Weekly News – June 11, 2017




Annual Golf Tounament – June 12th – Click Here

Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Fathers Day, June 18th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Marco Ciaffi, Memo:  Fathers Day Hokehankist.

Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Remembrance of the Prophet Elijah

Figure Out What Will Please Christ
And Then Do It !!!



Elijah meaning, “
Yahweh is my God,” was a prophet in the Kingdom of Samaria during the reign of Ahab in the 9th century BC.  According to the Books of Kings, Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the more popular Baal, he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and ascended into heaven in a whirlwind (either accompanied by a chariot and horses of flame or riding in it)   In the Book of Malachi, Elijah’s return is prophesied “before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord,”  making him a harbinger of the Messiah and the  eschaton (the final event in the Divine plan) in various faiths that revere the       Hebrew Bible. Derivative references to Elijah appear in the Talmud, Mishnah, the New Testament, and the Qur’an.  In Judaism, Elijah’s name is invoked at the weekly Havdalah ritual that marks the end of Shabbat, and Elijah is invoked in other Jewish customs, among them the Passover Seder and the Brit milah (ritual circumcision). He appears in numerous stories and references in the Haggadah and      rabbinic literature, including the Babylonian Talmud.  In Christianity, the New Testament describes how both Jesus and John the Baptist are compared with     Elijah, and on some occasions, thought by some to be manifestations of Elijah, and Elijah appears with Moses during the Transfiguration of Jesus.  In Islam, the Qur’an describes Elijah as a great and righteous prophet of God, and one who   powerfully preached against the worship of Ba’al.  Elijah is also a figure in various folkloric traditions. In Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania, he is known as “Elijah the Thunderer” and in folklore is held responsible for summer storms, hail, rain, thunder, and dew.         (Excerpts for Wikipedia)

Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 11th.

Gospel Reading 
(Luke 4:25-30)
But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”  When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.  They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.  But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
Epistle Reading
(James 5:16-20)

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.  Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.  Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.  My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another,  you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Gospel Commentary
Many people are very nervous about confessing their sins to others.  Some have a problem confessing in front of a priest.  However, the ancient Christian custom was to confess your trespasses to one another.  When a Christian was guilty of sin, the matter was confessed in front of and to the whole church community as an act of repentance.  As the church grew, and outsiders began to frequent the church services, the pressure in such public confession became so great that the priest alone would hear the confession on behalf of the people and in front of God.  Now in our churches a form confession is recited by everyone in unison before the priest.  This accommodation falls short on many levels.  It allows us to never really deal with our specific shortcomings and sins, which also precludes us from true repentance.  Confession and repentance should not be group endeavors.  Each of us must come to grips with our own sinfulness and seek forgiveness from God through sincere soul searching, admission and repentance.  This is taught in Scripture and is something we need to return to if we truly want to be united with God.  What is not taught in Scripture is a private confession only to God, which is a refusal to acknowledge sin to the community.  During this week take stock of your spiritual life.  If you recognize your sins come to Der Krikor and inquire about private confession.  See if it changes your life.  This type of confession in not counseling.  It is a liturgical opening up to the mercy of God.


Parish Announcements!
The Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak are: Hebrews 9:1-10 and John 10:22-30.
Golf Tournament:  This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 12th. At the Sandy Burr Golf Course, Wayland MA.  The golf tournament is a major fund raiser for our Parish.  The committee needs help; Raffle ticket sellers, sponsors, golfers and workers.  Anyone interested in helping out please see Der Krikor or Karen Durgarian.

Special Hokehankist on Fathers Day:  We will offer special “Hokehankist” prayers for all deceased fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on Fathers Day, June 18th. Please email your request to frkrikor@holytranslators.org or fill out a Requiem form at fellowship.  Donations may be sent to the Church or brought with you and given to Marco Ciaffi, Memo:  Fathers Day Hokehankist.
Summer Camps:  Applications for St. Vartan Camp, St. Nersess Summer Study Programs and Camp Haiastan are being accepted at this time.  See Der Krikor for more information.
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
Mon. June 12       Annual Golf Tournament – Sandy Burr, Wayland – 10:00AM

Sun. Jun  18         Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
                                 Fathers Day
Sun June 25         Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
Sun.  July  2 
        No Church
Sun. July   9          Divine Liturgy – Der Krikor
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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