Armenian Church Online Bulletin

Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Jake Goshert, Communications Officer
Tel: (212) 686-0710; Fax: (212) 779-3558
E-mail: [email protected]
April 8, 2004

Week of April 2 to April 8, 2004
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Krisdos haryav ee merelotz! Orhnyal eh harootiunun Krisdosee!
Christ is Risen from the Dead! Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ!

Sunday (4/11) is Easter, the holiest day of the Christian calendar, when we
gather to rejoice in the resurrection of the Lord, which brought to mankind
the promise of everlasting life. Learn more about Easter, find resources to
help teach your children about the day’s importance, and listen to Armenian
Easter hymns by clicking to the Eastern Diocese’s website:

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 4/6/04)
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“The story does not end with His sacrificial death, but with His resurrected
life. Unknown to His followers on the first Good Friday, unguessed even by
the prophet Isaiah, our Lord had something more to offer those He loved.
Death on the cross was only the vehicle to give us something greater: the
promise of life with Him, for eternity, in God’s Kingdom.”

To read the full Easter message from Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of
the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), click to our

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 4/6/04)
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This spring, Sunday and Armenian Schools throughout the Diocese created
Easter postcard designs. Now you can send the best of those designs to your
loved ones via e-mail. The electronic-postcards are available for free from
the Eastern Diocese’s website:

Six cards are available. They represent the best designs from artists in
three age groups.

The first place designs came from: Rina Manucharova, 16, of the mission
parish in Charlotte, NC; Aleksander Manucharov, 12, from Charlotte, NC; and
Ani Hollisian, 8, from the Holy Trinity Church of Cambridge, MA.

Also featured on the website are three second-place e-card designs by:
Elizabeth Demaria, 15, from the Church of the Holy Martyrs in Bayside, NY;
William (BJ) Kress, 10, from the St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn, NJ; and
Michael Manucharov, 8, from the mission parish in Charlotte, NC.

Send your free e-card today, click to:

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 4/6/04)
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Armenians in the New York City area are invited to attend one of the many
special Holy Week and Easter services at St. Vartan Cathedral.

Today (4/8) — GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY — will feature two services. The
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. And in the evening, the
“Washing of the Feet” ceremony will start at 7 p.m., with the Vigil Service
following at 8:30 p.m.

Friday (4/9) — GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY — will also have two services. The
Order of the Crucifixion of Christ will begin at noon. At 7:30 p.m., the
Order of the Entombment of the Lord will take place.

On Saturday (4/10) — GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY– the Divine Liturgy will be
preceded by a scripture-reading ceremony at 6 p.m. Easter Eve Liturgy will
begin at 7 p.m.

On Sunday (4/11) — EASTER SUNDAY — Matins will begin at 9:30 a.m. The
Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following the service,
the traditional Antasdan ceremony, or “Blessing of the Fields,” will be
conducted on the cathedral plaza. (An Easter luncheon and program will
follow — adults $25; children twelve and under, $15.)

For more information on these services, click to our website:

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 4/5/03)
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The Supreme Spiritual Council — a gathering of Armenian Church bishops from
throughout the world — issued a communiqui this week. An excerpt reads:

“With deep concern, the Supreme Spiritual Council received the news from the
Diocesan Council of the Canadian Diocese of the Armenian Church, that the
Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia has brought to its painful
conclusion, the process of the establishment of a parallel administrative
structure within the region of the Canadian Armenian Diocese, canonically
comprised as part of the Pontificate of All Armenians, in spite of the
fraternal exhortations made by the Catholicos of All Armenians and the
Supreme Spiritual Council.”

Read the whole communique on the Eastern Diocese’s website:

(Source: Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, 4/2/04)
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The Diocese’s Zohrab Information Center and the Tekeyan Cultural Association
will host Turkish author Kemal Yalcin next Thursday (4/15). The Turkish
author’s new book, “You Rejoice My Heart,” is based on interviews with
survivors of the Armenian Genocide. A free reception will follow the
discussion of his courageous book, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the
Diocesan Center, 630 Second Ave. at 34th St. in New York City.

During the evening, Mr. Yalcin will sign copies of his new book. Also, a
limited supply is available from the St. Vartan Bookstore and can be shipped
to you signed. To buy your copy today and learn more about his book, click

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 4/5/04)
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The Diocese’s college ministry program will be in the Boston area next week.
Jason Demerjian, facilitator of the college ministry program, and Fr. Vasken
Kouzouian, pastor of the Holy Trinity Church of Cambridge, MA, will meet
with students at Tufts University next Wednesday (4/14) at 7:30 p.m. in the
Baronian Fieldhouse. The informal gatherings will give students a chance to
ask questions and meet other students.

E-mail Jason Demerjian at [email protected] if you want more
information, or if you know a student who would like to be included in our
outreach efforts.

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 4/6/04)
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Spaces are going fast at the Diocese’s St. Vartan and Hye Camps. To save
your child’s space today, click here:

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 4/5/04)
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This weekend the Fox News cable television channel will be broadcasting a
special called “Who is Jesus.” The show will air on Friday (4/9) at 10 p.m.
and 3 a.m. ET and again on Sunday (4/11) at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET. This
one-hour documentary — which includes walking tours of locations such as
Bethlehem, Galilee, the Jordan River, and Jerusalem — traces the life of
Jesus, from His humble beginnings to His crucifixion. Church-member Melanie
Dadourian, was part of the Fox News production team for the documentary.

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 4/6/04)
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St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, NY, announced this week that
it will break ground on a major expansion at 1 p.m. on June 12, 2004. The
seminary is building an 11,000 square-foot complex that will become home to
the Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan Library, and include a lecture hall, seminar
rooms, and offices. Construction will also begin on an Armenian-style
chapel, with seating for 75. The Primates of the three North American
dioceses are expected to preside over the ceremony, which is free and open
to the public, and will be followed by a reception. For more information,
click to the St. Nersess website, when you can find listed here:

(Source: St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, 4/5/04)
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Each week, new events are added to the Diocesan website’s calendar of
events. Click to it today to learn about the upcoming Armenian film
festival in New York City, a rummage sale in New Jersey, Armenian music
concerts in Minnesota and Chicago, and Genocide commemoration events
throughout the Diocese. Click here for more:

If your parish wants to list an activity on the website, just e-mail
[email protected].

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 4/5/04)
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Traveling to Armenia strengthens your faith and dedication. If you haven’t
gone yet, there are five opportunities this year.

In June:

* Young Professionals Trip — June 12 to 26 / $2,250. Specifically designed
for travelers between the ages of 23 and 40, this trip offers a chance to
see the sights of Armenia and build life-long friendships with other
Armenian American professionals. Call the Fund for Armenian Relief (212)

* Diocesan Pilgrimage to Historic Armenia and the Republic of Armenia —
June 17 to July 7 / $3,450. Travel to Istanbul, historic Armenian locations
in modern day Turkey such as Musa Dagh, Cappadocia, Mt. Ararat, and Ani.
Continue to Armenia to tour important historical and cultural sites. For
more information call Armen Aroyan (626) 359-9510.

* Armenia Service Program (ASP) — June 22 to July 15 / $1,980. A unique
opportunity for Armenians between the ages of 18 and 28, to help run a
summer camp in the village of Yeghegnadzor before touring throughout
Armenia. Call Nancy Basmajian (212) 686-0710.

In September:

* Women’s Guild Pilgrimage to Armenia — September 16 to 27 / $2,400. Tour
Etchmiadzin, Yerevan, ancient holy sites, and current cultural activities.
For more information call Ann Devejian (203) 838-5758.

* Pilgrimage to Armenia — September 18 to October 3 / $2,350. A
Diocesan-sponsored trip to all the highlights of Armenia. For more
information call Sidon Travel at (818) 553-0777.

To get more information on any of these travel opportunities, e-mail
[email protected].

And don’t forget — you can also help fund the trip of a young person in
your parish, who will return more eager to be involved in parish life.

(Source: Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), 3/15/04)

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