PRESS RELEASE
Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America
138 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-689-7810
Fax: 212-689-7168
e-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.armenianprelacy.org
Contact: Iris Papazian

October 12, 2006

CALLING ALL YOUTH.
YOUR CHURCH. YOUR FUTURE. ENGAGE:
A GATHERING WITH ARAM VEHAPAR
Young adults, ages 18 to 30, are encouraged to make plans to be in
Michigan on the first weekend of December to participated in a gathering
with His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.
If you want to learn more about your religious heritage, this weekend is
the perfect time to learn, ask questions, and receive answers. The dates of
the weekend gathering are Saturday, and Sunday December 2 and 3, with
Hrashapar services on Friday evening, December 1. The Midwest was selected
as the site of the event because of its central location accessible to both
the East and West coasts of the United States and Canada.
The theme of the event is "Your Church. Your Future. Engage." The
committee organizing this event is composed of young adults and they have
put together a challenging agenda for the two-day event. The gathering with
Vehapar is being sponsored by the three Prelacies of North America. For more
information click http://www.armenianprelacy.org/vehgatherhome.htm.

ARCHBISHOP OSHAGAN HEADED TO MIDWEST
Archbishop Oshagan will travel to the Midwest this weekend where he will
visit the parish of St. Sarkis Church in Dearborn, Michigan. The Prelate
will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, and preside over the church's
44th anniversary celebration.

VICAR WILL ATTEND 160TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
OF ARMENIAN EVANGELICAL CHURCH
Bishop Anoushavan will represent the Eastern Prelacy at a gala celebration
in honor of the 160th anniversary of the founding of the Armenian
Evangelical Church, tomorrow evening, Friday, October 13, in New Jersey. The
Vicar is one of the main speakers at the event.

VICAR WILL TRAVEL TO OHIO
Bishop Anoushavan will travel to Ohio this weekend where he will
officiate the Divine Liturgy on Sunday at Holy Cross Armenian Church which
serves the Armenian community in the Cleveland area.

CATHOLICOS ARAM I ELECTED PRESIDENT
OF "RELIGIONS FOR PEACE"
At its meeting in Kyoto, Japan in August, Religions for Peace, the
global inter-religious organization, elected His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos
of Cilicia, as one of the organization's honorary presidents. Founded in
1970 as an international, non-sectarian organization, Religions for Peace is
now the largest coalition of the world's religious communities.

BIBLE STUDY AT PRELACY
The second session of the eight-session course on the "Letter to the
Hebrews" will take place this Monday, October 16, at the Prelacy from 7:15
pm to 8:45 pm, and will continue on the first and third Mondays of the
month. Sponsored by the Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), the
course is conducted by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, director of AREC.
For information about Bible studies or other Christian education
programs, please contact Dn. Shant by telephone at 212-689-7810 or by e-mail
at [email protected]

CHILDREN'S CONCERT ON NOVEMBER 18
WILL CELEBRATE "FALL COLORS"
Tickets for the children's concert "Fall Colors" are being sold rapidly,
so don't hesitate. Reserve your tickets now. Remember that the last children's
concert was sold out weeks before the event. For details click
http://www.armenianprelacy.org/fallcolors.htm.

M IDWEST DATEV PROGRAM NOVEMBER 10-12
The popular summer Datev program goes on the road again with a weekend
program scheduled in the Midwest, November 10 to 12, at the Colombiere
Retreat and Conference Center, Clarkston, Michigan.
The program will include interactive presentations and instructions on
faith-related topics, discussions of religious and current issues, Bible
studies, short worship services, fellowship and recreational activities.
Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian and Deacon Shant Kazanjian will be the
instructors and facilitators.
For information and registration click
http://www.armenianprelacy.org/MidwestDatev06.pdf .

OCTOBER IS CULTURAL MONTH
October is a special month for Armenians; the entire month has become a
celebration of Armenian culture. This Saturday, October 14, the Armenian
Church commemorates the sacred legacy of the Holy Translators. In the
traditional sense the term "Holy Translators" refers to St. Mesrob, St.
Sahag and their disciples of the fifth century who translated the Holy
Scriptures from Greek into Armenian. But it has taken on a wider scope and
refers to all Church Fathers, including preachers, teachers, theologians,
philosophers, poets, who made significant contributions to the growth of
Armenian culture by bringing God's Word to the people.
Specifically remembered this Saturday, along with Saint Mesrob are:
Yeghishe, a renowned student of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob, who served as
secretary to Vartan Mamigonian and wrote the great history of the Vartanantz
wars; Moses of Khoren, also a student of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob, is revered
as the father of Armenian history; David the Invincible was a student of
Movses, He received most of his education in Athens, where he was given the
title "invincible" because of his brilliance in philosophy; Gregory of Narek
is considered the greatest poet of the Armenian nation and its first and
greatest mystic; Nerses Shnorhali, a great writer, musician, theologian, and
ecumenist.

ORHAN PAMUK RECEIVES NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
It was announced today in Stockholm, Sweden, that the Turkish writer
Orhan Pamuk is the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. Pamuk
was charged and brought to trial last year for "insulting Turkishness" by
telling a Swiss newspaper that Turkey was unwilling to deal with two of the
most painful episodes in recent Turkish history: the massacre of Armenians
during World War I and the guerrilla fighting in Turkey's Kurdish southeast.
"Thirty thousand Kurds and one million Armenians were killed in these lands,
and nobody but me dares to talk about it," he said in an interview in
February 2005. The charges were dropped following an international outcry in
his defense. The 54-year-old Nobel Laureate is currently a visiting
professor at Columbia University in New York City.

ALSO TODAY.FRENCH PARLIAMENT PASSES LAW
By a vote of 106 to 19, the lower house of the French Parliament today
adopted a law similar to the statute already in effect criminalizing
Holocaust denial, that imposes fines and a potential jail term on those
denying the Armenian Genocide.

"That you may know wisdom and instruction, and understand words of insight."
(Proverbs 1:2-The first words of Scripture to be translated into Armenian).

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October 15-Tribute to Aivazovsky, Lecture and Art Exhibit of reproductions
by Karnig Alajajian, 1 pm to 4 pm. Wine and cheese reception. Organized by
Cultural Committee of St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, NY. For details
718-224-2275.

October 16-Second session of eight-session Bible study on the "Letter to the
Hebrews" at the Prelacy, 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm, first and third Mondays of the
month, sponsored by AREC. Conducted by Dn. Shant Kazanjian. For information:
212-689-7810.

October 19-22-Annual bazaar, Soorp Khatch Church, Bethesda, Maryland.

October 22-Holy Cross Church, Troy, NY, anniversary celebration.

October 22-"The Way We Were," a humorous and enlightening look at the past
through song and dance, 1 pm at Pashalian Hall, St. Illuminator's Cathedral,
New York City.

October 29-72nd anniversary of Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Worcester,
Massachusetts.

November 3-4-51st Annual Bazaar of St. Stephen's Church, Watertown,
Massachusetts, with special program for children on Saturday afternoon. For
information 617-924-7562.

November 3-4- Ladies Guild Food Festival, St. Gregory the Illuminator
Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

November 3, 4, 5-Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual
Bazaar and Food Festival. For information 201-943-2950.

November 5-Annual bazaar, St. Stephen Church, New Britain, Connecticut.

November 5-36th Anniversary Luncheon and program, St. Gregory Armenian
Church of Merrimack Valley, North Andover, Massachusetts.

November 10-12-Mini Datev program for teens, ages 13 to 18. At Colombiere
Retreat Conference Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

November 11-42nd Anniversary of Soorp Khatch Church, Bethesda, Maryland, in
the church hall.

November 11-12-Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, annual "Armenian Fest" at
Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island.

November 17 & 18-Annual Bazaar, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church,
Worcester, Massachusetts.

November 18-Children's Concert, "FALL COLORS", sponsored by the Eastern
Prelacy at Florence Gould Hall, Alliance Francaise, New York City, featuring
TALINE AND FRIENDS.

November 26-St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
First Episcopal Badarak in Philadelphia by Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian.

December 9-Men's Club Steak Dinner, St. Gregory the Illuminator Church,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

December 1-3-Gathering of the Youth with Catholicos Aram I, Hyatt Regency,
Dearborn, Michigan.

December 24-Sunday School Christmas Pageant, St. Gregory the Illuminator
Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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