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St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church 
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 
Tel. 202-363-1923
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019
Morning Service 
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak 
10:30 AM

Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan
Mrs. Sara Arabian
Mr. Garbis Chubukian
Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Bagrat Bayburtian
Dr. Ara Avedisian
Mr. Mark Krikorian

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading 
Acts 9.23-31. 1, Peter 2.1-10, John 2.23-3.12


For the Soul of:
Vassilica Kalikina (1st anniversary)

Requested by:
Varoujan & Aida Kalikian

For the Soul of:
Andriy Simonyan

Requested by:
John & David Simonyan (Sons)

To request a Hokehankist/Requiem Service
Please contact the Church Office
by 12:00 Noon on Thursday
202-363-1923 or 
We thank everyone who made
Easter Lilies and Yughakin Donations
Click here to see the list of names
Part-Time Church Maintenance Supervisor Opportunity 

St. Mary Church is looking for a part-time church building maintenance supervisor.

If interested and would like to know more details, please contact the church office by email or 
call 202-363-1923.
St. Mary Armenian Church
WED Educational
Fund Scholarship 

Application for WED Educational Fund Scholarship is now available at St. Mary website  The application deadline for the 2019-20 academic year is 
May 31, 2019.

Click here to access the scholarship application. If you have questions, contact St. Mary Church office at
Armenian Dance Classes

April 20 -May 5
Clothing Drive for Armenian Villages and Orphanages

May 3 and 4
Annual Flowers Festival Armenian Bake Sale 

May 5
Cadence Ensemble's concert

May 5
Trauma and Resilience: Armenians in Turkey
by Raffi Bedrosyan  
See details here

May 5
Armenian Spring Benefit Concert With Joelle 

May 18
Welcome Bishop Daniel Back to America 

May 17, 18, 19
St. Mary 9th Annual 
Armenian Spring Food Festival

May 25
Ararat Avak Society Spring Brunch 

May 31

May 5                         
Cadence Ensemble's concert

May 5
 Trauma and Resilience: Armenians in Turkey by Raffi Bedrosyan

May 17-19
Spring Food Festival
May 25
Ararat Avak Society Brunch
May 30 
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ 

May 31
June 2 and 9  
Shnorhali School Hantess  

Portrait of a FAR Scholarship Student: Silva Karapetyan

Silva Karapetyan, 24, earned her bachelor's degree in design from the Armenian National University of Architecture and Construction in 2018. Her studies were made possible through FAR's Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program. "Jerair Nishanian is a unique person in my heart and in my memory. I won't ever forget him," said Silva. "My university life began thanks to Jerair Nishanian's generous support." In 2017, Silva landed her first job as interior architect and designer at Unicus NTS. A few months later, Silva, who was searching for a higher salary, decided to also plunge herself into graphic design and marketing. Since March 2018, she has been working as a constructor-designer at GAT cutting, which is specialized in internal graphic design, construction and installation, large format printing, laser and fraser cuts, and 3D engraving.  To learn more, go to:    LINK

To  support this project, go to  LINK

Sunday Of The World Church (Green Sunday)

The second Sunday following the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Sunday of the World Church. It commemorates the first Church of Jerusalem, established by Christ. On the first day of the Jewish festival of Passover, Jesus instructs two of the Apostles, Peter and John, to go into Jerusalem and meet a man, who would direct them to a house where Christ and His Apostles could celebrate the Passover Feast. Peter and John are led to the "Upper Room" of a house, where they make the necessary prepa-rations for the meal.

Later that evening, Christ and the Twelve Apostles sit together to eat supper. Christ speaks to them and says, "I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, "Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come." And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you: this do in re-membrance of me." Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you." (Lk 22:15-20)

This "Last Supper" was the event where Jesus Christ established the Sacrament of Holy Communion, which we celebrate every Sunday during the Divine Liturgy in Armenian Churches throughout the world. The Upper Room in Jerusalem is consid-ered to be the first Church, as founded by Christ.

The Sunday of the World Church is also called "Green" Sunday, which according to Archbishop Malachia Ormanian, is the popular name of the feast and is linked with the awakening of nature in the springtime.
Lecture and Book Presentation by Dr. Taner Akcam

An enlightening lecture and presentation took place at St. Mary Church on April 26 by Dr. Taner Akcam on his recently published book "Killing Orders, Talat Pasha's Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide." 

Dr. Akcam, who holds the Kaloosdian and Mugar Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University, is a historian and sociologist, and is one of the first Turkish intellectuals, to acknowledge and openly discuss the Armenian Genocide. In his presentation, Dr. Akcam spoke about his newly published book which include variety archival evidence previously dismissed as being 'fake' in order to refute the on-going denial of the Armenian Genocide. With his meticulous research he argues that the sanctioning of the genocide can finally be proven through official documents. 

Over 200  parishioners  and friends enjoyed this informative presentation sponsored by Jerair Nishanian Foundation. 

Click here to see more photos.
Holy Martyrs Day Commemoration

A solemn commemoration of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide took place at St. Mary on April 28. 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, the Shnorhali School dance group presented a musical program which included the recitation of poems, singing songs and performance of traditional Armenian dances, thus commemorating the legacy that our Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide left to us. Special appreciation to the dance instructor Nunik Nishanian for her hard work and dedication to our children and school.

The day's Madagh was hosted by St. Mary Parish Council. A special prayer was also offered for the soul of His Beatitude Archbishop Mesrob II Mutafyan, 84th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, on the occasion of 40 day of his passing. 

Click here to see more photos.

Welcome Our New Bishop on May 18

On Saturday, May 18, a special Divine Liturgy at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, will mark the return of our Primate to the U.S., following his ordination as a bishop of the Armenian Church.

The newly-ordained Bishop Daniel Findikyan will celebrate his first episcopal Divine Liturgy among the faithful of the Eastern Diocese, beginning at 10 a.m. It will be followed by a reception in the Diocesan Center's Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium. Click here to view a flyer.

That evening, St. Nersess Seminary will hold a special tribute event to benefit the seminary and its ongoing mission. The banquet titled "Hope and Gratitude" honors the former and current presidents of the seminary board of directors-Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Bishop-elect Daniel Findikyan. Click to the St. Nersess Seminary website for details.

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23Եւ երբ Յիսուս զատկի տօնին Երուսաղէմում էր գտնւում, շատեր հա¬ւատացին նրան, քանի որ տեսնում էին այն նշանները, որ կատա¬րում էր։ 24Բայց Յիսուս անձամբ վստահութիւն չունէր նրանց նկատ¬մամբ, որովհետեւ ինքն ամենքին ճանաչում էր 25եւ կարիք չկար, որ ո¬րեւէ մէկը վկայէր մարդու մասին, քանի որ ինքն արդէն գիտէր, թէ ինչ կար մարդու հոգու մէջ։ Եւ փարիսեցիների մէջ Նիկոդեմոս անունով մի մարդ կար, որ հրեաների իշխանաւոր էր։ 2Սա գիշերով եկաւ նրա մօտ ու նրան ասաց. «Ռաբբի՛, գիտենք, որ Աստծուց ես եկել որպէս վար¬դապետ, որովհետեւ ոչ ոք չի կարող կատարել այն նշանները, որ դու ես անում, եթէ Աստուած նրա հետ չլինի»։ 3Յիսուս պատասխա¬նեց եւ ասաց նրան. «Ճշմարիտ, ճշմարիտ եմ ասում քեզ, եթէ մէկը վե¬րըստին չծնուի, չի կարող Աստծու արքայութիւնը տեսնել»։ 4Նիկոդե¬մո¬սը նրան ասաց. «Ինչպէ՞ս կարող է ծնուել մի մարդ, որ ծեր է. միթէ կարելի՞ է իր մօր որովայնը կրկին անգամ մտնել ու ծնուել»։ 5Յիսուս պատասխան տուեց եւ ասաց. «Ճշմարիտ, ճշմարիտ եմ ասում քեզ, ե¬թէ մէկը ջրից ու Հոգուց չծնուի, չի կարող Աստծու արքայութիւնը մտնել. 6որովհետեւ մարմնից ծնուածը մարմին է, իսկ Հոգուց ծնուա¬ծը՝ հոգի։ 7Դու մի՛ զարմացիր, որ քեզ ասացի՝ պէտք է ձեզ վերստին ծնուել. 8որովհետեւ քամին ուր ուզում է՝ փչում է, եւ նրա ձայնը լսում ես, բայց չգիտես որտեղից է գալիս կամ ուր է գնում. այսպէս է եւ ա¬մէն ոք, որ Հոգուց է ծնուած»։ 9Նիկոդեմոսը հարցրեց նրան. «Այդ ինչ¬պէ՞ս կարող է լինել»։ 10Յիսուս պատասխանեց եւ ասաց նրան. «Դո՛ւ ես Իսրայէլի վարդապետ եւ այդ չգիտե՞ս։ 11Ճշմարիտ, ճշմարիտ եմ ա-սում քեզ, խօսում ենք, ինչ որ գիտենք, եւ վկայում ենք, ինչ որ տեսել ենք, եւ մեր վկայութիւնը չէք ընդունում։ 12Իսկ արդ, եթէ երկրաւոր բա¬¬ներ ասացի ձեզ, եւ չէք հաւատում, ապա ինչպէ՞ս պիտի հաւա¬տաք, եթէ երկնաւոր բաներ ասեմ։ 
(Յովհ. 2:23-3:12)

Now he was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs which he did; but Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew all men and needed no one to bear witness of man; for he himself knew what was in man. Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him." Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.' The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus said to him, "How can this be?" Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?"
(John 2:23-3:12)

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Some of the items are Armenian crosses, jewelry, paintings, religious tiles and tapestry icons, children  and adult books, T-shirts, hats, bags, Armenian CDs, Armenian artwork, and much more. 
The Gift Shop is open every week after Sunday  Church services and by appointment.
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church 
Serves the Greater Washington, DC and Baltimore communities. Our mission is to proclaim and grow together 
in our Apostolic Faith in Christ Jesus and to sustain our Christian Armenian identity. We celebrate our long and enduring legacy, 
the beautiful  traditions of our religious and national heritage, with Christian servitude, and with love and reverence towards our Church. 
We invite you and welcome you to be a part of our church, worship with us, and experience the true love of Christ as we grow together as a community.

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