E-Newsletter - April 11, 2020
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Morning Service: 9:15 am
EASTER Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am
Fr. Hrant Kevorkian, Pastor
Updated COVID-19 Church action plan for the rest of April.

A blessed Holy Week and a Glorious Resurrection to all of you. We come to you once again with updates on church services and plans for the rest of April. The remainder of Holy Week and Easter Services will be conducted WITHOUT the presence of...

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Ողջոյն Ս. Պատարագի – The Kiss of Peace

Քրիստոս Յարեաւ ի Մերելոց
Krisdov Haryav ee Merelots
Christ Has Risen

Օրհնեալ է Յարութիւնը Քրիստոսի
Orhnyal eh Haroutyoune Krisdosi
Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ
✝️Pictures from the preparations of the special bag that will be given during a “Social-Distanced” Easter Blessing in the Church Parking Lot on Sunday at 12:30pm-2:30pm. ✝️
SUPPORT YOUR CHURCH WITH YOUR WEEKLY OFFERING

These are challenging times for all of us. The church is committed to supporting you in your spiritual and material needs, but it is a group effort. If you are able, please consider continuing to contribute to the church so that she can continue in her mission. Your Sunday offerings, collection plate and candle donations can all be done online or by mailing a check to the church.
LIGHT A VIRTUAL CANDLE
Lighting a candle is a way of extending one's prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf the prayer is offered. 
"When Jesus spoke to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."" - John 8:12
This Sunday, Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian will light a candle for every donation received. 
LETTER FROM ARAM I ON OCCASION OF EASTER
Antelias, Easter 2020

His Eminence,
Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate
The Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church
New York


Dear Srpazan Hayr,

The voice of the resurrected Christ echoes again in a world ensnared in suffering and uncertainty: “Do not fear, only believe” (Mark 5:36).

Indeed, fear establishes its domination when God is absent from human life. It is faith that arms the life of people with the presence of God, to face the adversities and calamities of the world. The history of our people is an eloquent testament to the power of faith to defeat every kind of evil and crisis.

At this time of anguish for the world and our people, the message of the church is the same message of Jesus Christ: do not fear, “but take courage; I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33).

In these days of restlessness that we are living, we pray for the health and safety of our Armenian people and our families. May God Most High keep you, the clergy, the community leaders and the faithful of the Prelacy from all harm and evil. May Christ, who defeated death with death, keep the world from all kinds of evil with his miraculous resurrection.

With warm paternal love,

Aram I
Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia
PRELATE'S EASTER MESSAGE
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ: a Feast of the fulfillment of Prophecies and Promises; a Feast of an eternal dawn of Faith and Hope; a Feast of undeniable and unchallengeable victory of Life over Death.

The road toward this universal celebration of Faith, Hope, and Life was paved, as predicted by our Lord Jesus Christ, with His Passion, Crucifixion and Entombment (Mt 16.21).

Let me ask you a simple question: Have you ever questioned yourself or your Pastor, why we call the Friday preceding Easter, a day of deepest sorrow and lament, disappointment and frustration, insecurity and uncertainty, “Good Friday”? Actually all these and more are valid questions, but from the Human perspective only. Yes, that Friday seemed to be the end of a new Era of goodness and of peace. That Friday seemed to be the day when the dream of the Evil power became true: that “I will ascend to the tops of the clouds / I will make myself like the Most High” (Is 14.14). This is, however, from the Human perspective only. From the Divine perspective, everything was running according to His plan of Redemption. As God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways” (Is 55.8). Unlike those who cling to the Human perspective believe, God reminds us that, “My power,” His Power, “is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12.9). Therefore, that Friday was a good Friday, and every year we have a Good Friday, because it is the day that heralded the Resurrection and manifested the absolute truth that the final verdict belongs to God, who said, “Let there be light, and there was light”. It is indeed Good Friday for it ushered in the Resurrection and on it the mortal stings of death were swallowed up in the victory of our Lord (cf. I Cor. 15.55). It is indeed Good Friday because climaxed in the Resurrection, and on that day Mankind was granted eternal life through the unconditional love of the Sacrifice on the Cross. 
 
With this understanding, amid the universal distress, agony, and hopelessness caused by the coronavirus pandemic, let us all pray for Almighty God, Lord of Creation, to shower upon us His wisdom, so that our human perspective does not misguide and perplex us. Let us pray that His perspective will show us the way forward and help us conquer each and every Gethsemane and Golgotha experience in our lives and turn them into victory for His glory. Let us greet each other with the most invigorating and ever-victorious good news, “Christ is risen from the dead” Halleluiah! 

Archbishop Anoushavan
Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the United States
Let's Read the Bible! Readings of the week.
  • Monday, April 13: Acts 2:22-41; Luke 24:1-12  Evening Gospels: Mark 16:2-8; Luke 24:1-12
  • Tuesday, April 14: Acts 2:42-3:21; Luke 24:13-35  Evening Gospels: Luke 24:1-12; Luke 24:13-35
  • Wednesday, April 15: Acts 3:22-4:12; James 1:1-12; Luke 24:36-40  Evening Gospels: Luke 24:13-35; Luke 24:36-40
  • Thursday, April 16: Acts 4:13-31; James 1:13-27; Matthew 5:1-12  Evening Gospels: Luke 24:36-40; Matthew 5:1-12
  • Friday, April 17: Acts 4:32-5:11; James 2:1-13; John 21:1-14  Evening Gospels: Matthew 5:1-12; John 21:1-14  
  • Saturday, April 18: Beheading of St. John the Baptist  Proverbs 8:4-11; Isaiah 40:3-8; Malachi 4:4-6; Acts 13:26-33;   Mark 6:14-29 Acts 5:12-33; James 2:14-26;   Evening Gospels: John 21:1-14; John 21:15-25
SUNDAY BIBLE READINGS
Bible Readings for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
Սուրբ Զատիկ - Holy Easter
Acts of the Apostles 1:15-26
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus—for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it’; and ‘Let another take his position of overseer.’ So one of the men who had accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

ԱՌԱՔԵԱԼՆԵՐՈՒ ԳՈՐԾԵՐԸ 1:15-26
Համբարձումէն քանի մը օրեր ետք, երբ շուրջ հարիւր քսան հաւատացեալներ մէկտեղուած էին, Պետրոս ոտքի ելլելով ըսաւ.
Եղբայրնե՛ր, պէտք էր կատարուէր Սուրբ գիրքին մէջ գրուածը, այն՝ ինչ որ նախօրօք Սուրբ Հոգին ըսած էր Դաւիթի բերնով՝ Յուդայի մասին, որ Յիսուսը ձերբակալողներուն առաջնորդը եղաւ: Յուդա մեր խումբէն էր, մեզի պէս առաքելական ծառայութեան համար ընտրուած: Բայց իր անիրաւ մատնութենէն ետք, որուն վարձքով ագարակ մը գնեց, երեսն ի վայր ինկաւ այնտեղ եւ փորը ճեղքուելով՝ փորոտիքը դուրս թափեցաւ: Բոլոր Երուսաղէմացիները այս մասին իմացան, եւ այս պատճառով ալ այդ ագարակը իրենց բարբառով Ակեղդամա, այսինքն՝ Արեան ագարակ կը կոչեն: Արդ, Սաղմոսներու գիրքին մէջ գրուած է. «Թող անոր տունը աւերակ մնայ, եւ հոն մարդ չբնակի». իսկ ուրիշ տեղ մը կ’ըսէ. «Իր պաշտօնը ուրիշ մէկը թող առնէ»: Այստեղ կան մարդիկ, որոնք միշտ մեր հետը եղած են Տէր Յիսուսի երկրաւոր առաքելութեան ամբողջ տեւողութեան, Յովհաննէսի ձեռքով անոր մկրտութենէն մինչեւ երկինք համբարձման օրը: Ասոնցմէ մէկը պէտք է որ տասնըմէկիս միանայ՝ Քրիստոսի յարութեան վկայ ըլլալու համար:
Այն ատեն հաւատացեալները երկու հոգի ներկայացուցին. Բարսաբա կոչուած Յովսէփը, որ Արդար մականուանուեցաւ, եւ Մատաթիան: Ապա հետեւեալ աղօթքը ըրին.
Դուն, Տէ՛ր, որ կը ճանչնաս բոլոր մարդոց սիրտերը, ցոյց տուր մեզի՝ թէ այս երկուքէն ո՛ր մէկը կ’ընտրես առաքելական այս պաշտօնին համար, որմէ Յուդա ինկաւ՝ իրեն սահմանուած տեղը երթալու համար:
Ապա երկու անուններուն վրայ վիճակ ձգեցին: Վիճակը Մատաթիային ելաւ, եւ անիկա տասնըմէկ առաքեալներուն կարգին դասուեցաւ:

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK (16.1-8)
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?" 
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' " 
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

ՅԻՍՈՒՍ ՔՐԻՍՏՈՍԻ ԱՒԵՏԱՐԱՆԸ ԸՍՏ ՄԱՐԿՈՍԻ (16:1-8)
Շաբաթ օրը երբ անցաւ, Մարիամ Մագդաղենացին, Մարիամ՝ Յակոբի մայրը եւ Սողոմէն գացին խունկեր գնեցին եւ պատրաստեցին, որպէսզի երթան եւ օծեն Յիսուսի մարմինը: Կիրակի առաւօտ կանուխ, արեւածագին, գերեզման եկան: «Ո՞վ պիտի գլորէ գերեզմանի մուտքին դրուած քարը», կը հարցնէին իրարու, որովհետեւ քարը շատ մեծ էր: Սակայն երբ նայեցան, տեսան որ քարը արդէն իսկ գլորուած էր: Գերեզմանէն ներս մտան եւ ճերմակ զգեստ հագած երիտասարդ մը տեսան, որ աջ կողմը նստած էր: Սարսափեցան: Երիտասարդը ըսաւ անոնց. «Մի՛ վախնաք, գիտեմ որ խաչուած Նազովրեցի Յիսուսը կը փնտռէք, բայց հոս չէ, յարութիւն առաւ: Տեսէ՛ք զինք հոս դրած էին: Այժմ գացէք, ըսէք իր աշակերտներուն եւ Պետրոսի, որ ահա Յիսուս ձեզմէ առաջ կ՚երթայ Գալիլիա. հոն պիտի տեսնէք զինք, ինչպէս որ ըսած էր ձեզի»:
Երբ ասիկա լսեցին, դուրս փախան գերեզմանէն, զարհուրած եւ ապշահար, ու ոչ մէկուն բան մը ըսին, որովհետեւ կը վախնային:
NEWS
On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Daily Reflection by the Eastern Prelacy featured:
Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian
Pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, Dearborn, MI

Խորհրդածութիւնը կը ներկայացնէ
Ս. Սարգիս եկեղեցւոյ (Տիրպորն, Միշիկըն) հոգեւոր հովիւ՝
Արժ. Տ. Հրանդ քհն. Գէորգեան
EVENTS AT ST. SARKIS CHURCH
ALL CHURCH SOCIAL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Special Prayers

Father Hrant, the Board of Trustees, and all the auxiliary bodies of St. Sarkis Church request special prayers for the good health and safety of all our parishioners. May these trying days pass in peace and may we reunite again in our churches and celebrate mass together.

Helen Knar and Michael Cirrito and George Arakelian request special prayers for the good health and quick recovery of their daughter and granddaughter, Andrea Ani Cirrito. Andrea is a physician’s assistant at Beaumont Hospital in Troy. She was diagnosed with Covid-19 last week and is recovering at home.

Special prayers are requested for the good health and quick recovery of Raffi Tcholakian, who is hospitalized with the Covid-19 virus.

Alice Kurtjian requests special prayers for the good health of her family, Audrey and Claude Ohanesian and family and Ralph and Roxanne Kurtjian and family. Special payers are requested for the good health and quick recovery of Violet Der Manuelian.
DEAR ST. SARKIS CHURCH FAMILY,

Once again we have come upon Holy Easter. As such, we are all invited to participate in the Yughakin Offering. Yughakin means “price of the oil.” Many centuries ago, individuals made donations, in order to buy the oil necessary to maintain the lanterns in the local Armenian Churches.

As we all know, the keeper of the Armenian Apostolic Church has always been the people themselves. Whether the support is moral or financial, it is because of our people that the Armenian Church brings its important contribution to the lives of all of its children. Without our people’s active participation in the life of the Church, we would have no church. So here we are, afforded another opportunity to show our generosity for the purpose of fostering the development of St. Sarkis Church.

PASTOR & BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Special Thanks

Our sincerest gratitude to Steve Evarian for lovingly providing the St. Sarkis community with the palm crosses again this year. Thank you.

The Washing of the Feet Ceremony and the Butter was sponsored by
Lori Pilibosian. Thank you.

The flowers adorning the tomb of Christ this Easter Sunday are donated by Hovannes and Sona Malkadjian. Thank you.

On this Holy Easter Sunday the altar candles are sponsored by Seta, Charles, and Jack Ferhadson in loving memory of Aram Ferhadson. Thank you.
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COMMUNITY EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
ALL COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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