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On Sunday, December 8, 2013, Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate, presided over the Divine Liturgy and Requiem Service for the 10th anniversary of the passing of Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, who served as Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the United States and Canada from 1978 to 1998, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City. Bishop Anoushavan, Vicar General, delivered the sermon. Following the requiem service the dedication of the Cathedral’s new baptismal font took place. The font is dedicated to the memory of Archbishop Mesrob and was sponsored by the Ashjian, Seropian, Yessaian, and Papazian families.  Standing in front of the font, Archbishop Oshagan spoke about the late Prelate with his own personal memories going back to Seminary days, to his extraordinary service to the Eastern Prelacy, and the dedicated service to Armenia and Artsakh during the last years of his life. “His mind was always focused on his mission,” Archbishop Oshagan said. “He would come up with a strategic plan at night when he should have been sleeping and in the morning begin its implementation. Last week when I was in Antelias I went to his mausoleum and prayed,” Archbishop Oshagan concluded.
Following the dedication, the parishioners filled Pashalian Hall for a short program and luncheon refreshments. Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, who was named in honor of the late Prelate, provided an overview of Archbishop Mesrob’s journey through life and his dedication to the Armenian Church and nation. Photos depicting Archbishop Mesrob’s service were posted on a wall beside a long table that contained copies of books written by him, or sponsored through his auspices, as well as samples of booklets that accompanied the many commemorations and celebrations he sponsored during the twenty years he served as Prelate. Many people especially recalled his visionary commemoration in 1985 for the 70th anniversary of the Genocide, “Remembrance and Hope: Five Days in Washington,” that several people concurred was “worthy of a centennial celebration.”
Armenian Prelacy - "Crossroads"
Bishop Anoushavan delivers the sermon
The new baptismal font, dedicated in memory of late Prelate Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian
Archbishop Oshagan, standing in front of the new baptismal font, speaks about
Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian
Archbishop Oshagan, Bishop Anoushavan and Fr. Lakissian with Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian's family members
Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian speaks about the legacy of late Archbishop
Selected photos graced the wall alongside the many books and booklets that Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian wrote or sponsored
Friday, December 13, 2013
New York, NY:  St. Illuminator’s Cathedral has announced a special exhibition drawn from the extraordinary discovery of paintings by Arthur Pinajian. Pinajian was a virtual hermit whose life’s work had been relegated to the garbage but rescued just in time. Art historians nationwide are still expressing astonishment that works of such caliber could have remained completely unknown.
 “Lost and Found: The Pinajian Discovery” will run from Thursday, December 12th through Sunday, December 22nd at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York, New York. The limited-run exhibition of 25 paintings will feature the artist’s lyrical landscapes and mid-century abstractions. An afternoon reception hosted by Saint Illuminator’s Cathedral and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan will be held on Sunday, December 15th from 1:00–4:00 pm. Art historian Peter Hastings Falk will discuss the discovery and the art.
After Pinajian’s death in 1999, five decades of accumulated artwork were found stacked up in the one-car garage and attic of the Bellport, Long Island, cottage he shared with his sister. He had left instructions for his collection to be discarded in the town dump. At the last moment, Pinajian’s cousin refused to let the garbage truck haul away the paintings. Instead, Professor William Innes Homer [1929-2012], then Dean of American Art Historians, was asked to examine the life’s work of the unknown artist and was stunned by what he found: a large body of extraordinary abstract landscape and figurative paintings by a gifted artist who was completely unknown in his lifetime. Homer urged Falk to head the project, and soon a team of art historians was conducting research into the life and art of Arthur Pinajian.
As a boy growing up in an Armenian community in West Hoboken, N.J., Pinajian was a completely self-trained cartoonist. During the Great Depression he became one of the pioneers in a new medium: the comic book. In 1940 he created “Madam Fatal,” the first cross-dressing superhero, for Crack Comics. After World War II, he enrolled at the Art Students League in Woodstock, N.Y. Although he knew a number of the New York Abstract Expressionists, such as Franz Kline and Philip Guston, he was largely reclusive. For 22 years his life revolved around Woodstock while he passionately pursued his painting.  His admirably poetic color combinations are linked to the tonalities of his better-known fellow Armenian, Arshile Gorky [ca.1904-1948]. Late in life, he moved with his sister to Bellport. There, in a tiny bedroom-studio he strived for visual and spiritual conclusions regarding flatness and color, goals paralleling those of the Abstract Expressionist movement.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 128-page hardcover book with essays by art historians Falk,
Richard J. Boyle, the late William Innes Homer, art critic John Perreault, conservator Jonathan Sherman, bestselling author Lawrence E. Joseph, owner of the collection, and Pinajian’s artist cousin, Peter Najarian. The collective essays present one of the most compelling discoveries in the history of 20th-century American art. Dr. Homer writes: “Even though Pinajian was a creative force to be reckoned with, during his lifetime he rarely exhibited or sold his paintings. Instead, he pursued his goals in isolation with the single-minded focus of a Gauguin or Cézanne, refusing to give up in the face of public indifference. In his later years he could be compared to a lone researcher in a laboratory pursuing knowledge for its own sake. His exhaustive diaries and art notes make it clear that he dedicated all of his days to his art. He was passionate and unequivocally committed.”
Dr. Homer concluded,  “Ultimately Pinajian’s work reflects the soul of a flawed, yet brilliant, artistic genius. When he hits the mark, especially in his abstractions, he can be ranked among the best artists of his era . . . His life is, above all, a model for those who feel that they must follow their calling despite a lack of public acceptance.”
An Intriguing Literary Connection
There is an astonishing resemblance between Pinajian and the hero in Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard: The Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a 1987 novel about an eccentric painter. Both Pinajian and Karabekian, a.k.a. Bluebeard, were Armenian-Americans, raised by parents who survived the 1915 Armenian genocide of approximately one and a half million men, women and children, and made their way to the United States where they raised families during the Great Depression. Both men then served with the United States Army during World War II in the European theater, each earning a host of ribbons and medals, including the Bronze Star. After the war, both abandoned their careers as illustrators for higher artistic pursuits, joined the Art Students League in New York, and hung out with the Abstract Expressionists at the Cedar Tavern in Greenwich Village. Both eventually moved to Long Island’s East End near the ocean, where they kept their paintings tightly locked away in a garage.
Breaking Vonnegut’s character mold, Pinajian has now burst into the public eye, inciting a publicity storm with his arrival. His extraordinary artistic gifts have attracted the attention of art lovers and news outlets all over the world, and his story has been reported by sources including the New York Times, Good Morning America, and ABC’s 20/20. Finally, the artist has found his audience.
The upcoming exhibition at St. Illuminator’s is Pinajian’s posthumous homecoming, a triumphant return to the rich cultural tradition that gave him rise.
Thursday, December 12th through Sunday, December 22nd
Thursdays 11:00am–2:00pm and 4:30pm–7:00pm
Fridays 1:00pm–7:00pm
Saturdays 11:00am–7:00pm
Sundays 9:00am–5:00pm
Or by appointment

On Sunday December 8 the Sunday School teachers and students took a field  trip to the Museum of Math in Manhattan. Located in the same neighborhood as the church the group walked to the museum and enjoyed the hands-on activities including riding a tricycle with square wheels, using a digital
paintbrush, and adjusting Galileo’s tracks. They then returned to church to enjoy a snack and get picked up by their parents.
St. Illuminator's Sunday school student at MOMATH
Long time members of the St. Illuminanator’s Cathedral, Mr. and Mrs. Avedis and Rosemary Alashaian, recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  They asked their friends and family members to make donations to the Cathedral In lieu of gifts.

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian presented them the Golden Anniversary plaque in recognition of their dedication and ongoing support to the Mother Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Avedis and Rosemary Alashaian with Fr. Mesrob Lakissian
   A fundraising luncheon organized by the New York Mayr Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society took place at the Almayass Restaurant in New York on Sunday, December 8, 2013 with more than one hundred in attendance.
Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian attended and delivered the invocation. 
On Monday, December 9, 2013, OXFAM representatives Mr. Jonathan Puddifoot, OXFAM Regional Programme Manager of Eastern Europe and Ms. Margarita Hakobyan, Country Director of OXFAM in Armenia, accompanied by Dr. Artur Martirosyan, visited  St. Illuminator's Cathedral and met with Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian.

The guests presented an overview of the OXFAM  work, especially in Armenia.

Ms. Margarita Hakobyan, Rev. Mesrob Lakissian, Mr. Jonathan Puddifoot and
Dr. Artur Martirosyan
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the John Pashalian Hall of St. Illuminator's Cathedral the audience learned   much during the lecture/multimedia presentation by OXFAM representatives Mr. Jonathan Puddifoot and Ms. Margarita Hakobyan.

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian opened the event with his welcoming remarks and introduced Mr. Jonathan Puddifoot  and Ms. Margarita Hakobyan.

OXFAM is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 90 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and injustice around the world.

"OXFAM has been working  in Armenia since the early 1990s, fighting poverty and making sure that people's voices are heard.  We work with more than 140 countries across six regions of Armenia to develop projects that bring lasting change to people's lives.  We work with the government to ensure the rights of poor people are put first, and conduct extensive  research to help advocate for changes.  We are working to improve the health sector, to improve the outlook for smallholder farmers and to help communities respond to natural disasters.  We are empowering women and young people to get involved in the decisions affect them most
", stated Ms. Hakobyan.
Mr. Jonathan Puddifoot, OXFAM Regional Programme Manager of Eastern Europe
Ms. Margarita Hakobyan, Country Director of OXFAM in Armenia
Mr. Puddifoot presented a photograph taken in one of the rural Armenian villages to the
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        «Ես ունէի մի մայր, որ հեզութեան տիպարն էր, մի զմայլելի գեղեցկուհի, որ ծնուել էր ճակատագրի հալածանքը լռութեամբ կրելու համար»:



Let me fly home with my thoughts,
Where my mother is awake,
Let me see the brook,
That I yearn for so immensely
The brook that babbles with its abundant waters
In the mountains every spring.

Let me turn toward the cold water of the fountain
Thant I have missed so much,
Let me be in the fields and our green pastures,
Where the flowers are fragrant,
Where, in my childhood days,
The wind always embraced my face.

My motherland in my heart,
If I do not fall in battle,
Oh, my precious mother,
I will come back again,
I will comfort your soul with my heartfelt kisses
And squeeze you to my chest.
Gegham Sarian
This Saturday, December 14, is the Feast of St. James (Hagop) of Nisibis (Mdzbin). He participated in the first ecumenical council in Nicaea (325), where he earned great respect from the Emperor Constantine and the other attendees. He was born and died in the city of Nisibis (Nusbyien) located in what is now southeastern Turkey, an important early Christian center in Asia Minor and a transit point of the caravans traveling east and west.

St. James is one of the most beloved saints in the Armenian Church. He is also honored by the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Syriac Orthodox Church, the Coptic Church, and the Eastern Catholic and Roman Catholic Churches. He was ordained Bishop of Nisibis in 320 AD.

St. James sought to find Noah’s Ark as proof for skeptics. On the eve of his ascent to the summit, as he rested, an angel appeared and told him that he need not climb to the summit and gave him a piece of the Ark which was nearby. This piece is kept at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

The heavenly hosts rejoiced at the greatness of your feats by which you in the flesh became like the angels on high; we have you as intercessor for us before the Father in heaven. And we with a joyful voice celebrate your holy memory, O venerable witness of Christ, holy bishop James; we have you as intercessor for us before the Father in heaven. You decided on severe toils to see Noah’s Ark and from the angel’s hand received a portion of the wood which served the human race as salvation; we have you as intercessor for us before the Father in heaven.

(Canon to St. James, Bishop of  Nisibis, from the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church)

Armenian Prelacy - "Crossroads"



Յիսուս իր աշակերտներուն ըսաւ. - Գայթակղութիւններ անպայման որ պիտի պատահին, բայց վա՜յ այն մարդուն, որուն ձեռքով ուրիշներ գայթակղութեան մէջ կ՛իյնան:  Նախընտրելի պիտի ըլլար, որ իր վիզին ջաղացքի քար անցընէին եւ զինք ծովը նետէին, քան թէ այս փոքրիկներէն մէկը գայթակղեցնէր:  Հետեւաբար, զգուշացէ՛ք:  Եթէ եղբայրդ մեղք գործէ՝ յանդիմանէ՛ զինք, եւ եթէ զղջայ՝ ներէ՛ իրեն: Նոյնիսկ եթէ մէկ օրուան մէջ եօթն անգամ քեզի դէմ մեղանչէ եւ եօթն անգամ քեզի գալով ըսէ՝ «Կը զղջամ», պէտք է ներես իրեն: Առաքեալները ըսին Տիրոջ. – Աւելցո՛ւր մեր հաւատքը: Տէրը ըսաւ.- Եթէ մանանեխի հատիկի մը չափ հաւատք ունենաք եւ ըսէք այս թթենիին. ,Արմատախիլ եղիր եւ ծովուն մէջ տնկուէե, պիտի հնազանդի ձեզի: Ենթադրենք որ ձեզմէ մէկը ծառայ մը ունի, որ հողագործ է կամ հովիւ: Երբ ծառան դաշտէն դառնայ եւ տուն մտնէ, տէրը իրեն կ՛ըսէ՞. ,Անմիջապէս գնա՛, ճաշդ կերե: Բնականաբար ո՛չ: Ընդհակառակը, անոր կ՛ըսէ.- ,Ընթրիքս պատրաստէ եւ գոգնոցդ կապելով սպասարկէ՛ ինծի, մինչեւ ընթրիքս վերջացնեմ, անկէ ետք կրնաս ուտել ու խմելե: Կը կարծէ՞ք որ տէրը իր ծառային երախտապարտ պէտք է ըլլայ իր հրահանգները կատարելուն համար: Չեմ կարծեր: Դուք ալ նոյնպէս, երբ կը կատարէք ինչ որ հրամայուած է ձեզի, ըսէք. ,Անպիտան ծառաներ ենք, ինչ որ պարտաւոր էինք ընել՝ կատարեցինքե:

   ՃՇ. ԸՆԹԵՐՑՈՒՄ               
Ես.     38 :1 – 8             Եբր.   1 :1 – 14               



Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come!  It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble.  Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive.  And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your slaver who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, '‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!” 

Is.  38 :1 - 8         Heb. 1 :1 – 14 

R E Q U I E M                           Հ Ո Գ Ե Հ Ա Ն Գ Ի Ս Տ
Requested by:
Pastor and Board of Trustees of St. Illuminator’s Catheral
In memory of
ZOHRAB GORGINIAN – 3rd Anniversary

Requested by:
Mr. Hagop Markarian and sons Viken and Vasken
Mrs. Rosa Markarian
Mamarian, Enfiedjian, Enkababian, Sahakian and Casela families
In memory of their beloved wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law and relative
SONIA MARKARIAN - 4th Anniversary
October 24 to December 19, 2013 

8 session program presented on Thursdays, from 7:15 pm to 8:45pm, at the St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. 
Sessions will be presented by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of Armenian Religious Council (AREC) of the Eastern Prelacy

Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 22nd 2013

Յայտնի գեղանկարիչ Արթըր Փինաճեանի գործերու ցուցադրութիւն Նիւ Եորքի Ս. Լուսաւորիչ Մայր Եկեղեցւոյ Ճան Փաշալեան սրահին մէջ, Հինգշաբթի, 12 Դեկտեմբերէն մինչեւ Կիրակի, 22 Դեկտեմբեր:

Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:00pm

Organized by St. Illuminator's Armenian Saturday School PTO
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