Weekly News – March 30, 2017


Weekly News – March 30, 2017

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Holy Translators Weekly News

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday
Resurrection of our Lord

Quote of the Week

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Please Note:

Badarak Begins at 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes for Grades K-8 begin at 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes for Grades 9-12 begin after Holy Communion.
(Everyone in grades 9-12 is expected to be in Church at 9:30AM)
Armenian School Classes begin at 12:00 Noon


Resurrection of our Lord


INTROIT: “Krisdos Haryav…..”

Christ is risen from the dead!
He trampled down death by (His) death,
and by His Resurrection granted life unto us.
Glory unto Him for all ages. Amen.MIDDAY HYMN: “Kovya Yeroosaghem uzDer…”
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem.
Christ is risen from the dead! Alleluia!
Come ye people, sing to the Lord: Alleluia!
To Him who is risen from the dead, Alleluia!
To Him who has enlightened the world, Alleluia!HAGIODY: “Ov eh vorbes…”
Who is like unto the Lord our God?
He was crucified for us, He was buried and rose again,
He was believed on in the world, and ascended in glory.

Come ye people, let us sing praises unto Him together
with the angels, saying: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou,
O Lord our God.

Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 16

(Mark 16:2-8)
Gospel Reading

And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Dismissal Gospel
(John 20:19-25)
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Gospel Commentary

Christ is risen from the dead. This reality was something that was received differently by different people. It wasn’t that the reality was suspect. It was that it’s effect depended on the spiritual preparedness of those receiving it. The women embraced it immediately; most of the disciples accepted it after dealing with their fear; Thomas doubted it until he received physical proof. We are called not only to accept the resurrection of our Lord, but to live it. During this week analyze where you are.

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Weekly Announcements

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.

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

Join Us for these Two Events!

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Parish Announcements

Easter Lilies: The Easter Lilies that have been adorning the Altar will be available for purchase at Fellowship on Sunday. Please see Marco Ciaffi at Fellowship. Thank you to Robin Palombo for coordinating the weekly flower purchases.

Home Blessing and Visitations: If any wishes to have their home blessed, please contact Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or by email at frkrikor@holytranslators.org.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak: James 3:1-12 and John 1:1-17.

Bible Study: Will meet on Tuesday, April 18th form 10:30-11:30AM

Parish-Wide Walk for Hunger: On Sunday, May 7th, our Parish will participate in the Walk for Hunger fundraiser for needy families in Massachusetts. We will gather at the Church on Sunday at 7:30AM and head to Boston as a group to begin the walk. Upon completion we will return to the Church (approx. 1:00PM) for an abbreviated Badarak and community cookout. Contact Yeretzgin LuAnn for more information: lsabounjian@gmail.com

Special Hokehankist on Mothers Day: We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased mothers, grandmothers and godmothers on Sunday, May 14th in honor of Mothers Day. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship. Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Marco Ciaffi. Memo: Mothers Day Hokehankist.

Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day will take place on Sunday, May 21st.

Men’s Fellowship Night will take place Thursday Evening, June 1st, starting at 6:30PM. See Anthony Barsamian or Karnig Durgarian for more information.

Golf Tournament: This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 12th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA. The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish. The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers. Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.

Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Thursday, April 27th. 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.

Calendar of Events

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

Tue. Apr. 18 Weekly Bible Study – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AMTue. Apr. 25 NO Weekly Bible Study

Thur. Apr. 27 Miracle Kitchen

Tue. May 2 NO Weekly Bible Study

Sun. May 7 Parish-Wide Walk for Hunger
Divine Liturgy and Community Meal (Details to Follow)

Tue. May 9 Weekly Bible Study – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Tue. May 16 Weekly Bible Study – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. May 21 Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day

Tue. May 23 Weekly Bible Study – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Thu. May 25 Feast of the Ascension of our Lord

Thu Jun 1 Men’s Fellowship Night – Fellowship Hall

Sun., Jun 4 Feast of Pentecost

Mon. June 12 Annual Golf Tournament – Sandy Burr, Wayland – 10:00AM

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 11, 2016

Holy Translators Weekly News

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas Advent

Continuation of the Badarak Education

Quote of the Week

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Please Note

Badarak Begins at 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes for Grades K-8 begin at 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes for Grades 9-12 begin after Communion
(Everyone in grades 9-12 is expected to be in Church at 9:30AM
Armenian School Classes begin at 12:00 Noon

Christmas Advent

ADVENT from the Latin word “adventus” meaning coming, is the fifty day period which precedes Christmas. It is a time in which we prepare ourselves for the “coming of our Lord into this world. Advent is that period in which we allow ourselves to reflect upon the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.

The Armenian Church celebrates a number of feasts and observes some important commemorations during the 50 days of Hisnag. The Feast of the Conception of the Holy Virgin by St. Anna, which is always celebrated on December 9th is one of them,

The Armenian Church styles her Sourp Asdvadzadzin: the “Holy Mother-of-God”—an almost cosmic title which has elicited reverent love from generations of Armenian Christians, and is honored in the name of many of our churches. In more common parlance she is St. Mary: the girl of humble piety who carried the Hope of the world within her body, and delivered Him as a baby in Bethlehem.

She began life as the child of Sts. Joachim and Anna, a devout couple whose earnest prayer was answered with the birth of a daughter. Through her life of holiness and purity, and her graceful acceptance of the role to which God called her, Mary ranks among the pre-eminent exemplars of the Christian faith, whose birth and very conception are occasions for celebration.

 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 11th

Gospel Reading
(Luke 14:12-24)

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

Epistle Reading
(2Thessalonians 1:1-12)

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

Gospel Commentary

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

Weekly Announcements

BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK!!!THIS SUNDAY: The Holy Sacrifice Continued:
The Diptychs (Remebrances)

Parish Announcements

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

Bible Study: Will NOT meet on Tuesday, December 13th.

Badarak Education: Will continue on Sunday, December 11th.

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

Calendar of Events

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

Tues. Dec 13 NO Bible Study

Tues. Dec. 20 Bible Study – 10:30AM

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

Sun. Dec. 25 Western Christmas

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