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THE AUDITORIUM OF THE TABERNACLE was full beyond its seating capacity with an art-admiring audience eagerly awaiting the start of the debut performance of the London Armenian Opera. The performance on Friday, 6th July, was itself the first of the very well known Armenian Opera “Anoush” by Armen Tigranian. All present, Armenians and non-Armenians were amazed at the professional performance of the London Armenian Opera, whose performance team combines the talents of young performers at the beginning of their career with those of our local community enthusiasts. The performance with its five acts mesmerised the audience with the beautiful voices of the singers, the choral group, the small accompanying orchestra, the dancers and the costumes. A special booklet was published on this occasion which included the programe, biographies of the performers and messages by the supporters as well as the Chairman of the London Armenian Opera, Mr. David Stepan and its Artistic Director Maestro Aris Nadirian. In his “A Word from the Artistic Director” Maestro Nadirian explains, “This year is particularly important to us, as we celebrate the centenary of the opera’s performance. It is purely coincidental that tonight’s performance mirrors that of the 1912 premier in Alexandrapol, in terms of the use of a small orchestra, chorus and venue!” Playing the lead role of Anoush was Tereza Gevorgyan, and that of Saro Vahe Begoyan. Meanwhile, our own Aris Nadirian played the role of Mossi and Anais Heghoyan shined as a star in her dual roles as the mother of Anoush and the mother of Saro. The orchestra was directed by Levon Parikian. The entire performance was directed by Seta White. Arsen Zakaryan was the choreographer and Claire Roberts the Stage Manager. The Armenian community in the UK is thirsty for such performances to enhance its cultural awareness and showcase it among the wider public. Congratulations to Aris, David and all the performers of the London Armenian Opera and all those who contributed to the success of the Opera.
THE CONTINUING EDUCATION MINISTRY (CEM) of the Primate’s Office of the Armenian Church of Great Britain and Ireland is happy to announce the offering of the lecture “Forgiveness & Healing: Intriguing Parallels between the Physical and Spiritual Effects” by George Piligian, MD, Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA. The lecture will take place on Thursday, 19th July at 7:00pm in the Nevart Gulbenkian Hall of the St. Sarkis Church. Dr. George Piligian will continue the series of lectures he started two years ago in London exploring the topic of science and Christian faith. His lecture “Forgiveness & Healing: Intriguing Parallels between the Physical and Spiritual Effects,” will shed light on the intriguing parallels between healing processes in the body and the spiritual healing of Christ. A wine reception will follow. Admission is free and all are welcome. Please mark your calendar to join us, and bring a friend with you!
THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY AND CHURCH COUNCIL (ACCC) of Great Britain cordially invites the members of the Armenian community to a Dinner and Reception with the Armenian Olympians to take place on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the Palm Court of the Hurlingham Club. The Guest of Honour of the Dinner & Reception, which is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm, is His Excellency Mr. Serzh Sarkissian, the President of the Republic of Armenia. Minimum donation: £100. Funds raised will be donated to the Armenian Paralympic team. For further information about the event please click here to visit the ACCC website. For further information about the venue of the dinner and reception, please Click Here to visit the website of the Hurlington Club. As announced in earlier issues of the E-Newsletter the President will also be visiting the Second Annual Street Festival to take place in Iverna Gardens and the St. Sarkis Armenian Church grounds on Sunday, 29th July, and open the festivities of the day with the cutting of ribbon ceremonies. For further information,CLICK HERE.
THE ARMENIAN CHURCH will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (Aylagerbootyoon/Vartavar) on Sunday, 15th July. The Transfiguration is celebrated as one of the five Major Feasts of the Armenian Church (Daghavar). Traditionally, in the Armenian Church, requiem or hogehangist services are not offered on Major Feast days. Consequently, there wil be no requiem service in any of the Armenian Churches on the 15th of July, 2012. Requests for hogehangists will be honoured on the following Sunday, 22nd July, 2012. Please contact your local Parish office or Parish Council member to schedule a hogehangist.
THIS SUNDAY, 8TH JULY, is the Parégéntan of the Feast of the Transfiguration, which means it ushers in a week of Fasting period in preparation for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Referred to as Baydzaragerbootiun, the Feast of the Transfiguration is one of the five major feasts of the Armenian Church (daghavar). The Feast is also known as Vartavar (the Festival of Roses) after the old pagan feast, which it replaced. The feast celebrates the changing of the appearance of the Lord (trans-figuration) with a resplendent countenance in the presence of three of His Apostles, Peter, John, and James, on a mountain traditionally identified as “Mount Tabor.” According to the Bible, among the light that was emanating from and around Christ, the three Apostles saw the appearance of the prophets Moses and Elijah, speaking to Jesus. This event is considered as an affirmation of the divinity of Christ, with the appearance of the Old Testament prophets, responsible for the Torah and the prophecies, as a confirmation that Jesus is the source of the divine revelation. The biblical story ends with the remark that a cloud came upon the group, through which the voice of God was heard, saying the same phrase He said when Jesus was baptized, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to Him" (Luke 9:35). The Bible does not date this event. However, St. Gregory the Illuminator assigned this Feast on the 14th week following Easter, making it replace an ancient pagan feast in Armenia dedicated to the goddess of water, beauty and fertility, known as Vartavar. During this day Armenians of all ages doused each other with water, celebrating the feast of the godess of water. While the theological theme of the day has changed, thanks to St. Gregory, and Armenians no longer celebrate the pagan feast, the practice of drenching each other with water is still associated with this field and is common among Armenians in Armenia and the Middle East. Make sure to shut your car windows and be careful if you happen to be in Armenia on this Feast day, which this year falls on Sunday, 15th July!
ON THURSDAY, 5TH JULY, HIS GRACE Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate, presided over the general committee meeting of the second annual Armenian Street Festival, where representatives from all Armenian organisations were invited to participate. During the meeting Socie Boyadjian, on behalf of the Primate’s Office, reported about the updates in the application procedures and the general correspondence confirming that all applications, including the closure of the two streets and the suspension of the meterred parking have been approved by
the Borough. Dickran Bedrossian reported about the overall layout and setup, including the rental of marquees, tables and chairs. This was followed by reports of the various subcommittees about the progress in their work. Unlike last year, the Food Subcommittee reported that food will be served outdoors to avoid the congestion caused last year in Gulbenkian Hall. A separate station will be assigned for tea, coffee and ice cream. The Stalls’ Subcommittee reported that there are still several stalls available for vendors to rent. If interested, please contact Bedros Aslanian: email@example.com. As in last year, this year’s Festival will also include a backgammon tournament, raffle with exciting prices, a brick-a-brack stall, in addition to a very exciting entertainment programme of live music, your friends and join us on Sunday, 29th July, at the Second Annual Armenian Street Festival
7 July 2012
Issue 28 Volume 3
Scripture Readings According to the Armenian Church Lectionary
Sunday – 8 July Paregentan Isaiah 3:1-11
Romans 11:13-24 Matthew 14:13-21
Monday – 9 July Fasting Week Romans 11:25-36 Matthew 14:22-36
Tuesday – 10 July
Romans 15:1-13 Matthew 15:1-20
Wednesday – 11 July Romans 15:14-29 Matthew 15:21-28
Thursday – 12 July Romans 15:30-16:16 Matthew 15:29-38
Friday – 13 July Romans 16:17-27 Matthew 15:39-16:12
Saturday – 14 July Exodus 25:10-14 Joshua 3:14-4:18 1 Samuel 6:18-7:2 2 Samuel 6:12-19 Hebrews 9:1-10 Matthew 5:17-20
THE HOLY BIBLE encourages us to pray for each other—9A[7j;zhq irarou famar orphsxi bv,kouiq! Ardarin n;rgo/o[ a[;rsanqe ,at axd;zik h0 “Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" says the Apostle James (5:16). If you are, or someone you know is, in need of prayer, for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact the Primate’s Office by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 0208 127 8364, and convey the name of the person for whom prayer is requested, and if possible, the reason for the request. The Primate will personally remember the person in his daily prayers. We will also be happy to share the prayer request in our Sunday Church bulletin, with our worshipping faithful in the churches ONLY if the person requesting the prayer wishes to have the request published.
ENQUIRIES FOR ST. SARKIS CHURCH:
The St. Sarkis Church Office is managed Tuesdays to Thursdays 11:00 am - 4.00 pm. At any other time please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. You may also wish to record your requests for hokehankist, donations in lieu of flowers and altar candles. Pastor: Rev. Shnork Bagdassarian, Office Manager: A. Violetta Barzankian-Kaydan, Phone: 0207 937 0152, e-mail: email@example.com. You can reach the Parish Council by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENQUIRIES FOR ST YEGHICHE CHURCH:
For Hokehangist requests, donations in lieu of flowers, altar candles and prayers please contact 01923 773 277. Or e-mail: Tamara@armenianchurchlondon.Org.UK. To contact the pastor, Rev. Dr. Nerses Nersessian, please ring 020 7371 6447 or e-mail Fr.Nerses@armenianchurchlondon.org.uk
THE PRIMATE’S OFFICE:
Is open Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm. Phone: 0208 127 8364 or email: email@example.com. During the weekend, please leave a message and someone will return your call. Appointments are welcome through the above mentioned contact information. For Hokehankist, please contact the local church priest or office directly.
THIRD ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO JERUSALEM IN JANUARY??? Since the publishing of the details of the inspiring and very successful second annual Pilgrimage
to the Holy Land in our E-Newsletter, our volunteer editorial committee members have been receiving e-mails from our faithful regarding the details of our 2013 annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In order to help us best plan the pilgrimage, please let the Primate’s Office know if you or someone you know may be interested in joining a possible pilgrimage to the Holy Land: departing on Sunday, 6th January at night and return on Sunday 13th January.
HELP US HELP ARMENIAN GRADUATES
Armenian graduates of UK universities contact the Primate’s Office regularly seeking employment in the UK. If you or someone you know can help these bright Armenians find a job please contact the Primate’s Office by Clicking Here or telephoning: 0208 127 8364..