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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
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, November 24, the first Sunday of Advent.
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.

On Friday, November 15, 2013 Dr. & Dr. Herand and Janet Markarian hosted New York Hamazkayin Theatrical cast party at the “Sevan” Armenian restaurant.

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian expressed his gratitude for all the hard work contributed towards making “Life by the cage” play a huge success.  On behalf of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral Rev. Lakissian presented a special plaque dedicated to Dr. Markarian’s 75th Birthday.

Congratulations and best wishes to Markarians!
Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian pesents the plaque to Dr. Herand Markarian
Rev Rev. Mesrob Lakissian, Dr. Herand Markarian with the cast, volunteers and the guests

On Sunday, November 17, 2013 H.G. Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Vicar General, presided over the Divine Liturgy and Requiem Service at the St. Illuminator's Cathedral.
Bishop Anoushavan, Der Mesrob and Dn. Shant with Sunday school teachers and students
Left to right: Mr. Chris Parnagian, Esq., Yn. Ojeen Lakissian, Dn. Shant Kazanjian,
Bishop Anoushavan, Rev. Mesrob Lakissian, Mr. Harold Nazarian (candidate to the Priesthood from Sts. Vartanantz Church, RI), Mr. Robert Nazarian, Mrs. Debbie Nazarian
On Sunday, November 17, 2013 the “Year of the Mother of the Armenian Family”, was celebrated with a gala banquet, organized by the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America,  with tributes and presentations all related to mothers and their dedicated service to church and family. Guests from the Mid-Atlantic region enjoyed a congenial afternoon at the Terrace in the Park.
Left to right: Rev. Mesrob and Yn. Ojeen Lakissian, Yn. Lucy Daghlian, Bishop Anoushavan,
Yn. Ani and Rev. Hovnan Bozoian, Yn. Annie and Rev. Nareg Terterian
Rev. Mesrob and Yn. Ojeen Lakissian with the Ambassador Mr. Garen and Mrs. Nana Nazarian
Left to right: Ms. Araxie Bakalian, Ms. Alice Movsesian, Ms. Angel Tekerian, Yn. Ojeen Lakissian, Mrs. Azadouhi Vartanian, Mrs. Ovsanna Tatarian, Rev. Mesrob Lakissian, Mr. Antranig Vartanian, Mrs. Hourig Sahagian and Ms. Aggie Ellian

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian visited the Armenian Home for the Aged. Der Mesrob visits Home regularly, usually on Wednesdays. He often makes special visits to those who are ill at the Home or in the hospital.  His visits are greatly appreciated by residents and staff.
Der Mesrob with former members of the St. Illuminator Cathedral's choir Mrs. Sossie Kadian and Ms.Hermine Seferian

On Saturday, November 16, 2013 Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian with a group of parishioners attended Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church's Annual Bazaar.
Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian and Mr. Angus Todd, Council member of
Ridgefield Borough, NJ
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Մի կեանք արժէ մի համբոյրը աղջկայ,
Առանց սիրոյ, առանց կնոջ կեանք չկայ,
- Իրաւ, բայց թէ դրախտն ինքը կին լինի,
Կին կը գտնես, բայց մայր երբեք չես գտնի:

Կինը սէր է, բախտաբեր է՝ թէ սէր տաս,
Առանց կնոջ՝ ինձ պէս անբախտ կը մնաս,
- Իրաւ, բայց թէ բախտն էլ անհաս կին լինի,
Կին կը գտնես, բայց մայր նորից չես գտնի:
Արեւն, ասես, կնոջ աչքից կը ծագի,
Մի համբոյրից անապատը կը ծաղկի,
- Ա՜խ, չէ, թէկուզ չեղածն ինքը կին լինի՝
Կին կը գտնես, բայց մայր, աւա՜ղ, չես գտնի:
Կինը մահին յաղթող կեանքի աղբիւր է,
Իմ համբոյրով ինձ բալիկներ կը բերէ,
- Ա՜խ, չէ, թէկուզ Աստուած ինքը կին լինի՝
Կին կը գտնես, բայց մայր յաւերժ չես գտնի...
Յովհաննէս Շիրազ

   A Mother

A Mother is one who
understands the things
you say and do

Who always overlooks
your faults and sees the
best in you

A Mother is one whose
special love inspires you
day by day.

Who fills your heart with
gladness in her warm
and thoughtful way.

A Mother is all these things
and more - the greatest
treasure known.

And the dearest Mother in
all of the world is the one I
call my own.



Ժողովուրդէն մէկը Յիսուսի ըսաւ. – Վարդապե՛տ, ըսէ՛ եղբօրս, որ մեր հօր ձգած ժառանգութենէն իմ բաժինս տայ ինձի:  Յիսուս պատասխանեց. – Ո՛վ մարդ, ո՞վ զիս դատաւոր կամ իրաւունքի բաժանարար կարգեց ձեր վրայ:  Ապա դառնալով ժողովուրդին, շարունակեց. - Նայեցէք եւ զգուշացէ՛ք ագահութեան բոլոր տեսակներէն, որովհետեւ մարդու մը կեանքը կախեալ չէ՛ իր ամբարած հարստութենէն: Յիսուս անոնց առակ մըն ալ խօսեցաւ եւ ըսաւ.- Հարուստ մարդ մը կար, որուն արտերը առատ բերք տուին: Անիկա կը մտածէր ու կ՛ըսէր. - «Ի՞նչ ընելու եմ, որովհետեւ հունձքս ամբարելու համար շտեմարաններուս մէջ տեղ չմնաց: Այո՛, գիտե՛մ ինչ պիտի ընեմ: Պիտի քակեմ շտեմարաններս, աւելի ընդարձակները պիտի շինեմ եւ հոն ամբարեմ ցորենս եւ ամբողջ բերքերս: Ապա ես ինծի պիտի ըսեմ.- Ով մարդ, քանի որ երկար տարիներու համար ամբարած հարստութիւն ունիս, հանգիստ ըրէ. կե՛ր, խմէ՛ եւ վայելէ՛»: Բայց Աստուած ըսաւ իրեն. - «Անմիտ մարդ, այս գիշեր իսկ հոգիդ քեզմէ պիտի առնեն. որու՞ն պիտի մնայ պատրաստածդ»:

   Եւ Յիսուս եզրակացուց. - Նոյնն է պարագան բոլոր անոնց, որոնք միայն իրենց անձերուն համար հարստութիւն կը դիզեն, փոխանակ Աստուծոյ աչքին հարստանալու:  Ապա Յիսուս իր աշակերտներուն ըսաւ. - Ահա թէ ինչո՛ւ կ՛ըսեմ ձեզի. – Մի մտահոգուիք ձեր կեանքին համար՝ թէ ինչ պիտի ուտէք, եւ ո՛չ ալ ձեր մարմինին համար՝ թէ ի՛նչ պիտի հագնիք:  Որովհետեւ կեանքը աւելի կարեւոր է քան ուտելիքը, եւ մարմինը աւելի կարեւոր՝ քան հագուստը:  Դիտեցէ՛ք ագռաւները, որոնք ո՛չ կը սերմանեն, ո՛չ կը հնձեն, ո՛չ շտեմարաններ եւ ո՛չ ալ ամբարներ ունին, սակայն Աստուած կը կերակրէ զանոնք:  Իսկ պիտի չկերակրէ՞ ձեզ, դուք՝ որ իր աչքին թռչուններէն գերազանց էք:  Մտահոգուիլը կանգունով մը կ՛երկարէ՞ ձեր հասակը: Եթէ նուազագոյն բանը չէք կրնար ընել, ինչո՞ւ ուրեմն  ուրիշ բաներով կը մտահոգուիք:  Դիտեցէք եւ տեսէք թէ ի՛նչպէս կ՛աճի դաշտի շուշանը:  Ո՛չ կ՛աշխատի, ո՛չ կը հիւսէ:  Հաւատացէք, որ նոյնիսկ Սողոմոն իր ամբողջ փառքին մէջ անոնցմէ մէկուն պէս գեղեցիկ չկրցաւ հագնիլ:  Եթէ Աստուած այդպէս աղուոր կը հագցնէ խոտը՝ որ այսօր դաշտին մէջ է եւ վաղը կրակը պիտի նետուի, ձեզ աւելի լաւ պիտի չհագցնէ՞, թերահաւատնե՛ր:  Հետեւաբար, մի՛ մտահոգուիք ո՛չ ձեր ուտելիքով եւ ո՛չ ալ ձեր խմելիքով, եւ մի՛ մտատանջէք դուք ձեզ, որովհետեւ ասոնք բոլորը հեթանոսներուն յատուկ են:  Ձեր Հայրը գիտէ որ այդ բոլորին պէտք ունիք:  Այլ, ուզեցէք որ Աստուծոյ արքայութիւնը գայ, եւ Աստուած այդ բոլորը աւելիով պիտի տայ ձեզի:

                                         Ես. 36:1 - 9             Ա. Թես. 1:1 - 10                                          

   Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”  But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then He told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, “You, fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be? So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

   He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them.  Of how much more value are you than the birds!  And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith!  And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying.  For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 
    Is.  36 :1 - 9             1 Thes.  1:1 - 10  
R E Q U I E M                           Հ Ո Գ Ե Հ Ա Ն Գ Ի Ս Տ
Requested by:

Mr. & Mrs. Alexan and Shake Nishanian
Mr. & Mrs. James and Aida Ounjian and family
In memory of their beloved daughter, sister and aunt
SILVA NISHANIAN - 5th Anniversary
Also in memory of deceased members of

November 18, 2013

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

Dear Father Mesrob,

A small note to send a "big" Thank You to you and St. Illuminator's Cathedral for providing the accommodations for my presentation on the "Post WWII repatriation to Soviet Armenia".

I truly appreciate your efforts to make my work (my research) easier to share !

My Best,

Hazel Antaramian Hofman

November 21, 2013
Dear Der Hayr,

I just wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks for the warm welcome that you extended to me and my family last Sunday. You invited us to consider St. Illuminator's Cathedral as our home anytime that we visit New York City. Indeed, the reception that we received from you and Yeretskeen, along with the altar servers and the entire congregation, made us feel very much at home. The warmth of everyone's hospitality was very much appreciated and we do indeed consider St. Illuminator's Cathedral our home in New York City.

May our Lord continue to bless you abundantly in your ministry and grant continued prosperity in fellowship to your entire community.

Harold Nazarian
Special Exhibition of Arthur Pinajian's Paintings
Hosted by St. Illuminator's Cathedral
Under the Auspices of
H. E. Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate

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

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
Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 1:00pm

Organized by St. Illuminator Cathedral’s Ladies Guild
Poetry recitation:
Seta Balmanoukian
Musical performance:
Maral Tutunjian, violin
Meghry Tutunjian, flute

Admission: $30.00 (free for children)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

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
Presentation by Ms. Margarita Hakobyan, Country director of OXFAM (GB) international organization in Armenia

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:
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