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May 8, 2014
Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General, and the Religious and Executive Councils of the Eastern Prelacy announce with great sorrow the passing of Diramayr Marie Choloyan, mother of our Prelate, Archbishop Oshagan. His Eminence left this afternoon to join his family in Lebanon.
Diramayr Marie passed away yesterday, May 7, in Beirut, Lebanon. She was 94 years old. She is survived by three sons, Archbishop Oshagan, Vartan, and Armen and a daughter, Ani. Her husband, Antranig, and two sons, Sarkis and Simon, predeceased her.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, May 10, at 1 pm at the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Antelias, Lebanon. Interment will follow at the Armenian National Cemetery in Bourdj Hammoud.
In lieu-of-flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Eastern Prelacy. Checks should be payable to Armenian Apostolic Church of America and sent to the Armenian Prelacy, 138 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Archbishop Oshagan and the entire Choloyan family. We pray that All-Merciful God will receive her soul in eternal peace and bliss. May her memory shine forth always.
Bishop Anoushavan attended and participated in the 99th Armenian Genocide Commemoration that took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the third Canadian Genocide monument was unveiled and consecrated on April 27 with more than 300 people attending.
The unusual and creative monument designed by Matilda Aslizadeh is based on an archival fingerprint of an individual who experienced the genocide. As described by the designer, “The fingerprint pattern is magnified so that it begins to evoke a landscape, and the negative space of the pattern is cut through to create a lace-like appearance. The sculpture is raised from the ground and supported by 50 rods that line up with an invisible map of the geographical locations of the massacres.”
The dedication of the Armenian genocide monument in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 27.
Flowers decorate the monument after the unveiling and dedication.
Archbishop Oshagan welcomed Ms. Seda Arzoumanian, Resource Development Manager of Habitat Armenia, to the Prelacy this morning.
Last Friday, May 2, the pastor and board of trustees of Sts. Vartanantz Church hosted an “Appreciation Night,” that honored five long-time members of the choir, Margaret Papazian, Michael Mirakian, Lynn Mahlebjian, Ara Dinkjian, and Zohrab Zakarian.
The evening was marked with fellowship, delicious food, and the melodious live music by the popular Bob Aslanian (aka Bobby Lane), a faithful parishioner of Sts. Vartanantz.
Representing Archbishop Oshagan, Bishop Anoushavan congratulated the honorees and praised Der Hayr and the Board for an exceptional evening and noted the importance of honoring individuals who have served the church with devoted distinction for decades.
Bishop Anoushavan, Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, and members of the Board of Trustees with the five individuals honored during “Appreciation Night” at Sts. Vartanantz Church.
The 45th annual competition of Armenian Saturday and Day Schools in the New York/New Jersey area took place last Saturday, May 3, at the Armenian Center in Woodside, New York. The competition is organized each year by the literary committee of the Hamazkayin of New York. Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, New York City, guided the competition.
Participating schools included: Holy Martyrs Day and Saturday schools; St. Sarkis Saturday School (Douglaston); and Nareg Saturday School (New Jersey). Certificates and gifts were presented to all of the participants, and additional gifts were awarded to those students who answered all questions correctly.
The participants in the Armenian school competition with Der Hayr and teachers.
Bishop Anoushavan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the Sermon at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey last Sunday, May 3. Following the Liturgy, His Grace offered his presentation that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passing of Catholicos Zareh I (1963), and the 30th anniversary of the passing of Khoren I (1983). The Vicar has been delivering this presentation at many parishes in the United States, as well as in Canada, during 2013. Sunday’s event in New Jersey was the final presentation. Also taking part in the program were students of the Nareg Saturday School who provided stirring recitations and angelic singing.
The Vicar has prepared books in Armenian and English based on his presentation about the two Catholicoi. Bishop Anoushavan acknowledged three people in the audience who helped produce the books, namely, Hourig Papazian-Sahagian who translated the Armenian into English; Iris Papazian, the editor of the English edition, and Dr. Carlo Bayrakdarian, the benefactor of both the Armenian and English editions.
Bishop Anoushavan and Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian with the altar servers and choir members at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey.
Students of the Nareg Saturday School  presented recitations and songs.
The 2014 National Representative Assembly (NRA), along with the Clergy Conference, and the Conference of the National Association of Ladies Guilds (NALG), will take place May 13-17, hosted by St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan. Delegates and guests will find more information here.

St. Gregory of Datev Institute will hold its 28th annual summer program for youth ages 13-18 at St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from June 29 to July 6, 2014. The program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC).
For information and registration, please visit the Prelacy website (
Note: Beginning last April 28  and continuing until Pentecost (June 8), 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, May 8, Red Sunday are: 1) Luke 9:18-36; 2) Acts 13:16-43; 1 Peter 5:1-14; John 5:19-30:12; 3) Matthew 11:25-30; 4) Mark 4:26-34.
Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. Your sister church in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark. Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. (1 Peter 5:1014)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Sunday, May 11, is the fourth Sunday of Eastertide, known as Red Sunday (Garmir Giragi). The name does not have an ecclesiastical origin. Red is the color of blood and this may be an appropriate time to honor the memory of the early Christian martyrs.
The name Red Sunday is also believed to refer to the burst of color that comes forth from the land after a barren winter. Similar to last week’s Green Sunday, it is a celebration of nature and life, symbolizing rebirth after the Resurrection of our Lord.
Three clergymen were elevated to the rank of bishop on the weekend of April 26-27, in Antelias. The ordination ceremony began on Saturday evening in the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator where His Holiness Aram presided over the ritual of the examination of the faith of Very Rev. Meghrig Parikian (Prelacy of Canada), Very Rev. Krikor Chiftjian (Prelacy of Aderbadagan), and Very Rev. Magar Ashekian (Prelacy of Tehran). Following the reading of the recommendations of the Dioceses requesting their ordination and prayers, His Holiness led them to the ceremony of the confession of the true Orthodox faith. The priests confessed their faith, signed papers and vowed to remain loyal to the Catholicosate of Cilicia, to His Holiness Aram I, and to the Church and its faithful.
On Sunday, His Holiness consecrated the foreheads and right hands of the three priests with Holy Muron, gave them their Episcopal rings and pronounced them Bishops. In his message, the Catholicos described the vocation of the episcopate as service, obedience, humility, and accountability to the people.
At the conclusion of the two-day ordination and consecration ceremony, His Holiness received the new bishops and the pilgrims who had accompanied them.

A delegation of German bishops, headed by Archbishop Ludwig Schick, met with His Holiness Aram I, as part of their fact-finding trip in the region concerning the situation of Christians in the Middle East. After describing the situation, His Holiness emphasized the importance of strengthening the internal unity of Christians and providing assistance to the communities to help displaced families. The Catholicos described the difficulties facing Armenians in Syria. He also spoke about the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Armenian Genocide in 2015. The visit ended with an agreement to strengthen relations between the Catholicosate of Cilicia and the Roman Catholic Church in Germany.
The crises in Syria, including the recent upheaval in Kessab, need our financial assistance.
Please keep this community in your prayers, your hearts, and your pocketbooks.
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
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
Write “Right” in the Right Way
You can say that something is right, accurate, or true in Armenian with the word ooghigh (ուղիղ).(*) You say ooghigh jampa (ուղիղ ճամբայ) “right road.” Note that when the word ooghigh becomes a compound word of any kind, the intermediate i is lost. This is why you have some words like:
ooghghagi (ուղղակի “direct”). Example: ooghghagi gab (ուղղակի կապ) “direct link."
ooghghel (ուղղել “to straighten; to direct”). Example: poghgabe ooghghel (փողկապը ուղղել) “to straighten the tie”; tebi harav ooghghel (դէպի հարաւ ուղղել) “to direct to the south.”
ooghghootioon (ուղղութիւն “direction”). Example: jisht ooghghootioon (ճիշդ ուղղութիւն) “accurate direction” (ooghigh ooghghootioon does not sound right...)
ooghghakrootioon (ուղղագրութիւն “orthography”). Example: hayereni ooghghakrootioon (հայերէնի ուղղագրութիւն) “Armenian orthography”
Now, there is a word that makes trouble, ooghi (ուղի) “road,” which is a synonym of jampa and janabarh. Many usual words are derived from ooghi and are all related to the notion of “road” or “travel,” such as:
ooghargel (ուղարկել “to send”)
hooghargavorootioon (յուղարկաւորութիւն “gravesite service,” when you send the soul of the deceased to its final rest)
ooghevorootioon (ուղեւորութիւն “travel”)
yergatooghi (երկաթուղի “railway”)
Many people tend to confuse ooghi with ooghigh, perhaps due to the closeness of meanings between “direction” and “travel,” and to write, for instance, ooghargel with two gh (ուղղարկել), which is plainly wrong. How do you avoid common spelling mistakes of this kind?
Memo to yourself: if you write any Armenian word related to the English concept of right, whether the root is Anglo-Saxon (“straight”), Latin (“direct”) or Greek (“ortho”), you are dealing with ooghigh (ուղիղ). If you remember that, you will always be using two gh-s and you will always be... right.

(*) Ooghigh, of unknown origin, entered the Armenian language in the fifth century. Its synonym shidag (շիտակ), of equally unknown origin, appeared in the Low Middle Ages. Although both are utilized interchangeably, shidag has a more colloquial use and cannot be always used as a full synonym of ooghigh.

Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site (
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
Death of Stepanos Nazariantz
(May 9, 1879)
The nineteenth century was a period of awakening for Armenians both in the Ottoman and the Russian Empire. In Russia, one of its pioneers was Stepanos Nazariantz, a journalist, teacher, and orientalist.
He was born on May 27, 1812, in Tiflis (now Tbilisi), in the family of a priest. The Nersisian Lyceum, founded by the primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia, Nerses Ashtaraketsi, was opened in 1824, and Nazariantz studied there between 1824 and 1829. He became also one of the first Armenian students of the Caucasus to study in Dorpat (now Tartu, in Estonia), which had one of the best, German-speaking universities in the Russian Empire.
In Dorpat, Nazariantz first studied at the gymnasium for a year (1833-1834) and then at the schools of Medicine (1835-1836) and Philosophy (1836-1840). He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the work of Persian poet Ferdowsi, Shahnameh (Book of Kings). From 1842-1849 he was the chair of the Armenian language department at the University of Kazan. Later he moved to Moscow, where he was professor of Persian language and literature at the famous Lazarian Lyceum until his death. From 1869-1871 he was also principal of the lyceum.
Influenced by European enlightenment and Russian social movements of the 1840s, Nazariantz wrote against the ruling feudal system and its ideology. He was a fervent advocate of modernization, as well as of patriotic ideas, such as the struggle against Turkish domination. He saw education as the key of Armenian progress, and supported the development of secular instruction and methods of pedagogy that were consistent and age-appropriate. He advocated the use of Modern Armenian, and perhaps his greatest achievement was the publication of the monthly Hiusisapayl (Aurora Borealis, 1858-1864), together with his younger associate Mikayel Nalbandian, which had an important role in the development of Eastern Armenian. The monthly became the voice of progressive ideas, and ran afoul of the Armenian establishment due to the discussion of sensitive issues, such as his criticism of serfdom and clerical power. Nazariantz and Nalbandian developed principles to modernize literary criticism among Armenians.
Nazariantz wrote a number of books in Russian (A Brief Survey of Thirteenth Century Armenian Literature, 1844; A Survey of Armenian Literature in the Modern Period, 1846) and Armenian (Discourse on Experimental Psychology, 1853; First Spiritual Nutrition for Armenian Children, 1853; Source Book of Religion, 1854, and Review of Modern Armenian Speaking, 1857). He also wrote poetry and translated many works, including those of Swiss poet Friedrich Schiller. He passed away on May 9, 1879, in Moscow.
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (
We have now entered the tenth decade that will lead us to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2015. The Prelacy’s Bookstore has an extensive collection of books (in Armenian and English) about the Genocide including histories, historical novels, memoirs, eye witness testimonies, essays, and poetry. From now through next April we will feature one or two books each week from the Bookstore’s collection.
In honor of Mother’s Day this week we offer two books about mothers written by their children.
By Virginia Haroutunian

In Orphans in the Sands Virginia Haroutunian tells the story of her mother Victoria who survived a death march through the desert in 1915. As a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, Victoria struggles with the memories of her experiences as she forges a new life in Michigan. This story tells of her journey and the experiences of her children and husband by her side.

Orphan in the Sands, 192 pages, softcover, $15.00
Անրի Վերնէօյ, թարգմ. Ժիրայր Աթթարեան
Նիւ Եորք, Ազգ. Առաջնորդարան, 1987
Գին՝ 15 տոլար (թղթակազմ)

Ֆրանսահայ նշանաւոր բեմադրիչ Անրի Վերնէօյ (1920-2002) այս յուշագրութիւնը, որ կը ներկայացնէ իր մանկութեան ու պատանեկութեան տարիները՝ որպէս գաղթական, յուզիչ ձօն մըն է ծնողներուն ու ընտանիքին, նաեւ բողոք մը՝ Մեծ Եղեռնի անպատիժ մնացած ոճիրին դէմ։
To order contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email ( or by telephone (212-689-7810).
May 9—Armenian Relief Society Mayr Chapter of New York presents “A Mother’s Day Dinner Dance,” featuring the Akhtamar Dance Ensemble and music by Khajag, at the Armenian Center, 69-23 47th Avenue, Woodside, New York. Adults $40; children (under 10) $15. For reservations: Anais, 718-392-6982 or Anahid 718-263-9325.
May 10—Unveiling of new genocide memorial by Lowell City Hall, sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Monument Committee of Merrimack Valley, 10 am, downtown procession, followed by program at City Hall and reception in St. Ann’s Church at noon. Musical interlude by soloist Sevan Dulgarian. Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, MC.
May 10—“Remembering Zahrad” on the 90th anniversary of his birth. Sponsored by the Esayan-Getronagan Alumni of New York, 8 pm at Kalustyan Hall, Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, Bayside, New York. Featuring: Arto Krimian, Dr. Herand Markarian, Zivart Balikjian, Berge Turabian. Admission is free.
May 11—Mothers Day Brunch organized by the Board of Trustees of St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, following the Divine Liturgy. Program will follow. Admission by donation.
May 16—Eastern Prelacy’s National Representative Assembly (NRA) banquet hosted by St. Sarkis Church (Dearborn) at Double Tree Hotel Banquet Hall, 5801 Southfield Service Drive, Detroit. Cocktails 7 pm; dinner 8 pm. Ticket donation, $50. For reservations contact the church office, 313-336-6200 before May 9.
May 21—Benefit for Boston’s Armenian Heritage Park, “Chefs Party for Our Park!” Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 6:30 pm, with participation of more than 15 of Boston’s top chefs. Go to for information.
May 13-17—Clergy Conference and National Representative Assembly, and Annual Conference of the National Association of Ladies’ Guilds (NALG) of the Eastern Prelacy, hosted by St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan.
May 18—St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York, Saturday school year-end hantes, 4 pm.
May 18—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, ARS Havadk Chapter Bingo Luncheon.
May 24—96th anniversary of Armenian independence sponsored by Lowell “Aharonian” ARF, 6 pm, St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Dinner, entertainment, and speaker, Baku pogrom survivor Anna Turcotte, author of “Nowhere, A story of Exile.” Admission: $20 adults; $10 students.
May 31—The Armenian Bar Association presents a panel discussion about “Ongoing Legal Efforts and Challenges to Preserve Armenian Antiquities and Cultural Property,” at Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, New York City (between 5th and 6th Avenues), 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Free admission. For information: Denise Darmanian or 917-848-0968.
May 31—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Ladies’ Guild Cooking Class, “Short Cuts to Armenian Cooking,” 11 am, Homemade Lahmajoon. $15 for each class; $40 for three classes.
June 1—Ladies Guild Annual Brunch, St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
June 1—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Sunday School trip to Boston.
June 8—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Ladies’ Guild Hot Dog Social.
June 15—St. Gregory Church, annual Father’s Day Picnic, 12 noon to 5 pm on the church grounds at 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf. Baked goods available for purchase. Raffle, Armenian music and dancing, and activities for children. Admission and parking are free. For information, 413-543-4763.
June 16-17—St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Sunday School Teens Seminar at Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center, Clarkston, Michigan.
June 23—Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, 11th Annual Golf Outing, Sterling National Country Club, Sterling, Massachusetts. Tee off: 9 am, shotgun start, scramble format. $145 per person includes: Golf, cart, breakfast, dinner, prizes, raffles, and chance to win a two-year lease on a 2014 Land Rover with a hole in one. For information: Kap Kaprielian, or 508-872-9629.
June 24-26—Vacation Bible Camp for preschool (age 4) to 6th grade students at St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, from 10 am to 2 pm. Religious activities, lessons, crafts, and games. For information: 313-336-6200.
June 28—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Ladies Guild Cooking Class, “Short Cuts to Armenian Cooking,” 11 am, Mock Manti. $15 for each class; $40 for three classes.
June 29 – July 6, 2014: St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Program for youth ages 13-18 at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). For information, contact the AREC office at 212.689.7810 or at
July 14—39th Annual St. Sarkis Golf & Tennis Classic, Meadowbrook Country Club, Northville, Michigan. $250 donation for golf breakfast, lunch, and banquet. $125 donation banquet only. Reservations: 313-336-6200.
July 19—“A Hye Summer A Night IX,” sponsored by the Ladies Guild of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, and Armenian Relief Society Ani Chapter, 7 pm to 12 midnight. Dinner Dance at Alpine Country Club, Pippen Orchard Drive, Cranston, Rhode Island, featuring Hachig Kazarian, John Berberian, Ken Kalajian, and Jason Naroian. Dinner-Dance, $50; dance only after 8:30 pm, $35 (with student ID $25). RSVP before June 30. Call Joyce Yeremian, 401-354-8770, or Joyce Bagdasarian, 401-434-4467,
July 26—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Ladies Guild Cooking Class, “Short Cuts to Armenian Cooking,” 11 am, Boereg. $15 for each class; $40 for three classes.
August 17—St. Sarkis Church (Dearborn) Grape Blessing Family Fun Picnic at Kensington Park, Kensington, Michigan. Good food, music, biking, soccer, dancing, magician, swimming, playscape, kids games, door prizes, face painting, tavloo tournament and more.
September 18—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, 12th Annual Golf Classic, River Vale Country Club, River Vale, New Jersey. Rain or Shine. 11 am registration and Grilled Lunch Buffet; 1 pm Tee Off. Format: Shotgun Scramble (All player levels welcome). Golf Outing Reservation: $195; limited to first 128 paid golf reservations. Reservation includes: Grilled lunch buffet, dinner banquet, golf, cart, and range balls. Contests and Prizes. Sponsorships available. For information: 201-943-2950.
October 3—St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Douglaston, New York, Saturday School Dinner Dance Gala.
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