PRESS OFFICE
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Chris Zakian
Tel: (212) 686-0710 or (973) 943-8697
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net



** TOP STORY March 12, 2015
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Sunday of the Judge
Parable of the Unjust Judge by John Everett Millais (1863).


** Sunday of the Judge
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A common image runs through the Gospel reading for Sunday, March
15=80'the Sunday of the Judge, in Great Lent.

In one parable, our Lord tells the story of a widow who would not
cease calling on a judge for justice-and we are meant to think about
our own prayers to heaven. In a second parable, a Pharisee and a tax
collector pray in the Temple, displaying very different attitudes
towards God.

Both of these stories are offered in the context of Jesus telling
about the end of the world, the coming of God's kingdom, and the
judgment of all mankind.

Listening to these passages, we are forced to realize that as human
beings, every day, we stand before God. Indeed, one day, at the coming
of His kingdom, we will stand before Him as our judge. And so we must
ask ourselves: How should we stand before God? How should we prepare
to show ourselves to Him?

Efforts like these of self-examination are especially important in the
present season of Lent. Click on the following links to learn more
about Lent
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in the Armenian Church, and to view our 2013 Lenten video series
(http://bit.ly/13IzRt2?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
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** Scripture of the Week
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Is 65:8-25
Phil 3:1-4:9
Lk 17:20-18:14


** Prayer of the Week
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O Lord, send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them
bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the
altar of God, and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my
God. Amen.


** Upcoming Saints & Feasts
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14 March: Forty Martyrs of Sebastia

15 March: Sunday of the Judge


** CHURCH NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
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Archbishop Grigoris Buniatian
Archbishop Grigoris Bouniatian.


** In Memoriam: Archbishop Grigoris Bouniatian
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The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin announced this week that His
Eminence Archbishop Grigoris Bouniatian entered his eternal rest on
March 7, in the city of Kharkov, Ukraine. He was 69.

Archbishop Grigoris was the longtime Primate of the Diocese of the
Ukraine, having served in that capacity since 2001. Previously he had
served as Primate of the dioceses of Argentina and Shirak, and as
vicar of Armavir. As one of the senior archbishops of the Armenian
Church, he was admired as a prominent figure in the religious life of
the diverse countries in which he served. Click here
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to read a biographical sketch of Archbishop Grigoris.

Parishes across the Eastern Diocese will remember Archbishop Grigoris
Bouniatian through a hokehankisd service on Sunday, March 15.


Cardinal Egan
Cardinal Eagan.


** In Memoriam: Cardinal Eagan
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The Eastern Diocese mourns the loss of His Eminence Edward Cardinal
Eagan, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009,
who passed away on Thursday, March 5. He was 82.

`Over the course of many years, the Armenian Church community came to
know Cardinal Eagan not only as an admirable churchman, but also as a
warm and generous friend,' wrote Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate
of the Eastern Diocese, in a message of condolence. =80=9CCardinal
Eagan was known for his graciousness and humanity, and it was always a
joy to meet with him in a spirit of Christian brotherhood.'


New York Times


** From the Armenian Genocide to Armenian Genes
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This week saw a flurry of media attention directed at the 100th
anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and Armenians in general.

On Tuesday, readers of the New York Times learned that an annual
million-dollar award had been established to commemorate the Genocide
and preserve the stories of its victims, survivors, and the brave
souls who helped the Armenians in their darkest hour.

Called the `Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity' (named after Aurora
Mardiganian, the Genocide survivor immortalized in the memoir and the
lost 1919 film, Ravished Armenia), the prize will be awarded annually
to those who put themselves at risk to ensure that others survive. The
first award will be given next year. (Click here
(http://nyti.ms/1GK5jKK?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to read the full article.)

The prize is the brainchild of the `100 Lives Initiative'
(https://100lives.com/en/intro?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
: a collaborative effort uniting leaders of the Armenian diaspora with
celebrities and human rights advocates. One of the supporters, actor
George Clooney, was interviewed on CNN about his attachment to the
project. Click here
(http://cnn.it/1xelHLh?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view the online video.

Elsewhere in the media, in a March 5 column titled `Remembering a
Forgotten Genocide,' Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the Roman Catholic
Archbishop of Philadelphia, offered a testimony to the enduring
significance of the Armenian Genocide, and the need to remember and
acknowledge it. Click here
(http://bit.ly/1G72Ar6?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to read Archbishop Chaput's learned and deeply-felt essay.

Finally, an article by New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade
cited the work by a team of British geneticists, whose study of DNA
from 173 living Armenians dates the origin of the Armenian people to
the third millennium B.C. Even more remarkable than this conclusion by
21st-century scientists is the fact that it seems to vindicate the
5th-century historian Movses Khorenatsi, who wrote that Armenia was
established in 2492 B.C. Read the whole article here
(http://nyti.ms/1Aj4kcl?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
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** DIOCESAN NEWS
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Appeal of Conscience Foundation
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Senator Ted Cruz, and Rabbi Arthur
Schneier.


** Appeal of Conscience Foundation Marks Milestone
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Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, and Archbishop Vicken
Aykazian, the Diocese's Ecumenical Director and Legate, took part in
the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Appeal of Conscience
Foundation, held at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, March 11. The event
also marked a personal milestone for the organization's founder, Rabbi
Arthur Schneier, who will turn 85 later this month.

Archbishop Barsamian congratulated Rabbi Schneier on these milestones
and reflected on the close relationship between the Eastern Diocese
and the Appeal of Conscience Foundation over the past decades. The
Eastern Diocese has been a strong supporter of the foundation since
its inception.

Established in 1965, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation is a
coalition of civic and religious leaders, whose mission is to promote
peace, tolerance, and ethnic conflict resolution. In his remarks,
Rabbi Schneier made reference to the centennial year of the Armenian
Genocide, and the support the organization has received from
Archbishop Barsamian and the late Archbishop Torkom Manoogian.

Also joining the religious leaders, diplomats, and U.S. government
officials at Wednesday's event was Ambassador Tigran Sargsyan,
Armenia's ambassador to the United States.


Archbishop Vicken Aykazian speaks about the Armenian Genocide
Rev. Randolph Charles and Archbishop Vicken Aykazian during services
at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC.


** Abp. Aykazian is Guest Homilist at Episcopal Church
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Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, the Diocese's Ecumenical Director and
Legate, was a guest homilist at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
in Washington, DC, on Sunday, March 8.

Following an introduction by the Rev. Randolph Charles, the church's
rector, Archbishop Aykazian made connections between the stories of
the Armenian Genocide and the Lenten focus on almsgiving, prayer,
reflection, and repentance. He also spoke about the close ties between
the Armenian and Episcopal churches, and noted that many members of
the latter helped Genocide survivors in the aftermath of 1915. Click
here
(https://youtu.be/Nb1pGXtQ49U?t=5m45s&utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view a video in Armenian from Armenia's channel H1.

During this year's Lenten season, the choir of Washington's Church of
the Epiphany is singing Armenian hymns on Sundays in observance of the
centennial year of the Armenian Genocide.


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


** Clergy Gather for Lenten Retreat in New Jersey
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Clergy from parishes in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Washington, and Florida met for a Lenten retreat from March 9 to
11. The retreat was held at the Stella Maris Retreat Center in
Elberon, NJ.

Led by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, clergy gathered
for prayer, meditation, and discussion focusing on the Diocese's theme
`Living the Gospel of Christ: Legacy of Our Martyrs.'

A similar retreat will be held in Illinois next week for clergy in the
Midwest region.


National Cathedral


** Tickets for Ecumenical Prayer Service in Washington
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The Ecumenical Prayer Service, which will open the centennial
observance of the Armenian Genocide in Washington, DC, on May 7, is
nearly full to capacity. The service will be held at the National
Cathedral. Admittance is free of charge, but for reasons of security,
all attendees must register for the service in advance.

Parishioners of the Eastern Diocese wishing to attend the Ecumenical
Prayer Service must obtain tickets by submitting their name and parish
affiliation to the National Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
Centennial (NCAGC) committee via e-mail at
[email protected]
(mailto:[email protected]) . Please note that a
ticket must be issued for each person attending the prayer service;
tickets are not transferable. Tickets will be issued by the NCAGC
committee on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information on the NCAGC events in Washington, visit
www.armeniangenocidecentennial.org.


Scholarships


** Diocese Opens Scholarship Application Process
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Each year the Diocese awards scholarships to college students
throughout the Diocese. The Diocese seeks students who are active in
their local parishes and have assumed leadership roles in their
communities. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled
in four-year undergraduate programs.

The scholarship funding comes from various endowment funds, including
the Adrina Movsesian Scholarship, the Armine Dikijian Journalism
Scholarship, the Mabel Fenner Scholarship, and the George Holopigian
Memorial Fund.

Click here
(http://bit.ly/1NPzIJD?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to access the application form. The application deadline is May 5,
2015. For information, contact Maria Barsoumian at
[email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .


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** A New Video Highlights FAR's Work in Berd
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In observance of International Women's Day on March 8, the Fund for
Armenian Relief released a short film about its Berd office team, who
have been operating FAR's `Breaking the Cycle of Poverty' program
since its inception two years ago.

The seven-member team of social workers interacts with 260 families in
the city of Berd and several surrounding villages in Armenia's Tavush
province. Click here
(http://bit.ly/1CazgTt?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view the video highlighting their efforts.

The `Breaking the Cycle of Poverty" program was established by the
Mardigian Family Foundation through the largest-ever contribution made
to FAR. The five-year project addresses malnutrition, unemployment,
poverty, and infrastructure weaknesses in Armenia's northeastern
Tavush province.


** PARISH NEWS
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Rev. Fr. Hratch Sargsyan
Fr. Hratch Sargsyan made a presentation about the Armenian Genocide in
Ohio.


** Ohio Church Leaders Hear Talk on Armenian Genocide
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The Rev. Fr. Hratch Sargsyan, pastor of St. Gregory of Narek Church of
Cleveland, OH, made a presentation on the Armenian Genocide to the
governing board of the Ohio Council of Churches on Wednesday, March
11.

Fr. Sargsyan gave an overview of the Armenian Church, including its
history and major theological statements of faith. He then described
the events of 1915 and its aftermath, and led the clergy in a prayer
service for the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. The Rev Dr. Nancy
Kahaian, of the Presbyterian Church, shared a personal story of her
grandmother, who was a survivor of the Genocide.


Rev. Fr. Untzag Nalbandian
Fr. Untzag Nalbandian signs copies of his memoir in Cheltenham.


** Cheltenham Parish Hosts Book Presentation
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Following services on Sunday, March 8, parishioners at Holy Trinity
Church of Cheltenham, PA, welcomed the Rev. Fr. Untzag Nalbandian,
pastor of Holy Ascension Church of Trumbull, CT, who gave a
presentation on his recent memoir
Fate, Faith, Fun.

Dottie Bengoian, a parishioner of Holy Ascension Church and the editor
of Fate, Faith, Fun, gave an introduction. Fr. Nalbandian shared
stories from the book and said he hoped the publication would be of
interest not only to Armenians, but to a wider audience.

Click here
(http://smu.gs/1BAtl6G?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view photos.


Rev. Fr. Khachatur Kesablyan
Fr. Khachatur Kesablyan gives a talk at his parish in Chelmsford.


** Lenten Lectures Continue in Chelmsford
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Sts. Vartanantz Church of Chelmsford, MA, is focusing its annual
Lenten program on the Armenian Genocide. On Friday, March 6, the
Rev. Fr. Khachatur Kesablyan, parish pastor, spoke about divine
punishment, discipline, temptation, judgment, and redemption in the
Christian faith

Titled "Understanding: Does God Punish?" his heartfelt reflection drew
on Scriptural passages, stories from the Armenian Genocide, and
instances of acts of violence in today's world.

On Friday, March 13, the Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan
Vicar, will give a talk titled `From Victimhood to Sainthood: The Holy
Martyrs of 1915.' Click here
(https://gallery.mailchimp.com/727aaae8ea56658ecf4a092d5/images/18ab1504-2cbd-4f5c-bd63-0924e29f1c4a.png?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view a flyer for information.


Lenten Retreat


** Women's Guild Retreat in Chicago
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On Saturday, February 21, the Women's Guild of St. Gregory the
Illuminator Church of Chicago, IL, sponsored its annual retreat. This
year's gathering was themed "Women of the Genocide," and led by the
Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian, parish pastor.

Participants spoke about women saints in the Armenian Church and
shared stories of women who experienced the Armenian Genocide. They
discussed how their examples can inspire people in the 21st
century. Another session focused on the `Orphan Rug,' a rug woven by
Armenian orphans in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide that was on
display at the White House Visitor Center last November. The retreat
concluded with a prayer in the church sanctuary.


St. Sarkis Church, Dallas, TX
Parishioner Raffi Ohanian was honored with the `St. Sarkis Steward of
the Year Award.'


** Dallas Parish Raises Funds for New Church
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On Saturday, February 28, St. Sarkis Church of Dallas, TX, held a
fundraiser to support the building of its future church and community
center. Some 300 people gathered for the event, titled `Growing Our
Unified Vision.' Parishioner Raffi Ohanian was honored with the
`St. Sarkis Steward of the Year Award' for his service and devotion to
the church.

Thanks to the generosity of Elie and Ella Akilian, St. Sarkis Church
is planning to erect a new sanctuary and community center. Mr. Akilian
donated the land and will donate a majority of the funds for the
project. The remaining contributions will come from the community.

Click here
(http://smu.gs/1BAtTt8?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view photos.

Upcoming events


** Upcoming Parish Events
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Holy Resurrection Church | New Britain, CT
On Sunday, March 15, the Women's Guild of the Church of the Holy
Resurrection of New Britain, CT, will host an observance of "Saintly
Women's Day" and the parish's mid-Lenten luncheon. Speakers include
New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and Rhode Island State Representative
Katherine Kazarian. Click here
(https://gallery.mailchimp.com/727aaae8ea56658ecf4a092d5/files/NewBritainMarch15_.pdf?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+ E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view a flyer for information.

St. Leon Church | Fair Lawn, NJ
On Tuesday, March 17, St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn, NJ, will host a
book presentation by French journalists Laure Marchand and Guillaume
Perrier, authors of Turkey and the Armenian Ghost: On the Trail of the
Genocide. The book is a portrait of the aftermath of the Armenian
Genocide and the struggle to have it officially recognized. Click here
(http://armenianchurch.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=727aaae8ea56658ecf4a092d5&id=4781dcf073&e= 3aa2e2c3e9&utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view a flyer for information.

Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Church | Belleville, IL
Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Church of Belleville, IL, is
co-sponsoring a lecture on the Armenian Genocide at the Jewish
Federation of St. Louis, MO, on Thursday, March 19, beginning at 7
p.m. Dr. Nicole Vartanian will discuss the history and lessons of the
Armenian Genocide. Click here
(http://bit.ly/1FgaBMA?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
for information.

St. Gregory the Enlightener Church | White Plains, NY
St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, NY, will host an
observance of `Saintly Women's Day' on Saturday, March 14, beginning
at 10:30 a.m. The day is dedicated to the unnamed women martyrs of the
Armenian Genocide of 1915. A program and luncheon will follow
services. Click here
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to view a flyer for information.

On Friday, March 20, St. Gregory the Enlightener Church 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. Sarkis Church | Dallas, TX
Peter Balakian will give a talk titled "Raphael Lemkin, Cultural
Destruction, and the Armenian Genocide" at Southern Methodist
University on Thursday, March 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The lecture
will be held at the university's Dallas Hall (McCord Auditorium),
located at 6425 Boaz Lane in Dallas, TX.

The event is one of several programs organized by St. Sarkis Church of
Dallas as part of the 100th year of remembrance of the Armenian
Genocide. Click here
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to view a flyer for information, or contact Hamlet Sarokhanian at
[email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .

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 =80=9CVictors 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
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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
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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
(http://bit.ly/1vqx9rE?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
for registration information.

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
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for information.


** YOUTH NEWS
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ACYOA Retreat
Fr. Ghevond Ajamian makes a presentation at Saturday's retreat.


** ACYOA in Dallas Gather for Retreat
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A Lenten retreat for ACYOA Juniors and Seniors was held at St. Sarkis
Church in Dallas, TX, on Saturday, March 7.

Themed `Living the Gospel of Christ: Legacy of Our Martyrs,' the
day-long retreat was led by Daniel Zalinov, ACYOA Central Council
member, and Lorie Odabashian, coordinator in the Diocese's Department
of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. They spoke about family legacies
and shared personal stories during a session titled `My Name, My
Legacy.'

Members of the ACYOA Juniors discussed chapter development and learned
about the ACYOA `Circles of the Cross.' The ACYOA Seniors took part in
a Bible study and discussion on the canonization of the martyrs of
1915, led by the Rev. Fr. Ghevond Ajamian, pastor of St. Sarkis
Church, and youth adviser Daron Bolat.

Click here
(http://smu.gs/1DbYyQO?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view photos.


Sports Weekend


** General Assembly and Sports Weekend Registration
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The ACYOA Seniors of St. John Church of Southfield, MI, are hosting
this year's ACYOA General Assembly and Sports Weekend, scheduled for
May 21 to 25. Registration for the annual youth gathering is now open;
the registration deadline is May 1.

Click here
(http://bit.ly/1EAzzao?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
for event information and registration materials, or contact
[email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .


ASP


** Take Part in the Armenia Service Program
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The ACYOA Central Council has opened registration for this year's
ACYOA Armenia Service Program, scheduled for July 1 to 20. The program
of travel, service, and worship gives young adults (ages 18 to 30) a
unique opportunity to discover their homeland and to serve its people
in a meaningful way. ACYOA members leave Armenia with a connection to
their faith and heritage that continues to inspire them throughout
their lives.

This year's trip leader will be the Rev. Fr. Tadeos Barseghyan
(http://bit.ly/1aO5FTx?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
, pastor of St. Sahag Church of St. Paul, MN. The Dadourian Foundation
is providing generous scholarship funds to help offset costs for the
first 20 applicants to the ASP program. In addition, the ACYOA Central
Council is offering scholarships to participants in need of financial
assistance.

The registration deadline is March 20. Click on the following links to
view a flyer
(http://acyoa.org/asp/2015/ASP2015Flyer.pdf?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
and to download an application
form. (http://acyoa.org/asp/2015/2015ASPApplicationPacket.pdf?utm_source=Eastern+Di ocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
For more information on ASP and the scholarships, contact Jennifer
Morris, the Diocese's director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at
[email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
or (248) 648-0702.


** EVENTS
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Times Square


** Genocide Centennial Observance in New York City
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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
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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
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to view a flyer for information.

Click here
(http://bit.ly/1NPZj5j?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
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
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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
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to view a flyer for information.


SR


** Armenian Films at "Socially Relevant Film Festival"
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Four Armenian films will be screened at this year's "Rated SR Socially
Relevant Film Festival," organized by actor Nora Armani in New York
City, from March 16 to 22.

Click here
(https://gallery.mailchimp.com/727aaae8ea56658ecf4a092d5/files/2015_Armenian_flyer.pdf?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese +E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
to view a flyer, and visit www.ratedsrfilms.org
(http://www.ratedsrfilms.org/?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=dcd4251061-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-dcd4251061-159688434)
for tickets and information.


Boston Symphony


** Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tribute to 1915
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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
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and for ticket information
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