Weekly News – September 3, 2017

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Weekly News – September 3, 2017








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Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, September 3, 2017

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE
FEAST OF THE ASUMPTION OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
LABOR DAY

PLEASE NOTE

This Sunday the Homily will be delivered by
Deacon Michael Sabounjian 
immediately after the Gospel Reading at the beginning of the Badarak.

Houston Parish Needs a Helping Hand 
 

A week ago, no one could have predicted the effect Hurricane Harvey would have on America’s Gulf Coast. But as our entire country has witnessed with dismay, the flooding in Houston has become one of worst natural disasters in U.S. history. This “local” story has now captured the attention of the world.
 
Regrettably, our parish in Houston, the St. Kevork Church community, has not been spared in the devastation. Parish pastor Rev. Fr. Martiros Hakobyan and parish council chair Areg Sahakian estimate that a quarter of the parishioners have been severely affected—with many Armenian families displaced, their family homes uninhabitable, their personal belongings lost.
 
In a directive this week, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian called on all parishes to hold special collections on each of the Sundays of September—starting September 3, and continuing on September 10, 17, and 24—to help provide relief to the affected people of St. Kevork Church.
 
Checks should be made out to the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016), with the memo: St. Kevork Flood Relief. The Diocese will be transferring funds to the Houston parish every few days, as proceeds from each week’s parish collections arrive.
 
Donations can also be made on the

Eastern Diocese’s secure server (Click)
please select “Other” in the drop-down menu, and type “St. Kevork Flood Relief” in the space provided).
 
While our immediate focus is on our brothers and sisters in Houston, please recognize that this is a disaster of national proportions; the Diocese encourages everyone to help with the general relief effort to our fellow American citizens.
 
Above all, we must not allow ourselves to be demoralized at a time like this. To the contrary, at such times we are given a powerful opportunity to help our fellow man—to truly enact the Christian virtues of charity, outreach to those in need, and prayer to God for the deliverance of His people from affliction. Let us all renew these virtues in our hearts, during the coming weeks and beyond.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  

“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Find the Jesus in you!

 

LABOR DAY

 

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.  Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre, which occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.
 

(From Wikipedia

ICON OF THE ASSUMPTION

Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 3rd.

Gospel Reading 
(Mark 6:30-44)
 

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.  He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.  Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.  As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.  When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.”  But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii[a] worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?”  And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”  Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.  Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all.  And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

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Epistle Reading
(2Corinthians 2:12-3:3)
 

When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, a door was opened for me in the Lord; but my mind could not rest because I did not find my brother Titus there.  So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.  But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.  Who is sufficient for these things?  For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.  Are we beginning to commend ourselves again?  Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?  You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all men; and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

 
 

Parish Announcements!
 
 
Special Collection:  We will be collecting donations through special collections on the next few Sundays to help with the relief efforts for our brothers and sisters of the St. Kevork Armenian Church who were severely impacted by the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey.
 
Please Note:  Throughout the Summer, the Sermon will be given immediately after the Gospel Reading at the beginning of Badarak.
 
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  2Corinthians 7:4-16 and  Mark 7:31-37.

SAVE THE DATE Annual Picnic will take place this year on Sunday, September 17th from Noon – 5:00PM on the grounds of our Church.  Armenian Music and Dancing;; Children’s Activities; Traditional Armenian Food.  More details to follow.

Hai Guin Scholarships are available to students of Armenian heritage living in Massachusetts who have completed one year of college. Scholarships are for $2000 each. The deadline for submitting applications is October 25, 2017.  For applications, write to:  Hai Guin Scholarship Association, 23 Bradley Road, Arlington MA 02474.  (Attn: Scholarship Chairman Audrey Pilibosian) 

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. Sept   3          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Sept. 10  
       Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
                                Homecoming Sunday – First Day of Sunday School

Sun. Sept. 17         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
                                (Annual Church Picnic)

Sun. Sept 24           Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
                                First Day of Armenian School

 

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 – August 27, 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, August 27, 2017

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE
FEAST OF THE ASUMPTION OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  

“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Find the Jesus in you!

 

 

One Body   by Kelly McFadden

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)
 

Volleyball is a team sport. Many college teams carry a roster of 12-14 players and only six players from each team can be on the court at a time. Of those positions only one is the setter. A setter is considered the football equivalent of a quarterback. The setter signals plays and acts as the team leader. The point is this: only 1 of 12 players leads the team from the court. Some argue that the setter is the most important player on the court. But, that distinction cannot be made for a team with only a setter would never win. A setter needs a passer to pass the ball and a hitter to hit the ball for the game to be played.  A coach once told me that there is a difference between a great player and a great team player. He explained that a great player performs to the highest level of skill, but a great team player helps others around them perform to the top of their capability. A crowd watches and responds to those they see on the court or field. However, there are times a crowd never sees the greatest team player perform. Many times, the best team player is the one who shows up to practice everyday, works as hard as they can, makes everyone around them better, and then cheers from the bench on game day.
 
How can you be a great team player as a Christian?

ICON OF THE ASSUMPTION

Scripture Readings for Sunday, August 27th.

Gospel Reading 
(Mark 4:35-40)

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”  Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat.  There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
 

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Epistle Reading
(2Corinthians 1:1-11)

 

To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints throughout Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.  For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us; so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.  We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again, as you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf  for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
 

Parish Announcements!
 
Please Note:  Throughout the Summer, the Sermon will be given immediately after the Gospel Reading at the beginning of Badarak.

 
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  2Corinthians 7:4-16 and  Mark 7:31-37.

SAVE THE DATE Annual Picnic will take place this year on Sunday, September 17th from Noon – 5:00PM on the grounds of our Church.  Armenian Music and Dancing;; Children’s Activities; Traditional Armenian Food.  More details to follow.

Hai Guin Scholarships are available to students of Armenian heritage living in Massachusetts who have completed one year of college. Scholarships are for $2000 each. The deadline for submitting applications is October 25, 2017.  For applications, write to:  Hai Guin Scholarship Association, 23 Bradley Road, Arlington MA 02474.  (Attn: Scholarship Chairman Audrey Pilibosian) 

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. Aug. 27         Divine Liturgy  – Der Krikor

 
Sun. Sept   3          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
 
Sun. Sept. 10  
       Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
                                (Homecoming Sunday)

Sun. Sept. 17         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
                                (Annual Church Picnic)

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 – August 6, 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
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THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH
THE BLESSING OF THE GRAPES SERVICE
WILL TAKE PLACE

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, August 6, 2017

FEAST OF THE ASUMPTION OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  

“Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts”
 

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD     
 

On the Sunday nearest to August 15, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God (Verapokhoum). This is one of the Five Major Feasts (Daghavar) of our Church.  The other four are:  The Nativity of our Lord; The Resurrection of our Lord; The Transfiguration of our Lord and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross of our Lord.

According to Church Tradition, after the Crucifixion of our Lord,  Mary remained in Jerusalem for 15 years, with the apostles, especially John to whom she had been entrusted by Jesus Himself.  When she died all of the apostles were present at  her burial, except Bartholomew. When he returned to Jerusalem he went to her grave to pay his respects. The apostles gathered in the cemetery, but when the gravestone was lifted, they were surprised to find that her body was not there.  It was believed that Mary was physically taken into heaven. (Assumed)  Based on this the church fathers established the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 

(Since next Sunday we will be in Jerusalem for the Parish Pilgrimage,
we will celebrate this Feast this Sunday, August 6th)
 

ICON OF THE ASSUMPTION

Scripture Readings for Sunday, August 6th.

Gospel Reading 
(Luke 2:1-7)

 

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.   (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)   And everyone went to their own town to register.  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.   He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.   While  they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
 

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Epistle Reading
(Galatians 3:29-4:7)

 

And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.  My point is this: heirs, as long as they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property; but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world.  But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
 

Parish Announcements!
 
Blessing of the Grapes Service will take place this Sunday, August 6th at the end of the Divine Liturgy.  We thank Robin Palombo for once again donating and preparing the grapes for the blessing service.
 
Please Note:  Der Krikor will be leading our Parish Pilgrimage to Jerusalem from    August 10th to 20th.  During that time if you are in need of a Priest, please contact Fr. Dajad Davidian at 617-335-5257 (Cell) 617-489-1418 (Home). 
We will not have Church Services on Sundays, August 13th and 20th.
 

Please Note:  Throughout the Summer, the Sermon will be given immediately after the Gospel Reading at the beginning of Badarak.

The Readings for the August 20th and 27th Sunday Badaraks are: 2Corinthians 6:16-7:1 & Luke 1:39-56 and 2Corinthians 1:1-11 & Mark 4:35-41 respectively.
 
SAVE THE DATE Annual Picnic will take place this year on Sunday, September 17th from Noon – 5:00PM on the grounds of our Church.  Armenian Music and Dancing;; Children’s Activities; Traditional Armenian Food.  More details to follow.

Hai Guin Scholarships are available to students of Armenian heritage living in Massachusetts who have completed one year of college. Scholarships are for $2000 each. The deadline for submitting applications is October 25, 2017.  For applications, write to:  Hai Guin Scholarship Association, 23 Bradley Road, Arlington MA 02474.  (Attn: Scholarship Chairman Audrey Pilibosian) 

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. 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 – July 30, 2017








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PLEASE NOTE:
 
NO CHURCH SERVICES THIS SUNDAY, JULY 30th

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO VISIT
OUR SISTER PARISHES IN THE AREA FOR WORSHIP.

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, July 30, 2017

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE TRANSFIGURATION.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Beginnings of the Christian Faith in Armenia
 

Yesterday,  Saturday, July 9, the Armenian Church observed the Feast of St. Thaddeus the Apostle and St. Sandukht the Virgin. The story of these two saints sheds light on the early days of Christianity in Armenia.

Imagine a time of great political and military conflict; a pagan kingdom ruled by a powerful royal family: this was Armenia in the first century.  The kingdom held strongly to its inherited pagan practices – until a strange man ventured to Armenia.

His name was Thaddeus, and he was one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. He preached in people’s homes, in hidden underground chambers, in marketplaces, and in the streets. People listened intently, and moved by the Good News, many converted to Christianity.

Rumors of this unusual man reached a young girl named Sandukht, the daughter of Armenia’s king Sanatrouk. The Christian faith made such an impact on Sandukht’s life that she declared her belief in Christ and was baptized. But when the king’s spies reported the news to her father, Sandukht was sentenced to jail.

The king asked his daughter to choose between the crown and the sword—either she would renounce Christianity and serve as a pagan princess or face death.    Sandukht chose the sword, and became Armenia’s first Christian martyr. Shortly after Sandukht’s death, Thaddeus was also executed by the king. Their sacrifices planted the seeds of the Christian faith in Armenia—a faith that 300 years later would become the foundation on which Christian Armenia was to be built

(From the Diocesan Website)

ICON OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 30th.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 18:10-14)

 
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.  “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?  And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.  In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
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Epistle Reading
(1Corinthians 1:25-30)
 
For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.  Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

 
 

Parish Announcements!
 
 
Please Note: We will not have Church Services this Sunday, July 30th.  We encourage you to attend one of our sister Armenian Church in the area.

 
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are:  1Corinthians 13:11-14:5 and Mark 2:1-12..

Please Note:  Der Krikor will be leading our Parish Pilgrimage to Jerusalem from    August 10th to 20th.  During that time if you are in need of a Priest, please contact Fr. Dajad Davidian at 617-489-1418.  We will not have Church Services on Sundays, August 13th and 20th
 
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. 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 – July 23, 2017








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

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, July 23, 2017

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
 
Referred to as Baydzaragerbootiun, the Feast of the Transfiguration is one of the five principal feasts of the Armenian Church, so named because of Christ’s luminous appearance.  In Armenia it is also known as Vartavar  (the Festival of Roses) after the old pagan feast, which it replaced.  The feast marks Christ’s appearance with a  resplendent countenance to three of His disciples, Peter, John, and James, on the holy mountain of Galilee, also known as Mount Tabor.  The Bible tells us that when Jesus was considering going to Jerusalem, he spoke with his disciples of the torture that was in store for Him and of the end of His life on earth.  Jesus wanted His disciples to be prepared for the coming events.  His disciples, however, did not believe that Jesus could possibly face such tribulations and Peter adamantly said none of Jesus’ predictions would come true, and Jesus admonished his disciples.  About a week later, Jesus had his miraculous Transfiguration.  He went up Tabor Mountain with three of His disciples—Simon Peter, James, and John Zebedee—to pray as the other tired  disciples remained at the  bottom of the mountain.  It was there that Jesus began to assume a new appearance.  The three disciples were amazed when they saw His new radiant being.  Though it was nighttime, the disciples saw light coming from the sun in the sky.  Among the light they saw two other men—said to be Moses and Elijah—speaking to Jesus about His remaining time left on earth and the sacrifice He would soon make.  Then a cloud came upon the group.  The voice of God was heard, saying the same phrase He said when Jesus was baptized, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35).  After the Transfiguration, Jesus asked His disciples not to talk about it until His coming Resurrection.  This scene can be found in four different  places in the New Testament: Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:11-7; Luke 9:29-36; and  2Peter  1:17-18.   In the Armenian calendar, the feast takes place on the 14th Sunday after Easter—98 days later—so it is movable within an interval of 35 days, from June 28 to August 1.  The Orthodox and Catholic churches observe the feast of Transfiguration on a fixed day, August 6.  The official observance takes three days.  Sunday is the principal feast, Monday likewise is an ordained feast day and includes the commemoration of the dead, and Tuesday is a non-festal or weekday dominical.
 
(From the Diocesan Website)

ICON OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 23rd.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 16:13-17:13)

 
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”   “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.   And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.   I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.  From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”  Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”   Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.  What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?  For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.   “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”  After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.  Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.  Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”  When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”  When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.   As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”  The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”   Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.  But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”  Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
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Epistle Reading
(1John1:1-7)

 
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life– this life was revealed and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us–  we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.  This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin

Parish Announcements!
 
 
Please Note: We will not have Church Services next Sunday, July 30th.  We encourage you to attend one of our sister Armenian Church in the area.

 
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are:  1Corinthians 1:25-30 and Matthew 18:10-14.

Please Note:  Der Krikor will be leading our Parish Pilgrimage to Jerusalem from    August 10th to 20th.  During that time if you are in need of a Priest, please contact Fr. Dajad Davidian at 617-489-1418.  We will not have Church Services on Sundays, August 13th and 20th
 
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. 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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THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
THE SERMON
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AT THE BEGINNING OF BADARAK

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, July 16, 2017

BAREGENTAN OF THE FAST OF
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

BAREGENTAN OF THE FAST
OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD

 
Next Sunday, July 23rd, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord.  Referred to as Baydzaragerbootiun, the Feast of the Transfiguration is one of the five principal feasts of the Armenian Church, so named because of Christ’s luminous appearance.  In Armenia it is also known as Vartavar  (the Festival of Roses) after the old pagan feast, which it replaced.  The feast marks Christ’s appearance with a       resplendent countenance to three of His disciples, Peter, John, and James, on the holy mountain of Galilee, also known as Mount Tabor.  The Bible tells us that when Jesus was considering going to Jerusalem, he spoke with his disciples of the torture that was in store for Him and of the end of His life on earth.  Jesus wanted His disciples to be prepared for the coming events.  His disciples, however, did not believe that Jesus could possibly face such tribulations and Peter adamantly said none of Jesus’ predictions would come true, and Jesus admonished his disciples.  About a week later, Jesus had his miraculous Transfiguration.  He went up Tabor Mountain with three of His disciples—Simon Peter, James, and John Zebedee—to pray as the other tired  disciples remained at the bottom of the mountain.  It was there that Jesus began to assume a new appearance.  The three disciples were amazed when they saw His new radiant being.  Though it was nighttime, the disciples saw light coming from the sun in the sky.  Among the light they saw two other men—said to be Moses and Elijah—speaking to Jesus about His remaining time left on earth and the sacrifice He would soon make.  Then a cloud came upon the group.  The voice of God was heard, saying the same phrase He said when Jesus was baptized, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35).  After the Transfiguration, Jesus asked His disciples not to talk about it until His coming Resurrection.  This scene can be found in four different  places in the New Testament: Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:11-7; Luke 9:29-36; and 2Peter  1:17-18.   In the Armenian calendar, the feast takes place on the 14th Sunday after Easter—98 days later—so it is movable within an interval of 35 days, from June 28 to August 1.  The Orthodox and Catholic churches observe the feast of Transfiguration on a fixed day, August 6.  The official observance takes three days.  Sunday is the principal feast, Monday likewise is an ordained feast day and includes the commemoration of the dead, and Tuesday is a non-festal or weekday dominical.
(From the Diocesan Website)

Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 16th.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 14:13-21)

 

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.  As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”  Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”   “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.   “Bring them here to me,” he said.   And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children..

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Epistle Reading
(Romans 11:13-24)

 

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead! If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the branches also are holy.  But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you. You will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps he will not spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness toward you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.
 

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About Vartavar
(From the Diocesan Website)

 

The pagan feast Vartavar (the Festival of Roses) marked the harvest each year and was traditionally associated with the goddess Asdghig—the pagan Armenian deity of water, love, and fertility. To replicate Asdghig’s bathing, people would sprinkle each other with rose water and hold a special festival of roses during this joyful feast.   With equal delight, Armenians rejoiced over agricultural abundance during Vartavar.  It either preceded or coincided with the feast of the harvest, which was the Armenian New Year (Navasart-Amanor). It was most likely held between August 1 and 6, each year.  Different regions in Armenia celebrated the harvest with different traditions. For instance, in the district of Koghtn it was customary to hold a ritual during this festival involving green wheat that had previously budded. In other regions, special rituals were directly connected with animal husbandry. The Armenian Meliks marked the day with feasts held in the fields and rituals dedicated to fertility-such as bringing fruits as gifts to future brides and grooms, throwing fruits on their heads, or sending them apples. Throughout much of Armenia, families enjoyed delicious harisa as part of the feast.   Today in Armenia, people still maintain the tradition of splashing each other with water on Vartavar. Children and young adults are usually seen ambushing passerby with buckets of cold water—a welcome surprise on hot summer days.
 

Parish Announcements!
 
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are:  1John 1:1-7 &  Matthew 16:13-17:13.

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. 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 – July 9, 2017








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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting;
it has been found difficult and not tried.”

G. K. Chesterton 

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 

Play the Game 
By Jim Liebelt

You are the salt of the earth. But, if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. –Matthew5:13                                                                                                                                                   
           
Years ago, I used to be a football coach at a public high school. One year, a guy turned out for the team. He was small, not very athletic and had no previous experience playing football. At practice, this young man would routinely get the stuffing knocked out of him by the bigger guys on the team. I thought this kid would ultimately tire from the beating his body was taking on the field and quit. I was wrong. This kid faithfully showed up for practice every day.  During our first game of the season, I called this guy over to me and told him that I wanted him to go into the game. His response surprised me. “I don’t want to play, coach.” I thought he was afraid of getting hurt in a real game, so I didn’t press the issue.  After the game I had a talk with him. “Look,” I said, “a game is really no different than practice. There’s no greater chance of getting hurt during a game than in practice.” His reply this time shocked me: “No coach, you don’t understand. I’m not afraid to get hurt. I just don’t want to play. The reason I’m on the team is so I can wear the game jersey and be seen on the sidelines. You know, girls love football players.” Unfortunately, this kid had an incredibly distorted view of what playing football was all about! The value and significance of the game isn’t being seen on the sideline, it’s in playing.  I wonder, how many people have a similar attitude about living the Christian life? I’ve encountered many Christians over the years that are more observers than participants. Perhaps what G. K. Chesterton said is right on the money, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” Jesus said that salt that has lost its saltiness is useless. Living the Christian life on the sidelines is like being un-salty salt. True satisfaction in living the Christian life comes from “playing the game,” not from observing. The value comes from living out your faith everyday where you live and work. It’s about being salty. It’s about being a light in a dark world.  Today, get in the game!

Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 9th.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 13:24-30)
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.  When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?  “ An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’  “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

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Epistle Reading 
(Romans 8:31-10:4)
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?  Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.  Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written,  “For your sake we are being killed all day long;  we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit– I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh.  They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;  to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.  It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all Israelites truly belong to Israel, and not all of Abraham’s children are his true descendants; but “It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants. For this is what the promise said, “About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son.”  Nor is that all; something similar happened to Rebecca when she had conceived children by one husband, our ancestor Isaac.  Even before they had been born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose of election might continue, not by works but by his call) she was told, “The elder shall serve the younger.”  As it is written; “I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau.”  What then are we to say? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means!  For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,  and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God who shows mercy.  For the scripture says to Pharaoh, “I have raised you up for the very purpose of showing my power in you, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.”  So then he has mercy on whomever he chooses, and he hardens the heart of whomever he chooses.  You will say to me then, “Why then does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?”  But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, “Why have you made me like this?”  Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use?  What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction;  and what if he has done so in order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory–  including us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?  As indeed he says in Hosea,  “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’ ” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’  there they shall be called children of the living God.” And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel were like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved; for the Lord will execute his sentence on the earth quickly and decisively.”  And as Isaiah predicted,  “If the Lord of hosts had not left survivors to us, we would have fared like Sodom and been made like Gomorrah.”  What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith;  but Israel, who did strive for the righteousness that is based on the law, did not succeed in fulfilling that law.  Why not? Because they did not strive for it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,  as it is written;  “See, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”  Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.  I can testify that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened.  For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.  Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.  Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.  Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.  My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
 

Parish Announcements!
 
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are:  Romans 11:13-24 & Matthew 14:13-21.
 
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. 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 – July 2, 2017








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PLEASE NOTE:
 
NO CHURCH SERVICES THIS SUNDAY, JULY 2ND

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO VISIT
OUR SISTER PARISHES IN THE AREA FOR WORSHIP.

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

QUOTE OF THE WEEK  

Who is this King of glory?  The Lord of hosts,
  He is the King of glory.
 

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
 
Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory.
(Psalm 24)
 
 

Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 2nd.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 12:38-45)

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”  But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.  For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth.  The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!  The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here!  “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but it finds none.  Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.”
 
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Epistle Reading
(Romans 7:25-8:11)
 
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,  so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law–indeed it cannot,  and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
 
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Gospel Commentary

 
In their request for a sign, some spectacular display, the scribes and Pharisees show their wickedness.  Even after so many miracles, they still ask Jesus for such a sign.  But Jesus does not cater to their hardness of heart.  His sign will be His Passion and Resurrection from the dead.  When the Israelites were delivered out of Egypt, by God’s mercy, they did not repent of their impure ways, and they returned to their impure ways.  The same holds true in this passage and even for us today.  Unless there is full-hearted repentance and the Holy Spirit dwells in a person, evil will return with even greater force.

Parish Announcements!
 
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: Romans 8:31-10:4 & Matthew 13:24-30.
 
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.  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 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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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!
.
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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