Presentation of Jacques Hagopian’s Two Latest Books

 

On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, the celebration of the “Year of the Armenian Book” which H.H. Catholicos Aram I had proclaimed for 2012, continued at the Prelacy with the presentation of the two latest volumes by renowned and foremost contemporary poet Jacques Hagopian.

The event was held under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and was organized by the Prelacy Educational-Cultural Committee.

Committee Chair Mr. Herair Jermakian delivered the opening remarks then invited LARK Musical Society Vice-President and Master of Ceremonies Mrs. Takouhi Arzoumanian to commence the official program.

Mr. Mike Yousoufian, long-time friend and colleague of the author, spoke a few words about Mr. Hagopian’s service and contributions to Armenian literature and culture.

Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian presented the two books, “Yes Kirk em Hayeren”, a book of poems dedicated to the Armenian book and language, and “Voghgooyz”, a collection of the author’s research studies, lectures, memoirs, and letters by scholars and literary critics about the author.

The cultural program featured a recitation of one of the author’s poems by three students from Vahan and Anoush Chamlian School, and a solo by singer Meline Hambartsumyan, accompanied by Alan Dishigrikyan on the piano.

The author was then invited to convey his remarks.  Mr. Hagopian expressed this thanks through the recitation of three of his poems.

The official program concluded with the Prelate’s message, which he began by first commending all of the evening’s participants, and especially Fr. Muron for his well-prepared presentation.  His Eminence spoke highly of Jacques Hagopian as a virtuous and humble servant of God, and expressed thanks and gratitude to the poet for his part in educating generations of Armenian youth and for living his life as an example to others to live guided by the Holy Bible.  The Prelate concluded by wishing continued success to Jacques Hagopian in his noble mission and service to the celebration and preservation of our language and culture.

The event came to a close with the Cilician anthem.  A reception hosted by the organizing committee followed, during which the author signed copies of his books.

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