10 MARCH 2012 ISSUE 10, VOLUME 3
A WEEKLY ONLINE PUBLICATION OF
THE PRIMATE’S OFFICE OF THE DIOCESE OF THE ARMENIAN CHURCH OF
THE UNITED KINGDOM AND
THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Extended Deadline for Pilgrimage
Since the announcement of the dates of the Second Annual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the Primate’s Office has been receiving phone calls and e-mails requesting the extension of the deadline, to give families ample time to check and coordinate their schedules and may be able to join the Pilgrimage. Therefore we are happy to inform our readers that the deadline has been extended to 18th March. Those registering after the 18th March deadline will incur the extra £100 fee. His Grace Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate, will be leading the second Annual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The Pilgrimage is scheduled for Friday, 18th May to Saturday 26th May, 2012. Pilgrims will get to visit the birth place of our Lord in Bethlehem, the River Jordan and the place of the Baptism of our Lord, the Mount of Temptation, Gethsemane, Via Dolorossa, the Dead Sea, Mount Tabor, Tiberias, and the Armenian Patriarchate and Convent. In addition to the above, the participants in the Pilgrimage will join the Armenian Church in Jerusalem, in celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Mount of Ascension. The celebration of this Badarak takes place outdoors under a large tent, erected on the top of the mountain where our Lord ascended to Heaven (Luke 24:31 and Acts 1:1-11). The cost of the pilgrimage per person is only £950, which covers all expenses including airfare (London, Heathrow-Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion, via British Airways), accommodation in twin-rooms in 4-star hotels, breakfast and dinner everyday, bus transportation in deluxe coaches, admission to all sites and museums on the itinerary, and a free copy of the booklet “The Armenian Pilgrim.” The cost for the above will increase to be £1,300 for single room accommodation. Please contact the Primate’s Office as soon as you can, as seats are getting reserved, by e-mail: email@example.com, or call: 0208 127 8364. Check our online flyer by Clicking Here.
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The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
10 MARCH 2012
ISSUE 10 VOLUME 3
SERVICE OF THE WASHING OF THE FEET ST. SARKIS CHURCH - 2010
The Service of the Washing of the Feet - Holy Thursday
This year the inspiring service of the Washing of the Feet, which is part of the Holy Thursday services, is scheduled on April 5th, at 4:30pm. The Primate’s Office invites parents and families with boys of ages 7-12, who wish to have their sons participate in the traditional “Washing of the Feet” ceremonies of Holy Thursday to register with the Primate’s Office. The service inspiringly presents the final evening of our Lord as he knelt after the Last Supper and washed the feet of the disciples as a sign of love and humility.
Please note that, in order to organise the service better, your son’s or grandson’s name needs to be registered in advance so the boys can attend a rehearsal with the Primate prior to the date of the service.
To register your son or for further information please contact he Primate’s Office at 020 8127 8364 or e- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARMENIAN EVENSONG AND REQUIEM AT
NANT PERIS, SNOWDON (NORTH WALES)
The Mission Parish Council of the Armenian Church in Cardiff, Wales has planned a day long programme, on Friday, 30th March, to pursue further the issue of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. H.E. Karine Ghazinian, Ambassador of Armenia and H.G Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate will be attending the events. During the day there will be meetings with the National Assembly Member Alun Ffred Jones (former Cuture Minister) in Caernarfon, the Chairman of the Council and the Civic Officer, Mr Dafydd Iwan, who was President of Plaid Cymru until last year and the Council Leader Dyfed Edwards. In the evening His Grace and the Ambassador will be attending a concert at the Chapel in Nant Peris, open to the public. Both the Ambassador and the Primate will deliver brief speeches focusing on the importance of the Welsh-Armenian thriving relationship. The culmination of the daylong events will be an Evensong and a memorial service in remembrance of the Welsh and Armenian Martyrs. The service will take place at the Nant Peris Chapel, Swondon, in North Wales. Participating in the meeting and the service will be the Revd Canon Patrick Thomas.
NAMUS PROJECT IN ARMENIA
Through the generous support of individual donors, research and development in Armenia on the Namus project was able to go ahead. It seemed appropriate that in 2011, the 100 year anniversary of the play Namus by Alexander Shirvanzade, that the journey to find a new life for this play in the 21st Century was about to begin. Alongside the director, Veronica Wigg, the Producer/Actor Seta White spent 4 1⁄2 weeks in Armenia working at Naregatsi Art
Institute and at The Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art (NPAK). Two performances were shown to full houses at Naregatsi Art Institute (November 3) and The Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art – NPAK (November 5). Click Here for more info.
WHO IS ARSHILE GORKY?
Click Here to watch the BBC documentary on the life and tragic end of this pioneering Abstract Expressionist Armenian painter
10 March 2012
Issue 10, Volume 3
His Grace Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate, and the volunteer staff of the Primate’s Office are happy to welcome Socie Boyadjian to the office staff. Socie has a vast experience in management and administration. Her fluent knowledge of the Armenian and English languages will make the Primate’s Office more easily accessible to our faithful. She will be the Executive Administrator and will manage the office throughout the week, while the phone will be monitored during the weekend as well. With the addition of Socie to the Primate’s Office team, weekend emergency calls will also be handled appropriately. Welcome Socie and God bless you.
BAPTISMS Traditionally, infant baptisms do not take place in the Armenian Church During Great Lent.
There were no Baptisms in either St. Sarkis or St Yegiche churches this month.
MARRIAGES According to the canons of the Armenian Church the Sacrament of Matrimony cannot be celebrated during Great Lent.
There were no Baptisms in either St. Sarkis or St Yegiche churches this month.
FUNERALS Antranig Antreas Zoulikian born in Cairo, Egypt, on 21st May 1934, was deceased on 14th January 2012. The funeral
service was held at Kensal Green Cemetery Chapel and was followed by internment in Kensal Green Cemetery on 2nd
February 2012. Barkev Boyadjian born in Sivas, Turkey, on 3rd December 1916 was deceased on 5th February 2012. The funeral service was
held at St. Sarkis Church and was followed by internment at Chiswick New Cemetery. Emilios Nicoloaou born in Cyprus on 23rd October 1939 was deceased on 17th February 2012. The funeral service was held in
St. Sarkis Church and was followed by internment in Greenford Park Cemetery.
May the Lord rest their souls in peace and grant their loved ones the comfort and consolation of the Holy Spirit.
In order to register a baptism or a wedding or to request a hokehankisd, kindly contact the Pastor or the church committee/council of the specific church where you intend to have the church service. The Primate’s Office has no access to the calendars of the churches and the pastors.
10 MARCHY 2012
ISSUE 10, VOLUME 3
According to the Armenian Church Lectionary
Sunday – 11 March
Sunday of the Steward
Luke12:32-48 Isaiah 56:1-57:21 Ephesians 4:17-5:14 Luke 16:1-31
Monday – 12 March
22th Day of Great Lent
Tuesday – 13 March
Wednesday – 14 March
Exodus 3:16-22 Joel 3:1-8
Thursday – 15 March
1 Corinthians 8:5-9:23
Friday – 16 March
Deuteronomy 9:11-23 Job 16:1-17:16 Isaiah 43:22-44:8
Saturday – 17 March
Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-8 Nahum 2:1-4 Isaiah 43:1-3 Ephesians 6:10-18 Matthew 13:43-52
Friday 16th March
On the third Friday of the Lenten Vigils 9th March, following the Church Vigils, the faithful were the guests of the Armenian Church Youth Fellowship (ACYF). The young men and women managed to prepare a magnificent table of a variety of traditional Lenten Armenian food (thanks to the help of Tanya from Jakobs Restaurant!) It was very inspiring to see the youth setup the table and serve, while the faithful gathered together and enjoyed the fellowship, and the teenagers congregate around to play table games. Thank you ACYF and God bless you all. The weekly Lenten Vigils will continue to be offered every Friday at St. Sarkis Church, London at 6:35pm. After church services, a Lenten dinner will be served in the Nevart Gulbenkian Hall. The menu will include home-made food, according to Armenian traditional recipes, with wine, soft drinks, coffee/tea and dessert. This Friday’s host will be the St. Sarkis Choir. A donation of £10 will help defray the cost of the preparation of the dinner and support the various church programmes. Free parking available from 18:30 onward. Join us! Click Here for more info.
On Wednesday, 14 March, the first general meeting of the second Annual Armenian Street Festival will take place in Nevart Gulbenkian Hall, at 7:00pm. The Primate will preside over the meeting, and share the vision and theme of the Festival with those present. The Primate’s Office will update those present about the application process at the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington. Updates and organisational aspects of the Festival will be shared by Dickran Bedrosian, General Coordinator. Please contact the Primate’ Office, or call, 0208 127 8364 if you intend to attend the meeting. Come with your creative ideas and contribute to the all-Armenian festival in London
William Shakespeare has had a strong influence in Armenia; poets, playwrights, actors and audiences have all lived and worked within his generous shade. Many great actors and directors have emerged from Armenia to go on to international success. For the first time in London, the Gabriel Sundukyan Academic Theatrical Group from Armenia, will be performing Shakespeare’s “King John” in the Globe on the 16th and 17th of May, 2012. Click Here for more info!
The Bible Study groups continue meeting in the Nevart Gulbenkian Hall of the St. Sarkis Church: Tuesdays at 18:30-20:00 in Armenian, and Thursdays at 19:00- 20:30 in English, 23rd February. All are welcome.
CHECK OUT THE ARMENIAN CHURCH TRUST – UK WEBSITE (ACT-UK)