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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013
ST. ILLUMINATOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
WE WISH YOU A HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING DAY FULL OF JOY AND HAPPINESS WITH YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
THE PINAJIAN DISCOVERY MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE AT ST. ILLUMINATOR’S CATHEDRAL
 
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.
 
EXHIBITION HOURS:
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

IN SUPPORT OF ARMENIA FUND
Archbishop Oshagan sent a directive this week to all Prelacy parishes to support the goals of the 2013 Armenia Fund Thanksgiving Telethon with a special collection of donations this Sunday, December 1st.
 
In his message the Prelate emphasized the importance of this year’s campaign that will help build an alternate route between Armenia and Karabagh (Artsakh). The goal is to turn the roads that currently link a string of strategically important towns in northern Armenia and Karabakh into a modern highway system. The new route will promote trade, cooperation, and economic development among vulnerable border communities that are vital to national security. The sum collected will be donated to the Armenia Fund’s 2013 campaign on behalf of the Prelacy and Parishes of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.
 BIBLE STUDY ON ST. PAUL’S LETTER TO ROMANS
 
The Bible study program on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans continues every Thursday up to December 19 (no session on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th), at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. The Bible studies are being presented by Dn. Shant Kazanjian, Executive Director of the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC), and is sponsored by AREC and the Cathedral. New attendees are welcome to join the group. For information contact the Prelacy at 212-689-7810, arec@armenianprelacy.org, or the Cathedral at 212-689-5880, office@st.illuminators.org.
THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON AND  CULTURAL PROGRAM AT THE
ST. ILLUMINATOR'S CATHEDRAL

On Sunday, November 24, 2013, after the Badarak, congregation and guests gathered in the John Pashalian Hall to enjoy a Thanksgiving Luncheon and Cultural Program organized by the St. Illuminator’s Ladies Guild. The Hall was filled with anticipation of a delicious meal and an enjoyable program.

On behalf of the Ladies Guild, Mrs. Ani Piranian, Vice-Chairlady, opened the event by welcoming everyone. Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian then offered an opening prayer and Thanksgiving message.
The Thanksgiving meal was a bountiful table of tasty meze, turkey, rice pilaf and pumpkin pie for
dessert.

The cultural program opened with a poem dedicated to the Armenian mothers, recited by Ladies Guild member Mrs. Seta Balmanoukian. Musical pieces were then beautifully performed by St. Illuminator’s Saturday school teachers Meghry Tutunjian on flute, and Maral Tutunjian on violin. Maral Tutunjian also blessed the audience by singing Giligia and Erebouni. A raffle and the auctioning of a lovely handmade blanket concluded the event.

Elizabeth Alahverdian

Mrs. Ani Piranian
Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian
Mrs. Seta Balmanoukian
Ms. Meghry Tutunjian
Ms. Maral Tutunjian
Fr. Mesrob and Yn. Ojeen Lakissian with Board members Yervand Kasparian, Joseph Vartanian,
Antranig Vartanian, Viken Najarian and Lalig Vartanian
A few pictures of Thanksgiving Luncheon
ՍՈՒՐԲ ԼՈՒՍԱՒՈՐԻՉ ՇԱԲԱԹՕՐԵԱՅ ՎԱՐԺԱՐԱՆ
 
Անցեալ շաբաթ, Նոյեմբեր 23-ին, Ս. Լուսաւորիչ Շաբաթօրեայ Վարժարանի աշակերտները Գոհաբանութեան Օրուան առիթով պատրաստած էին գեղեցիկ ձեռային աշխատանքներ, նուիրուած իրենց ընտանիքներուն:  Հայերէնով անսխալ գրած էին բազմաթիւ բառեր, որոնցմէ յիշենք. Աստուած, Եկեղեցի, Ընտանիք, Հայր, Մայր, Եղբայր, Քոյր, Ընկեր եւ այլն:
Սրտանց կը շնորհաւորենք մեր աշակերտներն ու իրենց ուսուցչուհիները:
TEKEYAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES
15th ANNIVERSARY OF "MHER MEGERDCHIAN" THEATRICAL GROUP

 
Rev. Fr. Mesrob and Yn. Ojeen Lakissian attended the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) "Mher Megerdchian" theatrical group's 15th anniversary by special invitation. The event took place at St. Thomas Armenian Apostolic Church in NJ on Sunday, November 24, 2013.

Rev. Lakissian offered the opening prayer and the artistic program included performance by St. Illuminator's "Huyser" ensemble.

For the past 15 years the "Mher Megerdchian" company presented 18 theatrical works. Both the "Mher Megerdchian" as well as New York Hamazkayin theatrical groups have survived for many years, presenting the Armenian theater in Armenian.

TCA chairman Hagop Vartevarian noted that for the first time in the group's history clergy from the Armenian Prelacy offered the opening prayer and blessed the tables.
Rev. Mesrob Lakissian offering the Opening Prayer
Ara Yegoryan, Diran Jebejian, Maria Barsoumian and Harout Barsoumian
Photos by Hratch Zokian
ENGAGEMENT   CEREMONY
Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian participated in the Engagement ceremony of SHANT SIMONIAN and HOORY HARUTIUNIAN on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the  Jericho Terrace.
We extend our congratulations to the newly engaged couple and their parents Mr. & Mrs. Hagop and Sossi Simonian and Mr. & Mrs. Vahe and Sona Harutiunian.
In Memoriam
Diramayr Bulbul Barsamian

 
On Tuesday, November 26, 2013 H. G. Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian attended  Funeral service for Diramayr Bulbul Barsamian , mother of H. E. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern  Diocese, at St. Leon Armenian Apostolic Church in Fair Lawn, NJ.

May her memory be blessed forever.
EDUCATION CORNER
SAINTS THADDEUS AND BARTHOLOMEW 
 
       This Saturday, November 30, the Armenian Church commemorates Saints Thaddeus and Bartholomew, two of the twelve apostles, who were the first evangelizers of Armenia, and were martyred there, giving the Armenian Church its apostolic identity and earning them the title, “First Enlighteners of Armenia.” 
       Thaddeus came to Armenia about 43 AD to preach Christianity. He was martyred in southeastern Armenia. His tomb lies in the Armenian monastery of St. Thaddeus (Iran) where a chapel was built in the third century. 
       Bartholomew is believed to have arrived in Armenia about 66 AD. He was martyred in Hadamakert, southeast of Lake Van. 
       An apostle is “someone who is sent,”—an emissary or ambassador of the Kingdom of God, sent to announce the Kingdom’s coming in Jesus Christ, and authorized to claim men and women’s allegiance to him. “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
 
Armenian Prelacy - "Crossroads"
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2013

Բ. ԿԻՐԱԿԻ ՅԻՍՆԱԿԻ
ԱՒԵՏԱՐԱՆ ԸՍՏ ՂՈՒԿԱՍՈՒ (13:1-9)

 
Ոմանք եկան Յիսուսի եւ պատմեցին այն Գալիլեացիներուն մասին, որոնք Պիղատոսի կողմէ սպաննուեցան, երբ Աստուծոյ զոհ կը մատուցանէին: Յիսուս անոնց ըսաւ. - Կը կարծէ՞ք թէ սպաննուող գալիլեացիները միւս բոլոր գալիլեացիներէն աւելի մեղաւոր էին, որ այդպիսի վախճան մը ունեցան: Ո՛չ: Կ՛ըսեմ ձեզի, որ եթէ չապաշխարէք՝ դուք բոլորդ ալ նոյնպէս պիտի կորսուիք: Կամ ի՞նչ կը մտածէք այն տասնըութը մարդոց մասին, որոնց վրայ ինկաւ աշտարակը Սելովամի մէջ եւ սպաննեց զանոնք: Անոնք աւելի՞ յանցաւոր էին քան Երուսաղէմի բոլոր բնակիչները:  Ո՛չ:  Կ՛ըսեմ ձեզի, որ եթէ չապաշխարէք՝ բոլորդ ալ նոյնպէս պիտի կորսուիք: Անոնց հետեւեալ առակը պատմեց. Մարդ մը կար, որ իր այգիին մէջ թզենի մը տնկած էր:  Թուզ քաղելու գնաց, բայց թզենիին վրայ պտուղ չգտաւ: Այգեպանին ըսաւ. «Այս երրորդ տարին է որ կու գամ թուզ քաղելու, բայց չեմ գտներ: Ուստի կտրէ՛ զայն, ինչո՞ւ անիմաստ կերպով տեղ գրաւէ»: Այգեպանը պատասխանեց. «Տէ՛ր, թող այս տարի ալ մնայ. ես իր շուրջի հողը կրկին կը փորեմ եւ պարարտացուցիչ կը դնեմ: Այս ձեւով թերեւս պտուղ տայ. ապա թէ ոչ՝ գալ տարի կտրէ զայն»:
ՃՇ. ԸՆԹԵՐՑՈՒՄ
                 Ես.  36: 22 – 37. 11          Ա. Թես.    4:1 – 11             
                   
 
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE (13:1-9)
 
At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whom blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fall on them, do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.” Then he told this parable, “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.”

BIBLE READINGS
                                                       Is. 36: 22 –37. 11    1 Thess.   4:1 – 11
R E Q U I E M                           Հ Ո Գ Ե Հ Ա Ն Գ Ի Ս Տ
Requested by:
Mr. & Mrs. Zbignev and Lucy Karaszewski
In memory of their beloved parents
SARKIS LEHMEJIAN
GEORGETTE LEHMEJIAN - 2nd Anniversary

Also in memory of their beloved grandparents
GARABED & LUCY LEHMEJIAN
GEORGE & CHRISTINA ORPHANIDOU


Requested by:
Baberian, Yetemian, Setrakian, Gharibian and Lakissian families
In memory of their beloved parents and grandparents
ANTRANIG & ALICE BABERIAN



Sunday, December 1st Fellowship Hour sponsord by
Baberian, Yetemian, Setrakian, Gharibian and Lakissian families

2 0 1 3
ՀԱՅ ՄՕՐ ՏԱՐԻ
THE YEAR OF THE ARMENIAN MOTHER
ՀԱՅ ՄԱՅՐԵՐՈՒՆ ՏՐՈՒԱԾ ԱԾԱԿԱՆՆԵՐ

Մայր Աստուածածին
Մայր Եկեղեցի
Մայր Տաճար
Մայր Աթոռ
Մայր Հայաստան
Մայրաքաղաք
Մայր Լեզու
Մայր Արաքս



THE ARMENIAN MOTHER

The Armenian Mother.  Who can say she is different from any other mother, except that each mother has a different history?

For as long as I can remember I have heard stories about the atrocities, the genocide, committed against my ancestors by my grandmothers, friends' grandmothers, and our mothers.  What I remember feeling as a child is very different from what I feel as an adult and a mother myself.

As a child I felt angry and powerless that such horrible things could happen to my family, and extended family, Armenians.  Often I felt a wincing pain for my ancestors, unclear where to place the anger toward the offenders. The stories were told in different ways, through altered sets of eyes and ears.  There was always pain.


And always, Why?
Over time though, I began to hear the subtext in these stories through exhibitions , music, performances , and writings by Armenians who are survivors and the children and grandchildren of survivors.

The message was courage and strength.

I now see the courage and strength it took for these Mothers to carry on while husbands, fathers, and brothers were taken away.  These Mothers kept going.  They kept there families going while trying to keep their culture, language and traditions vibrant and alive.

Growing up Armenian for me meant having several mothers to nurture, care, support, and encourage me to keep going in spite of the difficulties I would encounter.  Something I will pass on my daughter who will likely play it forward.

The Armenian Mother is different from any other mother because of history, and historically, these mothers are about love, hope and perseverance.


By Hera Marashian
CATHEDRAL'S MAILBOX    ՆԱՄԱԿԱՆԻ

St. Illuminator's Armenian Apostolic Cathedral
221 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016


Sireli Der Mesrob,

I enjoy following your activities with the receipt of your weekly E- Newsletter.

Yeghpayragan sirov yev aghotagits,
Dn. Allan Yeghia Jendian



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Dear Fr. Lakissian,

I just want to say that I really like your E-Newsletter and its layout.  It is filled with information and it is so easy to venture through. Thank you for making it available to all of us.

Sincerely,
Mary Nazarian


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
October 24 to December 19, 2013 
BIBLE STUDY
“THE LETTER OF ST. PAUL TO THE ROMANS”

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
 
Sunday, December 8, 2013
THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PASSING OF ARCHBISHOP MESROB ASHJIAN,

the former Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy, will be marked with a solemn Requiem Service and Dedication program.
Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate, will officiate during the Divine Liturgy and Requiem Service at the St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00pm
COMBATING RURAL POVERTY IN ARMENIA: DEVELOPMENT INTERVENTIONS
Presentation by Ms. Margarita Hakobyan, Country director of OXFAM (GB) international organization in Armenia

Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 22nd 2013
THE ART EXHIBITION OF WELL-KNOWN ARMENIAN ARTIST ARTHUR PINAJIAN


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


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