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Boston –June 20, 2019.  A brand-new Armenian Church in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley now has a brand-new Armenian cross to adorn its steeple. The cross was consecrated on Thursday, June 20, the gift of the Boston, Massachusetts based Knights of Vartan Ararat Tahlij No. 1 and its Arpie Otyag No. 9. Many of the lodge and Otyag members were on hand with their families as Bishop Daniel Findikyan consecrated the large gold cross which now stands proudly atop the Haverhill, Massachusetts area church. This was Bishop Findikyan’s first visit to the church since recently being elected Primate of the Armenian Church of America’s Eastern Diocese. Also participating in the consecration service were Armenian Church Pastors from across Massachusetts as well as the Dean of the Saint Nersess Armenian Seminary in New York.

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Avak Sbarabed’s 2012 Thanksgiving Message


Thanksgiving 2012 Message from the Avak Tivan

Dear Brother Asbeds,

Thanksgiving is a day set apart annually for gratitude and praise to God in return for His blessings and mercies. We, therefore, publicly celebrate this occasion in acknowledgement of divine goodness.

As we look upon the past experiences of our predecessors, we can by comparison, appreciate the adversities under which their deeds were accomplished. Asbedutune is no longer the pioneering task of rekindling Armenians into communities, as our forefathers endured for the better part of the last century. Our task today is to strengthen and retain what has already been established.

Today with the grace of God, we are enjoying a society filled with an abundance of Fraternal Spirit and cooperation. We are better organized today than ever before. In some measure we can attribute this progress to modem conveniences and proper tools with which we work to accomplish our mission. We thank our many devoted members who have charged themselves with selfless responsibility dedicated to all Armenian causes. The offering of thanks is a personal thing, yet Asbeds as a Brotherhood ought to acknowledge the deepest fulfillment of common enterprises committed to all Armenians. In the theme of Thanksgiving, we should pause from the everyday, to reflect and meditate the occurrences of the past year and thank the Lord for our health and prosperity, for the achievements of our goals and for our shortcomings as well. Above all as Americans we can thank the great United States which has offered us the place to rekindle the Armenian race .

On behalf of your Avak Tivan, here’s wishing you and your families a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving.


Nigoghos Atinizian II

Avak Sbarabed