APRIL 2018
Holy Week and Easter Sunday

This year Holy Week was fully celebrated at St. Mary through many moving and special services, which commemorated the dramatic events leading to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

On March 29, Great and Holy Thursday, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the evening, then the "Washing of the Feet" ceremony was held, which re-enacts Christ's humble service to his 12 disciples during the Last Supper. Der Hovsep celebrated "Gark Vodnlvai" with the children at the altar St. Mary Church. It was followed by a brief reception hosted by Jermen Hallajian in memory of her Parents, and the moving service of the Betrayal and Passion of our Lord (Khavaroom).

The Order of the Crucifixion of Christ and the Order of the Entombment of the Lord were held on Great and Holy Friday, March 30. Thank you to Asanet Hatchikoghlu for decorating Christ's tomb. 

On Easter Eve, Saturday, March 31, the Badarak was preceded by Vespers and the Scriptural readings. Der Hovsep celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the beautiful lilies donated by our many generous parishioners who decorated the sanctuary, followed by the traditional Home Blessing in the Church Hall, and a hospitality table hosted by the Parish Council. 

Easter Sunday, the Feast of Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ was on April 1, began with a Morning Service and Badarak by His Eminence Abp. Vicken Aykazian as Celebrant, and attended by hundreds of people. The blessing of the four corners of the world, Antasdan service took place at the conclusion of the Badarak. It was followed by lunch and egg-cracking games in the Church Hall with a beautiful reception table hosted by the St. Mary Church Ararat Avak Society

We thank everyone who contributed to the Easter Lilies and Yughakin Donations. To see the list of names  click here.
U.S. Medical Professionals Honored at The Armenian Embassy

On April 7, a prestigious event took place at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the U.S., in  cooperation with the Armenian American Cultural Association, Inc. (AACA), the U.S. Sponsor of its humanitarian project in Armenia - the Armenian American Wellness Center (AAWC). The event was organized to honor the  AACA-AAWC U.S. Medical Advisory Board Members, who had traveled to Armenia to train the medical staff of  the AAWC on-site in Armenia and in their respective medical institutions in the U.S., during 80 medical exchanges organized by AACA.
Seven of the eleven awardees traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive their Certificates of Appreciation and  Medals from the Republic of Armenia's Minister of Diaspora Affairs, handed out by Armenian Ambassador Grigor  Hovannissian. The evening also included honoring Sona Van, Armenian-American poet and essayist, with Homer  - the European Medal of Poetry and Art for her latest book "Libretto for the Desert," which was translated into 14  languages. 
The event was initiated and sponsored by Mrs. Rita Balian, President of AACA and Founder of AAWC, who has  dedicated her life, talents, and resources serving our Homeland and its people with compassion and love, since the 1988 earthquake in Armenia.  
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan gave closing remarks speaking about the Wellness Center and congratulated Mrs. Rita  Balian for her work and dedication. 
Shnorhali School Students Win Jeopardy First Place Award

Our Shnorhali School students won the First Place Award in an interactive tournament of Jeopardy competition  that tested their knowledge of Armenian history and culture.

The contest, played on Sunday, April 15 at St. Thomas Church in Tenafly, NJ, was created and organized by the  Armenian Studies Department of the Eastern Diocese.

Three participating schools - the Kirikian Armenian School of St. Thomas Church, Shnorhali School of St. Mary  Church in Washington DC, and the Holy Trinity Church Armenian School of Cheltenham, PA - participated in  the Jeopardy competition, giving answers to questions (or rather. providing questions to answers) about ancient  and contemporary Armenian history, music, art, theater, and religion, among other brain-teasing categories.

Shnorhali School participated with five students from the 6th grade class, who were coached by school teacher  Svetlana Hovhannisyan.

All of the teams were well prepared and in high spirits during the game. "This event was a wonderful experience  for our children," said one parent.

Armenian Genocide 103rd Anniversary on Capitol Hill in
Washington, D.C.

Members of Congress joined the Armenian leaders, community and clergy on Wednesday, April 18 at a Capitol  Hill observance hosted by the Congressional Armenian Caucus, making bipartisan calls upon the President and Congressional leaders to reject Turkey's gag-rule against honest American remembrance of the Armenian  Genocide.
Holy Martyrs Day Commemoration

A solemn commemoration of April 24 took place at St. Mary Church. The day began with the Holy Badarak, then a special  service commemorating the Holy Martyrs who gave their lives during the Armenian Genocide for their faith and for their homeland followed in front of the Khatchkar on the church plaza. 

Following the service, Shnorhali School students and dance group performed in the church hall reciting poems, singing songs and performing traditional Armenian dances, thus commemorating the legacy that our Holy Martyrs of the Armenian  Genocide left to us. Special appreciation to Shnorhali School teachers Anushik Mazmanyan- Scott, Julia Melikyan, and Marta  Kotanjyan and dance instructor Nunik Nishanian for their heard work and dedication to our children and school. 

The day's Luncheon and Madagh was hosed by St. Mary Parish Council, Women's Guild and Ararat Avak Society.  
Hokehankists - Requiem Services

April 8, 2018
For the Souls of: Ter Vertanes Kalayjian, Ernest and Valerik Dolunts, Laura and Saro Shahbazyan, Ashkhen Karapetyan and Siranush Gevorgyan
Requested by: Zaven and Edita Kalayjian

April 15, 2018
For the Soul of: Margaret Krikorian
Requested by: Daughters Jacqueline Hutchinson, Karen Loosararian, Sonya Kalian, 
Christine Pollard and Son Krikor Krikorian

For the Soul of: Mardiros Shafakian
Requested by: Mari Shafakian and Family

April 29, 2018
For the Soul of: Horen Panosyan
Requested by: Arpine Panosyan (Wife) Ani and Ayda Panosyan (Daughters)
Aris and Alis (Daughter) Cubuk Garbis and Nadya (Daughter) Chubukian Seerun, Armen, Taleen and Anais (Grandchildren)

For the Soul of: Garabed Kurtjian (6 years)
Requested by : Firansuyi Kurtjian (Wife) 

For the Soul of: Atef Azzam (40th Day)
Requested by: Wife Susan and Sister Badia, Brother Dr. and Mrs. Nabil and Rita Azzam and their Children, Rina, Lara, Amin, George and their Families, as well as several Nieces and Nephews and the Guiragossian Families

For the Soul of: Linda Kumkumian
Requested by : Her Mother and Father Charles and Arousiag Kumkumian, Linda's Sister Roxanne Schweizter, and Linda's Brothers Simon and Greg Kumkumian

For the Soul of: Angela Bardizbanian (4th Anniversary)
Requested by:  Son and Daughter-in-Law and Grandchildren Raffie, Maureen, Arthur and Raffie Jr. Bardizbanian

For the Soul of: Vassilica Effeian Kalikian
Requested by: Children: Hagop and Armine Kalikian, Varoujan and Aida Kalikian, Grandchildren: Aram and Narek, Arpi and Arman; and Niece: Araxi Vann 

For the Soul of: Armen Garabedian
Requested by: Levon Garbedian

May God rest Their souls in peace and may His loving favor be with the loved ones.  
Baptism and Confirmation

April 7, 2018
Elliana Saleigh Torossian
Daughter of Charle and Katlyn Darling Torossian
Godparents: Raffi and Tarik Tsehay Torossian

April 14, 2018
Izabella Margaux Sharabarka
Daughter of Aram Mattew and Alexis Sharabarka
Godparents: Chad Arroyo and Lorene Voskinarian

Aoron Mattew Sharabarka
Son of Michael and Mary Sharabarka
Godparents: Martus and Margo Arroyo

May God bless our newly baptized with His love and may His protection and guidance always be with them.

April 13, 2018
Edward Jamgochian
He is survived by his son Michael and wife, Jill; daughter, Carol; and daughter, Linda and husband, Jim; as well as seven grandchildren. 

April 17, 2018
Stepan Aslanian
Beloved Husband of Eugenia Aslanian; Father of Edward and Natalia; Grandfather of Stephan, Angela and Elizabeth, Jenia and Stephanie; and Great grandfather of Eric. 

April 19, 2018
Vassilica Effeian Kalikian
She is survived by her son Hagop (Jack), his wife Armine, and their sons, Aram and Narek (Nevada), by her younger son, Varoujan (Roger), his wife Aida, and children Arpi and Arman (Maryland), her sister in law Louisa Kazandjian, and by her nieces Noel and Silvia in Paris, France. Her niece Zarmine Benzer of NJ, Haigouhi Berkjian of Salem, Mass, and Araxi Vann of Fairfax, VA.

May the Lord rest Their souls in peace and grant comfort to the family members and friends.
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church  
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
4125 Fessenden Street N.W, Washington, DC 20016 
202-363-1923 /