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TOP STORY                                                           August 6, 2015

Primate to Visit Nashville

Nashiville Mission Parish to Mark 20 Years 

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, will visit the mission parish of Nashville, TN, this weekend, as the community marks the 20th anniversary of its establishment.

On Saturday evening, August 8, Archbishop Barsamian will ordain Vartgez Mansourian, Armen Nadryan, and Stephan Oskian to the rank of acolyte. Razmig Kalanjian will be ordained to the sub-diaconate. The Rev. Fr. Abraham Ohanesian, the parish’s visiting pastor, and the Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian, the Diocese’s director of Mission Parishes, will assist the Primate.

Saturday’s ordinations will be the first to be performed in Nashville since the founding of the mission parish two decades ago. An anniversary dinner will follow the ordination service.  

On Sunday, Archbishop Barsamian will celebrate the Divine Liturgy. A luncheon will follow badarak. For more information on these events, click here to visit the parish’s website.


Scripture of the Week

Is 7:1-9
1 Cor 13:11-14:5
Mk 2:1-12

Prayer of the Week

By the holy cross let us beseech the Lord, that through it He may deliver us from our sins and save us by the grace of His mercy. Almighty Lord, our God, save us and have mercy on us. Amen.

Upcoming Saints & Feasts

8 August: 200 Fathers of the Holy Council of Ephesus (AD 431)

9 August: Barekendan of the Fast of Assumption


New Catholic Bishop
Patriarch Grégoire Pierre XX will be installed as the new leader of the Armenian Catholic Church.

New Patriarch for Armenian Catholic Church 

We convey good wishes to our brethren of the Armenian Catholic Church who will be installing a new patriarch this weekend in Beirut, Lebanon. Bishop Krikor Ghabroyan, formerly the Armenian Catholic Bishop of France, will be installed as Patriarch Grégoire Pierre XX.

In a message of congratulations, Pope Francis wished Patriarch Grégoire Pierre XX a fruitful ministry in what he described as challenging times for Christians in the Middle East. According to Vatican Radio, he added that “illuminated by the light of faith in the risen Christ, our vision of the world is full of hope and mercy, because we are certain that the Cross of Jesus is the tree that gives life."

A native of Aleppo, Syria, the new patriarch will succeed Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX, who passed away in June.



Nazar and Artemis Nazarian.

A 90th Birthday Celebration 

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, attended a special celebration in New Jersey on Sunday, August 2, as the friends and family of philanthropist Nazar Nazarian gathered to mark his 90th birthday.

Archbishop Barsamian offered a blessing. “Nazar and Artemis are shining examples of our Armenian Christian faith and heritage in action,” he said. “Through their support of the Armenian Church, the AGBU and our dear homeland Armenia, they witness their faith and selfless service.”

The Primate also conveyed the warm message of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

Remarks were made by Mr. Nazarian’s children, Seta Nazarian and Dr. Levon Nazarian; Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Garen Nazarian; and Armenia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Zohrab Mnatsakanian.   

Click here to read more.

Primate Visits Camp Nubar
Archbishop Barsamian consecrates an icon of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.

Holy Martyrs Icon Arrives at Camp Nubar

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, visited AGBU Camp Nubar in upstate New York on August 3-4. During a special service, he consecrated an icon of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide, which will be permanently housed at the camp. Campers assisted on the altar during the service.

Following the service, Archbishop Barsamian led a question-and-answer session, during which campers had an opportunity to learn more about last spring’s canonization of the Holy Martyrs of 1915, its significance, and their role in carrying forward the legacy of the martyrs 100 years later.

Archbishop Barsamian spent the remainder of his visit interacting with campers during their regular classes and activities. Click here to view photos.

Primate Visits St. Vartan Camp
Campers and counselors at St. Vartan Camp pose for a photo with clergy.

Primate Visits Diocesan Summer Camps

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, recently visited both Diocesan summer camps—Hye Camp in Ingleside, IL, and St. Vartan Camp at the Ararat Center in upstate New York.

At Hye Camp on Friday, July 31, Archbishop Barsamian consecrated an icon of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. He spoke with the campers about the legacy of the Holy Martyrs and the significance of the centennial year of the Armenian Genocide. Later that evening, local community members prepared dinner. Click here to view photos from Hye Camp.  

The Hye Camp program is led by the Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian, pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, IL; Jennifer Morris, the Diocese’s director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries; and Lisa Mardigian, youth coordinator at St. John Church of Southfield, MI. A number of regional clergy have been visiting the camp as well.  

On Tuesday, August 4, Archbishop Barsamian visited campers taking part in “Session C” of St. Vartan Camp. He spent the day observing camp classes, playing tavloo with campers, and answering their questions. In an address to the entire camp community, he asked the young people to consider what lessons they could draw from the Holy Martyrs of 1915, and what legacy they would like to leave for their descendants. Click here to view photos.

Medical professionals in Armenia learn about intensive pediatric care.

Pediatric Intensive Care Course Returns to Armenia

Two years ago the Fund for Armenian Relief’s Continuing Medical Education program launched a special training series on intensive pediatric care at Muratsan University Hospital in Yerevan. It was made possible through the generosity of Randy Sapah-Gulian, chair of FAR’s Board of Directors, and the Sapah-Gulian Foundation.

The course gave doctors and nurses the opportunity to learn more about intensive pediatric care from leading U.S. pediatricians and critical care specialists.

This summer, six physicians who graduated with excellence from the training course taught the material to a new cohort under the mentorship of the same team of U.S. doctors who led the inaugural session in 2013. It was once again sponsored by the Sapah-Gulian Foundation.

Click here to read more on FAR’s blog.


Holy Trinity Church, PA
Participants in the Bible Study gatherings held at Holy Trinity Church.

Summer Bible Study in Cheltenham

This summer, a group of friends from the Holy Trinity Church in Cheltenham, PA, met on four consecutive Thursday mornings to spend time with the Word of God.

The Bible Study gatherings were sponsored by the parish’s Adult Christian Education ministry, established a few years ago by the pastor, the Rev. Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan, and the parish council. For its latest effort, 15 to 18 people read Bible passages under the leadership of Fr. Gevorgyan and three Holy Trinity parishioners. “We have so much talent in our parish; I feel very comfortable assigning lay people to guide our discussions on the Bible,” remarked the pastor.

Readings from the Old and New Testaments were chosen by the respective leaders. Deacon Albert Keshgegian led an enlightening session on the five Psalms used in Armenian liturgical services. Parish council member Brian Hoyle directed an intense examination of the “Suffering Servant” passage from Isaiah. Nancy Basmajian used St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians and a prayer by St. Gregory of Narek to examine meditations on the church.

The series concluded with Fr. Gevorgyan’s presentation of the “I Am” statements of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John. The session began with Fr. Hagop’s thoughtful question: “Is your experience of Jesus Christ more like swimming in a pool, or like swimming in the ocean?” It provoked a lively conversation, as each participant responded in turn, and tried to explain his or her answer.

Upcoming events

Upcoming Parish Events    

St. Gregory the Enlightener Church | White Plains, NY
The Women's Guild of St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, NY, will host an “All-American BBQ FUNdraiser” on Saturday, August 8, beginning at 6 p.m. on church grounds. Click here to view a flyer for information.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fuller Center for Housing in Armenia. St. Gregory the Enlightener Church has already helped build three homes in Armenia, and looks forward to donating $10,500 toward the completion of a fourth house for a family in need.

St. Gregory the Illuminator Church | Chicago, IL
St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, IL, will host its 40th annual “Armenian Fest” on Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, on church grounds. Enjoy Armenian food, live music and dancing, games for children, and more. Click here to view a flyer for information.

Armenian Church at Hye Pointe | Haverhill, MA
Hye Pointe Church will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, August 23, from 12 to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Farm (1314 Main St. in Haverhill). Enjoy live music by the Jason Naroian Ensemble and Armenian foods and pastries. Other activities include field games, face-painting, and kickball. Click here to view a flyer for information, or call (978) 327-9227.

Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church | Providence, RI
Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church of Providence, RI, will host its annual picnic on August 15 and 16, starting at noon on both days. Enjoy Armenian food, live music, dancing, and other activities. Click here to view a flyer for information.


2015 ASP

A Journey of Discovery with ASP

Six young people took part in this summer's ACYOA Armenia Service Program, from July 2 to 20. During the three-week trip, they encountered Armenia's geography and its religious and historic sites. But above all, they learned about the local way of life, and had an opportunity to give back.

The group was led by the Rev. Fr. Tadeos Barseghyan, pastor of St. Sahag Church of St. Paul, MN. The ACYOA again partnered with the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) to prepare the service component of the itinerary, and group members volunteered at FAR's Vanadzor Old Age Home and its Children's Center in Yerevan.

Click on the following links to read more and to view photos.


Blessing of Grapes

Feast of the Assumption at St. Vartan Cathedral

On Sunday, August 16, the Armenian Church will observe the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God, which commemorates how St. Mary was taken up in body and soul, or “assumed,” into heaven. On this feast day, the “Blessing of Grapes” service takes place immediately after the Divine Liturgy.

At St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York City, the Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 16. The “Blessing of Grapes” service will follow.

A picnic on the cathedral plaza will be held at the conclusion of services.

Click here to view a flyer for information.

Armenian Concert

Armenian-American Night on Long Island

The annual Eisenhower Park Armenian-American night will be held on Sunday, August 16, beginning at 7 p.m. in East Meadow, NY.  

The evening will feature performances by the Michael Gostanian Ensemble and the singer Bartev. Click here to view a flyer for information.