Weekly News – April 8, 2018

Weekly News – April 8, 2018


Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, April 8, 2018

New Sunday


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

Sunday School Classes will begin immediately
Following the Object Lesson 

Armenian School Classes this Sunday: 12:00-12:30PM

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)

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

Find the Jesus within you!

 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 8th.

Gospel Reading
(John 1:1-17)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being  in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.  He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.  But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,  who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.  (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ “)  From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.


Epistle Reading
(James 3:1-12)

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.  For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.  If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies.  Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.  For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species,  but no one can tame the tongue–a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.  Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?  Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.



Gospel Commentary

The first Sunday after Easter is called “New Sunday,” because it is the first Sunday of the new creation realized through the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  This week analyze your life and decided if you truly want to be a part of this new creation in our Lord.

Parish Announcements!

Home Blessing and Visitations:  If any wishes to have their home blessed, please contact Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or by email at
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.
Bible Study will meet this Tuesday, April 10thfrom 10:30-11:30AM. 
Readings for this Sunday’s BadarakJames 3:1-12 and  John 1:1-17. 
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:   1Peter 2:1-10 and  John 2:23-3:12.
Special Hokehankist on Mothers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased mothers, grandmothers and godmothers on Sunday, May 13th 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 Scott Zaleski.  Memo: Mothers Day Hokehankist. 

Men’s Fellowship Night will take place Thursday Evening, May 31st, starting at 6:30PM.   See Karnig Durgarian or Anthony Barsamian for more information. 

Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day will take place on Sunday, June 10th.

Golf Tournament:  This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 11th. 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.

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.

Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM
Tue. Apr 10          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Tue. Apr 17          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Tue. Apr 24          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Tue. May  1           NO Weekly Bible Study

Sun. May 6           Consecration of St. Vartan Cathedral 50th Anniversary
No Church Services – Pontifical Badarak in New York

Tue. May 8            Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Thu. May  10         Feast of the Ascension of our Lord

Sun. May 13          Mother’s Day

Tue. May 15          Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Sun. May  20         Feast of Pentecost

Tue. May 22            Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Tue. May 29            Weekly Bible Study  – Fellowship Hall – 10:30AM

Thu May  31          Men’s Fellowship Night – Fellowship Hall

Sun. Jun    3         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin

Sun. June 10        Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day

Mon Jun  11         Annual Golf Tournament – Sandy Burr, Wayland – 10:00AM

Sun. Jun  17         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
Father’s Day


The Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
will be granting scholarships to qualified Armenian American students attending accredited 4-year undergraduate university programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The application and reference forms must be submitted electronically and are available on the Diocesan website.

The Eastern Diocese recently launched a new electronic resource – VEMKAR – aimed at the pastoral and educational leaders of our church. Each edition inspires readers to “get ready for Sunday,” by presenting classroom lessons, sermon topics, and other resources to enrich young and old alike in their worship and learning experiences. View this week’s VEMKAR newsletter.

Download the VEMKAR app! Click here for iOS or Android platforms. VEMKAR and its affiliated website (www.vemkar.us) is a new initiative from our Diocesan Ministries department, and is produced by Diocesan staff members and the new Director of Ministries, the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan.

Far Programs

New Ayo! Project
Aims to Better Science Education in rural Armenia

Our Ayo! platform has decided to collaborate with two teachers in rural areas to help them achieve their shared goal: installing science labs in each of their schools. Ayo!’s recently-launched Fill the Gap. Build a Lab. project will ensure that students in regional schools have better access to higher-quality education.

Although public schools are free of charge, schools located outside of Yerevan typically lack both teachers and well-equipped classrooms. This means that many schools are without the proper resources needed to provide a high educational standard and equal access to education for students.

Teach for Armenia, a member of the Teach for All global network, aims to combat this widespread issue by providing equal educational opportunity to all children in Armenia through the recruitment and training of exceptional individuals to teach in schools located in underprivileged communities for a minimum of two years.

In the three years since Teach for Armenia was founded, many fellows—teachers of geography, biology, physics, chemistry and English language — have filled these vacancies, and thus brought higher-quality education to these regions of Armenia, where they have helped children to grow and fulfill their curiosity toward these subjects.

Lusine Vardumyan teaches at Getashen Village School in the Armavir Province. The village is located 70 km away from Yerevan, close to Turkish border. Since the school does not have any actual science labs, only theory can be taught in class. This impacts the level of interest toward these subjects, and results in a very low number of students who actually want to pursue science education and eventual careers in science. Lusine had the idea of building a physics and chemistry lab at the Getashen school so that students could have the opportunity to study the subjects through hands-on experimentation.

Venera Abovyan is another Teach for Armenia fellow who teaches biology and chemistry at Shamiram Village School in Aragatsotn Province. For years, children in the school didn’t have biology and chemistry classes because there was no one to teach them. Then Venera arrived. “It’s very difficult for children to learn these two completely new courses in theory without having a lab where they can see everything in practice and do experiments,” said Venera, who believes a science lab could be a significant investment for the betterment of the school’s students.

The labs will ultimately help to boost the resources of two schools, and also spark the curiosity of the children who are eager to learn.

Join Ayo! and say yes to brighter educational prospects for Armenia’s children!

Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                                Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                               Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                 Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Scott Zaleski
Asst. Treasurer:                                                           Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                                Jeff Avedisian                                                                                               Elise Durgarian
Lucine Kapreilian

Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
Karnig Durgarian