Weekly News – August 6, 2017

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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