Health & Safety During Covid

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Health & Safety During Covid

PLEASE NOTE:
In an abundance of caution, as of now, we are requiring that masks be worn by everyone, regardless of vaccination status (vaccinated or not) while indoors in the Church Sanctuary, Classrooms and Fellowship Hall, except while eating and/or drinking.
(We will monitor the situation from week to week.)
If you are unable to join us in person, you can tun in to our live stream broadcast starting at 9:30am.
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Father’s Day Hokehankist

 

 


Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868
www.holytranslators.org

SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY HOKEHANKIST!

We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Fathers Day:  Sunday, June 20th.

Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org
by Friday, June 18th

Donations may be mailed to the Church.
Memo: Fathers Day Hokehankist.


 

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Deacon Michael’s Ordination

 

Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868

 

 

 

Click below to make a sponsorship donation for the ordination.
http://bit.ly/ACHRdonate

Click below to view the live stream of the services on June 4-5.
http://bit.ly/ACHRLiveStream

Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be limited seating in the church sanctuary. There will be additional seating in the church hall with the live stream.

RSVP is required.

Please contact DnMichaelOrdination@gmail.com with any questions.

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Hokehankist

Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868
www.holytranslators.org

 

 

SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY HOKEHANKIST!

 

 

We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers
for all deceased mothers, grandmothers and godmothers
this coming  Sunday, May 9th in honor of Mothers Day.
Please email your request tofrkrikor@holytranslators.org
by Friday, May 7th
Donations may be sent to the Church or brought on Sunday
Memo: Mothers Day Hokehankist.

 

 

 

 

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Parish Assembly

 

 

 

2020 ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
Sunday, June 13, 2021
After Church Services.

Everyone’s participation in our Parish Assembly is Important!

ANNUAL REPORTS
Copies of the 2020 Annual Report will be available for all dues paid members by
Sunday, May 30th.  You can pick up your copy after Church.
PARISH ELECTIONS
The Nominating Committee is looking for people to complete the election ballots.
If you are interested in running for a position or have questions
please contact Nancy Barsamian at nbarsamian@comcast.net 
Parish Council (5 positions- 8 candidates required for ballot)
Diocesan Delegate (2 positions – 3 candidates required for ballot)
Nominating Committee (3 positions – 5 candidates required for ballot),
Auditing Committee (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot)
Secretary of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot)
Chairman of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot)

 

 

 

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Parish Announcements

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yughakin Offering is a special offering made twice a year at Christmas & Easter to help defray the operational costs of our Parish. “Yughakin” was the price for the oil used to light the lamps of the Church.  Though we no longer need oil we still have many operational costs and this offering made during these two feasts is another way for us to show our commitment to this most worthy cause. During this Season of giving, let us remember our Church with a special gift. We need your continued support. Please mail you offering to the Church: 38 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702  Memo: Easter Yughakin.

Special Hokehankist on Mothers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased mothers, grandmothers and godmothers on Sunday, May 9th in honor of Mothers Day. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship. Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Laurie Bejoian. Memo: Mothers Day Hokehankist.

Golf Tournament: This year’s tournament is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 14th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA. The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish. The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers. Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.

Membership Dues/StewardshipPlease consider to renewing your 2021 membership early. We ask that you also fulfill your stewardship obligations in a timely manner. Our goal is to have 100% participation in stewardship this year.

Scholarships Available: There are a few scholarship opportunities for College and Graduate Students. Please contact Der Krikor for more information at: frkrikor@holytranslators.org.

 

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Weekly News – December 8, 2019

 

 

WEEKLY NEWS
December 8, 2019
Third Sunday of Christmas Advent 

 

 

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Morning Prayer: 8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Carol & Prayer Service (in English)  Tuesday, Dec. 24th at 4:00p.m.
We will once again pray and sing with the accompaniment of a Stringed Trio
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Sunday Evening, January 5, 2020
Immediately following Divine Liturgy 

Reading of the Prophecies:                                               3:00PM
Divine Liturgy:                                                                    4:00PM   Dinner:                                                                  Approx. 5:30PM

Adult Portion Beef Tenderloin Dinner                                 $20.00
Children’s Portion Chicken Finger Dinner                            $5.00
Coffee and Dessert
Bring your own Beverage. 

 

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

 

Please RSVP to Mark Kashgegian by January 3rd at: MKashgegian9@gmail.com or call (617) 256-5358

 

 

SCHEDULE OF ARMENIAN CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES

Armenian Christmas Eve

Sunday, January 5, 2019

Reading of the Prophesies:                       3:00 P.M.

Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy:                   4:00 P.M.

Parish Community Dinner: (Immediately after Badarak)

Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Morning Service:                                      8:30 A.M.

Divine Liturgy:                                           9:30 A.M.

      Blessing of the Water

 

 

 

 

YUGHAKIN OFFERING
Yughakin Offering is a special offering made twice a year at Christmas & Easter to help defray the operational costs of our Parish.  “Yughakin” was the price for the oil used to light the lamps of the Church.  Though we no longer need oil we still have many operational costs and this offering made during these two feasts is another way for us to show our commitment to this most worthy cause. During this Season of giving, let us remember our Church with a special gift.  We need your continued support

 

 

 

2019 ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
Sunday, January 12, 2020
After Church Services.
Everyone’s participation in our Parish Assembly is Important!
ANNUAL REPORTS
Copies of the 2019 Annual Report will be available for all dues paid members on Sunday, January 5th.  You can pick up your copy at Fellowship after Church.
PARISH ELECTIONS
The Nominating Committee has begun the search for candidates for the following positions: Parish Council (4 positions- 6 candidates required for ballot), Nominating Committee (3 positions – 5 candidates required for ballot), Auditing Committee  (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Secretary of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Chairman of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required). If you would like to run for a position on the ballot, please contact Susan Ciaffi (sciaffi@gmail.com) Sylva Yeghiayan (sylva.yeghiayan@gmail.com) or Sara Palombo (saraann1@comcast.net).

 

 

 

 

 

BIBLE READINGS

Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  2Thessalonians 1:1-12 and Luke 14:12-24.
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Hebrews 1:1-14 and Luke 17:1-10.

 

 

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

Find the Jesus within You!

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES/STEWARDSHIP

Please remember to renew your 2019 membership.
We ask that you also fulfill your stewardship obligations in a timely manner.
Our goal is to have 100% participation in stewardship this year.

 

 

 

PASTORAL VISITS
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 he can arrange a visit.
 

 

 

 

UNITED WAY’S PEARL STREET CUPBOARD

Volunteers are needed to help serve at the United Way’s Pearl Street Cupboard (next door to the Church) on Wednesday, December 18th – 5:00PM-7:30PM  If you have interest in serving, please reach out to Jennifer Cote at the_cotes1@verizon.net

 

 

 

WEEKLY BULLETIN 
CHRISTMAS ADVENT (Hisnag)
Being Part of God’s Plan:  by Jim Liebelt
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:35-38 )

Mary has an honored place as being the mother of Jesus. In our Christian circles, we celebrate Mary as a virtuous young woman willfully taking on the responsibility of becoming mother of the Son of God. Still, it’s easy to overlook the difficulties Mary faced in accepting this role. She was likely in her mid-teens at the time of the angel’s message. An unmarried teen pregnancy in Jewish culture at the time would have been quite scandalous. She faced the prospect of being an outcast in her hometown. Further, imagine Mary attempting to explain the circumstances of her pregnancy to her parents and to Joseph, her fiancé. Being part of God’s plan was no doubt very difficult for Mary.  One of the characteristics that set Mary apart for her role was her willing     obedience. “May it be to me as you have said,” was Mary’s reply to the angel. This is simply amazing.  We, just like Mary, are part of God’s plan to carry His light and love to a needy world. Each of us have been given different roles in His plan, but none are unimportant. It might be difficult to see ourselves as being active participants in what God is doing in the world. It’s not always easy to say yes to God. Saying yes can mean facing difficulties and persecution. But, God always provides the means of sustaining us when we choose obedience to His desires for our lives.  As we celebrate Christmas this year, remember Mary as an example of the obedience God desires of us.

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Advent Prayer
Lord, as I travel through the days that lead to the celebration of Your birth, help me keep an eye on the real Christmas.  Behind the Christmas family  photos, let me discover Your divine and holy image.  In my Christmas card list, fill my heart with the entire human family so precious to You. Before I Christmas shop, let me give first to the poor and the needy, the lonely and the despairing.  Among the carols, let my heart fill with sincere love and praise for You.  Give me the gift, this year, dear Lord of the real Christmas.

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS
Sunday, December 8, 2019
  Gospel Reading 
(Luke 14:12-24)
He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not  invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”  One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”  Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many.  At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’  But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’  Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’  Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’  So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’  And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’  Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.  For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’ “
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Epistle Reading
(2Thessalonians 1:1-12)
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of you for one another is increasing.  Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, and is intended to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering.  For it is indeed just of God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,  and to give relief to the afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  These will suffer the punishment of eternal    destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,  when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be marveled at on that day among all who have       believed, because our testimony to you was believed.  To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Gospel Commentary
The story of God’s compassion toward the poor appears only in Luke.  To share hospitality with the needy is to imitate God’s love which welcomes the lowly into the banquet of His Kingdom. “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God” is an inspirational , although little-known beatitude.  The purpose of life is to join in the sharing of “bread in the Kingdom of God,” a partaking of the eternal love of God.  The parable of the “great dinner” exemplifies God’s Kingdom, imaged in the ministry of Christ and later in the Church.  The Kingdom is filled with outcasts and Gentiles, while the unresponsive privileged guests shut themselves out with their “excuses.”  “Compel the people” indicates that God’s plan is to fill His messianic banquet, and that even with refusals and excuses, His desire to fill His “House” will not be frustrated.  We will all be called to the “great dinner;” we will all be called to share in the eternal Kingdom of God.  If we are called today, how many of us are ready to participate?  How many of us will “shut ourselves out” because of our many excuses.  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

 

 

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PARISH COUNCIL
2019-2020
Pastor and President:  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:  Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:  Anthony Mello
Recording Secretary:  Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:  Lucine Kapreilian
Treasurer:  Laurie Bejoian
Asst. Treasurer:  Jeff Avedisian
Council Members:  Elise Durgarian
Karnig
Durgarian
Charles Yergatian
Diocesan Delegates:  Laurie Bejoian, Karnig Durgarian
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868
www.holytranslators.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly News – December 1, 2019

 

 

WEEKLY NEWS
December 1, 2019
Second Sunday of Christmas Advent 

Deacon Timothy Aznavorian will offer the Homily

 

 

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Morning Prayer: 8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Carol & Prayer Service (in English)  Tuesday, Dec. 24th at 4:00p.m.
We will once again pray and sing with the accompaniment of a Stringed Trio
.

 

Sunday Evening, January 5, 2020
Immediately following Divine Liturgy 

Reading of the Prophecies:                                               3:00PM

Divine Liturgy:                                                                    4:00PM   Dinner:                                                                  Approx. 5:30PM

Adult Portion Beef Tenderloin Dinner                                 $20.00
Children’s Portion Chicken Finger Dinner                            $5.00
Coffee and Dessert
Bring your own Beverage.

 

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

 

Please RSVP to Mark Kashgegian by January 3rd at: MKashgegian9@gmail.com or call (617) 256-5358

 

 

SCHEDULE OF ARMENIAN CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES

Armenian Christmas Eve

Sunday, January 5, 2019

Reading of the Prophesies:                       3:00 P.M.

Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy:                   4:00 P.M.

Parish Community Dinner: (Immediately after Badarak)

Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Morning Service:                                      8:30 A.M.

Divine Liturgy:                                           9:30 A.M.

      Blessing of the Water

 

 

 

 

YUGHAKIN OFFERING
Yughakin Offering is a special offering made twice a year at Christmas & Easter to help defray the operational costs of our Parish.  “Yughakin” was the price for the oil used to light the lamps of the Church.  Though we no longer need oil we still have many operational costs and this offering made during these two feasts is another way for us to show our commitment to this most worthy cause. During this Season of giving, let us remember our Church with a special gift.  We need your continued support

 

 

 

2019 ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
Sunday, January 12, 2020
After Church Services.
Everyone’s participation in our Parish Assembly is Important!
ANNUAL REPORTS
Copies of the 2019 Annual Report will be available for all dues paid members on Sunday, January 5th.  You can pick up your copy at Fellowship after Church.
PARISH ELECTIONS
The Nominating Committee has begun the search for candidates for the following positions: Parish Council (4 positions- 6 candidates required for ballot), Nominating Committee (3 positions – 5 candidates required for ballot), Auditing Committee  (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Secretary of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required for ballot), Chairman of the day (1 position – 2 candidates required). If you would like to run for a position on the ballot, please contact Susan Ciaffi (sciaffi@gmail.com) Sylva Yeghiayan (sylva.yeghiayan@gmail.com) or Sara Palombo (saraann1@comcast.net).

 

 

 

 

 

BIBLE READINGS

Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  1Thessalonians 4:1-11 and Luke 13:1-9.
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak: 2Thessalonians 1:1-12 and Luke 14:12-24.

 

 

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

Find the Jesus within You!

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES/STEWARDSHIP

Please remember to renew your 2019 membership.
We ask that you also fulfill your stewardship obligations in a timely manner.
Our goal is to have 100% participation in stewardship this year.

 

 

 

PASTORAL VISITS
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 he can arrange a visit.
 

 

 

 

UNITED WAY’S PEARL STREET CUPBOARD

Volunteers are needed to help serve at the United Way’s Pearl Street Cupboard (next door to the Church) on Wednesday, December 18th – 5:00PM-7:30PM  If you have interest in serving, please reach out to Jennifer Cote at the_cotes1@verizon.net

 

 

 

WEEKLY BULLETIN 

CHRISTMAS ADVENT (Hisnag)

There is no “Advent” per se in the Armenian church calendar. Rather, the approximately 50-day period preceding our Christmas is called Heesnag (from the word for fifty, Heesoon). Hisnag contains a total of three designated weeks of fasting — aside from the usual Wednesday and Friday fasts — so unlike Great Lent it is not a continuous period of such discipline. Bottom line: Our Hisnag, just as in the Western Church’s Advent, is a beautiful time to prepare, body and soul, for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Focus on Scripture, being at church with your Christian family, prayer, worship, fasting, and good works
Let us take the time during this Advent  Season to truly prepare ourselves for Christ.  For if  we take Christ out of Christmas we are left only with
_ _ _ _ _ _ mas. –  Merely  A  Show.
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Advent Prayer

Lord, as I travel through the days that lead to the celebration of Your birth, help me keep an eye on the real Christmas.  Behind the Christmas family  photos, let me discover Your divine and holy image.  In my Christmas card list, fill my heart with the entire human family so precious to You. Before I Christmas shop, let me give first to the poor and the needy, the lonely and the despairing.  Among the carols, let my heart fill with sincere love and praise for You.  Give me the gift, this year, dear Lord of the real Christmas.

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS
Sunday, December 1, 2019
   Gospel Reading  
(Luke 13:1-9)
At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.  Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them– do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.” Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.  So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’  He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.  If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ “
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Epistle Reading
(1Thessalonians 4:1-11)
Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more.  For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.  For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication;  that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honor,  not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;  that no one wrong or exploit a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness.  Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.  Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another;  and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more,  to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you. 
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Gospel Commentary
These two historical incidents are reported in no other source except Luke.  The slain “Galileans” were probably Zealots, Jewish nationalists who triggered some disturbance against the Romans in the temple area.  The collapse of the “tower of Siloam” may have been simply an accident, rather than an act of sabotage, which people thought of as divine justice on sinners.  Jesus passes judgment on neither group.  He only registers these tragic events to warn that, unless His listeners respond to His message and repent, they would “all perish just as they did.”  Perish may have the double meaning of both physical and spiritual death.  Then Luke gives his account of the fruitless “fig tree.”  It is spared from the curse, at least for a time.  In the Old Testament the fig tree symbolizes Israel, which receives God’s loving care in the expectation of a fruitful harvest.  “Three years” probably represents the three-year ministry of Christ.  Because of the pleading of an unknown vineyard “keeper,” the Master allows additional time for true repentance and fruitfulness before judgment occurs.  We also today are called to “bear fruit” through our witness of Christ in everything that we do on a daily basis.  We have been given additional time for repentance and fruitfulness.  How will we use that time?

 

 

 

Download the VEMKAR app! 
Click here for 
iOS or Android platforms. VEMKAR and its affiliated website (www.vemkar.us) is an initiative from our Diocesan Ministries department. 

 

PARISH COUNCIL
2019-2020
Pastor and President:  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:  Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:  Anthony Mello
Recording Secretary:  Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:  Lucine Kapreilian
Treasurer:  Laurie Bejoian
Asst. Treasurer:  Jeff Avedisian
Council Members:  Elise Durgarian
Karnig
Durgarian
Charles Yergatian
Diocesan Delegates:  Laurie Bejoian, Karnig Durgarian
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868
www.holytranslators.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly News – November 3, 2019



 

WEEKLY NEWS
November 3, 2019
All Saints Day

20th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Karekin II
Catholicos of All Armenians

Remember to Turn Your Clocks Back One Hour Before You Go to Bed Tomorrow Evening
If You Don’t You May Be In Church One Hour Early – God Forbid

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Morning Prayer: 8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM

JOIN US NEXT SATURDAY
NOVEMBER 9TH
5:00PM

ANNUAL PARISH THANKSGIVING POT LUCK DINNER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019
STARTING AT 5:00PM

$10 Donation per adult.
$5 Donation student or seniors

Bring You own Beverage

Please bring your food selection enough for 25 people and remember to label anything that contains nuts.  If you purchase a dessert, please leave the ingredients label next to the item.

Please email Karin Torrice with the number in your party attending the Thanksgiving Potluck at KarinCT@aol.com. 

Click the button below to choose food items to bring!

Please Click here to view the online sign up sheet.

Special Hokehankist for Veterans Day 

We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased Veterans on Sunday, November 10th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship. Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Laurie Bejoian.
Memo: Veteran’s Day Hokehankist.

BIBLE READINGS

Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak: Ephesians 1:1-14 and Luke 8:17-21 
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak: Ephesians 5:15-33 and Luke 8:49-56. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
You don’t choose your thoughts or feelings
You choose your actions!

Find the Jesus within You!

MEMBERSHIP DUES/STEWARDSHIP

Please remember to renew your 2019 membership.
We ask that you also fulfill your stewardship obligations in a timely manner.
Our goal is to have 100% participation in stewardship this year.

PASTORAL VISITS
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 he can arrange a visit.
 

Annual Thanksgiving Outreach
We are collecting money for turkey donations to distribute to needy families in the MetroWest area.
There is a sign-up sheet at Fellowship.  Please give money to Robin Palombo.

UNITED WAY’S PEARL STREET CUPBOARD

Volunteers are needed to help serve at the United Way’s Pearl Street Cupboard (next door to the Church) on the following dates:  Wednesday, November 20th and Wednesday, December 18th – 5:00PM-7:30PM  If you have interest in serving, please reach out to Jennifer Cote at the_cotes1@verizon.net

WEEKLY BULLETIN 
ALL SAINTS DAY 
Tomorrow, the Armenian Church celebrates the “Feast of all saints, old and new, known and unknown.”  This is the way it is written in the liturgical calendar and it is quite appropriate that it should be expressed in these terms.  The Armenian Church actually celebrates the memory of 325 saints, 104 of which are Armenian and the rest belong to other ancient traditions.  The phrase “old and new, known and unknown” is vital to a proper understanding of sainthood.  A saint is a person, just as you and I are who, in the wisdom of the Church, has in his or her lifetime exemplified what it is to lead a Christian life.  Saints provide for us real and dynamic examples of people of all kinds who heard the Christian message, made Christ truly the frame of reference from which they lived their lives and witnessed to Him in this world of ours. But the true Christian message is that we are all called to be saints.  We are all called to witness to Christ in our daily lives, in all we do in the here and now.  Saints are people who by their very lives have become holy- have participated in the Christian life and by their thoughts, words and deeds in this world have witnessed to this reality. We recognize 325 saints in our liturgical celebrations, but the Church in all her wisdom also realizes that by its very definition there may be new saints who come forth and who may be recognized even now as well as there being many “saints” who existed or now exist but are not known.  
Do you know any “saints?”- why not YOU!!! 

 
Thanksgiving Prayer for the 20th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Karekin II
Catholicos of All Armenians
Tomorrow, the Armenian Church celebrates the “Feast of all saints, old and new, known and unknown.”  This is the way it is written in the liturgical calendar and it is quite appropriate that it should be expressed in these terms.  The Armenian Church actually celebrates the memory of 325 saints, 104 of which are Armenian and the rest belong to other ancient traditions.  The phrase “old and new, known and unknown” is vital to a proper understanding of sainthood.  A saint is a person, just as you and I are who, in the wisdom of the Church, has in his or her lifetime exemplified what it is to lead a Christian life.  Saints provide for us real and dynamic examples of people of all kinds who heard the Christian message, made Christ truly the frame of reference from which they lived their lives and witnessed to Him in this world of ours. But the true Christian message is that we are all called to be saints.  We are all called to witness to Christ in our daily lives, in all we do in the here and now.  Saints are people who by their very lives have become holy- have participated in the Christian life and by their thoughts, words and deeds in this world have witnessed to this reality. We recognize 325 saints in our liturgical celebrations, but the Church in all her wisdom also realizes that by its very definition there may be new saints who come forth and who may be recognized even now as well as there being many “saints” who existed or now exist but are not known.  
Do you know any “saints?”- why not YOU!!! 

SCRIPTURE READINGS
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Gospel Reading  
(Luke 8:17-21)
For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not  become known and come to light.  Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.”  Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd.  And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”  But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
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Epistle Reading
(Ephesians 1:1-14)
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus:  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, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,  just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.  He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,  to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace  that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight  he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,  as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.  In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will,  so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;  this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
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Gospel Commentary
Taking “heed” to “hear” Jesus, the Word of God, brings light within the soul. It must not be covered but allowed to shine forth.  The more one permits God’s light to shine, the more light is given.  Luke does not report why Jesus’ family wanted to see Him.  His “brothers” are either stepbrothers, sons of Joseph by a previous wife (the opinion of some Church Fathers), or other relatives.  According to Orthodox theology, Jesus had no blood relatives.  Mary was “ever-virgin.” Jesus declares His true family is a spiritual one – those who hear and do God’s word.

 

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PARISH COUNCIL
2019-2020
Pastor and President:  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:  Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:  Anthony Mello
Recording Secretary:  Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:  Lucine Kapreilian
Treasurer:  Laurie Bejoian
Asst. Treasurer:  Jeff Avedisian
Council Members:  Elise Durgarian
Karnig
Durgarian
Charles Yergatian
Diocesan Delegates:  Laurie Bejoian, Karnig Durgarian

Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868
www.holytranslators.org

 

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Weekly News – December 9, 2018

 

 

Weekly News

DECEMBER 9, 2018

 

 Feast of the Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary
 

Deacon’s Service: Deacon Michael T Sabounjian     

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
(1Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Find the Jesus within You!

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

Morning Prayer: 8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM

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Lucine Kapreilian (lkapreilian@gmail.com);
Donna Kutzer (
donna.kutzer@gmail.com) or
Sylva Yeghiayan (
sylva.yeghiayan@gmail.com)
for planning purposes.

AND FOOTBALL GAME

Sunday, December 9, 2018
Tailgate Start:  Immediately After Church Services
Patriots vs Dolphins Football Game: 1:00PM
Cost: $10.00 per person


(Children Under 12 Years of Age: Free)
Bring Your Own Beverage
&
Comfortable Folding Sideline/Beach Chair

RSVP by December 4th to:
Lucine Kapreilian (
lkapreilian@gmail.com);
Donna Kutzer (
donna.kutzer@gmail.com) or
Sylva Yeghiayan (
sylva.yeghiayan@gmail.com)
for planning purposes.

Christmas Eve Carol & Prayer Service (in English)  Monday, Dec. 24th at 4:00p.m.
We will once again pray and sing with the accompaniment of a Stringed Trio
.
Saturday Evening, January 5, 2019
Immediately following Divine Liturgy 

Reading of the Prophecies:                                               4:00PM
Divine Liturgy:                                                                    5:00PM   Dinner:                                                                  Approx. 6:30PM
Adult Portion Prime Rib Dinner                                          $20.00
Children’s Portion Chicken Finger Dinner                            $5.00
Coffee and Dessert
Bring your own Beverage.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Please RSVP to Mark Kashgegian by January 3rd at: MKashgegian9@gmail.com or call (617) 256-

SCHEDULE OF ARMENIAN CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES

Armenian Christmas Eve

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Reading of the Prophesies:                       4:00 P.M.

Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy:                   5:00 P.M.

Parish Community Dinner: (Immediately after Badarak)

Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Morning Service:                                      8:30 A.M.

Divine Liturgy:                                           9:30 A.M.

      Blessing of the Water

WEEKLY BULLETIN

DECEMBER 9, 2018 

Being Part of God’s Plan:  by Jim Liebelt

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:35-38 )

Mary has an honored place as being the mother of Jesus. In our Christian circles, we celebrate Mary as a virtuous young woman willfully taking on the responsibility of becoming mother of the Son of God. Still, it’s easy to overlook the difficulties Mary faced in accepting this role. She was likely in her mid-teens at the time of the angel’s message. An unmarried teen pregnancy in Jewish culture at the time would have been quite scandalous. She faced the prospect of being an outcast in her hometown. Further, imagine Mary attempting to explain the circumstances of her pregnancy to her parents and to Joseph, her fiancé. Being part of God’s plan was no doubt very difficult for Mary.  One of the characteristics that set Mary apart for her role was her willing     obedience. “May it be to me as you have said,” was Mary’s reply to the angel. This is simply amazing.  We, just like Mary, are part of God’s plan to carry His light and love to a needy world. Each of us have been given different roles in His plan, but none are unimportant. It might be difficult to see ourselves as being active participants in what God is doing in the world. It’s not always easy to say yes to God. Saying yes can mean facing difficulties and persecution. But, God always provides the means of sustaining us when we choose obedience to His desires for our lives.  As we celebrate Christmas this year, remember Mary as an example of the obedience God desires of us.

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Advent Prayer

Lord, as I travel through the days that lead to the celebration of Your birth, help me keep an eye on the real Christmas.  Behind the Christmas family photos, let me discover Your divine and holy image.  In my Christmas card list, fill my heart with the entire human family so precious to You.   Before I Christmas shop, let me give first to the poor and the needy, the lonely and the despairing.  Among the carols, let my heart fill with sincere love and praise for You.  Give me the gift, this year, dear Lord of the real Christmas.

WEEKLY PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS


Armenian School:
This year, the Armenian School, will meet on December 16th.  Please contact Susan Ciaffi (
sciaffi@gmail.com) with questions or to enroll in the program.United Way’s Pearl Street Cupboard (next door) Volunteers are needed to help serve on Wednesday December 19th – 5:00PM-7:30PM  If you have interest in serving, please reach out to Jennifer Cote at

the_cotes1@verizon.netBible Readings:
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak are:  
2Thessalonians 1:1-12 and Luke 14:12-24.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: Hebrewss 1:1-14 and Luke 17: 1-10.

Community Outreach:  “Christmas Wishing Tree.”  We are committing to provide 41 gifts this year to needy children and families in the MetroWest area through the DSS.  All gifts need to be delivered to the Church no later than Sunday, Dec.16th so that there will have enough time to deliver them to the Children. Thank you for your generosity.  See Robin or Sara Palombo.

Christmas Eve Carol & Prayer Service (in English)  Monday, Dec. 24th at 4:00p.m.
We will once again pray and sing with the accompaniment of a Stringed Trio.

Armenian Christmas Eve Community Dinner: Saturday Evening, January 5, 2019, immediately following Divine Liturgy. (Reading of the Prophecies: 4:00PM – Divine Liturgy: 5:00PM –     Dinner: Approx.6:30PM) Adult Portion Prime Rib Dinner – $20.00 Children’s Portion Chicken Finger Dinner – $5.00.  Coffee and Dessert – Bring your own Beverage.  Please RSVP to Mark Kashgegian by January 3rd at: MKashgegian9@gmail.com or call 617-256-5358.

Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  Renee Ferraro is the Outreach Coordinator (617-308-3699 or reneegferraro@gmail.com.)

ACYOA Jrs:  Advisor: Yeretzgin LuAnn (lsabounjian@gmail.com)                                                           Chairpersons: Ashley Kutzer and Colin Dagg)
For Young people ages 13-18
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ACYOA Srs:  Chairperson:  Arthur Sabounjian (djimpossible@gmail.com)               
                        For Young adults ages 18 and above.Membership Dues/Stewardship:  Please remember to renew your 2018 membership.   We ask that you also fulfill your stewardship obligations in a timely manner.  Our goal is to have 100% participation in stewardship this year.

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. A sign-up sheet is available at Fellowship or contact
Jaymie Babaian (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.
 

SCRIPTURE READINGS
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Gospel Reading
(Luke 14:12-24)

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not  invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the     crippled, the lame, and the blind.  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”  One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”  Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many.  At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’  But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’  Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’  Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’  So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’  And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’  Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.  For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’ “


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Epistle Reading
(2Thessalonians 1:1-12)

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of you for one another is increasing.  Therefore we       ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, and is intended to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering.  For it is indeed just of God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,  and to give relief to the afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  These will suffer the punishment of eternal    destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,  when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be marveled at on that day among all who have       believed, because our testimony to you was believed.  To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Gospel Commentary

The story of God’s compassion toward the poor appears only in Luke.  To share hospitality with the needy is to imitate God’s love which welcomes the lowly into the banquet of His Kingdom. “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God” is an inspirational , although little-known beatitude.  The purpose of life is to join in the sharing of “bread in the Kingdom of God,” a partaking of the eternal love of God.  The parable of the “great dinner” exemplifies God’s Kingdom, imaged in the ministry of Christ and later in the Church.  The Kingdom is filled with outcasts and Gentiles, while the unresponsive privileged guests shut themselves out with their “excuses.”  “Compel the people” indicates that God’s plan is to fill His messianic banquet, and that even with refusals and excuses, His desire to fill His “House” will not be frustrated.  We will all be called to the “great dinner;” we will all be called to share in the eternal Kingdom of God.  If we are called today, how many of us are ready to participate?  How many of us will  “shut ourselves out” because of our many excuses.  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM

Sun. Dec.   9         Deacon Service with Communion – Dn. Michael Sabounjian

Sun. Dec.  16        Divine Liturgy – Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian
Armenian School –  11:50AM -12:30PM

Sun. Dec.  23        Deacon Service with Communion – Dn. Michael Sabounjian

Mon. Dec. 24         American Christmas Eve Service (English) – 4:00PM

Tues. Dec. 25        Western Christmas

Sun. Jan  27          Annual Parish Assembly – 12:00PM

OTHER NEWS

VEMKAR DIOCESAN RESOURCE & APP – The Eastern Diocese recently launched a new electronic resource – VEMKAR – aimed at the pastoral and educational leaders of our church. Each edition inspires readers to “get ready for Sunday,” by presenting classroom lessons, sermon topics, and other resources to enrich young and old alike in their worship and learning experiences. View this week’s VEMKAR newsletter. Download the VEMKAR app! Click here for iOS or Android platforms. 
FAR (Fund for Armenian Relief)  Ayo! is in its final push to fund its #ReviveTheSoil project. #ReviveTheSoil aims to purchase a new tractor and a grain drill to benefit the 1,490 families of the Lori Berd Region and its nine surrounding communities. Lori Berd is the second poorest region of Armenia. While there’s fertile land in Lori Berd, much of it is just uncultivated because most people have insufficient agricultural tools which haven’t been replaced since the Soviet era. With the proper tools, more people will be able to grow crops for sale and consumption. With only a few days left in the campaign, you can help make this project a success. Even a small donation goes a long way. Give the families of Lori Berd the gift of opportunity this holiday season. To read more, go to: http://farusa.org/2018/10/29/ayo-ayos-latest-project-to-help-impoverished-rural-communities-become-more-self-sufficient/

To support programs: http://farusa.org/donate

PARISH COUNCIL
2018-2019
Pastor and President:  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:  Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:  Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:  Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:  Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:  Scott Zaleski
Asst. Treasurer:  Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:  Jeff Avedisian
Elise Durgarian
Lucine Kapreilian
Diocesan Delegates:  Laurie Bejoian, Karnig Durgarian

Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868
www.holytranslators.org

 

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