Weekly News – February 18, 2018


Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, February 18, 2018


Homily: Deacon Michael T. Sabounjian





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




Each year, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple, or Dyarnuntarach, literally meaning “the bringing forward of the Lord.” 

According to Biblical tradition, it was a custom in the Armenian Church for parents to bring their newly-born babies to the Temple of the Lord to present the child to God.

In keeping with this tradition, we blessed, Stella Elizabeth Hyde; Robert Anthony (Garabed) Avedisian; Natalia Marie (Aghavni) Avedisian; Luke Paul (Antranig) Polomski; Grace Arev (Nuver) Scopeski and Anoush Lillian Piligian, who were baptized within the last two years and present them to the Altar of the Lord on Sunday, February 11th during the Children’s Object Lesson.


Schedule of Lenten Prayer Services 
(These interactive Prayers Services will be conducted in English)


Wed. Feb. 14      Lenten Interactive Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Wed. Feb. 21      Lenten Interactive Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Wed. Feb. 28      Lenten Interactive Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM


Wed. Mar.   7    Mid-Lenten Prayer Service and Dinner (Michink) – 6:30PM


Wed. Mar. 14      Lenten Interactive Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Wed. Mar. 21      Lenten Interactive Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM



Mid-Lenten Worship and Dinner
Wednesday, March 7th

We will gather for a 1/2 hour interactive Lenten Worship Service in English (6:30PM) followed by a Vosbov Kheema Lenten Community Dinner (7:00PM) in order to offer support and encouragement as we continue our Lenten journey, by praying together and sharing a community meal. 

During our Mid-Lenten (Michink) Prayer Service and Community Meal, Donna Rizk Asdourian, who is married to Deacon Levon Asdourian, a Pastoral Intern at Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge and a St. Nersess Seminary Graduate, will be our quest speaker.

Donna will talk about “Women’s Role in the Liturgical Life of the Oriental Orthodox Churches.”

Please let us know if you will be attending.
RSVP: frkrikor@holytranslators.org


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.




“O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother.”

Find the Jesus within you!




(Sunday of the Expulsion
(Jashou Sharagan (Midday Hymn)
O Lord, You first gave the holy law of abstinence to the first-created, Adam & Eve; who broke the law by tasting the fruit and thereby tasting the bitterness of sin and death;  grant to us that we may taste the sweetness of Your commandments.

We have been smitten in our souls, by the Enemy, with many different wounds of sin, and in our manifold infirmities we are in need of You, O lover of mankind, to relieve our pains;  therefore, O Christ, Who loves mankind, heal us.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and unto the ages of ages , Amen.

You, Who came for the salvation of man by being born of the Virgin Mary, and by the life-giving resurrection called us, who were dead, to the resurrection of immortality;  through the prayers of Your mother, O Saviour, make us live.

(To be recited by all at the end of the Church Service)

O Lord and Master of my life
take from me the spirit of laziness, faint-heartedness,
misguided ambition, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience,
and love to your servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother;
For You are blessed unto the aged of ages, Amen.
(A prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, a church Father.
Many people use this prayer as a Lenten devotion,
to be said and meditated upon several times a day)



Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 18th.

Gospel Reading
(Matthew 5:17-48)
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.  For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.  Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’  But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.  So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you,  leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.  Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.  Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell. “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’  But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. “Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’  But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,  or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.  Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also;  and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well;  and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.  Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Gospel Commentary

Jesus sets up for us a new way of life.  He is the fulfillment of the old law, the law of the Old Testament.  This new law dictates how we must live as Christians in spirit and in truth.  This week analyze this gospel reading.  How much of your life is lived by the standards of the old law and how much by the new law.




Parish Announcements!
Bible Study will this meet on Tuesday, February 20th from 10:30-11:30am.
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  Romans 12:1-13:10 and Matthew 5:17-48.
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  2Corinthians 6:1-7:1 and Luke 15:1-32.

Lenten Interactive Prayer Services:  Starting on Wed., Feb. 14th, we will have weekly interactive Lenten Prayer Services (in English)  in the Sanctuary, starting at 6:30PM.

Mid-Lenten (Michink) Worship and Dinner: On Wednesday, March 7th, we will gather for a 1/2 hour interactive Lenten Worship Service in English (6:30PM) followed by a Vosbov Kheema Lenten Community Dinner (7:00PM) in order to offer support and encouragement as we continue our Lenten journey, by praying together and sharing a community meal.  If you are attending.  RSVP to: frkrkor@holytranslators.org.

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



Sun. Feb.  18          Sunday of the Expulsion

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

Wed. Feb. 21          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Feb.  25         Sunday of the Prodigal Son

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

Wed. Feb. 28          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar.   4           Sunday of the Steward

Tue. Mar.   6           NO Weekly Bible Study

Wed. Mar.  7          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar   11         Sunday of the  Judge

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

Wed. Mar. 14         Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM

Sun. Mar. 18          Sunday of the  Advent

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

Wed. Mar. 21          Lenten Prayer Service (In English) – 6:30PM


Sun. Mar. 25          Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy – 9:30AM
Opening of the Door Service (Trnpatzek)

Thu. Mar. 29          Holy Thursday
Washing of the Feet Service – 7:00PM
Betrayal and Passion of Christ Service  – 8:00PM

Fri.  Mar. 30           Good Friday
Crucifixion and Burial Service: – 12:00NOON.

Sat. Mar. 31
          Holy Saturday
Reading of the Prophecies – 4:00PM
Easter Eve Divine Liturgy – 5:00PM

Sun. Apr.   1           Easter Sunday
Easter Divine Liturgy – 9:30AM





Far Programs
FAR Scholarship Help One Young Journalist
To Pursue Her Dreams!.



Marine Khachatryan, 23, has always wanted to be a journalist. From the age of 13, she followed the country’s political processes and the work of the journalists who covered them.

To achieve her goal, Marine entered Yerevan State University’s Faculty of Journalism in 2012. In 2013, she took her first professional steps when she covered news about the City Council Elections for Hetq online. Soon after, she got involved in broadcasting and starting working for A1plus.

In 2016, after finishing her bachelor’s degree, Marine applied to the Erasmus+ Program and went to England to participate in a two-week professional development training. The same year, she applied to and received FAR’s Ester Ajemian Scholarship Program just before she nearly decided to leave the country again, this time to pursue a master’s degree in journalism. Marine calls the scholarship a breakthrough and a turning point in her academic career, as it enabled her to stay in Armenia to continue her education. She’s currently working on finishing her master’s thesis at Yerevan State University.

Another one of Marine’s dreams came true at the end of 2017 when she received the one-year Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Regional Reporting Fellowship, which includes a visit to the Radio Liberty Prague Broadcasting Center this spring.

“I started my work at Azatutyun/Radio Liberty in Yerevan on November 1st. To me, Azatutyun is the best media outlet because it follows the highest standards of journalism. Now, I can see it for myself. Choosing topics, working on the material, finding sources, preparing materials and editing them—it is all of the highest standards I’ve read about in journalism books,” said Marine. Her colleagues, she said, have become her role models in the field.

“Thanks to FAR, I stayed home. I live a meaningful life now; I like my job and my colleagues, since I am surrounded by experienced journalists. I have always imagined myself belonging to this place,” she added when talking about her daily routine at the Armenian bureau of Radio Liberty. “To me, journalism is an opportunity to change something.”

Marine frequently reports on people in need, with the hope that her work shines a light on social issues and catches the attention of the public and those in power.

Established in 2010, FAR’s Ester Ajemian Scholarship Program, which is funded by Ester Ajemian Ahnert, provides full tuition and monthly stipends to female graduate students of journalism in Armenia. Currently there are five students involved in the program. So far, more than 20 young female scholars have become proud beneficiaries.



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