Weekly News – January 7, 2018

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, January 7, 2018
(ASDVADZ-A-HAYDNOOTYOON:  “God is Revealed”)
Homiliy: Deacon Michael T. Sabounjian


Morning Prayer:  8:30AM
Divine Liturgy Family Worship: 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes will begin immediately
Following the Object Lesson and Holy Communion
Armenian School Classes from 12:00-12:30PM

Membership Dues/Stewardship 

Please remember to renew your 2017 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.

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.

Please Note!
This Evening, January 5th, we will have our Armenian Christmas Eve Reading of the Prophecies and the Christmas Eve Divinie Liturgy.
(See Schedule and Times Below)
The Armenian Christmas Eve Community Dinner has been CANCELLED

Friday Evening, January 5, 2018

Reading of the Prophecies:                           5:00PM    Divine Liturgy:                                                 6:00PM  


Christ is Born and Revealed.
Blessed is the Revelation of Christ
Find the Jesus within you!

(ASDVADZ-A-HAYDNOOTYOON:  “God is Revealed”)
O Mystery, great and wondrous, which was revealed on this day; the shepherds sing with the angels and give the good news to the world:
Christ is born and revealed.
A new King was born in the city of Jerusalem.  You sons of men, praise Him  Who became incarnate for us.  Christ is born and revealed.

The Infinite One of Heaven and earth was wrapped in swaddling clothes;  though inseparable from the Father, He lay in the Holy Grotto.
Christ is born and revealed.

(from the Christmas Hymn “Khorhoort medz…”)
Christmas Greeting
                                         Krisdos dzunav yev haydnetsav.
Christ is born and revealed.
Orhnial eh haydnootyoonun Krisdosee.
Blessed is the revelation of Christ.Tsez yev mez medz avedis.
To you and to us great news.

Note:   This greeting is exchanged outside of the Divine Liturgy.
The greeting  for the Kiss of Peace during the Liturgy never changes.
(It is referenced inside this bulletin)
Blessing of the Water, which symbolizes the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan River and the purification of those who partake of it, will take place today during the Children’s Object Lesson.  The Godfather of the Cross is Victor Hanzatian.

Scripture Readings for Sunday, January 7th.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 1:18-25)
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.  But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife,  but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.


Epistle Reading 
(Titus 2:11-15)
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.  Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority.  Let no one look down on you


Gospel Commentary
Joseph’s righteousness – the righteousness of mercy, which transcends the Law – is seen in his unwillingness to expose Mary’s supposed sin.  Under Mosaic Law, betrothal involves almost the same commitment as marriage.  Joseph cannot help but suspect a violation of a divine law when he sees his betrothed pregnant.  Although obliged by law to report the misconduct, he decides to “dismiss her quietly.”  “An angel of the Lord” dispels the false reasoning of Joseph by announcing the utterly unreasonable:  the pregnancy of the Virgin is “by the Holy Spirit.”  Since being born of a virgin proves Jesus’ divinity, only the revelation of God, in this case “a dream,” could serve as adequate evidence of this miraculous conception.  The Bible calls engaged couples husband and wife before their marriage on several occasions.  So Mary is called the “wife” of Joseph.  In the Orthodox Churches, Joseph is remembered as the “betrothed,” pointing out Mary’s ever-virginity.  That “all this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet” not only underscores the intervention of God in history, but also indicates His beginning a new creation.  The conception of Jesus fulfils the prophecy of Isaiah: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”   He who is conceived in her is not a new Person coming into existence, but the eternal Son of God, using her womb as His throne.  The virginal conception through the Holy Spirit and the name of the incarnate Son, “Immanuel” (God with us) are clear declarations of Jesus’ divinity.  That Joseph “had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus” does not imply that Joseph and Mary had marital relations after Jesus’ birth, but emphasizes that Jesus’ birth was a virgin birth.  Our Church adheres to the doctrine that Mary was ever-virgin, the immaculate bearer of God.  If we look with the eyes of this world, the facts behind the story of Jesus’ birth are not only hard to believe, but utterly ridiculous.  It is only with the eyes of faith that we can come to grips with the reality of the Incarnation.  This week try to look at your daily world with the eyes of faith and see if it changes the way you interpret your life and ultimately see if it changes any aspect of your behavior.

Parish Announcements!

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

Bible Study will meet next on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Readings for this Sunday’s Badarak:  Titus 2:11-15 and Matthew 1:18-25.

Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak: 1Timothy 1:1-11 and John 2:1-11..

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 after church service. 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), Janice Papazian (janicepapazian@gmail.com) or Andrea Durgarian (andrea.durgarian@gmail.com).                                                                                          
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




Armenian Christmas Eve

Friday, January 5, 2018

              Reading of the Prophesies:                                            5:00 P.M.  

         Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy:                                    6:00 P.M.


Armenian Christmas

(Theophany – The Birth & Baptism of our Lord)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

              Morning Service:                                                           8:30 A.M.

              Divine Liturgy:                                                             9:30 A.M.
Blessing of the Water


Tues. Jan.  9         Bible Study – 10:30-11:30am

Sun. Jan.  14
        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 16
        Bible Study – 10:30-11:30am
Sun. Jan.  21        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am
Annual Parish AssemblyMon. Jan. 22        Bible Study – 10:30-11:30amSun. Jan.  28        Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Jan. 30        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  4          Divine Liturgy – 9:30am

Tues. Feb.  6        NO Bible Study

Sun. Feb.  11        Poon Paregentan – Family Fun Day

Mon. Feb. 12        First Day of Great Lent

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

Sun. Feb.  18         Sunday of the Expulsion

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

Sun. Feb.  25         Sunday of the Prodigal Son

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

Sun. Mar.   4           Sunday of the Steward

Tue. Mar.   6           NO Weekly Bible Study

Sun. Mar   11         Sunday of the  Judge

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

Sun. Mar. 18           Sunday of the  Advent

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

Sun. Mar.  25          Palm Sunday

Sun.  Apr.   1          Easter Sunday

Armenian Life:  Go FAR Documentary Series.

Fund for Armenian Relief just released the first episode of its video series Go FAR, which represents some of FAR’s most important values: heritage and legacy. Go FAR follows Armene, an Armenian-American from Longmont, Colorado, as she experiences Armenian life firsthand. During her travels, Armene visits the Armenian Genocide Memorial, the Gyumri Technology Center, soup kitchens, monasteries and more. Armene also gets to witness the many philanthropic efforts of FAR, while learning more about the adversities of the Armenian people and how FAR is alleviating these hardships. To watch episode 1, click here http://farusa.org/2017/12/18/go-far-documentary-series/ To support FAR, click here https://secure.qgiv.com/for/armenianrelief/

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 Zalesk
Diocesan Delegates:                                                                           Laurie Bejoian
Karnig Durgarian