Watch Prelacy Lenten Programming here-LIVE

We are very pleased to be able to offer the Prelacy Lenten programming live and playable for later viewing due to the generosity of one of our parishioners. 

You may find the events schedule on our home webpage. 

Please click on link below to view.  Previous programming is in the right hand box below the ‘LIVE’ link.

Farewell Dinner held for the Nadjarian Family

St. Illuminator’s Cathedral members and friends gathered on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Cathedral’s John Pashalian Hall to say thank you and farewell to the Nadjarian family: Paul, Rachel, Haig, Vahan and Nairi.

They moved to New York City ten years ago and have been active members of the St. Illuminator’s family, contributing to the 219 E. Corp. Board, Sunday School and Ladies Guild. On behalf of the Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian thanked them for their dedicated service and wished them well in their future endeavors.

Lecture by Mr. Armen Sargsyan, Member of the National Assembly of Artsakh

On Friday, February 3, 2017, the St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and the ARF Armen Garo Gomideh of New York hosted a lecture, “Updates on Artsakh: Present and Future,” which took place at the Cathedral’s John Pashalian hall.
The lecture was presented by Mr. Armen Sargsyan, an ARF member of the Artsakh National Assembly. In his interesting talk, Mr. Sargsyan covered  a wide range of issues on the current state of the  Republic of Artsakh, which is facing its most volatile period in recent history: the four-day war with Azerbaijan in last April, the peace process, the international recognition, and the economic situation.

Born in 1963 in the Martuni region of Karabagh, Mr. Sargsyan graduated from the State Pedagogic University in Yerevan, where he defended his doctoral dissertation, and then returned to Karabakh. He commanded an armed militia that protected his village from 1988. After the Karabagh war, he became a lecturer at Artsakh State University from 1995-98 and director of a historical museum in Karabagh from 1995-97. Afterwards, he became Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sport from 1997-2004. He has been a member of Parliament since 2005.

Mr. Armen Caprielian, Dr. Antranig Kasbarian and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian also offered their remarks.

Sunday School students visit the Morgan Library and Museum to view Armenian Manuscript collection

January 22,  2017                                                                                                                                                  


On Sunday January 22, Some of the Sunday School students of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and their teachers walked to the Piedmont Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan to view the collection of Armenian illuminated manuscripts. A special workshop was prepared for the group by experts in the field, Sylvie Merian and Roger Wieck. They showed students, among many things, how the books were bound in a unique Armenian way; how the parchment made from animal hide became page of the manuscripts; the way gold was embossed on certain pages; and how silver cover designs were made. The students got an up close view of the manuscripts that they have been studying as a theme in Sunday School this year. After the workshop, the group explored the library and reading room of Piedmont Morgan. They also browsed other current exhibits on display. Finally, they relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company over an ice cream treat before being picked up by their parents.
This special trip was sponsored by Ms. Lucy Hayrabedian.