Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America
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New York, NY 10016
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Contact: Iris Papazian
April 26, 2007
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORDINATION OF
ARCHBISHOP OSHAGAN CHOLOYAN
The 40th anniversary of the ordination of our Prelate, Archbishop
Oshagan Choloyan, will take place in three different regions as follows:
On Saturday, May 5, the first of the three celebrations will take place
at The Marriott in Providence, Rhode Island, with the participation of all
of the parishes in New England, Connecticut, and Troy, New York.
On Saturday, May 12, the second celebration will take place at the The
Marriott at Glenpointe, in Teaneck, New Jersey, with the participation of
all of the parishes in the Mid Atlantic, which includes New York, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.
The final celebration will take place during the National Representative
Assembly (NRA) which is being hosted by St. Sarkis Church in Dearborn,
Michigan. This will take place on Friday, May 18, at Double Tree Hotel in
Dearborn, with the participation of the parishes in the Mid-West, as well as
the NRA delegates and guests.
ECUMENICAL RECEPTION AT PRELACY NEXT FRIDAY
IN HONOR OF ARCHBISHOP OSHAGAN
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ordination of His Eminence
Archbishop Oshagan, an Ecumenical Reception will take place in the Vahakn
and Hasmig Hovnanian Hall at the Prelacy headquarters in New York next
Friday afternoon, May 4. Ecumenical leaders and friends will come to
congratulate His Eminence on the occasion of his milestone anniversary.
APRIL 24 COMMEMORATIONS
The Prelate and the Vicar General participated in a number of April 24th
events this past weekend.
On Friday, Bishop Anoushavan, attended the commemoration at City Hall in
New York, where he delivered the invocation.
On Sunday, April 22, Archbishop Oshagan delivered the invocation at the
gathering at Times Square organized by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan.
On Tuesday, April 24, Archbishop Oshagan, attended the genocide
commemoration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the
bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Armenian issues. His Eminence delivered
the invocation. Shown in the accompanying photograph, left to right, are
Garo Armenian, Vahan Hovanessian, Viken Hovsepian, and Dr. Dertad
PRELATE AND VICAR WILL ATTEND MEETING
Next Thursday, May 3, Archbishop Oshagan and Bishop Anoushavan will
attend a regularly scheduled meeting of the "Christian and Arab Middle
Eastern Churches Together," in Brooklyn. Archbishop Oshagan is the chairman
of this organization formed two years ago.
COMMON DECLARATION ISSUED BY POPE SHENOUDA III,
PATRIARCH ZAKKA I, AND CATHOLICOS ARAM I
The heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, who have headquarters in
the Middle East, held their 10th annual meeting on April 19 to 21, at St.
Ephrem Syrian Orthodox Monastery in Damascus, Syria. This fellowship of
three Oriental Orthodox Churches was founded in 1996, through the initiative
of His Holiness Aram I.
The leaders of these three churches are: His Holiness Pope Shenouda II
of the Coptic Church, His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I of the Syrian Church,
and His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, of the Armenian Church (Holy See of
At the conclusion of the meeting, a common declaration was issued. The
next meeting is scheduled to take place May 8 to 10, 2008, hosted by the
Holy See of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon.
PRELATE WILL ATTEND DIVINE LITURGY AT ST. SARKIS
Archbishop Oshagan will preside over the Divine Liturgy at St. Sarkis
Church in Douglaston, New York, this Sunday, April 29.
VICAR WILL ATTEND DIVINE LITURGY IN WORCESTER
Bishop Anoushavan will visit the St. Asdvadzadzin Church in Worcester,
Massachusetts, this Sunday, April 29. Accompanying him will be the chairman
of the Executive Council, Jack Mardoian, Esq.
RELIGIOUS AND EXECUTIVE COUNCILS TO MEET
The Religious and Executive Councils of the Eastern Prelacy will convene
Friday and Saturday at the Prelacy headquarters in New York City.
2007 DATEV INSTITUTE SUMMER PROGRAM
The 21st annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute Christian summer studies
program will take place July 1 to 8 in Elverson, Pennsylvania.
2007 NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY IN DEARBORN
The 2007 National Representative Assembly (NRA) will be hosted by St.
Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan.
PLG MOTHERS DAY LUNCHEON MAY 7
The popular Mothers Day luncheon presented by the Prelacy Ladies Guild
will take place on Monday, May 7, at the St. Regis in New York City.
This year’s Mother of the Year is Mrs. Lalig Bayrakdarian, mother of six
children, including the famed Metropolitan Opera star, Isabel Bayrakdarian.
A special presentation of "Musical Sounds of Armenia" will be provided
by a quartet made up of graduates and current students of Juilliard and solo
dance presentation accompanied by kanon and piano.
IN CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR OF THE ARMENIAN LANGUAGE.
His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, has
designated 2007 as the Year of the Armenian Language. In celebration of this
year-long tribute, each week we will offer an interesting tidbit about the
Armenian can be subdivided in two major dialectal blocks and those
blocks into individual dialects, though many of the Western Armenian
dialects have died due to the effects of the Armenian Genocide. In addition,
neither dialect is completely homogeneous: any dialect can be subdivided
into several subdialects. While Western and Eastern Armenian are often
described as different dialects of the same language, some subdialects are
nor readily mutually intelligible. It is true, however, that a fluent
speaker of two greatly varying subdialects who are exposed to the other
dialect over even a short period of time will be able to understand the
other with relative ease.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Bible readings for today, April 26, are: Luke 8:1-21; Acts 11:1-26; 1
Peter 3:10-22; John 4:24-42; Matthew 9:35-10:15; Mark 4:1-9.
Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered
around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole
crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in
parables, and in his teaching he said to them: "Listen! A sower went out to
sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate
it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and
it spring up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose,
it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell
among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and
increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold." And he said,
"Let anyone with ears to hear listen!" Mark 4:1-9.
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER: RED SUNDAY
This Sunday, April 29, is the fourth Sunday of Easter, known as Red
Sunday (Karmir Kiraki). The name Red Sunday does not have an ecclesiastical
origin, but rather similar to last week’s Green Sunday, it is a celebration
of nature, especially the rebirth of the land in spring when red flowers
grow in the fields. The Gospel reading for this Sunday (John 5:19-30)
emphasizes the life-giving word of Jesus. The forty days after Easter
commemorate Christ’s various appearances prior to His ascension.
Green Sunday and Red Sunday are appropriate days for us to concentrate
on our relationship with nature and our stewardship of this good earth given
to us by our Lord.
The exact date of birth of William Shakespeare is unknown. However,
there is documentation that he was baptized on April 26, 1564. Shakespeare
is the most translated and most quoted author. Many of his phrases have
passed into everyday usage in English.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Shakespeare in Macbeth
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
May 5-40th anniversary of ordination of Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan in the
New England area will take place in Providence, Rhode Island.
May 6-30th anniversary of St. Illuminator’s Armenian Day School, Terrace on
the Park, Corona, New York, at 5 pm.
May 7-Prelacy Ladies Guild Mothers’ Day Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., St. Regis
Hotel, Two East 55th Street (at Fifth Avenue), New York City. Special
entertainment, "Musical Sounds of Armenia."
May 12-40th anniversary of ordination of Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan in Mid
Atlantic area will take place at the Marriott at Glenpointe, Teaneck, New
May 12-Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, 50th anniversary concert
featuring Onnik Dinkjian and John Berberian.
May 12-Armenian Dance party, St. Gregory Church, Indian Orchard,
May 18-40th anniversary of ordination of Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan in
Midwest will take place at the National Representative Assembly.
May 20-"Hello Ellis Island" and Reception, St. Stephen’s Church Hall,
Watertown, Massachusetts. $20 per person. Information, 617-924-7562.
July 1-8-St. Gregory of Datev Institute, 21st annual summer Christian
studies program for junior and senior high school students, at St. Mary of
Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania.
July 21-Sts. Vartanantz Church Ladies Guild, Providence, Rhode Island, and
ARS Ani Chapter present "A Hye Summer Night 2." For information
August 7-Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, annual golf
tournament at Blackstone Country Club.
August 19-Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, annual
September 27-Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, 5th Annual Golf
Outing at River Vale Country Club, River Vale, New Jersey. Registration
begins at 11 a.m. and tee time at 1 p.m. For information, 201-943-2950.
September 29-Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 50th
anniversary banquet at Pleasant Valley.
December 1-Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, annual
December 9-St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 50th anniversary
celebration. For information, (617) 924-7562.
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