Crossroads E-Newsletter – July 31, 2014

Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apost. Church of America and Canada
H.E. Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan
Prelate, Easter Prelacy and Canada
138 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-689-7810
Fax: 212-689-7168

July 31, 2014

The Armenian Prelacy =99¦ 138 East 39th Street =99¦ New York, NY

tel: 212-689-7810 =99¦ Fax: 212-689-7168 =99¦ Email:
[email protected]

Bishop Anoushavan ordains Harold Nazarian to the Deaconate, assisted
by Archpriest Fr. Gomidas Baghsarian.


Last Sunday, July 27, Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar of the
Prelacy, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the Sermon at
Sts. Vartanantz Church in Providence, Rhode Island. During the Liturgy
His Grace ordained Harold Nazarian to the Deaconate. Following the
Divine Liturgy and Ordination a Fellowship Reception took place in
Aramian Hall in honor of Deacon Harold.

Deacon Nazarian and Deacon Diran Khosrofian, both of whom have
completed their studies in the U.S. and in Antelias, will be ordained
to the priesthood on Saturday, October 4 at Sts. Vartanantz Church in

His Grace and Der Gomidas with deacons, choir members, and acolytes.

Srpazan and Der Hayr with members of the Providence Homenetmen Scouts,
received Holy Communion and Srpazan’s blessings for their upcoming
trip to Armenia.


Archbishop Oshagan will travel to Massachusetts this weekend where on
Sunday he will attend and preside over the blessing of Madagh at the
annual picnic sponsored by Watertown’s St. Stephen Church that will
take place at Camp Haiastan in Franklin.


On Saturday, July 26, Archpriest Fr. Vazken and Yeretzgin Anahid
marked their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by their family and
friends at St. Stephen Church in Watertown, Massachusetts. Attending
the festivities were Bishop Anoushavan, Archpriest Fr. Antranig
Baljian, and Archpriest Fr. Gomidas Baghsarian.

An added celebration took place when Bishop Anoushavan, on behalf of
Archbishop Oshagan, presented to Der Vazken the `Man of the Year’
award that had been conferred upon him during the National
Assembly in Dearborn, Michigan, in May that Der Hayr had been unable
to attend because of illness. Der Vazken was honored in appreciation
of his many
years of devoted and distinguished service to the Armenian Church.

Bishop Anoushavan presents Man of the Year award to Archpriest
Fr. Vazken Bekiarian on behalf of Archbishop Oshagan, along with Der
Gomidas (left) and Der Antranig.

Der Vazken and Yn. Anahid surrounded by family members and the clergy
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.


The Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) will sponsor a
teachers’ seminar to be held on August 23, at the Prelacy headquarters
in New
York, from 10 am-4 pm. All schools and teachers are invited to
participate. The program will have the following lectures:

Sossi Essajanian: `Supporting the Next Generation: Early Childhood
Development, Best Practices, and the Armenian Language Teacher’;
Anahid Garmiryan: `To Be or Not to Be a Teacher: the Challenges of

For more information, please email ANEC at [email protected] or
call (212) 689-7231/7810.


The Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC), jointly sponsored by
Prelacy and the Armenian Relief Society, sponsored for many years the
Siamanto Academy for young adults. After a recent hiatus, the Academy
is ready to resume its activities. The Academy offers courses on
Armenian history, culture, and contemporary issues. Classes will take
place on a monthly basis, every second Saturday, beginning in
September at Sts. Vartanantz Armenian
Apostolic Church (Ridgefield, New Jersey), from 2 pm-5 pm. For
additional information, please contact ANEC at
[email protected]


Bible readings for Sunday, August 3, Second Sunday of Transfiguration
of Our Lord Jesus Christ, are Isaiah 3:16-4:1; 1 Corinthians 1:25-30;
Matthew 18:10-14.

Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I
tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father
in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and
one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the
mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he
finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the
ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your
Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be
lost. (Matthew 18:10-14)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here


Today, Thursday, July 31, the Armenian Church commemorates the prophet
Isaiah, who is best known for the longest prophetic book in the Old
Testament (66 chapters) that bears his name. In what has been
described as one of the
greatest finds, two nearly intact manuscripts of the entire book of
were discovered in 1947 in a remote cave above the north end of the
Dead Sea.

Isaiah foretells the birth of the Messiah by a virgin and describes
the suffering of the Messiah’s church. Many of the New Testament
teachings of Jesus refer to the book of Isaiah. Because of his clear
foretelling about Christ the Savior, Isaiah is also recognized as an
Old Testament evangelist. Although it is not recorded in the Bible, it
is believed that Isaiah died a martyr’s death by order of the Hebrew
king, Manasseh. Relics
of the prophet are preserved at Mt. Athos in the Greek Orthodox
Khilendaria Monastery in Greece.

Hovnatan Hovnatanian, St. Thaddeus.


This Saturday, August 2, the Armenian Church commemorates Saint
Thaddeus, one of two apostles who preached in Armenia, and Saint
Santookht, daughter of King Sandadrook, and the first saint of the
Armenian Church.

Princess Santookht was converted to Christianity by Thaddeus. Her
father tried to have her renounce her conversion and finally gave her
a choice of the crown or the sword. She chose the sword and became the
first witness for
Christianity in Armenia and the first saint of the Armenian
Church. Shortly after her martyrdom, Thaddeus was also martyred.


On Monday, August 4, the Armenian Church commemorates St. Cyprian
(Gibrianos), who was bishop of Carthage, an important early Christian
writer, and a
major theologian of the early African church. Many of his works in
Latin have survived. One of his best known works is, On the Unity of
the Church. Many of his epistles, treatises, and pastoral letters are

He urged Christians to recite the Lord’s Prayer every day, meditating
on each phrase. He wrote a commentary on the Lord’s Prayer showing how
it is the model for prayer.

Born in the year 200, he was the son of wealthy parents and became a
teacher of rhetoric and literature. He converted to Christianity in
his middle years and was ordained a priest and elected to serve as
bishop of Carthage. He was subject to persecution after his conversion
and in the year 258 was beheaded along with forty-five martyrs.

`When we pray, we should ensure that we understand the words we
use. We should be humble, aware of our own weaknesses, and be eager to
receive God’s grace. Our bodily posture and our tone of voice should
reflect the fact that through prayer we enter God’s presence. To speak
too loudly to God would be impudent; thus a quiet and modest manner is
appropriate. The Lord has instructed us that we should usually pray in
even in our own bedrooms. This reminds us that God is everywhere, that
he hears and sees everything, and that he penetrates the deepest
secrets of our hearts.’

(From `On the Lord’s Prayer,’ by Cyprian of Carthage)

(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])

Enver Pasha

Hakob Melkumian

Killing of Enver Pasha
(August 4, 1922)

The Russian revolution of November 1917 that set the grounds for the
Soviet Union was followed by a civil war. Bolshevik troops were sent
into Central Asia to establish Soviet power in 1919-1920. A local
movement headed by Muslim elements, known as the Basmachi revolt (the
Turkic word basmachi originally meant `bandit’), took advantage of the
blunders of the Soviet government in Tashkent (the current capital of
Uzbekistan) to challenge its authority and set a movement of national

Enver Pasha, former Ministry of War of the Ottoman Empire and one of
the main perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide, had become a fugitive
of justice
after his condemnation to death in absentia by the Ottoman
court-martial in July 1919. He had first left Constantinople for
Berlin in late 1918 and in 1919 had gone to Moscow, where he engaged
in pro-Turkish activities among
the Bolsheviks. After participating in the Congress of Eastern Peoples
of Baku (September 1920), he tried to reenter Anatolia in 1921, but
was rejected by Mustafa Kemal.

Enver decided to return to Moscow and won over the trust of Soviet
authorities. Lenin sent him to Bukhara, in Soviet Turkestan, to help
suppress the Basmachi Revolt. He arrived on November 8, 1921. Instead
of carrying his mission, he made secret contacts with some rebel
leaders and defected along with a small number of followers. He aimed
at uniting the numerous rebel groups under his own command and taking
the offensive against the Bolsheviks. He managed to turn the
disorganized rebel forces into a small well-drilled army and establish
himself as its supreme commander. However, David Fromkin
has written, `he was a vain, strutting man who loved uniforms, medals
and titles. For use in stamping official documents, he ordered a
seal that described him as ‘Commander-in-Chief of all the Armies of
Son-in-Law of the Caliph and Representative of the Prophet.’ Soon he
was calling himself Emir of Turkestan, a practice not conducive to
good relations with the Emir whose cause he served. At some point in
the first half of 1922, the Emir of Bukhara broke off relations with
him, depriving him of troops and much-needed financial support. The
Emir of Afghanistan also failed to march to his aid.”

Operation Nemesis had succeeded in the liquidation of several of
Enver’s colleagues in European capitals. An Armenian group
assassinated Ahmed Djemal Pasha on July 25, 1922, in Tiflis under the
very sight of the Cheka, the Soviet secret police. Ten days later,
Enver would find his own Armenian nemesis in Central Asia.

Yakov Melkumov (Hakob Melkumian), born in Shushi (Gharabagh) in 1885,
was a decorated career officer who had participated in World War I and
after the revolution had entered the Red Army. After fighting in
Bielorrusia (Belarus) in 1918, he became a cavalry brigade commander
in Turkestan in late 1919, and from 1920-1923 he was involved in the
suppression of the Basmachi revolt.

On August 4, 1922 Melkumian’s brigade launched a surprise attack while
Enver had allowed his troops to celebrate the Kurban Bayrami holiday,
retaining a 30-men guard at his headquarters near the village of
Ab-i-Derya, near Dushanbe. Some Turkish sources claimed that Enver and
his men charged the approaching troops, and the Turkish leader was
killed by machine-gun fire. Melkumian published his memoirs in 1960,
where he stated that Enver had managed to escape on horseback and hid
for four days in the village of Chaghan. A Red Army officer
infiltrated the village in disguise and located his hideout, after
which the troops stormed Chaghan, and Melkumian himself killed Enver
in the ensuing combat.

After seven decades in Ab-i-Derya, Enver’s remains were taken to
Turkey in 1996 and buried at the Monument of Liberty cemetery in
Istanbul. Melkumian was decorated with the second order of the Red
Army for killing Enver and defeating his forces. The Armenian officer
continued his military career until 1937 in Central Asia. He was
arrested in June 1937, during the heyday of the Stalinist purges, and
charged with participated in the =80=9Cmilitary-fascist conspiracy.’
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 5 years of deprivation of
civil rights. After the death of Stalin, he was freed in 1954 and
rehabilitated. He died in Moscow in 1962.

Previous entries in `This Week in Armenian History’ can be
read on the Prelacy’s web site ().


The Prelacy Bookstore has an extensive collection of books (in
Armenian and English) about the Genocide including histories,
historical novels, memoirs, eye witness testimonies, essays, and
poetry. From now through next April we will feature one or two books
each week from the Bookstore’s collection.

Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug
By Hagop Martin Deranian

In 1925, Dr. John H. Finley, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee
of the Near East Relief, presented a rug made by Armenian orphans to
President Calvin Coolidge. The large rug (12′ x 18′) is estimated to
contain four and one-half million knots. An inscription on the reverse
of the rug reads: `Made by Armenian girls in the Ghazir, Syria, [now
Lebanon] orphanage of the Near East Relief and presented as a Golden
Rule token of appreciation to President Coolidge.’ The odyssey of that
rug made by orphans in the orphanage in Ghazir is told in this slim,
but informative, book. Dr. Deranian tells the rug’s story from start
up to the present day. Currently the rug is in storage in the White
House and rarely sees the light of day, although there have been vague
promises of allowing its display.

74 pages, softcover, $10.00, plus shipping & handling

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(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])

I Can Be With You, but Not in Armenian

When the Apostle Paul was in Corinth, says the Bible, one night the
Lord appeared to him in a vision and said: `Do not be afraid, but
speak and do not be silent; for I am with you (…)’ (Acts
18:9-10). Because God implied that he was spiritually together with
his apostle, the Western Armenian translation of `I am with you’ has
been rendered as follows: `ÔµÕ½ Ö=84Õ¥Õ¦Õ« Õ°Õ¥Õ¿ Õ¥Õ´ (…)’ (Yes
kezi hed em).

We all know that if you are physically together with your friend, you
would probably say, `I’m with you,’ e.g. `I go with you.’ In this
case, you can obviously say `Yes kezi hed em.’

We also know that if you are in agreement with your friend about
something, you would probably say, `I’m with you,’ e.g., =80=9CI agree
with you.’ To be with someone, at least in the Armenian language,
always implies a relation of togetherness, either physical or
spiritual. If you want to tell your friend in California that you
agree with his views over the phone from New York, and you say `Yes
kezi hed em,’ your friend will probably look around to see where you

The puzzle is solved when you think in Armenian and say: `ÔµÕ½
Õ°Õ¡Õ´Õ¡Õ±Õ¡ÕµÕ¶ Õ¥Õ´ Ö=84Õ¥Õ¦Õ« Õ°Õ¥Õ¿’ (Yes hamatzayn em kezi hed),
e.g. =80=9CI’m in agreement with you’ or `I agree with you.’ By
adding the crucial word hamatzayn (literally =80=9Cagreeable’), you
will have replaced Armenian `thought’ in English by Armenian thought
in Armenian. And your friend in California will not be looking around
for you.

Previous entries in `The Armenian Language Corner’ can be read on the
Prelacy’s web site ().

The crises in Syria, including the recent upheaval in Kessab, require
our financial assistance Please keep this community in your prayers,
your hearts, and your pocketbooks.



Armenian Prelacy
138 E. 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
Checks payable to: Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief

Thank you for your help


August 3-St. Stephen’s Church of Greater Boston, Annual Picnic at Camp
Haiastan, Franklin, Massachusetts. Lunch beginning at 12 noon,
includes delicious shish kebab and refreshments. Blessing of Madagh at
3 pm. Live Armenian music.

August 3-Annual Shish-Kebob Picnic and Grape Blessing, St. Paul
Church, 645 South Lewis Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois, 12 noon to 4
pm. Armenian
dinners and pastries available; dine in or takeout available. For
information and/or pre-order requests, 847-244-4573.

August 4-St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Annual
Golf Tournament.

August 10-Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church, Providence, Rhode Island,
Annual Picnic at Camp Haiastan, 12 noon to 6 pm. Under the auspices of
His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan. Games and the Bouncing
Bubble for children. Delicious shish, lost and chicken kebab
dinners. Choreg and Armenian pastries. Live music by Michael Gregian
and Ensemble. Madagh and Blessing of the Grapes at 3:300 m with
participation of New England clergy. For information: 401-831-6399.

August 10-Annual Church Picnic and Blessing of the Grapes, Holy
Trinity Church, 635 Grove Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Join us
for a fun
filled day and enjoy our delicious food, music by DJ Shaheen,
backgammon tournament, children’s activities. Begins at
noon. Admission is free. For information [email protected] or

August 15-17-Armenian Fest / Blessing of Grapes, All Saints Church,
1701 N. Greenwood Road, Glenview, Illinois. Armenian food, desserts,
and wine, dancing, activities for kids, raffle. Life music Friday,
Saturday, & Sunday. Mr. Ash’s magic show Saturday. Friday 6 pm to 10
pm happy hour; Saturday 5 pm-11pm; Sunday 1pm to 7 pm. Blessing of the
Grapes on
Sunday at 4:30 pm. Free admission.

August 17-Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God and
Blessing of the Grapes, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 E. 27th
Street, New York City. Followed by luncheon and cultural program
featuring singer Rouben Voskanyan. Organized by Cathedral’s Ladies

August 17-St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Annual
Picnic and Blessing of the Grapes.

August 17-St. Sarkis Church (Dearborn) Grape Blessing Family Fun
Picnic at Kensington Park, Kensington, Michigan. Good food, music,
biking, soccer, dancing, magician, swimming, playscape, kids games,
door prizes, face painting, tavloo tournament and more.

August 17-Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual
Picnic and Blessing of the Grapes, 1-5 pm at Saddle River County Park,
Wild Duck Pond area. Music, delicious Armenian food and desserts, arts
crafts, and playground for children, cards, and tavloo, and more.

August 23-Teachers’ seminar sponsored by the Armenian Education
Committee (ANEC), at the Prelacy offices in New York, 10 am to 4
pm. All schools and teachers are invited to participate. Lecturers:
Sossi Essajanian, `Supporting the Next Generation: Early Childhood
Development, Best Practices, and the Armenian Language Teacher’ and
Anahid Garmiryan, `To Be or Not to be a Teacher: The Challenges of
Bilingualism.’ For information: [email protected] or

August 30-Concert, `Baroque & Before,’ featuring Lucine Musaelian and
Joyce Chen, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 E.
27th Street, New York City, at 5 pm.

September 7-Picnic Festival, St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley,
158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts, featuring musicians
Leon Janikian, Jason Naroian, Johnny Berberian, and John Arzigian;
presentation by Siroun Dance Ensemble of Central Massachusetts. 12:30
to 5:30 pm, church
grounds. Shish, losh, and chicken kebab dinners, veggie plates,
Armenian pastries, family games and activities.

September 7-St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford,
Connecticut, Annual Church Picnic after Sunday services will take
at The Quartette Club, 225 Wooster Street, New Britain. Armenian
music, dancing, and food.

September 7-Holy Cross Church, Troy, New York, Annual Armenian Picnic,
12pm to 4 pm. Shish Kebob dinner, Lahmajoun for sale, Armenian
pastries, live music. For info: [email protected]

September 7-Lecture `Mkhitar Heratsi,’ by Dr. Gregory Kazanjian, at 1
pm, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York
City. Organized by Cathedral and Hamazkayin of New York.

September 12-St. Hagop Church, Racine, Wisconsin, 2nd Annual
=80=9CTaste of the Mediterranean’ Wine Tasting Fundraiser, 4 to 6 pm
at Uncork in downtown Racine. Event will again feature 6 wines for
a `mezze’ table, silent auction items, and 50/50 raffle. Cost of the
event is $20 per person or $35 per couple. Last year’s even was a
sell-out, so get your tickets early. For tickets and/or information
contact Mary M. Olson by email ([email protected]).

September 14-St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, New
York, Annual Picnic on the church grounds following church
services. Admission is free. Enjoy excellent kebabs and
salads. Terrific entertainment for everyone and special activities for
children in the `KidZone.’ Music, food, and friends…a wonderful
afternoon. For information 718-224-2275.

September 18-Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, 12th
Annual Golf Classic, River Vale Country Club, River Vale, New
Jersey. Rain or Shine. 11 am registration and Grilled Lunch Buffet; 1
pm Tee Off. Format: Shotgun Scramble (All player levels welcome). Golf
Outing Reservation: $195; limited to first 128 paid golf
reservations. Reservation includes: Grilled lunch buffet, dinner
banquet, golf, cart, and range balls. Contests and
Prizes. Sponsorships available. For information: 201-943-2950.

September 21-Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and
Hartford, Connecticut, will host a Tea party at noon in the church
hall, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain, Connecticut. Brought back by
popular demand. Guest speaker from the Bigelow Tea Company. Goodie
bags for all. Raffle prize is being provided by Armeny Custom Jewelry

September 21-St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, `Designer Bag Bingo’
luncheon in Founders’ Hall at 2 pm. Fifteen lucky
winners of designer bags, including top labels, Gucci, Prada, Fendi,
Laboutin, Judith Leiber, Chanel, and others. Join us for a fun game of
Bingo, Chinese auction, and enjoy the lavish Chanel inspired theme and
décor, along with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. Ticket
sales limited. For reservations and information: Cissy DerHagopian
856-313-6848; Donna Walter 484-354-0388.

October 3-St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Douglaston, New York, Saturday
School Dinner Dance Gala.

October 4-Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Diran Khosrofian and
Deacon Harold Nazarian, at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode
Island, by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan.

October 19-St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, His
Eminence Archbishop Oshagan will ordain sub-deacon Ara Stepanian
during the Divine Liturgy and preside over the parish’s 57th Annual

October 12-15-Prelacy Clergy Gathering for Reflection and Renewal at
St. Mary of Providence Retreat Center, Elverson, Pennsylvania.

November 7 & 8-St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 58th
Armenian Bazaar, 10 am to 9:30 pm at Armenian Cultural & Educational
Center, 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, Massachusetts. Meals served from
11:30 am to 8:30 pm (take out is available). Enjoy delicious meals,
Armenian pastries, gourmet items, arts and crafts, books, raffles,
attic treasures. For information: 617-924-7562.

November 21, 22, 23-Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey,
Annual Bazaar, Food Festival, and Hantes. Mezze and Kebab dinners
(chicken, shish, luleh); dessert table and trays of home-made
delicacies; Boutique
Booths; Chinese Auction; Supervised Game Room for children;
Pre-packaged Monte, Sou Buereg, Kufteh, and Lehmejun; Take-out
available; Live Music for dancing and listening. Traditional Kavourma
dinner on Sunday served immediately after church service. For
information: 201-943-2950.

December 7-Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and
Hartford, Connecticut, will host a Wine Tasting Party at noon in the
church hall, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain. A wine talk and tasting
will be provided by Taylor Brooke Winery, Woodstock, Connecticut,
owned by Linda Varjabedian Auger.

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