Weekly News – June 25, 2017

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Weekly News – June 25, 2017








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PLEASE NOTE:
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
THE SERMON
WILL BE GIVEN IMMEDIATELY AFTER
THE GOSPEL READING
AT THE BEGINNING OF BADARAK

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Third Sunday after Pentecost

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  
   
Figure Out What Will Please Christ
And Then Do It !!!

 

St. Nersess the Great
 
Tomorrow, the Armenian Church will remember this remarkable 4th-century figure during the Feast of St. Nersess the Great.As the great-grandson of St. Gregory the Illuminator, he was heir to Armenia’s most exalted lineage, and possessed all the qualities of a great spiritual leader. Yet he resisted becoming a priest, and by some accounts only accepted ordination and advancement at the insistence of Armenia’s king. The king may have had cause to regret it. For when the new Catholicos Nersess ascended to the Throne of St. Gregory, he turned away from matters of the royal court. To Nersess, the church was first and foremost the servant and defender of the people: he strove to make Armenia a more hospitable place for the weak and dispossessed, and for the cultivation of the wholesome virtues of common family life. 
He built schools and orphanages; hospitals and shelters for the poor; monasteries and convents. At the bishops’ council of Ashdishad, which Nersess convened in A.D. 364, he instituted reforms in the church canons that placed Christian charity, moral cleanliness, sincere worship, marriage and childrearing at the heart of religious observance.  Nersess was also outspoken in defiance of Armenia’s impious leaders—and his unwavering moral integrity came at great cost. He was deposed from office; exiled from his homeland; eventually poisoned at the order of a depraved king. Nevertheless, his example of holiness and virtue left a lasting impression on the Armenian Church and people, who saw fit to canonize the reluctant catholicos, and name him “Nersess the Great.” 
Honor the day by performing an act of kindness for another living soul.
 

(From the Weekly Newsletter of the Diocese)
 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 25th.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 12:1-8)
 
At that time Jesus went through the grain-fields on the Sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.  When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?  He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests.  Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and yet are guiltless?  I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.  But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.  For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
 
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Epistle Reading
(Romans 6:12-23)
Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.  What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!  Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted,  and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.  I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once   presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.  When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death.  But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Gospel Commentary
 
The Pharisees are rigid in their legalism.  While the plucking of a few ears in a     neighbor’s field is permitted by Law, they consider it “reaping” and  unlawful work of the Sabbath.  Jesus provides Old Testament precedents of blameless violations of the Sabbath rule, thereby demonstrating that the law is not absolute over human need or service to God.  Jesus is Lord even of the Sabbath, thus Lord of all days including the Lord’s Day and the Author of the Law itself.  He gives precedence to mercy rather than ritualistic observance.

Parish Announcements!
 
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: Romans 7:25-8:11 & Matthew 12:38-45
 
Summer Camps:  Applications for St. Vartan Camp, St. Nersess Summer Study Programs and Camp Haiastan are being accepted at this time.  See Der Krikor for more information.
  
Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact Renee Ferraro if you are able to help at reneegferraro@gmail,com.
 
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  We currently serve the Salvation Miracle Kitchen monthly and need many more hands! 
If you are interested in helping please contact Renee Ferraro: 508-541-6770 or reneegferraro@gmail.com.  
        
Fellowship Sign-up:  Volunteers are needed to sponsor and work at our Coffee Fellowship Hours after Church as well as make donations toward the expense of the Altar Flowers and Candles.  Contact Jaymie Babaian to sign up.  (jaymie1754@gmail.com)
 
Please inform Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or frkrikor@holytranslators.org of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk, so that he can make arrangements to visit.

Kitchen Renovation
 

We have begun the process of renovating the Church Kitchen, which is scheduled to be completed soon.
 
Please note that until then there will be no access to the Kitchen.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM
 
Sun June 25         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun.  July  2 
        No Church
 
Sun. July   9          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 16          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 23          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 30          No Church
 
Sun. Aug.  6          Divine Liturgy (Blessing of the Grapes) – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Aug. 13         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 20         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 27         Divine Liturgy  – Der Krikor

 
Sun. Sept   3          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Sept. 10  
       Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

 

PARISH COUNCIL 2017-2018
Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                               Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                              Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Marco Ciaffi
Asst. Treasurer:                                                          Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                              Elise Durgarian
                                                                                             Mark Jorjorian
                                                                                               Scott Zaleski

Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
                                                                                        Karnig Durgarian

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Weekly News – June 18, 2017








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Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
Father’s Day

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  
   
Figure Out What Will Please Christ
And Then Do It !!!

 

FEAST OF HOLY ETCHMIADZIN
 

Tomorrow,  the Armenian Church celebrates “The Feast of the Universal Church of Holy Etchmiadzin.”  This feast is celebrated two weeks after Pentecost (the birthday of the Christian Church) and the day after the Feast of the Deliverance of St. Gregory the Illuminator from the Pit (Khor-virab).  After his emergence from the pit  (he was imprisoned for fourteen years because he refused  to worship the pagan gods) St. Gregory preached the Christian Faith to the Armenian Nation, ultimately converting the Armenian King Drtad who declared Christianity as the official religion of Armenia in 301 A.D.  After the conversion, he continued his preaching.  In a vision, St. Gregory saw the Only-begotten who, descending from Heaven, struck with a gold  hammer the place where the underground pagan  emple at Vagharshabad was located.  It was at that very spot that the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin (which means the “Only begotten descended”) was built in 302 A.D. and stands to this day. The Feast commemorates the final eradication of paganism in Armenia and the establishment of the Holy Armenian Church and her universal authority.  On the one hand, it is the commemoration of our national Church, the assertion of its   individuality and its support by the Armenian government.  On the other hand, as part of the Universal Church, it gave form to the church which had existed for three centuries, established by the Apostles Thaddeaus and Bartholomew and based on the truth of Holy Gospels. 
 

(from A Dictionary of the Armenian Church by Malachia Ormanian and Saints & Feasts of the Armenian Church by Patriarch Torkom Koushagian)
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Father’s Day
 

Across the United States today is observed as Father’s Day: a chance to reflect, with gratitude, on the deeper meaning of fatherhood.  While the surrounding popular culture may sometimes fail to treat fatherhood with due seriousness, the Armenian Church accords great reverence and respect to fathers.  The greatest tribute we pay to fatherhood lies in the way we apply the word “Father” to God. Our ability to call upon Him as our Father is a privilege and blessing—beautifully conveyed in a prayer from our Divine Liturgy:  “God of truth and Father of mercy, we are grateful that you have exalted us above even the [Old Testament] patriarchs. For you were called ‘God’ to them; but you are pleased to be named ‘Father’ to us.”  The priest recites this prayer right before the congregation sings the Hayr Mer –  reminding us that it was Jesus, God’s only-begotten Son, who taught us to call God “Our Father.” And when we understand God in terms of His Fatherhood, we also understand godliness to be the duty to which all fathers are called.  This Sunday, thank the fathers who strive to provide such an example in your own life, and remember those who have departed this world in your prayers. (From the Diocesan Website)
 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 18th.

Gospel Reading 
(John 10:22-30)
 

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”  Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me;  but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.  My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.  What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand.  The Father and I are one.”

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Epistle Reading
(Hebrews 9:1-10)

 

Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was constructed, the first one, in which were the lamp-stand, the table, and the bread of the Presence; this is called the Holy Place.  Behind the second curtain was a tent called the Holy of Holies. In it stood the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which there were a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot speak now in detail.  Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into the first tent to carry out their ritual duties; but only the high priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed unintentionally by the people.  By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary has not yet been disclosed as long as the first tent is still standing.  This is a symbol of the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,  but deal only with food and drink and various baptisms, regulations for the body imposed until the time comes to set things right.
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Gospel Commentary
 
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus very plainly explains that only those who are part of His flock will really and truly know Him.  He is present everywhere and His works are in plain sight for everyone to see.  However, our ability to see them and to feel His presence in our lives depends on our commitment to Him as  Lord and Savior.         Because, “for those with faith an explanation is never necessary and for those without faith an explanation is never sufficient.”  Where do you fit in?

Parish Announcements!
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The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: Romans 6:12-23 and Matthew 12:1-8
 
Golf Tournament:  Thank you everyone who helped make this year’s golf tournament a huge success on many levels, especially Karen Durgarian, Knar Felegian, Mark Kazanjian and Der Krikor.  This was our best tournament to date. 
 
Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day Today,we will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers.

Summer Camps:  Applications for St. Vartan Camp, St. Nersess Summer Study Programs and Camp Haiastan are being accepted at this time.  See Der Krikor for more information.
  
Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact Renee Ferraro if you are able to help at reneegferraro@gmail,com.

 
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  We currently serve the Salvation Miracle Kitchen monthly and need many more hands! 
If you are interested in helping please contact Renee Ferraro: 508-541-6770 or reneegferraro@gmail.com.  
        
Fellowship Sign-up:  Volunteers are needed to sponsor and work at our Coffee Fellowship Hours after Church as well as make donations toward the expense of the Altar Flowers and Candles.  Contact Jaymie Babaian to sign up.  (jaymie1754@gmail.com)
 
Please inform Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or frkrikor@holytranslators.org of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk, so that he can make arrangements to visit.

Kitchen Renovation
 

We have begun the process of renovating the Church Kitchen, which is scheduled to be completed soon.
 
Please note that until then there will be no access to the Kitchen.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM
Sun. Jun  18         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
                                 Fathers Day

 
Sun June 25         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun.  July  2 
        No Church
 
Sun. July   9          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 16          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 23          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. July 30          No Church
 
Sun. Aug.  6          Divine Liturgy (Blessing of the Grapes) – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Aug. 13         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 20         No Church
 
Sun. Aug. 27         Divine Liturgy  – Der Krikor

 
Sun. Sept   3          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Sept. 10  
       Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor

 

PARISH COUNCIL 2017-2018
Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                               Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                              Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Marco Ciaffi
Asst. Treasurer:                                                          Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                              Elise Durgarian
                                                                                             Mark Jorjorian
                                                                                               Scott Zaleski

Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
                                                                                        Karnig Durgarian

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