldom Visited Armenia,” a visual presentation  by Joe Dagdigian. Admission  $20 adults; $10 students.

February 28-March 1—Armenian Relief Society Youth Connect Program, at New York University, “Looking Beyond the Centennial.” Featuring: Khatchig Mouradian, ARS Youth Connect Program Director; Speakers, Scout Tufankjian, Photojournalist and Eric Nazarian, Filmmaker. For Armenian college students, 18-25 years old. Deadline for registration (required) January 30. Space is limited. $25 registration fee includes meals and the evening dinner. Overnight accommodation available for out-of-town students. For more information: arseastus@gmail.com or 617-926-3801.

March 1—One Nation, One Culture: A Cultural Evening of Song & Dance dedicated to the Armenian Genocide 100th Anniversary, Felician College, 262 South Main Street, Lodi, New Jersey at 4 pm. Organized by the New Jersey chapter of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, with co-sponsorship of AGBU Ararat NY, Homenetmen Regional Executive, Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA, and Tekeyan Cultural Association of Greater New York.

March 5—Official opening of Exhibit on Armenian textiles, “Stitching to Survive: Handwork of Armenian Women,” 6-8 pm, at the United Nations, New York. Reception to follow. Organized by the Armenian Relief Society, Inc., and the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the UN.

March 6—Conference, “Rebuilding a Nation: The Armenian Woman’s Century of Resistance and Empowerment,” 10 am-4 pm, at Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 East 52nd Street, New York City. Organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of the Armenian Relief Society, Inc.

March 6-8—National Athletic Tournament, hosted by the North Andover (Massachusetts) “Sassoun” AYF Chapter; accommodations, Andover Wyndham Hotel, 978-975-3600, book under “AYF” for special rate ($109); March 6, Characters Sports Club, 7 pm-midnight for those over 21; March 7, basketball & volleyball, Lawrence High School field house, 70-71 North Parish Road, Lawrence; 8 am-6 pm, mini-bus transportation available. Saturday night dance at hotel, 8:30 pm with Kevork Artinian & Friends. For tickets: Rich Minasian rminas6@gmail.com or 201-218-7126. Contact Mgo Kassabian for flight information, mgo.kassabian@gmail.com.

March 7—Cultural program in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, sponsored by the Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA, under auspices of Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate. At 7 pm at Waterside Restaurant & Catering, 7800 River Road, North Bergen, New Jersey. Donation: $100. For information: Knar Kiledjian 201-233-1566; Lena Orangian 516-724-3005 or by email to zavag@aol.com.

March 7—The 2015 Kyrkostas Concert, sponsored by the Anthropology Museum of the People of New York and the Armenian Museum at Queens College will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by celebrating the accomplishments of the musicians, dancers, and artists of the survivors. At 7 pm at Kaloustian Hall, at the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, 209-15 Horace Harding Boulevard, Bayside, New York. Reception will follow the program. Donation  $15 per person (2 for $25), children 12 and under $5. For information, directions and reservations: 718-428-5650.

March 8—Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Ladies Guild Lenten Luncheon, following the Divine Liturgy. For information: 201-943-2950.

March 13-15—“Responsibility 2015,” International conference for Armenian Genocide’s centennial at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, featuring prominent historians, policymakers, authors, and artists. Organized by the ARF Eastern US Centennial Committee, under the auspices of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America, Eastern Region. www.responsibility2015.com for information.

March 15—Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual Membership Meeting following the Divine Liturgy. For information: 201-943-2950.

March 13-15—International conference, “Responsibility 2015” marking the Armenian Genocide’s centennial, at Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City. Organized by the ARF Eastern United States Centennial Committee, under the auspices of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America, Eastern Region. For information visit the web site (www.responsibility2015.com).

March 20—Musical Armenia, presented by Eastern Prelacy and Prelacy Ladies Guild, Weill Recital Hall, 8 pm, Carnegie Hall, New York City. Featured artists Patil Harboyan, piano and Heather Tuach, cello, will present a program dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that will include works of Armenian composers Atamian, Babajanian, Gomidas, Khatchaturian, Saradjian, Stepanian, and Talalyan. Tickets are $25 and will be on sale after December 20th at the box office and the Prelacy, 212-689-7810.

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

April 25—Connecticut Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day at the Connecticut State Capitol. Keynote speaker: Noted author Chris Bohjalian.

April 26—Centennial commemoration of Genocide. Joint united Divine Liturgy in New York City (site to be announced), presided by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan. To be followed by Times Square gathering “100 Years to Remember.”

May 7, 8, 9—National Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration in Washington, DC, organized under the patronage of the Diocese and the Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Presided by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia. May 7, Ecumenical Service at the National Cathedral, 7 pm; May 8, A Journey Through Armenian Music at the Music Center at Strathmore, 7:30 pm; May 8 & 9, Exhibits, Films, and Events at various venues; May 9, Divine Liturgy at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 10 am; May 9, A Time to Give Thanks, banquet, 6 pm, Marriott Marquis.

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

June 3-6—National Representative Assembly hosted by St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts.

July 18—Blessing of the Holy Muron (Oil) by His Holiness Aram I, at the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon. For details click here.

October 5-9—Clergy gathering of Eastern, Western, and Canadian Prelacies.

November 15—90th Anniversary Banquet, St. Stephen’s Church, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain, Connecticut. Watch for details.
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