Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
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Contact: Chris Zakian
Tel: (212) 686-0710 or (973) 943-8697
E-mail: [email protected]

** TOP STORY January 29, 2015
St. Sarkis the Warrior

** Faith of a Soldier
He became a figure of enduring spiritual stature in the Armenian
Church. But he began his sojourn among our people as a stranger. This
Sunday we will honor his memory once more-some 17 centuries after his
death=80'during the Feast of St. Sarkis the Warrior.

Sarkis, or Sergius, was a 4th-century Roman soldier who became a
Christian, and was persecuted for his faith. Fleeing Rome with his son
Mardiros, Sarkis found refuge in Armenia, which at the time had been a
Christian nation for two generations.

Father and son were eventually martyred in Persia. But years later,
their relics were retrieved by St. Mesrob Mashdots, and brought back
to Armenia-where Sarkis has remained a beloved saint, and an inspiring
example of courage and conviction for our people.

It's noteworthy that St. Sarkis came to our homeland seeking
refuge. What he found in Armenia was a welcoming home, a sanctuary of
safety and acceptance, and a place where his memory would make a
lasting, inspirational impression.

To learn more about his story, which still holds meaning for us today,
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** Scripture of the Week

Is 63:7-18
2 Tm 3:1-12
Jn 6:22-38

** 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

30 January: Remembrance of the Prophet Jonah

31 January: St. Sarkis the Warrior

Komitas Museum in Yerevan
President Sargsyan, His Holiness Karekin II, and His Holiness Aram I
were among the honored guests at the opening of Yerevan's Komitas

** Preserving the Legacy of Komitas
The recently completed Komitas Museum and Institute was unveiled
earlier today in Yerevan, Armenia. The new facility brings together
the Komitas collections previously housed at the Yeghishe Charents
Literature and Art Museum and the Art Institute of the Armenian
National Academy of Sciences.

Among the items on display are photographs, instruments, documents,
and publications belonging to the great Armenian composer and
musicologist. The center also houses a performance space and offers
resources for scholars.

The Komitas Museum and Institute is located in Yerevan's Komitas
Park-the burial site of Armenian artists and writers, including
Komitas, Aram Khachaturian, William Saroyan, and Martiros Saryan. It's
comprised of two structures: one originally designed as a movie
theater by architect Koryun Hakobyan in the Soviet period, the other
created by Arthur Meschian in 2014.

His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All
Armenians; His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of
Cilicia; Armenia's President Serge Sargsyan, and Nagorno-Karabagh
President Bako Sahakyan were among those taking part in the opening
ceremony on January 29.

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Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson prepare to argue their case before
the European Court of Human Rights.

** Human Rights and Historic Wrongs
A landmark case involving the denial of the Armenian Genocide and
questions of freedom of expression came before the European Court of
Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, this week.

The case is an appeal of a ruling by the ECHR-described by some as the
`Supreme Court of Europe'-in which the court considered a Swiss law
that made it a crime to publicly deny the Armenian Genocide. In
December 2013, the ECHR ruled that such a law constituted a violation
of free speech, and had to be overturned.

At the time, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and
Catholicos of All Armenians, condemned the ruling in letters to Swiss
President Didier Burkhalter; the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, head of
the World Council of Churches; and Bishop Markus B├╝chel, president of
Switzerland's Conference of Bishops. The Catholicos encouraged Swiss
authorities to press for an appeal.

Now Switzerland is indeed appealing the verdict, and the outcome of
the trial could have implications for other European nations that have
outlawed genocide denial. An article in Wednesday's UK Telegraph
covered the case and some of the personalities involved. Click here
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** 2015 Oratsouyts Available for Download
The 2015
Oratsouyts (Liturgical Calendar) issued by the Mother See of Holy
Etchmiadzin is now available as a PDF document. Click here
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to download the Oratsouyts.

The Armenian-language publication is a daily guide to scripture
readings, hymns, and feast days of the Armenian Church. It has been
continuously published by Holy Etchmiadzin for the past 149 years.

The 2015 edition was prepared by Bishop Mikael Ajapahian, Primate of
the Diocese of Shirak in Armenia.

Armenian Genocide Cintennial

** Resources for the Genocide Centennial
With the 100th year of remembrance of the Armenian Genocide advancing
rapidly, the Eastern Diocese has created a special section on its
website for downloadable resources. Parishes, community groups, and
anyone else can obtain materials to help them inform local press and
reach out to their surrounding communities.

This week, a downloadable brochure on the Armenian Genocide was added
to the offerings-these can be accessed by clicking here
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In the meantime, the Armenian-American community is building towards a
national observance in Washington, DC, in May 2015. Special events are
scheduled for May 7 to 9-including an ecumenical prayer service at the
National Cathedral, a Pontifical Divine Liturgy, a memorial concert,
and an awards banquet honoring those who helped the survivors. His
Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All
Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Great House
of Cilicia, both will journey to the United States to lead the
Washington commemoration. They will be joined by Armenians from across
the U.S., under the auspices of the Eastern and Western Dioceses, and
the Eastern and Western Prelacies. Click here
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to learn more about the May events in the nation's capital.

The Eastern Diocese's Annual Diocesan Assembly and Clergy Conference
will convene in Washington that same week; details on the 2015
Assembly will be forthcoming.

People in the New York metro region should also reserve the dates of
April 24, 25, and 26 for commemorative events in New York City. These
will include a Divine Liturgy at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral on
Sunday, April 26, with the participation of Archbishop Khajag
Barsamian and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan. The annual Times Square
program sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Knights and Daughters of Vartan
will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 26.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian has appointed George and Lorraine
Marootian as Diocesan liaisons to the Genocide commemorative
committees. They will be working with established committees at the
national, regional, and local levels, and have begun reaching out to
our parish communities. Contact them via e-mail at
[email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .

Never Forget 1915

** Support the Genocide Awareness Campaign
The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America (Eastern Region)
is planning a creative national campaign spanning public relations,
social media, and print and broadcast outlets to raise awareness about
the Armenian Genocide in this milestone year.

The committee is raising funds to finance the national
campaign. Please consider supporting this ambitious outreach
effort. Click here
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to make a donation.

In addition, the Centennial Committee (Eastern Region) has launched a
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-which will soon offer a listing of events organized nationwide in
commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. They are asking all local
committees to share their contact information to assist in this

St. Nersess Seminary Library
Aida Pisani has been cataloging books at the seminary's Archbishop
Tiran Nersoyan Library.

** St. Nersess Launches Online Book Catalog
Last spring, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, NY,
welcomed librarian Aida Pisani, who is volunteering her time to
catalog books at the seminary's Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan Library. To
date, Mrs. Pisani and her team of volunteers have cataloged 4,000
books, and created an online catalog open to the public.

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Camp Directors Meet
Diocesan summer camp directors and administrators pose for a group
photo at the Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth Worker Conference this

** Orthodox Christian Camp Workers Meet
The Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian, director of Hye Camp; the
Rev. Fr. Vart Gyozalyan and the Rev. Fr. Khatchatur Kesablyan,
directors of St. Vartan Camp; and Jennifer Morris and Lorie
Odabashian, of the Diocese's Department of Youth and Young Adult
Ministries, joined some 100 clergy, camp, and youth ministry workers
from across the nation at the annual Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth
Worker Conference this month. The conference was held from January 22
to 24 at the Antiochian Village Conference Center in Bolivar, PA.

Themed `Walking Alongside Our Youth,' the conference workshops focused
on understanding the needs of children and young adults. Jennifer
Morris gave a presentation titled `Out of the Darkness' on preventing
suicide. Other topics included working with youth with disabilities,
using social media platforms, and pursuing a ministry of love and
service. Camp and youth ministry workers were also able to share their
experiences and ideas for strengthening local programs.

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to learn more about the Eastern Diocese's summer camps, St. Vartan
Camp and Hye Camp.

Teachers in Berd, Armenia, learn about `informatics.'

** GTech Trains Teachers in Armenia and Karabagh
This winter, with support from the Fund for Armenian Relief and the
Armenian Education Foundation, GTech held training courses for
teachers in `informatics,' the science of computer information
systems. More than 40 teachers in Armenia's Berd region and in
Nagorno-Karabagh benefited from this program and received certificates
of completion.

GTech was established in 2005 by FAR, in partnership with U.S. and
Armenian technology companies, and with strong support from FAR's
Young Professional alumni community. The goal of the center is to
strengthen the information technology skills of young Armenians and to
expand employment and business opportunities in the region for young
professionals. GTech also helps to bolster development by incubating
new start-up IT businesses.

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to visit FAR's blog and to read more.


** 10,000 Strong
The Eastern Diocese's weekly electronic newsletter hit a new milestone
this week when we added our 10,000th subscriber. We are grateful to
our readership for your continued interest in and support of our
publication. As always, we welcome your comments and story

Please help us share our newsletter with relatives and friends who are
not already on our mailing list. Click here
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to submit an e-mail address for subscription.

Sunday School in Wynnewood, PA
Sunday School students with the `bedside craft kits' they assembled
for children at a local hospital.

** Sunday School Outreach Project in Wynnewood
On Sunday, January 25, the Sunday School of St. Sahag and St. Mesrob
Church of Wynnewood, PA, completed its annual community service
project for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Sunday School students assembled more than 100 `bedside craft kits,'
each of which included Play-Doh, crayons, coloring books, sticker
books, and pads of paper for the hospital's young patients.
The project was financed by the parents and teachers of the Wynnewood
Sunday School.

Upcoming events

** Upcoming Parish Events

St. Gregory the Illuminator Church | Chicago, IL
St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, IL, will host its
annual `Armenian Winter Fest' on Saturday, January 31, from 4 to 10
p.m. Enjoy Armenian food, raffles, and other activities. Click here
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to view a flyer for information.

The parish will host a Poon Paregentan dinner and dance on Saturday,
February 14. Highlights include music by the Kevork Artinian band and
a magic show for children. Click here
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to view a flyer for information.

St. Mary Church | Hollywood, FL
St. Mary Church of Hollywood, FL, will host an `Armenian Food and
Music Fest' on Saturday, January 31 (12 to 10 p.m.) and Sunday,
February 1 (12 to 7 p.m.). Enjoy homemade Armenian food and pastries,
live music, arts and crafts vendors, and activities for
children. Click here
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to view a flyer.

Vendors and sponsors are welcome. Click here
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to download a sponsorship form. For information, e-mail
[email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) , call (954) 450-5578, or

Church of the Holy Ascension | Trumbull, CT
The Church of the Holy Ascension of Trumbull, CT, will host a
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p.m. Enjoy music, dance performances, and more. Click here
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to view a flyer for information.

Armenian Church of Southwest Florida | Naples, FL
The Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy
at the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida on Sunday, February 8. The
service will take place at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
(3901 Davis Blvd. in Naples). The parish's annual bake sale featuring
Armenian breads and pastries will follow; a light luncheon will be
served. For information, contact Carole Meghreblian at (239)348-3804,
or via e-mail at [email protected]
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Diocesan Summer Camps

** Get Ready for the Summer Camp Season
Mark your calendar for a summer filled with friendship, fellowship,
and fun at St. Vartan Camp and Hye Camp. St. Vartan Camp is housed at
the Ararat Youth and Conference Center in Greenville, NY. Hye Camp is
located at Camp Hickory in Ingleside, IL.

Online registration is now open through the new camp website: Brochures and flyers can be picked up at
your local parish or downloaded on the new website.

To add your name to the camp e-mail list, or for more information,
contact Jennifer Morris, the Diocese's director of Youth and Young
Adult Ministries, at [email protected]
(mailto:[email protected]) .

St. Vartan Camp Dates
Staff Training: Wednesday, June 24 - Saturday, June 27
Session A: Sunday, June 28 - Saturday, July 11
Session B: Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, July 25
Session C: Sunday, July 26 - Saturday, August 8

Hye Camp Dates
Staff Training: Thursday, July 23 - Sunday, July 26
Two-week session: Sunday, July 26 - Saturday, August 8
One-week session: Sunday, July 26 - Saturday, August 1 (all
One-week session: Sunday, August 2 - Saturday, August 8 (for those
unable to attend week 1)

Concert at St. Vartan Cathedral

** An Evening at the Opera
St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral will host `An Evening at the Opera' on
Friday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a program featuring Armenian and Western opera music, performed
by internationally-acclaimed artists Narine Ojakhyan and Yeghishe
Manucharyan. Lusine Badalyan will accompany on the piano.

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to view a flyer for ticket information. St. Vartan Cathedral is
located at 630 Second Avenue (at 34th Street) in Manhattan.

Farah Siraj
Jordanian fusion artist Farah Siraj will perform during the dinner and
music program on February 14.

** Artist Farah Siraj to Perform at Diocesan Center
The recently-formed St. Vartan Cathedral Community of New York City is
hosting an exciting evening of dinner and music featuring talented
Jordanian fusion artist Farah Siraj, on Saturday, February 14.

Join them in celebrating Poon Paregentan-the Armenian `Mardi Gras`-and
Valentine's Day, from 7 to 11 p.m. in Haik and Alice Kavookjian
Auditorium (Second Avenue at 35th Street). Tickets are $50. Click on
the following links to view a flyer
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Zohrab Information Center

** Zohrab Center Announces Spring Schedule
The Diocese's Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center will open its
spring season of lectures on Thursday, February 5, with a talk by
Dr. Vartan Matiossian titled `Code Name Haiko: Discovering the Last
Unknown Participants in Talaat Pasha's Liquidation.' Through research
in the Armenian press and secondary literature, Dr. Matiossian was
able to identify the mysterious third conspirator in the 1921
assassination of Talaat Pasha. The event will be held at the Diocesan
Center in New York, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Other Zohrab Center events planned for the spring include talks on
Armenian art, a guide to the Armenian Church's Holy Week ceremonies,
and various book presentations. Click here
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to visit the Zohrab Center blog for a complete schedule.

From: A. Papazian