Weekly News – December 1, 2019



December 1, 2019
Second Sunday of Christmas Advent 

Deacon Timothy Aznavorian will offer the Homily




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




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


Sunday Evening, January 5, 2020
Immediately following Divine Liturgy 

Reading of the Prophecies:                                               3:00PM

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

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




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




Armenian Christmas Eve

Sunday, January 5, 2019

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

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

Parish Community Dinner: (Immediately after Badarak)

Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Morning Service:                                      8:30 A.M.

Divine Liturgy:                                           9:30 A.M.

      Blessing of the Water





Yughakin Offering 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




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







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




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

Find the Jesus within You!





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




Please inform Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or frkrikor@holytranslators.org 
of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk,
so he can arrange a visit.





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






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

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.




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




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










Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702