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TOP STORY                                                      March 19, 2015

Advent

Sunday of the Advent

Early in our journey through Great Lent we observed the Sunday of the Expulsion, which retold the story of mankind’s first disobedience, our exile from paradise, and the beginning of humanity’s long history of separation from God. 

In a nice expression of symmetry and resolution, Lent concludes with the Sunday of the Advent (March 22): that is, the coming of Jesus Christ, through whom God entered human history and restored what had been lost in the exile from Eden. 

The Advent calls to mind the birth and revelation of our Savior, his subsequent sacrifice for mankind, and his victory over sin and death. As the last Sunday of Lent, this day is especially devoted to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, reminding us that he is our eternal Lord and King, and that just as everything once began with God, so too will everything one day end with Him.

Click on the following links to learn more about Lent in the Armenian Church, and to view our 2013 Lenten video series.



 
Holy Week at St. Vartan Cathedral
Christ by Khoren Der Harootian on the facade of the Diocesan Center.

Holy Week Services

As Lent draws to a close, the Armenian Church looks forward to the beginning of Holy Week, which will culminate in the Easter Sunday celebration on April 5. Holy Week services will be held in parishes throughout the Diocese; for information on local service schedules, contact your parish.

At St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, Holy Week will be observed March 29 through April 4. On Easter Sunday, April 5, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, will celebrate the liturgy and deliver the homily. Immediately following the service, the “Release of Doves” ceremony will go forth on the cathedral plaza. A reception and program will follow the services. Click here for a complete schedule of Holy Week services at the cathedral.


 

Scripture of the Week

Is 66:1-24
Col 2:8-3:17
Mt 22:34-23:39

Prayer of the Week

O Lord our God, turn not your face from me. O beneficent Lord, I beseech you, be my helper. O Lord, despise me not and forsake me not, O God, my Savior. Amen.

Upcoming Saints & Feasts

21 March: St. Gregory the Enlightener (Commitment to the Pit)

22 March: Sunday of the Advent

CHURCH NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

PBS

Armenians and the Genocide on PBS

For the coming weeks, Public Broadcasting stations across the U.S. have scheduled programming that addresses the centennial of the Armenian Genocide and touches on the larger story of the Armenian people.

This week, Queen’s Council Geoffrey Robertson, author of the book An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? appeared on The Charlie Rose Show to discuss his work representing Armenia at the European Court of Human Rights. Interviewed by Ethan Bronner of Bloomberg News, Roberston argued that denial of the Armenian Genocide should be considered a criminal offense. Click here to watch the broadcast online.

Coming up in April will be the broadcast premiere of Digging into the Future: Armenia. The program follows archaeologists across Armenia, to ancient sites where some of the world’s oldest artifacts have been discovered. The hour-long broadcast commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Genocide by combining insights into Armenia’s ancient past with revealing segments among the land’s modern-day inhabitants.

That same month, PBS stations will be airing the award-winning documentary The Armenian Genocide, Emmy Award-winning producer Andrew Goldberg’s extensive treatment of the subject, which originally aired in 2006. The re-release of the hour-long film has been made possible by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America, Eastern Region.

Digging into the Future: Armenia will be shown in different markets between April 6 and 24; and The Armenian Genocide will likewise be broadcast at different times in April. Check your local PBS listings for the date and time in your area.

DIOCESAN NEWS

SCOOCH
His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II with Archbishop Khajag Barsamian on the plaza of St. Vartan Cathedral.

Oriental Orthodox Churches Meet

The Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches held its semi-annual meeting at the Diocesan Center on Monday, March 16. His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II, the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, presided over the meeting, which was chaired by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate.

His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II spoke of the hardships facing Christians in the Middle East, particularly in Syria. Other agenda items included a discussion on Oriental Orthodox campus ministry efforts, plans for the next annual concelebrated Divine Liturgy, programming for the Oriental Orthodox youth conference, and an update on the Roman Catholic/Oriental Orthodox dialogue.

The meeting was attended by the hierarchs and clergy of the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Malankara and Syrian Oriental Orthodox churches. Click here to view photos.



 
Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
Archbishop Vicken Aykazian was among the panelists discussing the Armenian Genocide at Town Hall in Fresno earlier this week.

Panel Discussion on Armenian Genocide in Fresno

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, the Diocese’s Ecumenical Director and Legate, was among the panelists discussing the Armenian Genocide at Town Hall in Fresno, CA, earlier this week.

In an interview with the Fresno Bee before the panel, Archbishop Aykazian spoke about the importance of having Turkey recognize the Genocide and touched on the subject of forgiveness. “I don’t believe in retribution,” he said. “The best thing is to find a common language with our Turkish friends, to find a peaceful solution to the problem that has been taking place for 100 years.”

Titled “Man’s Inhumanity to Man: The Last 100 Years,” the program brought together clergy and scholars to reflect on the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath. Other panelists included Rabbi Kenneth Segel, Professor Taner Akçam, and Berj Apkarian, honorary consul for the Republic of Armenia in Fresno.

Click here to read the Fresno Bee article.



 
Change.org

Support Efforts for Genocide Recognition

Yesterday, more than 40 members of the U.S. Congress introduced the “Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution” to the House of Representatives. Leading the efforts were representatives Robert Dold (R-IL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

The resolution urges President Barack Obama to recognize the massacres of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as “genocide.” As a candidate in the 2008 presidential cycle, then-Senator Obama was adamant about the moral necessity of recognizing the Genocide, and vowed to do so; but as President he has so far failed to fulfill his promise. Click on the following links to read more and to view the full text of the resolution.

As a related matter, a petition on the website Change.org has been posted, calling on President Obama and Congress tojoin the 22 other countries—including 11 NATO allies, the Holy See, 43 U.S. states, and numerous past Presidents including Ronald Reagan—in recognizing that the events of 1915 were, in fact, a genocide.”

Within 72 hours of its launch on Friday, March 13, the petition surpassed 2,000 signatures, and at this writing is closing in on 5,000. The petition is being promoted by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America, Eastern Region. To read it and add your name, click here.



 
Diocesan Clergy Retreat
Clergy pose for a group photo during this week's retreat.

Clergy Gather for Lenten Retreat in Illinois

Clergy from parishes in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin met for a Lenten retreat March 16-18. The retreat was held at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat Center in Mundelein, IL.

Led by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, clergy gathered for prayer and discussion focusing on the Diocese’s theme “Living the Gospel of Christ: Legacy of Our Martyrs.” Several of the clergy shared thoughtful meditations on the theme and related personal testimonies of family members who survived the Genocide.

A similar retreat will be held in Connecticut next week for clergy in the New England region.



 
Anita Darian
From the 1950s onward, Anita Darian was living proof that Armenians had arrived to make a mark on American culture.

The Lioness Sleeps

Her delicate loveliness could light up the Broadway stage. Her sweet smile could bring warmth to black-and-white television. And her incredible golden voice would simply make us marvel. From the 1950s onward, Anita Darian was living proof that Armenians had arrived to make a mark on American culture. With great regret, we note her passing on February 1, at the age of 87.  

Born in Detroit as Anita Margaret Esgandarian, she took a shorter (but still Armenian) name when she joined the New York City arts and music scene. Her versatility as a performer was legendary: Anita made a name for herself in everything from classical opera and Broadway shows to television jingles and cartoon voice-overs. And even when her name wasn’t prominently featured, Anita’s sheer talent could outshine everything around it: the soaring soprano counter-melody that brings such life and vigor to the popular song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was pure Anita Darian.

Anita was always a great friend of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, often joining her fellow artistic luminaries like Lucine Amara and Kay Armen in performances at the Diocesan Center. In the 1990s she headlined two wonderful programs in George Maksian’s legendary “Live at the Diocese” series—“A Little Light Music” and “Christmas with Anita Darian”—where her delightful personality charmed a whole new generation of music lovers. Her 50-year career continued well into the present decade: Anita was appearing in musical revues as recently as 2012.

Anita’s passing was noted with extensive articles in the New York Times and Broadway World, and a charming segment on National Public Radio offered a personal retrospective of Anita’s career by her longtime friend, Lynda Wells.

But for a glimpse at the great Anita Darian as her admirers will always remember her, watch this early television appearance where she performs one of her signature songs, “Love Look Away” (from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song). May she rest in peace.



 
High School Students Learn About Armenia
A student takes notes during the presentation at the Diocese.

NYC High School Students Learn About 1915

On Friday, March 6, some 30 juniors and seniors of Manhattan’s James Baldwin High School, led by their teacher Jerry Chambers, visited the Diocesan Center for an in-depth discussion on the Armenian Genocide. The students are enrolled in a semester-long course on genocide and crimes against humanity.

Staff members of the Diocese’s departments of Christian Education and Armenian Studies used maps and other visual aids to discuss the history of the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath. The Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, director of the Diocese’s Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, led the group on a tour of St. Vartan Cathedral. Click here to view photos.

Each student was given a copy of Portrait of a Survivor, a memoir by Florence Soghoian that describes her experiences in the Genocide and her memories of life in Historic Armenia prior to 1915.



 
Hye Reflections

News from the Women's Guild Central Council

The Women’s Guild Central Council has published the latest issue of its “Hye Reflections” newsletter. The publication includes information on the upcoming Women's Guild Assembly, which will be held concurrently with the Diocesan Assembly in Washington, DC, in May, as well as updates from parish guilds.

“Our guilds are so vital to the heart and soul of our church life,” writes Women’s Guild Central Council chair Nancy Kassabian. “To be a Women’s Guild member demonstrates devotedness, commitment, and dedication not only to the organization itself and the Armenian Church, but also to the communities that surround us: other organizations, the community at large, outreach projects, and support for one another.”

Click here to read “Hye Reflections.”




 
Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian
Fr. Mardiros Chevian traveled to Holy Etchmiadzin to meet with His Holiness Karekin II.

Seminary Dean Visits Holy Etchmiadzin

The Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, traveled to Holy Etchmiadzin at the end of last semester to meet with His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. The trip was undertaken at the encouragement of the St. Nersess Board of Directors to update His Holiness on the academic programs of the seminary and on the progress of its expansion project in Armonk, NY.

Fr. Chevian also had an opportunity to meet with seminary faculty in Armenia and to spend time with members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin. He plans to visit Armenia once a year to continue to strengthen the relationship between St. Nersess Seminary and Holy Etchmiadzin.

Click here to read more on St. Nersess’s website.



 
FAR
Students of the Octet Music School give an outdoor concert in Gyumri.

New Funding for the Octet Music School in Armenia

The Fund for Armenian Relief is pleased to announce the establishment of the “Galoust Galo Educational Fund,” which will exclusively support the Octet School of Music in Gyumri, Armenia. The new fund is made possible through the support of Edna Galo of New York. 

Ms. Galo first heard about the Octet School in 2006, and soon became a dedicated supporter of the school and its programs. The “Galoust Galo Educational Fund” has already underwritten the purchase of new chairs for the school’s outdoor performance area, and covered the annual tuition for 50 students from low-income families. In 2015, it will be used to purchase new musical instruments. It will also support students participating in musical festivals, including the Veratsnund (Renaissance) International Music Festival held in Gyumri every year.

The Octet Music School recently underwent a complete renovation through the support of the Mardigian Family Foundation. Click here to read more on FAR’s blog.

PARISH NEWS

St. Kevork Church, Huston, TX
Gilda Buchakjian (left) observes a class at the Sourp Kevork Armenian School in Houston.

A Focus on Armenian Studies in Houston

Gilda Buchakjian, the Diocese’s Armenian Studies director, traveled to St. Kevork Church of Houston, TX, last weekend, where she met with local Armenian School teachers to discuss various approaches to language instruction.

The Rev. Fr. Mardiros Hakobyan, parish pastor; Christine Kolandjian, Armenian School board president; and Hasmig Kademian, school principal, joined the school teachers for the daylong seminar. They learned about new resources, differentiated instructional methods, students’ age characteristics, classroom activities, and best practices. An engaging discussion ensued on curricular needs specific to Houston and a workshop focused on lesson planning facilitated by guidelines. Ms. Buchakjian also visited the classrooms and met with parents. Click here to view photos.

Also last weekend, the parish hosted author and activist Peter Balakian who made a presentation on the Armenian Genocide at the Houston Holocaust Museum. A reception for Professor Balakian was hosted at the home of Vreij and Christine Kolandjian.



 
Holy Trinity Church, PA
Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan with parishioners at Holy Trinity Church.

Cheltenham Parish Observes "Saintly Women's Day"

The Women’s Guild of Holy Trinity Church of Cheltenham, PA, observed “Saintly Women’s Day” on Sunday, March 15, with a service led by the Rev. Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan, parish pastor, following the Divine Liturgy.

Six young mothers from the Cheltenham parish, along with Liz Barone, chair of the Women’s Guild and the daughter of a Genocide survivor, read testimonies of unnamed women who perished in the Armenian Genocide. “The accounts of the women’s stories brought me, and many others, to tears,” said parishioner Karinne Andonian. “God bless all of those incredible women.”

At the conclusion of the service, the Women’s Guild sponsored their annual Mitchink luncheon for the parish. The proceeds from the Lenten meal were earmarked for the Vanadzor Old Age Home in Armenia, as part of a project of the Women’s Guild Central Council.



 
Sts. Vartanantz Church, Chelmsford, MI

A Talk on Sainthood in Chelmsford

On Friday, March 13, the Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar, participated in services and gave a talk titled "Holiness: From Victimhood to Sainthood" at the weekly Lenten program held at Sts. Vartanantz Church of Chelmsford, MA. 

In anticipation of the April 23 canonization of the martyrs of 1915, Fr. Odabashian spoke about sainthood in the Armenian Church. "The holy martyrs of 1915 will be seen in a new light,” he said. “They will no longer be in the tragic fog as victims, but now in the shining light of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the true Light."

This week, the Chelmsford Lenten program continues with the topic "Peace and Healing." Pastor David Rinas from the neighboring Trinity Lutheran Church will be the guest presenter. Click here to view a flyer for information.



 
St. Nersess Visits Trumbull Church
Fr. Untzag Nalbandian (second from left) with the visitors from St. Nersess Seminary.

Trumbull Parish Welcomes St. Nersess Seminarians

St. Nersess Seminary students visited the Church of the Holy Ascension of Trumbull, CT, on Sunday, March 15. They were accompanied by the Rev. Fr. Tatev Terterian, a priest from Armenia currently studying at the seminary, and Dn. Levon Altiparmakian, the seminary’s administrator.

Fr. Terterian celebrated the Divine Liturgy. Spiritual messages were given by Dn. Ivan Gyadayan (in Armenian) and Dn. Nareg Garabedian (in English).

Following services, some 80 parishioners gathered for a Lenten luncheon prepared by the Women's Guild, during which they learned about the seminary and its programs. The seminarians' visit to Trumbull was arranged by the Rev. Fr. Untzag Nalbandian, parish pastor, and the Parish Council.



 
St. Sahag Church, MN
Fr. Tadeos Barseghyan affixes a decal to his car.

Coming Soon to Interstate 94

The visual resources prepared by the Diocese’s Communications Department for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide are being put to creative use in our parishes.

In Belleville, IL, Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghakat Church has used the materials on magnets. In St. Paul, MN, the community is raising awareness about the Armenian Genocide among motorists via billboards and car decals. The Rev. Fr. Tadeos Barseghyan, pastor of St. Sahag Church in St. Paul, is making the car decals available to the wider community. For details, contact him at frtadeos@yahoo.com.
 
Armenian Church of Southwest Florida
Suzanne Szczesny, Priscilla Der Ananian, and Gloria Melkonian at the luncheon in Naples.

Lenten Luncheon in Naples

On March 1, the Very Rev. Aren Jebejian, pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, IL, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida mission parish in Naples, FL. Some 130 parishioners took part in the service. Assisting Fr. Jebejian were deacons Allan Tosoonian and Ara Jeknavourian. Dn. George Marifian assisted in the choir.

At the parish’s annual Lenten luncheon later that day, local women prepared and donated traditional Armenian Lenten dishes. Fr. Jebejian spoke about the upcoming canonization of the martyrs of 1915. Click here to view photos.

For more information about the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida, and to receive event updates, contact Carole Meghreblian at (239) 348-3809, or via e-mail at carolemeghreblian@gmail.com.

 
Upcoming events

Upcoming Parish Events

St. Gregory the Enlightener Church | White Plains, NY
On Friday, March 20, St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, NY, will host a talk by the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan on the canonization of the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. The evening begins with a Lenten service at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7, and the lecture at 7:30. For information, call the church at (914) 428-2595.

St. John Church | Southfield, MI
St. John Church of Southfield, MI, will focus its annual Lenten Retreat Seminar on the upcoming canonization of the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. Guest Speaker Dr. Roberta Ervine, professor of Armenian Studies at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New York, will give a talk titled “Victors for Christ: Who is a Saint?” The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here to view a flyer for information.

Holy Martyrs Church | Bayside, NY
The Shnorhali Choir of Holy Martyrs Church of Bayside, NY, will give a concert on Sunday, March 22, in observance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The program will feature performances by the Shnorhali Choir, guest soloists Yn. Karine Malkhasyan and Ruthann Turekian, and a special appearance by NJ Hamazkayin's Arekag children's chorus. The concert begins at 3 p.m. It will be held at St. Malachy’s Church in the Actors’ Chapel (239 West 49th Street, New York City). Click here to view a flyer for information.

St. Hagop Church | St. Petersburg, FL
St. Hagop Church of St. Petersburg, FL, is hosting a 5K walk on Saturday, March 28, in commemoration of the 100th year of remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. The walk will be held at Fort Desoto State Park in St. Petersburg, beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. It is open to the public. Click here for registration information.

The Florida Holocaust Museum will screen the documentary film "Orphans of the Genocide" on Thursday, April 9. Filmmaker Bared Maronian will speak about the documentary and answer questions. For information, contact the Florida Holocaust Museum at (727) 820-0100, or visit their website at www.flholocaustmuseum.org.

St. Thomas Church | Tenafly, NJ
Following services on Palm Sunday, March 29, St. Thomas  Church of Tenafly, NJ, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a banquet. The day’s program will be dedicated to the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and preside over the banquet. Click here for information.

St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Church | Wynnewood, PA
From April 10 to 12, the five Armenian churches of the greater Philadelphia area will present a symposium titled "We Not Only Survived, We Thrive," and an exhibit of Ottoman-era artifacts and documents as part of the city's observance of the Armenian Genocide centennial year.

The symposium and exhibit will be held at St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Church of Wynnewood, PA. Dr. Richard Hovannisian, Professor Emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver the keynote address. Click here to view a flyer for information.

YOUTH NEWS

ACYOA Midwest Retreat
Retreat participants with Fr. Yeprem Kelegian in Racine.

Lenten Retreat for Midwest ACYOA Seniors

On Saturday, March 14, St. Mesrob Church of Racine, WI, hosted a Lenten retreat for the ACYOA Seniors in the Midwest region.

Themed “Living the Gospel of Christ: Legacy of Our Martyrs,” the retreat opened with a presentation by ACYOA Central Council chair Ani Grigorian and Lorie Odabashian, coordinator in the Diocese’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

The Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian, pastor of St. Mesrob Church, led a Bible study on the crucifixion; the Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian, pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, spoke about the upcoming canonization of the martyrs of 1915.

The final ACYOA Seniors Lenten retreat will take place on Saturday, March 21, at the Church of the Holy Martyrs in Bayside, NY. Click here to register; for information, e-mail Lorie Odabashian at lorieo@armeniandiocese.org.



 
ACYOA Retreat in White Plains, NY
ACYOA Juniors at St. Gregory the Enlightener Church.

ACYOA Juniors Gather in White Plains

More than 30 ACYOA Juniors from the New York, New Jersey, and Mid-Atlantic regions gathered for an overnight retreat and lock-in hosted at St. Gregory the Enlightener Church in White Plains, NY, from March7 to 8. Themed “Living the Gospel of Christ: Legacy of Our Martyrs,” this year’s retreat series is designed to help participants prepare for the upcoming canonization of the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

The Rev. Fr. Mesrob Hovsepyan, parish pastor, served as the weekend’s chaplain, leading the participants in an evening prayer service and delivering a message on Saturday evening. Additional presentations were made on Saturday by Jennifer Morris, the Diocese’s director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. On Sunday morning, the group took part in the Divine Liturgy at St. Gregory the Enlightener Church. Local parishioners hosted a luncheon for the young people. Click here to view photos.

The final ACYOA Juniors retreat of the season is scheduled for March 20-22 for the Wisconsin and Illinois parishes at Camp Hickory (the home of Hye Camp). To learn more about the ACYOA or Summer Camp programs, contact Jennifer Morris at jenniferm@armeniandiocese.org, or Lorie Odabashian at lorieo@armeniandiocese.org.

EVENTS

Times Square

Genocide Centennial Observance in New York City

Every Armenian in the greater New York region needs to be a part of the centennial observance of the Armenian Genocide in New York City on Sunday, April 26. The day will begin with the Divine Liturgy at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, scheduled for 10 a.m. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian will celebrate the Divine Liturgy; Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan will deliver the sermon.

A procession to Times Square will depart the cathedral at 12:00 p.m. The program in Times Square will begin at 1:45 p.m. The 2015 Genocide Commemoration in Times Square is organized by the Mid-Atlantic Knights and Daughters of Vartan, in affiliation with the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America (Eastern Region).

Click here to view a flyer for information.

Events Scheduled for April 24

On Friday, April 24, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Vartan Cathedral beginning at 10:30 a.m.

In the afternoon, a vigil will be held at the United Nation’s Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (East 47th Street at Second Avenue). The program will include traditional Armenian songs, poetry readings, and remarks. It is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Click here to view a flyer for information.

Click here to download a letter intended for the attention of employers and school administrators, to verify that Friday, April 24, is a day of deep religious observance for the faithful of the Armenian Church. 



 
Alan Hovhaness
Alan Hovhaness composed "Holy Mystery of the Martyrs" in 1976.

A Concert at St. Vartan Cathedral

St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral and St. Illuminator’s Armenian Cathedral are co-hosting a concert featuring Alan Hovhaness’s symphony “Holy Mystery of the Martyrs,” on Friday, March 20. The Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, pastor of St. James Church of Evanston, IL, will be the guest soloist.
 
“Holy Mystery of the Martyrs” was commissioned by the Eastern Diocese and composed by Alan Hovhaness in 1976. The “holy martyrs” of the title are the Armenian Christians killed on the field of Avarayr in 451 A.D. In its 17 movements, “Holy Mystery of the Martyrs” presents individual “prayers” that convey both the tragedy of loss and the triumph of survival. The March 20 concert is dedicated to the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
 
Click here to view a flyer for information.



 
Boston Symphony

Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tribute to 1915

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of "Ascending Light," a new work for the organ and orchestra composed by Michael Gandolfi in memory of the late organist Berj Zamkochian, and dedicated to the centennial year of the Armenian Genocide.

"Ascending Light" is supported by funding from the Gomidas Organ Fund, established by Mr. Zamkochian in 1970. Mr. Zamkochian, a frequent collaborator with the BSO, passed away in 2004.  

Performances will be held on March 26, 27, 28, and 31. Click on the following links to read more and for ticket information.