Weekly News – January 7, 2018

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Weekly News – January 7, 2018


Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, January 7, 2018
THEOPHANY
(ASDVADZ-A-HAYDNOOTYOON:  “God is Revealed”)
Homiliy: Deacon Michael T. Sabounjian

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
 

Morning Prayer:  8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes will begin immediately
Following the Object Lesson and Holy Communion
Armenian School Classes from 12:00-12:30PM

Membership Dues/Stewardship 

Please remember to renew your 2017 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.
DEADLINE IS JANUARY 7th

CHURCH/SUNDAY SCHOOL CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event that we must cancel either Church or Sunday School due to weather, it will be announced by MetroBlast and on TV.

Please Note!
This Evening, January 5th, we will have our Armenian Christmas Eve Reading of the Prophecies and the Christmas Eve Divinie Liturgy.
(See Schedule and Times Below)
The Armenian Christmas Eve Community Dinner has been CANCELLED

Friday Evening, January 5, 2018

Reading of the Prophecies:                           5:00PM    Divine Liturgy:                                                 6:00PM  

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Christ is Born and Revealed.
Blessed is the Revelation of Christ
Find the Jesus within you!

THEOPHANY
(ASDVADZ-A-HAYDNOOTYOON:  “God is Revealed”)
 
O Mystery, great and wondrous, which was revealed on this day; the shepherds sing with the angels and give the good news to the world:
Christ is born and revealed.
A new King was born in the city of Jerusalem.  You sons of men, praise Him  Who became incarnate for us.  Christ is born and revealed.

The Infinite One of Heaven and earth was wrapped in swaddling clothes;  though inseparable from the Father, He lay in the Holy Grotto.
Christ is born and revealed.

(from the Christmas Hymn “Khorhoort medz…”)
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Christmas Greeting
                                         Krisdos dzunav yev haydnetsav.
Christ is born and revealed.
Orhnial eh haydnootyoonun Krisdosee.
Blessed is the revelation of Christ.Tsez yev mez medz avedis.
To you and to us great news.

Note:   This greeting is exchanged outside of the Divine Liturgy.
The greeting  for the Kiss of Peace during the Liturgy never changes.
(It is referenced inside this bulletin)
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Blessing of the Water, which symbolizes the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan River and the purification of those who partake of it, will take place today during the Children’s Object Lesson.  The Godfather of the Cross is Victor Hanzatian.

Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 7th.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 1:18-25)
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.  But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife,  but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

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Epistle Reading 
(Titus 2:11-15)
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.  Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority.  Let no one look down on you

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Gospel Commentary
Joseph’s righteousness – the righteousness of mercy, which transcends the Law – is seen in his unwillingness to expose Mary’s supposed sin.  Under Mosaic Law, betrothal involves almost the same commitment as marriage.  Joseph cannot help but suspect a violation of a divine law when he sees his betrothed pregnant.  Although obliged by law to report the misconduct, he decides to “dismiss her quietly.”  “An angel of the Lord” dispels the false reasoning of Joseph by announcing the utterly unreasonable:  the pregnancy of the Virgin is “by the Holy Spirit.”  Since being born of a virgin proves Jesus’ divinity, only the revelation of God, in this case “a dream,” could serve as adequate evidence of this miraculous conception.  The Bible calls engaged couples husband and wife before their marriage on several occasions.  So Mary is called the “wife” of Joseph.  In the Orthodox Churches, Joseph is remembered as the “betrothed,” pointing out Mary’s ever-virginity.  That “all this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet” not only underscores the intervention of God in history, but also indicates His beginning a new creation.  The conception of Jesus fulfils the prophecy of Isaiah: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”   He who is conceived in her is not a new Person coming into existence, but the eternal Son of God, using her womb as His throne.  The virginal conception through the Holy Spirit and the name of the incarnate Son, “Immanuel” (God with us) are clear declarations of Jesus’ divinity.  That Joseph “had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus” does not imply that Joseph and Mary had marital relations after Jesus’ birth, but emphasizes that Jesus’ birth was a virgin birth.  Our Church adheres to the doctrine that Mary was ever-virgin, the immaculate bearer of God.  If we look with the eyes of this world, the facts behind the story of Jesus’ birth are not only hard to believe, but utterly ridiculous.  It is only with the eyes of faith that we can come to grips with the reality of the Incarnation.  This week try to look at your daily world with the eyes of faith and see if it changes the way you interpret your life and ultimately see if it changes any aspect of your behavior.

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

Bible Study will meet next on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
 
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  Titus 2:11-15 and Matthew 1:18-25.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak: 1Timothy 1:1-11 and John 2:1-11..

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 after church service. 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), Janice Papazian (janicepapazian@gmail.com) or Andrea Durgarian (andrea.durgarian@gmail.com).                                                                                          
                                  
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 (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.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM

 

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SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP SERVICES – CHRISTMAS – 2018

Armenian Christmas Eve

Friday, January 5, 2018

              Reading of the Prophesies:                                            5:00 P.M.  

         Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy:                                    6:00 P.M.

     

Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

              Morning Service:                                                           8:30 A.M.

              Divine Liturgy:                                                             9:30 A.M.
Blessing of the Water

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Tues. Jan.  9         Bible Study – 10:30-11:30am

Sun. Jan.  14
        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 16
        Bible Study – 10:30-11:30am
Sun. Jan.  21        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am
Annual Parish AssemblyMon. Jan. 22        Bible Study – 10:30-11:30amSun. Jan.  28        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 30        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  4          Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Feb.  6        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  11        Poon Paregentan – Family Fun Day

Mon. Feb. 12        First Day of Great Lent

Tue. Feb.  13         Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Feb.  18         Sunday of the Expulsion

Tue. Feb.  20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Feb.  25         Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Tue. Feb.  27          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Mar.   4           Sunday of the Steward

Tue. Mar.   6           NO Weekly Bible Study

Sun. Mar   11         Sunday of the  Judge

Tue. Mar.  13          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Mar. 18           Sunday of the  Advent

Tue.  Mar. 20          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. Mar.  25          Palm Sunday

Sun.  Apr.   1          Easter Sunday

Armenian Life:  Go FAR Documentary Series.

Fund for Armenian Relief just released the first episode of its video series Go FAR, which represents some of FAR’s most important values: heritage and legacy. Go FAR follows Armene, an Armenian-American from Longmont, Colorado, as she experiences Armenian life firsthand. During her travels, Armene visits the Armenian Genocide Memorial, the Gyumri Technology Center, soup kitchens, monasteries and more. Armene also gets to witness the many philanthropic efforts of FAR, while learning more about the adversities of the Armenian people and how FAR is alleviating these hardships. To watch episode 1, click here http://farusa.org/2017/12/18/go-far-documentary-series/ To support FAR, click here https://secure.qgiv.com/for/armenianrelief/

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 Zalesk
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Diocesan Delegates:                                                                           Laurie Bejoian
Karnig Durgarian

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Weekly News – December 24, 2017


Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, December 24, 2017
CHRISTMAS ADVENT (Heesnag)
Western Christmas Eve

THIS SUNDAY SCHEDULE

Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 2:30AM
Christmas Carol and Prayer Service:  4:00PM (English)
No Sunday School or Armenian School Classes

CHURCH/SUNDAY SCHOOL CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event that we must cancel either Church or Sunday School due to weather, it will be announced by MetroBlast and on TV.

Friday Evening, January 5, 2018
Immediately following Divine Liturgy 

Reading of the Prophecies:                                               5:00PM
Divine Liturgy:                                                                    6:00PM   Dinner:                                                                  Approx. 7:30PM
Adult Portion Roast Tenderloin of Beef 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: mkashgegian@gggcpas.com or call (617) 256-5358.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

O Come Let Us Adore Him
Christ, The Lord!


For if  we take Christ out of Christmas we are left only with
_ _ _ _ _ _ mas. –  Merely  A  Show.

Find the Jesus within you!

 CHRISTMAS ADVENT
Western Christmas
There was a man born of Jewish parents in an obscure village.
He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty.
And then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book.
He never held an office.
He never owned a home.
He never had a family.
He never went to college.
He never put his foot inside a big city.
He never traveled 200 miles from the place where he was born.
He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness.
While still a young man the tide of popular opinion turned against him.
His friends ran away from him.
He was turned over to his enemies.
He went through the mockery of a trial.
His executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had – his coat.
When he was dead he was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave.
All the armies that have ever marched.
All the navies that were ever built.
All the parliaments that ever sat.
All the kings that ever reigned – all together
Have not affected the life of man upon the earth as this
ONE SOLITARY LIFE!!!
(by Jim Bishop)
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.

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 for Sunday, December 24th.

Gospel Reading 
(Luke 19:12-28)
So he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return.  He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’  But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to rule over us.’  When he returned, having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he had given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what they had gained by trading.  The first came forward and said, ‘Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.’  He said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.’  Then the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your pound has made five pounds.’  He said to him, ‘And you, rule over five cities.’  Then the other came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth,  for I was afraid of you, because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’  He said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow?  Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.’  He said to the bystanders, ‘Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has ten pounds.’ (And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten pounds!’)  ‘I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.  But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.’ “

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Epistle  Reading
(Hebrews 7:11-25)

Now if perfection had been attainable through the levitical priesthood–for the people received the law under this priesthood–what further need would there have been to speak of another priest arising according to the order of Melchizedek, rather than one according to the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. Now the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar.  For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.  It is even more obvious when another priest arises, resembling Melchizedek, one who has become a priest, not through a legal requirement concerning physical descent, but through the power of an indestructible life. For it is attested of him, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”  There is, on the one hand, the abrogation of an earlier commandment because it was weak and ineffectual  (for the law made nothing perfect); there is, on the other hand, the introduction of a better hope, through which we approach God.  This was confirmed with an oath; for others who became priests took their office without an oath, but this one became a priest with an oath, because of the one who said to him,  “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever’ “–accordingly Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant.  Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

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Gospel Commentary

A noble ruler gives the same sum of money to ten servants; only three give an accounting to him.  A pound is a measure of money equivalent to about three months salary.  Rather than waiting for the Kingdom in lazy occupation, we are to anticipate and plan for the Kingdom to come, through wise use of the King’s resources.

Parish Announcements!
Community Outreach:  Thank you to everyone who contributed to the “Christmas Wishing Tree and the Salvation Army Miracle Kitchen Care Packages.
 

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

Bible Study will meet next on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
 
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:   Hebrews 7:11-25 and Luke 19:12-28.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Hebrews 13:18-25 and Luke 22:24-30.

Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy and Christmas Carol & Prayer Service (in English)  This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, therefore on December 24th,  we will have our Sunday Badarak starting at 2:30PM and the Christmas Carol and Prayer Service staring at 4:00PM.  We will once again pray and sing with the accompaniment of a Stringed Trio.

Armenian Christmas Eve Community Dinner: Friday Evening, January 5, 2018, immediately following Divine Liturgy. (Reading of the Prophecies: 5:00PM – Divine Liturgy: 6:00PM –    Dinner: Approx.7:30PM) Adult Portion Roast Tenderloin of Beef 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: mkashgegian@gggcpas.com or call 617-256-5358.

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 after church service. 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), Janice Papazian (janicepapazian@gmail.com) or Andrea Durgarian (andrea.durgarian@gmail.com).                                                                                          
                                  
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 (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.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM

 
Sun. Dec. 24        Christmas Eve Badarak & Prayer Service
                               
   Badarak: 2:30PM
Christmas Carol and Prayer Service: 4:00PM (English)

Mon. Dec. 25        Western Christmas
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SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP SERVICES – CHRISTMAS – 2018

Armenian Christmas Eve

Friday, January 5, 2018

              Reading of the Prophesies:                                            5:00 P.M.  

         Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy:                                    6:00 P.M.

        Parish Community Dinner:         (Immediately after Badarak)  

 

Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

              Morning Service:                                                           8:30 A.M.

              Divine Liturgy:                                                             9:30 A.M.
Blessing of the Water

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Sun. Jan  21          Annual Parish Assembly – 12:00PM

News from FAR (Fund for Armenian Relief)
CASP Support Helps One Woman To Raise Her Grandchildren

Flora Yesayan is 68 years old. She is the sole caretaker of her three grandchildren, 11-year-old Narek, 17-year-old Nune, and 20-year-old Zina. Flora can’t tell the story of her family without tears that she tries to hide from young Narek. Her son died in a car crash five years ago. They then lost the children’s mother to cancer a year and a half ago. Now, the family tries to make the best of it where they live in the tiny village of Tavush, in the Berd Region.

Zina studies psychology at Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute. Nune is working on trying to finish high school with good grades and Narek is in the 6th grade. While he loves math, he hasn’t yet chosen his future specialization. This year, Narek was chosen to be a recipient of the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program‘s (CASP) stipend. The program provides annual financial assistance through stipends to orphans and children of single mothers in Armenia and Javakhk, Georgia, until they turn 18. FAR is responsible for the distribution of scholarships in Shirak, Tavush, and Syunik provinces. This fall, FAR has distributed funds to 428 children.

Narek, like every other child of his age, loves playing and spending time with his friends. “We play football, visit each other’s homes, and play computer games. My closest friend is Mkhitar. All my friends are boys because all my female classmates live far from us. There are nine girls and six boys in the class,” said Narek.

Narek’s life is busy. He helps his grandmother grow vegetables and fruits in their garden. They consume part of the harvest during summer and preserve the rest for winter. He is also fond of making model airplanes, which he learned how to do on the Internet at school. “I also love drawing; two times a week I go to the regional center in Berd to take drawing classes at the Fine Arts School. Another two days a week I attend drawing classes at my school,” Narek said. Such classes are offered for free to children without parents and his teachers think his art is beautiful and impressive. His works are often shown at different events and exhibitions in Berd.

Narek also loves bananas. He even tries to grow bananas in the garden, but his tree never yields fruit since the climate isn’t warm enough.

The family lives in their own house. While it is old and in need of repair it is still theirs and they does everything they can to keep it in order. They have water in the house, and natural gas that they use to cook. For heating, they use firewood.

The grandmother Flora mentioned that while it is difficult, they are able to make ends meet. The state pension that the children receive ($190 a month for all of them) is hardly enough to run the household and support Zina in Yerevan. And Flora’s pension is just $90.

“I am very thankful to CASP. I am saving the stipend to accumulate enough to renovate the roof. I hope to do that next year,” Flora said.

Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) is sponsored by the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Eastern Diocese.

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 – December 17, 2017

 

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, December 17, 2017
CHRISTMAS ADVENT (Heesnag)
Homily: Deacon Michael T Sabounjian

 

 

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

Morning Prayer:  8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes will begin immediately
Following the Object Lesson and Holy Communion.

 

 

 

 

CHURCH/SUNDAY SCHOOL CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event that we must cancel either Church or Sunday School due to weather, it will be announced by MetroBlast and on TV.

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Christmas Wishing Tree Gifts
and
Personal Hygiene Items for the Salvation Army Miracle Kitchen

 Please bring them to Church this Sunday, December 17th

 

 

 

Friday Evening, January 5, 2018
Immediately following Divine Liturgy 

Reading of the Prophecies:                                               5:00PM
Divine Liturgy:                                                                    6:00PM   Dinner:                                                                  Approx. 7:30PM
Adult Portion Roast Tenderloin of Beef 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: mkashgegian@gggcpas.com or call (617) 256-5358.
 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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.

Find the Jesus within you!

 

 

 

Blinders by Kelly McFadden
That is why I use these parables, for they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand. –Matthew 13:13
As my dog, Peanut, got older she began to lose her sight. I remember watching her walk down the hall of our family’s home feeling so sad because she kept bumping into the walls due to her poor vision. After a few weeks of this, Peanut went to the groomers. She came back with a new short haircut. I watched in awe as Peanut trotted in a straight line down the hall, never running into a wall once. Then it hit me: Peanut wasn’t going blind. Rather, the hair in front of her eyes had gotten so long it was blocking her sight.ccIn Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the four soils. Jesus used this analogy to give unique insight into the ways of God. In this parable, Jesus showed how differently people hear the Word of God. For some, they hear, but do not understand. Others hear it, accept it, but fall away quickly because there is no depth to their faith. Still others hear the message, but the worries of life and lust of the world leave no room for God. There are some, however, who hear and understand, producing a harvest that extends beyond them.  Which soil are you? Sometimes, I think I fall into all four categories. There are times when I am thirsty and searching and it is easy for God’s Word to burrow deep into my heart. Still, there are other times I am too busy to pay attention to the lessons God is teaching me. I am blinded by an outward distraction or worry. It is at those times I become spiritually blinded, stumbling until I am willing to take care of the root problem: the blinders blocking my eyes.  Spiritual blindness need not be a permanent problem. We have the opportunity to see more clearly by removing the blinders from our hearts. We must humble ourselves and ask God to give us a pliable and understanding heart–which is work that He wants to do in our lives. Then, we must follow through and do what we know we need to do.  Trust God to be faithful to continue the work He has begun in you. As a result, you will have eyes that see and ears to hear the greatness of our Lord.

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.

 

 

 

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 for Sunday, December 17th.
 

Gospel Reading 
(Luke 17:1-10)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come!  It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive.  And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.  “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’?  Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?  So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’ ”
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Epistle Reading
(Hebrews 1:1-14)

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?  And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says “Let all God’s angels worship him.” Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.” But of the Son he says  “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;  therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.” But to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
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Gospel Commentary

Christians are to practice unlimited forgiveness.  Although “faith” is a gift from God, it can “increase” in strength and wisdom by God’s grace and human willingness.  Jesus uses deliberate exaggeration to emphasize the strength of genuine faith.  The purest faith is that which recognizes that  we are servants who owe everything we are and have to God our Master.  Thus, after fulfilling His commandments, we should humbly recognize that we are still “unprofitable,” never worthy of all His gifts.  Many times we place the value of who we are and what we have solely on what we have done.  The frame of reference is us.  However, as Christians, we need to realize that “all good gifts and every perfect bounty come down from above from God.”   Who we are and what we have are a direct result of a cooperative effort between the grace given to us by God and our willingness to be the best that we can be to His glory.  Realizing this, we look at our lives humbly and as a gift from God.  We are willing to practice unlimited forgiveness and fulfill our Christian duty as servants of our Lord.

 

 

 

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 supportBible Study will meet this coming Thursday, December 21st from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
 
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:   Hebrewss 1:1-14 and Luke 17: 1-10Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak: Hebrews 7:11-25 and Luke 19:12-28

Community Outreach:  “Christmas Wishing Tree” and Personal Hygiene Items for the Salvation Army Miracle Kitchen.  Please bring in your gifts to Church this Sunday, December 17th,

Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy and Christmas Carol & Prayer Service (in English)  This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, therefore on December 24th,  we will have our Sunday Badarak starting at 2:30PM and the Christmas Carol and Prayer Service staring at 4:00PM.  We will once again pray and sing with the accompaniment of a Stringed Trio.

Armenian Christmas Eve Community Dinner: Friday Evening, January 5, 2018, immediately following Divine Liturgy. (Reading of the Prophecies: 5:00PM – Divine Liturgy: 6:00PM –    Dinner: Approx.7:30PM) Adult Portion Roast Tenderloin of Beef 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: mkashgegian@gggcpas.com or call 617-256-5358.

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 after church service. 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), Janice Papazian (janicepapazian@gmail.com) or Andrea Durgarian (andrea.durgarian@gmail.com).                                                                                          
                                  
Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Friday, December 22nd.  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact  Jennifer Cote to help (the_cotes1@verizon.net)
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 (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.

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM


Thur Dec. 21          Bible Study – 10:30-11:30AM


Fri. Dec. 22 
          Miracle Kitchen – Salvation Army: 4:00-6:30PM

Sun. Dec. 24        Christmas Eve Badarak & Prayer Service
                               
   Badarak: 2:30PM
Christmas Carol and Prayer Service: 4:00PM (English)

Mon. Dec. 25        Western Christmas
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SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP SERVICES – CHRISTMAS – 2018

Armenian Christmas Eve

Friday, January 5, 2018

              Reading of the Prophesies:                                            5:00 P.M.  

         Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy:                                    6:00 P.M.

        Parish Community Dinner:         (Immediately after Badarak)  

 

Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

              Morning Service:                                                           8:30 A.M.

              Divine Liturgy:                                                             9:30 A.M.
Blessing of the Water

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Sun. Jan  21          Annual Parish Assembly – 12:00PM

 

 

 

News from FAR (Fund for Armenian Relief)
CASP Support Helps One Woman To Raise Her Grandchildren

 

 

Flora Yesayan is 68 years old. She is the sole caretaker of her three grandchildren, 11-year-old Narek, 17-year-old Nune, and 20-year-old Zina. Flora can’t tell the story of her family without tears that she tries to hide from young Narek. Her son died in a car crash five years ago. They then lost the children’s mother to cancer a year and a half ago. Now, the family tries to make the best of it where they live in the tiny village of Tavush, in the Berd Region.

Zina studies psychology at Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute. Nune is working on trying to finish high school with good grades and Narek is in the 6th grade. While he loves math, he hasn’t yet chosen his future specialization. This year, Narek was chosen to be a recipient of the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program‘s (CASP) stipend. The program provides annual financial assistance through stipends to orphans and children of single mothers in Armenia and Javakhk, Georgia, until they turn 18. FAR is responsible for the distribution of scholarships in Shirak, Tavush, and Syunik provinces. This fall, FAR has distributed funds to 428 children.

Narek, like every other child of his age, loves playing and spending time with his friends. “We play football, visit each other’s homes, and play computer games. My closest friend is Mkhitar. All my friends are boys because all my female classmates live far from us. There are nine girls and six boys in the class,” said Narek.

Narek’s life is busy. He helps his grandmother grow vegetables and fruits in their garden. They consume part of the harvest during summer and preserve the rest for winter. He is also fond of making model airplanes, which he learned how to do on the Internet at school. “I also love drawing; two times a week I go to the regional center in Berd to take drawing classes at the Fine Arts School. Another two days a week I attend drawing classes at my school,” Narek said. Such classes are offered for free to children without parents and his teachers think his art is beautiful and impressive. His works are often shown at different events and exhibitions in Berd.

Narek also loves bananas. He even tries to grow bananas in the garden, but his tree never yields fruit since the climate isn’t warm enough.

The family lives in their own house. While it is old and in need of repair it is still theirs and they does everything they can to keep it in order. They have water in the house, and natural gas that they use to cook. For heating, they use firewood.

The grandmother Flora mentioned that while it is difficult, they are able to make ends meet. The state pension that the children receive ($190 a month for all of them) is hardly enough to run the household and support Zina in Yerevan. And Flora’s pension is just $90.

“I am very thankful to CASP. I am saving the stipend to accumulate enough to renovate the roof. I hope to do that next year,” Flora said.

Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) is sponsored by the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Eastern Diocese.

 

 

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, 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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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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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, 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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Weekly News – July 16, 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, 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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THE SERMON
WILL BE GIVEN IMMEDIATELY AFTER
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Holy Translators Weekly News
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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