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September 21, 2017


Today, September 21, marks the 26th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Armenia. Celebrations are planned in the homeland and in Armenian communities across the diaspora.
The rebirth of the Armenian homeland is one of the most momentous developments in the history of the Armenian people. Armenian people voted for independence from the Soviet Union on September 21, 1991, and became a member of the United Nations on March 2, 1992.
In 1991, our nation fulfilled its centuries-old dream of an independent and free life, and while overcoming the difficulties of war and a blockade, strengthened the foundations of the statehood by high consciousness and struggle.
This Armenian Independence Day we renew our prayers, asking our Almighty Lord to bestow his grace on our homeland, keep it under his loving protection, and guide all its citizens—our brothers and sisters—in their heroic work to build a decent, prosperous, and just society.

Watch the Independence Concert Live

A celebration of the 26th anniversary of the Republic of Armenia will be broadcast live from St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, on the evening of Thursday, September 21: Armenia's Independence Day.
The evening will begin with the Thanksgiving Prayer for the Republic of Armenia, followed by a concert featuring cellist Laura Navasardian, pianist Michael Kakossian Khoury, violinist Simon Hagopian-Rogers, and pianist Şahan Arzruni.

Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian will be the guest of honor, and deliver remarks.

The concert is being organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations, with the participation of regional and national Armenian organizations. Armenia's UN Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan will be among the dignitaries in attendance.

The service and concert will be broadcast live online via the Diocese’s Livestream channel, beginning at 7:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, September 21.


The Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Armenian Church invites families and friends to the annual Church Festival, which will be held next month on the church grounds (rain or shine).

Sunday, September 24, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
400 Huntwood Road, Swansea, IL

Menu and Activities 

- Armenian Food: Lamb and Chicken Shish Kebab, Luleh Kebab, Rice and Bulgar Pilaf, Salad, Piaz, Yalanchi, Tabouli, Hummos and Pita Bread, Hot Dogs and Chips, and more. Eat in or carry out.

- Armenian Pastries: Paklava, Bourma, Penerlee (regular and with spinach), Kadayif, and much more

- Games for kids and adults; 50-50 Cash Raffle Drawing at 4:45; Grand Cash Raffle Drawing at 5

- Armenian music and fun; attendance prizes

- Extra parking in field behind church; air-conditioned hall

We would love to see you at this year’s picnic. All who attended last year’s picnic had a great time. The food and fellowship among friends was outstanding. We expanded our menu items and time as well, so there will be even more great food and pastries to enjoy. Just come and have fun. Mark your calendars for this Sunday, September 24h.

For more information or raffle tickets, contact Rose at (618) 397-0728; Amie at (618) 397-1041; Paul at (618) 210-0072; or e-mail Info@BellevilleArmenianChurch.org.


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