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Armenia Independence Day
Looking out at Mt. Aragats. (Photo by Suren Grigorian)

Celebrating Armenia's Independence 

Monday, September 21, marks the 24th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Armenia. Celebrations are planned in the homeland and in Armenian communities across the diaspora.
The rebirth of the Armenian homeland is one of the most momentous developments in the history of the Armenian people. Armenia’s citizens voted for independence from the Soviet Union on September 21, 1991, and the resulting free republic became a member of the United Nations on March 2, 1992.

On Sunday, September 20, parishes of the Eastern Diocese will conduct the “Order of Thanksgiving Prayer of the Republic of Armenia.” Click here to download the prayer booklet.
May our risen Lord bestow his grace on our homeland, keep it under his loving protection, and guide all its citizens—our brothers and sisters—in their heroic work to build a decent, prosperous, and just society.


Scripture of the Week

Is 14:3-17
2 Cor 10:18-11:10
Mk 10:1-12

Prayer of the Week

O Lord our God, listen to the voice of supplications of your servants and keep unshaken the Republic of Armenia, which you restored through the grace of your mercy. Bless, O Lord, our ancestral land, so that the site where you first established the blessed paradise would again bloom with flowers. Bless, O Lord, everything that is good in it, and especially its appellation, the name Armenia. Amen.

Upcoming Saints & Feasts

20 September: Barekendan of the Fast of the Holy Cross of Varak

21 September: Armenian Independence Day

22 September: Holy Virgins Febronia and Maryann, and Shushan, daughter of Great Vartan


Blessing of Holy Muron

Seal of Holiness: Preparing the Holy Muron

Ten days from today, in a magnificent ceremony at Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will bless the Holy Muron—the holy oil employed in all the church’s sacramental anointing services.

The special service is conducted by the Catholicos about every seven years; it was last performed in 2008. Earlier this summer monks at Holy Etchmiadzin began preparing the Muron, and on August 19, the distinctive silver cauldron used in the sanctification ceremony was filled with oil and positioned on the Altar of Descent. It will be carried to the outdoor Altar of St. Drtad, where the blessing ceremony will take place on September 27.

Click here to view a brief video about the tradition of the Holy Muron.

Welcoming Pope Francis
At St. Peter’s Basilica on April 12, His Holiness Pope Francis greets His Holiness Karekin II during the Mass for the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

Welcoming Pope Francis 

Next week's visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia is an ideal opportunity to recall with gratitude the Pope’s remarkable gesture of outreach to the Armenian people earlier this year.

Armenians around the world found their hearts deeply touched on April 12, as Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in the company of His Holiness Karekin II, His Holiness Aram I, and other Armenian dignitaries. In an exquisite service in the Armenian rite, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church offered prayers in memory of the Armenian martyrs of 1915, and expressed his profound solidarity with the Armenian people in their historic struggles and continuing aspirations. Click here to view the entire broadcast of the April 12 Mass.

On behalf of the entire Eastern Diocese, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian extends a warm welcome to His Holiness on the eve of his visit to America's East Coast. Click here to view the Diocese’s welcome message that currently appears in a special commemorative edition of “Catholic New York,” America’s largest Catholic newspaper.


Fr. Kapriel Mouradjian
Fr. Kapriel Mouradjian was ordained to the holy priesthood in 2005.

Two Milestones in New Britain 

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, will visit the Church of Holy Resurrection on Sunday, September 20, as the parish honors its pastor, the Rev. Fr. Kapriel Mouradjian on the 10th anniversary of his ordination to the holy priesthood. The community will also mark the 35th anniversary of the consecration of its current sanctuary in New Britain.

Fr. Mouradjian will celebrate the Divine Liturgy; Archbishop Barsamian will deliver the homily. A dinner will follow in the church hall.

UN Prayer Service
Participants at the UN prayer service in Manhattan this week.

United Nations Prayer Service

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, and the Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar, attended a prayer service this week organized on the occasion of the opening of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The September 14 service was held at the Church of the Holy Family in New York, under the auspices of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Vatican to the United Nations. It was led by Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Vatican to the UN. A meditation was offered by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Washington. Remarks were made by Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Mogens Lykketoft, President-elect of the 70th session of the General Assembly.  

“War is driving millions of people from their homes. Violent extremists are killing in the name of religion. They bring immense suffering to people — and great shame to the faiths they claim to represent,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. “This prayer service is an answer to the bigots, extremists, and terrorists who try to divide communities.”

He went on to speak about the upcoming visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the United Nations. “His Holiness urged us to mobilize the world beyond all religious or political differences,” the Secretary-General said. “He called on us to spread solidarity, especially for the poorest and most excluded people. I fully agree that this is the purpose of the United Nations, and I will do everything possible to answer this call.”

Among the UN ambassadors in attendance was Armenia’s Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.


An Artist's Tribute to the Genocide Centennial 

On the evening of Tuesday, October 6, a new 10-foot tall, bronze-and-polished-steel sculpture will be unveiled and blessed in a ceremony on the plaza of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in Manhattan.

The sculpture, titled “Migrations,” is the creation of award-winning artist Michael Aram—who conceived the work as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, will preside over the unveiling in the presence of community leaders and dignitaries.

The unveiling of “Migrations” on October 6 will begin on the outdoor plaza of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral (630 Second Avenue, at 34th Street, in New York City) at 6:30 p.m. A concert by master pianist ┼×ahan Arzruni, and a reception on the plaza, will follow the unveiling and blessing service.

The event, which is open to the public, is being organized as a fundraiser for the Annual Appeal of the Eastern Diocese, where donations to support Diocesan ministries will be graciously welcomed.

Click on the following links to read more and to view a short video about Michael Aram and “Migrations.”

Crosby Goshgarian
Crosby Goshgarian (1920-2015).

In Memoriam: Crosby Goshgarian (1920-2015)

The Eastern Diocese mourns the passing of Mr. Crosby Goshgarian, a former chairman of the Diocesan Council, longtime Diocesan delegate, and benefactor, who passed away yesterday at the age of 94.

A native of Kharpert, Mr. Goshgarian came to America as small child with his family. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Air Force, and returned from the service to lead and expand the family business—and to become one of the leaders of the ambitious generation that greatly expanded the Armenian Church in America.

He was a lifelong member of the St. James Church of Watertown, MA, where he served as parish council chairman for many years. At a critical moment in parish history, Crosby took on the chairmanship of the building committee charged with constructing the St. James Church and Cultural Youth Center, which was completed in 1967.

For 40 years, Crosby represented the Watertown community as a Diocesan delegate, and during that time was elected to the Diocesan Council, which he led as chairman for many productive years during the primacy of Archbishop Torkom Manoogian.

In 1994, he was named the Eastern Diocese’s “Armenian Church Member of the Year,” and in 1981, His Holiness Vasken I, the late Catholicos of All Armenians, bestowed on him the “St. Gregory the Illuminator Medal.”

“Crosby Goshgarian was a kind and pious gentleman, deeply patriotic, and profoundly devoted to Christ and the church,” Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, wrote in a message of condolence. “Most of all, Crosby Goshgarian will be remembered for his warm, good-humored personality, and his generous compassion for others.”

The dahn gark (wake) service for Crosby Goshgarian will be held at the St. James Armenian Church (465 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA) on Sunday, September 20, with viewing hours from 6 to 8 p.m., and the wake service at 7 p.m. The funeral will be held at St. James Church on Monday, September 21, at 11:00 a.m.

The family has asked that memorial donations in Mr. Goshgarian’s name be made to the St. James Armenian Church of Watertown.

Annual Appeal

Support the Diocese's Annual Appeal

The Eastern Diocese has launched its 2015 Annual Appeal—the only Diocesan-wide fundraiser conducted each year to help the Diocese undertake the many ministries, programs, and resources that enrich life in our parishes.

The past year has been a genuine milestone in the story of the Armenian people. The Armenian Genocide centennial was a call to remember the great calamity—the unforgettable crime against our people—that has affected every Armenian life of the past century.

But 2015 was also an opportunity for our entire community to reach out in a united fashion, to bring the story of the Genocide to a broad audience: to steer our society towards official recognition, and towards a renewed determination to combat genocide wherever it occurs. We saw the legacy of our Armenian martyrs brought to life.

But none of it happened in a vacuum. We met the challenge of 2015 because our community institutions were strong, prepared, and ready to act. And the Eastern Diocese was a leader in this effort. 

Year in and year out, the Eastern Diocese works to preserve the precious legacy we have inherited. And it is the generous support we receive from people like you that allows us to maintain and expand our vital ministries involving Christian education, Bible study, Armenian language, summer camps, youth outreach, mission parishes, and advanced technologies for communication and instruction, to name a few.

Please accept this invitation to strengthen our efforts. Your generous contribution to the 2015 Annual Appeal will help spread the good work of the Armenian Church across our local communities—and across the generations.
Follow this link to donate now to the 2015 Annual Appeal.

Armenian Teachers Symposium
Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian with symposium participants.

A Symposium for Armenian Teachers

The Diocese’s Armenian Studies Department hosted an Armenian Teachers’ Symposium on Saturday September 12, at the Diocesan Center in New York. The daylong gathering focused on “Blended Learning”—the use of technology in traditional instruction—and drew more than 50 educators from Diocesan Armenian Schools.

Artoun Hamalian, director of the Education Department at AGBU, gave a talk titled “Identity, Culture, Education: Prospects, Priorities, Resources.” Natalie Gabrelian, director of Scholarships and Alternative Education at AGBU, and Lusine Keropyan, an associate in the AGBU Education Department, presented new digital resources for language instruction.

Gilda Buchakjian, the Diocese’s Armenian Studies director, addressed the subjects of blended learning and parental involvement. She recommended ways to strengthen parental involvement in the learning process.

The symposium concluded with a presentation on the history of Armenian education, from the 19th century to today.

Click here to read more and to view photos.

WGCC 2015
The Women's Guild Central Council with Archbishop Barsamian and Fr. Odabashian.

Women's Guild Central Council Meets

On Saturday, September 12, the Women’s Guild Central Council met at the Diocesan Center in New York. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, and the Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, the Diocese’s liaison to the Central Council, led the council members in a reflection on the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.

Agenda items included a discussion on how to boost support to the parish guilds, preparations for a fall symposium, and preliminary plans for the 30th annual Women’s Guild Assembly scheduled for May 2016.

“We had a very productive meeting with dynamic discussions and creative thinking,” said Central Council chair Nancy Kassabian. “We look forward to serving as a cohesive, collegial board and creating opportunities for women’s ministry for all members, and increasing our interaction with the guilds”



Holy Cross
The blessing of madagh at Holy Cross Church.

New York's Holy Cross Church Observes Name-Day

Holy Cross Church in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood hosted its name-day celebration on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Sunday, September 13. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, celebrated the Divine Liturgy, with the Rev. Fr. Bedros Kadehjian, the parish’s visiting priest, assisting.

Following the Divine Liturgy, a madagh dinner was served. Jon Simonian, Jr., parish council chair, opened the day’s program with words of welcome. On behalf of the parish, he congratulated Fr. Kadehjian on the 10th anniversary of his ordination to the holy priesthood. Fr. Kadehjian was presented with a hand cross.

Children gave a violin performance, followed by a performance by acclaimed pianist Kariné Poghosyan. The parish awarded its Mabel Fenner Scholarships to this year’s recipients. Letters of blessing and recognition were presented on behalf of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, to five parishioners: Dn. Melkon Adanas, stole bearer Hagop Uryan, soloist Aleksan Kasabian, soloist Hagop Dedeyan, and organist and soloist Anna Mintanciyan.

“Holy Cross Church is a historic sanctuary in our Diocese,” Archbishop Barsamian said. “Eighty-six years ago the founders of this church laid the foundation for what would become a spiritual home for generations of Armenians in New York City. Today we are proud to see their legacy being carried forward by dedicated members of this community.”

Click here to view photos.

Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan
Fr. Parsamyan delivers his first sermon at Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Church.

Belleville Welcomes New Priest

The Very Rev. Fr. Mesrob Parsamyan, a member of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin who is serving in the Eastern Diocese, has been assigned as visiting pastor of the Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Church of Belleville, IL. On Sunday, September 13, he celebrated his first Divine Liturgy in Belleville.

Following services, he was formally introduced to the community by Diocesan Council member Richard Norsigian, who traveled to Belleville to welcome Fr. Parsamyan. Fr. Parsamyan said he looks forward to this new journey in his ministry.

“I am grateful for your warm welcome,” Fr. Parsamyan said. “I am confident that by working together, and through our Lord’s guidance, we will be able to strengthen our community and set new goals for the next chapter of this parish’s history.”  

Most recently, Fr. Parsamyan served as the Locum Tenens of the Armenian Diocese of France. He is a graduate of the Vaskenian and Gevorgyan Theological Seminaries in Armenia, and holds a master’s in theology and religious studies from the Université March Bloch of Strasbourg, France.

Click here to view photos from last Sunday.

Holy Trinity Church, Cheltenham, PA
Clergy and altar servers pose for a group photo at Holy Trinity Church.

Cheltenham Hears a Lecture on Martyrdom

On Sunday, September 13, the Rev. Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan and the parish council of Holy Trinity Church of Cheltenham, PA, welcomed the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, director of the Diocese’s Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center.

Fr. Findikyan celebrated the Divine Liturgy, and later that afternoon he gave a lecture on martyrdom. He explained that the word “martyr” means witness, and that a Christian martyr must have a relationship with Christ to be able to witness. He went on to speak about the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide and the 21 Coptic martyrs, who were struck down in Libya last February.
St. Mary Church, Hollywood, FL
Sunday School students at St. Mary Church.

A Taste of "Harrisah" in Hollywood

St. Mary Church of Hollywood, FL, celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Sunday, September 13, with the participation of many parishioners and friends. The Rev. Fr. Vartan Joulfayan, parish pastor, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and gave a sermon on the significance of the cross for Christians.  

Following services, the parish hosted a traditional harrisah luncheon in the Davitian Hall. The meal was prepared and served by Anny Yaghdjian, Maria Esmerian, and Yn. Gayane Joulfayan.

Last Sunday the parish also held its Sunday School registration.

St. David Church, Boca Raton, FL
Children on the playground at St. David Church.

Classes Resume in Boca Raton

On Sunday, September 13, the Alex and Marie Manoogian School of St. David Church of Boca Raton, FL, welcomed 27 Armenian and Sunday School students for the first day of class. The Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan, parish pastor, led the students in an opening prayer and gave a message to the young people on the importance of learning about their faith and heritage.

Students attended part of the Divine Liturgy and received Holy Communion. At the conclusion of services, students and staff were blessed by Fr. Galstyan. He thanked the faculty and the school’s Parent/Teacher Board for their efforts in organizing educational programs throughout the year, and expressed his appreciation to the parents for supporting their children’s learning. Click here to view photos.

The Alex and Marie Manoogian School offers classes for students in Pre-K and kindergarten, as well as sessions in Western and Eastern Armenian.

Armenian Exhibit in Hartford, CT
Fr. Zohrabian, honoree Ruben Mirzakhanyan, SCSU President Mary Papazian, and Professor Armen Marsoobian.

A Photo Exhibit Opens in Southern Connecticut

A new exhibit of photographs from the Armenian Genocide went on display at Southern Connecticut State University last week. Titled “Bearing Witness to the Lost History of an Armenian Family through the Lens of the Dildilian Brothers," the exhibit features photographs from SCSU’s Professor Armen Marsoobian's family collection.

At the opening reception on Thursday, September 10, SCSU President Mary A. Papazian presented the “SCSU President's Medal” to special guest Ruben Mirzakhanyan, rector of Armenian State Pedagogical University, in recognition of his commitment to enhancing the quality of education in Armenia. The Rev. Fr. Gomidas Zohrabian, pastor of St. George Church of Hartford, CT, and the Rev. Fr. Kapriel Mouradjian, pastor of Holy Resurrection Church of New Britain, CT, attended the reception.

The exhibit will remain on view through October 18. It is free and open to the public. Click here for directions and information.
Upcoming events

Upcoming Parish Events

St. Mary Church | Livingston, NJ
The St. Mary Church of Livingston, NJ, will hold its annual Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20. The festival has been a much-anticipated fall event for the northern New Jersey Armenian and surrounding communities for more than 25 years.

Click here to view a flyer. Additional information on the St. Mary Food Festival, including sponsorship opportunities, is available on the St. Mary Church website.

St. Thomas Church | Tenafly, NJ
The Kirikian Armenian School of St. Thomas Church will hold its opening day of classes and registration on Saturday, September 19, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Sessions for the upcoming year will run from September through June, with classes for toddlers and nursery through 7th grade. For information To view a flyer, click here.

The Cultural Committee of St. Thomas Church will host a series of six HD opera presentations, beginning with the screening of "Don Pasquale" on Friday, September 25. The screening will be held at the church hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Click here to view a flyer.

St. Thomas Church will host chess classes this fall. The first class will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. A special introductory session will be held on Saturday, September 26, at 1:30. The classes are open to children (ages 9 and up) and adults. Click here to view a flyer for information.

Hye Pointe Church | Haverhill, MA
Hye Pointe Church of Haverhill, MA, will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, September 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy dinner and fellowship in the church hall. Click here to view a flyer for information.

St. Gregory the Enlightener Church | White Plains, NY
St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, NY, will host its annual picnic on Sunday, September 20, from noon until 6:00 p.m. Enjoy music by the Johnny Berberian Ensemble, featuring Onnik Dinkjian; a raffle; and activities for adults and children. The menu includes homemade Armenian mezzes and pastries, luleh kebab, and grilled chicken. Click here to view a flyer for information, or call the church at (914) 428-2595.

Armenian Church of Rochester | Rochester, NY
The Armenian Church of Rochester will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, September 20, from 12 to 6 p.m. at King's Bend Park (North Lodge) in Pittsford, NY. The event will feature Armenian cuisine, children's games, and a raffle. Click here to view a flyer for information.

Holy Trinity Church | Cambridge, MA
On Sunday, September 20, Holy Trinity Church of Cambridge, MA, will honor its recently retired Sunday School superintendent Seta A. Buchter. Ms. Buchter served the parish's Sunday School for 28 years. She will continue on as a full-time member of the Holy Trinity office staff.  Following services on September 20, Holy Trinity Church will host a "Day of Celebration" in the church's Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall. All are invited to attend.

St. Mary Church | Hollywood, FL
St. Mary Church of Hollywood, FL, will host a picnic in celebration of Armenia’s Independence Day on Sunday, September 20. Children will take part in a flag-blessing ceremony. The day will feature Armenian food, raffles, and other activities. Click here to view a flyer for information.

St. Vartan Cathedral | New York, NY 
This fall, St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral will offer Armenian language courses on Wednesday evenings. Classes will begin on September 23. Click here to view a flyer for information.

St. Mary Church | Washington, DC
St. Mary Church of Washington, DC, will host its 67th annual "Armenian Food Festival" from Thursday, October 1 through Sunday, October 4.

Enjoy traditional Armenian food—including shish kabob, lahmajoun, and dolma—and pastries. The program also features music, local vendors, and other activities. Click here to view a flyer for information. 

Sts. Vartanantz Church | Chelmsford, MA
As part of the Armenian Genocide centennial year observance, Sts. Vartanantz Church of Chelmsford, MA, has completed a "Remembrance Bench Project," through which benches were installed on the church grounds bearing the names of people who perished in the Armenian Genocide. The granite benches were installed at the existing Sts. Vartanantz Genocide Memorial. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, at 7 p.m. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian will preside. Click here to view a flyer for information.

On Sunday, October 4, the parish will honor its pastor, the Rev. Fr. Khachatur Kesablyan, on the 10th anniversary of his ordination to the holy priesthood. A banquet and program will follow services. Click here for information.

Church of the Holy Translators | Framingham, MA
The Church of the Holy Translators of Framingham, MA, will host its annual picnic, "Oktoberfest Style," on Sunday, October 4. The event will be held at Fatima Shrine (Route 126, Holliston, MA), from 12 to 5 p.m.  

Enjoy traditional Armenian food and a taste of the Oktoberfest menu, including bratwurst with sauerkraut dinners and Oktoberfest beer. Entertainment includes live Armenian music and activities for children. The event will be held rain or shine; guests are advised to bring their own picnic chairs. For information, contact the church office at (508) 875-0868.


Participants at last year's SCOOCH Youth Conference.

SCOOCH Youth Conference to be Held Saturday

On Saturday, September 19, the Eastern Diocese will host the 4th annual Youth Conference of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SCOOCH). The daylong gathering will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate and SCOOCH President, will preside over the event and offer introductory remarks on the theme of the gathering, "Living the Gospel of Christ: Legacy of Our Martyrs." The Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, director of the Diocese's Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, will speak about the Armenian Church, and Dr. Roberta Ervine, professor at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, will give a talk on “Faith and Disappointment: What Matters Most When the Worst Has Happened.”

Presentations, small group discussions, prayer services, and fellowship will give participants an opportunity to connect with young adults from our sister churches. The event is open to young people of all ages. Click on the following links to view a flyer and to register online. For information, contact Jennifer Morris, the Diocese’s director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at (248) 648-0702.

St. Nersess Seminary
A view of the new St. Nersess Seminary campus in Armonk, NY.

St. Nersess Welcomes Four New Students

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary enrolled three full-time students and one part-time student for the fall semester. The students are Dn. Alexander Calikyan, Dn. Michael Sabounjian, sub-deacon Samuel DeBlois, and Dn. Gary D. Alexander, who will be studying part-time.

"We are happy to welcome four new students who will study for service in the Armenian Church,” said the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean of St. Nersess Seminary. “These new students will be the first to study at the seminary’s new campus in Armonk, NY, and to benefit from the expanded living and learning facilities there.”

Click here to read more on the seminary’s website.


Jazz at St Vartan Cathedral

Jazz on the Plaza at St. Vartan Cathedral

An evening of sophisticated jazz music will be held on Friday, September 18, beginning at 7 p.m. on the plaza of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, in New York City.

The evening will feature a live performance by the ensemble "Instant Culture Music," and is being sponsored by the St. Vartan Cathedral Council. Click here to view a flyer for information.

Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chanting from Aleppo
Jason Hamacher's new CD “Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chanting from Aleppo.”

Zohrab Center to Host an Evening of Music and Stories

The Diocese’s Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center will inaugurate its fall season of lectures with an evening of music and stories on Friday, September 18, beginning at 7 p.m. in Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium. Musician Jason Hamacher will speak about his new CD “Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chanting from Aleppo.” 

Over six years, Mr. Hamacher has documented the ancient prayers, hallowed rituals, and sacred spaces of the Sufi, Armenian, Syriac, and Assyrian musical traditions of Aleppo. He recorded Armenian Church hymns sung by the Very Rev. Fr. Yeznig Zegchanian in the 600-year-old Armenian Church of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste in the old city of Aleppo. Mr. Hamacher will share personal experiences, play vinyl records, and show photographs from his travels in Syria.

Click here to read more on the Zohrab Center’s blog.

Ride For Remembrance

St. Vartan Cathedral to Host Bike Ride

St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral will host a bike ride in New York in observance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, beginning at 10 a.m. Riders will proceed from 34th Street to the East River Bike Trail and continue to the Staten Island ferry terminal, from where they will take the ferry to Governors Island.

Vasken Melikian, Lebanon cycling champion and Guinness World Record holder for towing a car by bicycle the farthest distance, will be the day’s featured participant.

Click here to view a flyer for information, or call Maria Barsoumian at (212) 293-1244.


Open House at St. Vladimir's Seminary

St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary will host its annual Orthodox Education Day on October 3. The seminary's open house and fall festival, themed "East Meets East," will celebrate the relationship between the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox churches, and explore the history of their dialogue.

Author and scholar Very Rev. Dr. John Anthony McGuckin will give the keynote address, "Our Common Father: Saint Cyril." The day will be filled with Oriental and Eastern Orthodox church services; workshops on related topics, such as Coptic iconography; a liturgical music concert; and a marketplace featuring international cuisine and Orthodox books and gifts.

Visit the seminary's website for a complete schedule.


Akh'tamar Dance Ensemble to Perform in New Jersey

The Akh’tamar Dance Ensemble will give a performance titled “Rebirth and Triumph,” dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, at Felician College in Lodi, NJ. The event will be held on Sunday, October 4, beginning at 4 p.m.

The program features appearances by Kevork Artinian, Ara Dinkjian, and Vicken Makoushian. Click here to view a flyer for ticket information.


Ararat Center Cruise in Philadelphia

On Saturday, October 3, the Ararat Center's Board of Directors will host the organization's annual cruise.

This year's event will depart from Penn's Landing in Philadelphia and travel along the Delaware River. Guests will enjoy live music and dining.

Click here for information on tickets and sponsorships.