E-Newsletter - July 3, 2020
Our Church doors are officially open!
You may join us for worship LIVE-STREAMED on Facebook, for a limited time.

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Sunday Morning Service: 9:15 am
Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am
Wednesday Vespers Service: 6:30 pm
Fr. Hrant Kevorkian, Pastor
Guidelines for Reopening St. Sarkis Church

It is with great joy, tempered with diligent precautions, that we announce the planned reopening of our church doors to the faithful on Sunday, June 14, 2020. This will be a gradual process as we observe all the guidance that has been provided by ...

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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. The candle symbolizes that prayer.  🕯
On Sundays, and Wednesdays, Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian will lite a candle for every request received. If you would like to submit a request, you can contact Fr. Hrant, call the Church office at (313)336-6200, send us a message on social media , reply to this email, or click the button below.
Let's Read the Bible! Readings of the week.
  • Monday, July 6: Proverbs 1:1-9; Isaiah 41:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-7; Mark 13:9-13
  • Tuesday, July 7: Prophet Zechariah    Zechariah 3:7-4:9; 1 Corinthians 12:28-13:3; Matthew 23:34-39
  • Wednesday, July 8: Romans 10:5-17; Matthew 13:31-42
  • Thursday, July 9: Prophet Elisha  2 Kings 13:14-21; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Luke 4:25-30
  • Friday, July 10: Romans 11:1-12; Matthew 14:43-52
  • Saturday, July 11: The 12 Holy Apostles of Christ and St. Paul the 13th Apostle  Wisdom 9:9-10:2; Exodus 15:23-27; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-16; Matthew 9:36-10:7
SUNDAY BIBLE READINGS
Bible Readings for Sunday, July 5, 2020
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

A READING FROM THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE ROMANS (9.30-10.4)
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."As it is written:  
"See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble  
and a rock that makes them fall,  
and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." 
Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

  
ՊՕՂՈՍ ԱՌԱՔԵԱԼԻ ՆԱՄԱԿԸ ՀՌՈՄԱՅԵՑԻՆԵՐՈՒՆ (9.30-10.4) 
Հեթանոսները, որոնք Աստուծոյ արդարութեան չէին հետեւեր՝ արդարացան, որովհետեւ Քրիստոսի հաւատացին. մինչդեռ Իսրայէլի ժողովուրդը չարդարացաւ Մովսէսի Օրէնքին միջոցաւ, որ տրուած էր մարդիկը արդարացնելու համար: Ինչո՞ւ: Որովհետեւ չհաւատաց Քրիստոսի, եւ կը կարծէր թէ Օրէնքին գործադրութեամբը պիտի արդարանայ: Ատիկա իսկ պատճառ եղաւ որ գլորին «գայթակղութեան առիթ հանդիսացող քար»ին վրայ, այսինքն Քրիստոսի, որուն համար մարգարէութեան մէջ գրուած է. «Ահա ես Սիոնի մէջ կը դնեմ քար մը որ գլորումի առիթ պիտի ըլլայ, ժայռ մը՝ որ գայթակղութեան առիթ պիտի հանդիսանայ: Բայց անոր հաւատացողը յուսախաբ պիտի չըլլայ»: 
Եղբայրներ, սրտանց կը մաղթեմ եւ կ՚աղօթեմ որ Աստուած փրկէ իսրայէլացիները, որովհետեւ կրնամ իրենց մասին վկայել թէ Աստուծոյ հանդէպ նախանձախնդիր են. միայն թէ այդ նախանձախնդրութիւնը հիմնուած չէ՛ Աստուծոյ ճշմարիտ ծանօթութեան վրայ: Անոնք չհասկցան, թէ Աստուած ի՞նչ ձեւով կ՚ուզէր արդարացնել մարդիկը. արդարանալու իրենց հասկցած ձեւին կառչեցան եւ ուստի չընդունեցին Աստուծոյ արդարութեան ուղին: Մինչդեռ Քրիստոսով Օրէնքը իր աւարտին հասած է եւ միայն Քրիստոսի հաւատացողը կ՚արդարանայ:
  
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW (13.24-30)
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.  
"The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'  
" 'An enemy did this,' he replied.  
"The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'  
" 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' "

ՅԻՍՈՒՍ ՔՐԻՍՏՈՍԻ ԱՒԵՏԱՐԱՆԸ ԸՍՏ ՄԱՏԹԷՈՍԻ (13.24-30) 
Յիսուս ուրիշ առակ մըն ալ խօսեցաւ անոնց եւ ըսաւ. «Մարդ մը լաւ սերմեր ցանեց իր արտին մէջ: Գիշեր մը, երբ ամէն մարդ քնացած էր, անոր թշնամին եկաւ, որոմ ցանեց ցորենին մէջ եւ գնաց: Երբ սերմերը աճեցան եւ սկսան հասկ կազմել, այն ատեն որոմն ալ երեւցաւ:  
Տանտիրոջ ծառաները եկան եւ ըսին անոր. "Տէ՛ր, դուն միայն լաւ սերմեր չցանեցի՞ր արտիդ մէջ. ուրկէ՞ հապա որոմը":  
Ան պատասխանեց. "Ասիկա թշնամիի գործ է":  
Ծառաները ըսին. "Կ՚ուզե՞ս որ երթանք եւ որոմը քաղենք":  
"Ո՛չ,- պատասխանեց տէրը,- որովհետեւ որոմը քաղած ատեն կրնայ ըլլալ որ երկուքն ալ միասին արմատախիլ ընէք: Ձգեցէք որ երկուքն ալ միասին աճին մինչեւ հունձքի ժամանակ, երբ հնձուորներուն կ՚ըսեմ որ նախ որոմը քաղեն, խուրձեր կազմեն այրելու համար, եւ ապա քաղեն ցորենը եւ ամբարեն շտեմարաններուս մէջ"»: 
Ահաւասիկ ճիշդ ասոր կը նմանի երկինքի արքայութիւնը:
LITURGICAL CALENDAR
SAHAG AND MESROB: THE HOLY TRANSLATORS
The Armenian Church and the Armenian language have helped Armenians defeat existential threats. The Armenian language as a factor in national survival is second only to the conversion of the Armenians to Christianity and the establishment of a national church. Thus, language has played a dual role for the Armenians: first, as a medium of communication; second and more important, as a cohesive force for national survival.

The invention of the Armenian alphabet in A.D. 406 by St. Mesrob produced a linguistic tool as remarkable as the language for which it was devised. The Armenian alphabet was invented and used for the Armenian language alone. It was designed to be a perfect phonetic representation of the spoken language.

It is even more amazing that a large and noteworthy body of literature grew immediately, using an alphabet that was a completely new invention and not an evolution of an earlier alphabet. If the Armenian alphabet had not been a perfect instrument for writing Armenian, it would have been impossible to use it to translate the Bible and the many other works that marked the early Golden Era of Armenian literature in the fifth century.

On July 2, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of Saints Sahag Bartev and Mesrob Mashdotz, the Holy Translators. The feasts dedicated to the Holy Translators are among the most beloved commemorations for Armenians. Sahag and Mesrob are honored two times during the liturgical year: as the leaders of the cultural movement, on the Thursday following the fourth Sunday after Pentecost, which is today, and on the second Saturday in October along all the translators. The visionary leadership of these two men who recognized the necessity of an Armenian alphabet changed the course of Armenian history. The two saints, Sahag and Mesrob, are forever linked in the minds and hearts of the Armenian people.
FEAST OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE BOX OF THEOTOKOS
We can only imagine the joy of finding possessions of the Holy Mother. This Sunday, July 5, is the feast of the Discovery of the Belt of the Theotokos. Because there are no relics of the Holy Mother’s earthly body (she was assumed into Heaven), her personal belongings became the object of devotion and veneration. During the time of the early Church, when Christians were persecuted, her possessions were kept hidden and secret. Her belt was the first item to be discovered in Jerusalem in the fifth century. This discovery is the basis for one of the eight feast days in the Armenian liturgical calendar devoted to the Holy Mother.
KING DRTAD, QUEEN ASHKHEN, PRINCESS KHOSROVITOUKHT
This Saturday (July 4) the Armenian Church remembers King Drtad, Queen Ashkhen, and Princess Khosrovitoukht. After torturing and condemning St. Gregory to the pit, and after his cruel and fatal treatment of the Hripsimiantz nuns, King Drtad became inflicted with strange debilitating maladies. Queen Ashkhen and the king’s sister, Khosrovitoukht (who had secretly become a Christian) convinced the king that only Gregory could cure him. Thus, Gregory was released from the deep pit. With the king’s subsequent recovery, all three helped Gregory spread Christianity throughout Armenia. In their later years the queen and princess lived in the fortress of Garni and the king retired to St. Gregory’s retreat on Mt. Sepouh.
Also commemorated this week:
Monday, July 6: Kallistratos, and the 49 Martyrs and Lucian the Priest
Tuesday, July 7: St. Zechariah the Prophet
NEWS AT ST. SARKIS CHURCH
THE HOLY SEE MARKS THE 25 ANNIVERSARY
OF H.H. ARAM I’S ENTHRONEMENT
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the election of His Holiness Aram I as Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia, a Pontifical Prayer was offered during the Divine Liturgy yesterday to celebrate. May God grant Vehapar good health and continued work for our church.

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EVENTS AT ST. SARKIS CHURCH
REQUIEM SERVICE - ՀՈԳԵՀԱՆԳԻՍՏ
In memory of: Hovannes Pentezian (40 days)
Requested by: Sarkis and Houri Tcholakian and family. Arsen and Shoghig Terjimanian and family.

In memory of: Mary Antonian (40 days)
Requested by: John Arpajian. Lisa Arpajian.

In memory of: Ernest Asadourian (40 days)
Requested by: Violet Gavoor. John and Pearl Sarkissian.

In memory of: Richard Lord (2 years)
Requested by: Margaret Lord. Megan Lord. Christopher, Sara, and Olivia Lord.
In memory of: Hagop Achekian (3 years)
Requested by: Levon and Katia Ashekian and family.

In memory of: John Warushan Kchikian (14 years)
Requested by: Sima Kchikian and family.

In memory of: Satenig Bozoian, Mary Haroutunian, Vartkes Haroutunian, Berj Gerjekian, Ardash Bozoian, Siroun Depigian, Soghomon Depigian, All deceased members of the Sirounian and Haroutunian families and friends.
Requested by: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gerjekian.

In memory of: Margaret Gasparian Tehlirian (47 years)
Requested by: Lorig Tehlirian. Maro Tehlirian and family.

In memory of: Alice Sabbagh
Requested by: Pauline Moore.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
As we the Prelacy has redoubled its efforts in this trying days of the Covid-19 emergency, so have grown its needs. More than ever in our living memory, we need your support. Please give as generously as you can, “remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

Please help us keep alive the huge achievements we have attained with our joint efforts. We will emerge stronger with the hand you lend us.
ARMENIAN PRELACY ANNUAL RAFFLE DRAWING UPDATE!
For many decades, the Prelacy has sponsored an annual raffle drawing that benefits its educational and religious programs. The drawing usually takes place in May at the conclusion of the National Representative Assembly. This year, the coronavirus pandemic hit when the raffle was underway, and the National Representative Assembly, to be originally hosted by St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Philadelphia, Pa., had to be postponed. The new drawing date has been set for September 12, 2020. The top prize is $5,000; second prize is $2,000; and third, fourth, and fifth prizes are $1,000. However, we always like to point out that in this raffle there are no losers, because all of the money raised benefits our Prelacy programs. 
 
Please consider purchasing one or more tickets ($100 each). For information, please contact our office ( office@saintsarkis.org  or 313-336-6200).
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.
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All parish news, photographs, and calendar items should be emailed to office@saintsarkis.org. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS THURSDAYS AT 1:00PM. Send us your pictures from Sunday School, Special Services and other Church Events. If your event has an external link (ex. facebook event, eventbrite, etc) send that to us so that we can incorporate it with your flyer.

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