Weekly News – July 16, 2017




Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, July 16, 2017



“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”


Next Sunday, July 23rd, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord.  Referred to as Baydzaragerbootiun, the Feast of the Transfiguration is one of the five principal feasts of the Armenian Church, so named because of Christ’s luminous appearance.  In Armenia it is also known as Vartavar  (the Festival of Roses) after the old pagan feast, which it replaced.  The feast marks Christ’s appearance with a       resplendent countenance to three of His disciples, Peter, John, and James, on the holy mountain of Galilee, also known as Mount Tabor.  The Bible tells us that when Jesus was considering going to Jerusalem, he spoke with his disciples of the torture that was in store for Him and of the end of His life on earth.  Jesus wanted His disciples to be prepared for the coming events.  His disciples, however, did not believe that Jesus could possibly face such tribulations and Peter adamantly said none of Jesus’ predictions would come true, and Jesus admonished his disciples.  About a week later, Jesus had his miraculous Transfiguration.  He went up Tabor Mountain with three of His disciples—Simon Peter, James, and John Zebedee—to pray as the other tired  disciples remained at the bottom of the mountain.  It was there that Jesus began to assume a new appearance.  The three disciples were amazed when they saw His new radiant being.  Though it was nighttime, the disciples saw light coming from the sun in the sky.  Among the light they saw two other men—said to be Moses and Elijah—speaking to Jesus about His remaining time left on earth and the sacrifice He would soon make.  Then a cloud came upon the group.  The voice of God was heard, saying the same phrase He said when Jesus was baptized, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35).  After the Transfiguration, Jesus asked His disciples not to talk about it until His coming Resurrection.  This scene can be found in four different  places in the New Testament: Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:11-7; Luke 9:29-36; and 2Peter  1:17-18.   In the Armenian calendar, the feast takes place on the 14th Sunday after Easter—98 days later—so it is movable within an interval of 35 days, from June 28 to August 1.  The Orthodox and Catholic churches observe the feast of Transfiguration on a fixed day, August 6.  The official observance takes three days.  Sunday is the principal feast, Monday likewise is an ordained feast day and includes the commemoration of the dead, and Tuesday is a non-festal or weekday dominical.
(From the Diocesan Website)

Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 16th.

Gospel Reading 
(Matthew 14:13-21)


When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.  As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”  Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”   “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.   “Bring them here to me,” he said.   And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children..


Epistle Reading
(Romans 11:13-24)


Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead! If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the branches also are holy.  But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you. You will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps he will not spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness toward you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.


About Vartavar
(From the Diocesan Website)


The pagan feast Vartavar (the Festival of Roses) marked the harvest each year and was traditionally associated with the goddess Asdghig—the pagan Armenian deity of water, love, and fertility. To replicate Asdghig’s bathing, people would sprinkle each other with rose water and hold a special festival of roses during this joyful feast.   With equal delight, Armenians rejoiced over agricultural abundance during Vartavar.  It either preceded or coincided with the feast of the harvest, which was the Armenian New Year (Navasart-Amanor). It was most likely held between August 1 and 6, each year.  Different regions in Armenia celebrated the harvest with different traditions. For instance, in the district of Koghtn it was customary to hold a ritual during this festival involving green wheat that had previously budded. In other regions, special rituals were directly connected with animal husbandry. The Armenian Meliks marked the day with feasts held in the fields and rituals dedicated to fertility-such as bringing fruits as gifts to future brides and grooms, throwing fruits on their heads, or sending them apples. Throughout much of Armenia, families enjoyed delicious harisa as part of the feast.   Today in Armenia, people still maintain the tradition of splashing each other with water on Vartavar. Children and young adults are usually seen ambushing passerby with buckets of cold water—a welcome surprise on hot summer days.

Parish Announcements!
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are:  1John 1:1-7 &  Matthew 16:13-17:13.

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.

Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM
Sun. July 16          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
Sun. July 23          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
Sun. July 30          No Church
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


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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