JULY 13                                                                                                                                                                                                                  27/2018   
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church 
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 
Tel. 202-363-1923
www.stmaryaac.org
SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018
Sunrise Service
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak
10:30 AM 

Celebrant
Fr. Simon Odabashian
 
Ushers  
Mrs. Anna Seferian and Mrs. Nora Shafakian

Parish Council Members on Duty
Ms. Sarine Zenian,
Mr. Mark Krikorian and 
Mr. Garbis Chubukian

Choir
Mr. Garegin Vardanyan

Organist
Mrs. Karine Muradyan
 
Bible Reading
Isaiah 3:16-4:1. 1; Corinthians 1:25-30; 
Matt. 18:10-14
HOKEHANKIST 
REQUIEM SERVICE
For the Soul of: 
Mesrob Yeghiasarian (Sarian) 
(1 year anniversary )

Requested by:
Anna Yeghiasarian, Esq.; Dr. Lara Yeghiasarian; Rosalin (Andrew) Panek; Grandfather of Diana and Isabel Panek (Illinois); Brother of Rubina Faulkner; Peproneh Yeghiasarian; Levon (Hermineh) Yeghiasarian (California); Arick (Nina) Yeghiasarian (Australia); Uncle of Cord Faulkner and Rene Faulkner-McDonagh; Armen and Anahid Yeghiasarian; Peggy Spratling and Danny Yeghiasarian.

Hospitality table will be hosted by: Yeghiasarian family in memory of their 
Loved ones

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To request a Hokehankist/Requiem Service 
please contact the Church Office
by 12:00 Noon on Thursday
202-363-1923 or E-mail 
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ST. MARY CHURCH RENOVATION 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday August 12
Feast of Assumption of the 
Holy Mother-of-God

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday August 12
Feast of Assumption of the
Holy Mother-of-God

October 4, 5, 6 and 7
Fall Food Festival
FAR CORNER
FAR Training Helps Young Veterans Open Their Business

Levon Hakobyan, 21, first had the dream of opening his own computer and electronics service center when he started his military service. Now, his dream has become a reality thanks to Fund for Armenian Relief's Non-Formal Education for Returnees Program. "This training helped me to finally make up my mind and spend my time and resources efficiently," remarked the young entrepreneur who opened up his business in December with his brother, Edgar. In partnership with a local NGO, FAR initiated the Returnees Program in 2016 to help young people between the ages of 20 and 22 who have at least two years of military service, to gain new skills. Between March and June of this year, 42 young men took courses in jewelry making, technology, mechanics, carpentry, natural resource production in mining, etc. The three-month courses are usually held twice a year. To read more, go to LINK
To support projects like the SBA, go to: LINK
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COMMEMORATION OF ST. GREGORY THE ILLUMINATOR'S SONS AND GRANDSONS -
STS. ARISTAKES, VRTANES, HOUSIK, GRIGORIS AND DANIEL

The calendar of the Armenian Church singles out four members of St. Gregory's family-his two sons, Sts. Arisdagés and Vrtanés, and his grandsons, Sts. Krikoris and Husig-and assigns them a special day of commemoration called "The Feast of the Sons and Grandsons of St. Gregory."
The day of commemoration (according to the present calendar in force since 1774-75) falls on the Saturday before the Third Sunday of Transfiguration. Originally it was observed on the Tuesday following the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. The feast of the discovery of the relics of St. Krikoris, however, is observed separately on the Monday following the Fifth Sunday of the Exaltation. Excluded from this group of saints are the rest of the members of the Gregorid family, namely Sts. Nersés the Great, Sahag the Parthian, Vartan and his daughter Shushanig. The latter are commemorated on different days during the year.
Ս. Գրիգոր Լուսավորչի որդիների և թոռների` Արիստակեսի, Վրթանեսի, Հուսիկի, Գրիգորիսի եւ Դանիելի հիշատակության օր

Արիստակեսը Գրիգոր Լուսավորչի կրտսեր որդին էր եւ շատ վաղ հասակից մտել էր վանական կյանք: Եպիսկոպոս է ձեռնադրվել իր հոր կողմից` դառնալով նրա գործակիցը: 325 թվականին մասնակցել է Նիկիայի Ա Տիեզերաժողովին: Արիստակեսը հոր մահից հետո դարձել է հայոց հայրապետ: Սպանվել է 333 թվականին Չորրորդ Հայքի Արքեղայոս իշխանի կողմից, նրա անուղղելի վարքը քննադատելու համար և թաղվել Թիլ ավանում:
Վրթանեսը Լուսավորչի անդրանիկ որդին էր: Ամուսնացած էր և ուներ երկու զավակ, Գրիգորիս և Հուսիկ: Եղբոր մահից հետո բազմել է Հայոց հայրապետական աթոռին: Թեեւ Հայաստանում քրիստոնեությունը հաստատվել էր որպես պետական կրոն, սակայն բազմաթիվ վայրերում դեռևս գոյություն ուներ հին հավատը: Այդ պատճառով Վրթանես հայրապետն ամենամյա մեծահանդես պաշտամունք էր կազմակերպում Տարոնում, հեթանոսությունն աստիճանաբար վերացնելու համար: Վրթանեսը վախճանվել է 341 թվականին եւ թաղվել Դարանաղյաց Թորդան ավանում, Լուսավորչի նշխարների մոտ: Գրիգորիսը Վրթանեսի ավագ որդին էր: Նա Հայ Եկեղեցու կողմից հարեւան հեթանոս ազգերի մեջ քրիստոնեությունը տարածելու ջանքեր է գործադրում: Նահատաակվում է մազքութների Սանեսան թագավորի հրամանով, իսկ մարմինն իր սարկավագների ձեռքով ամփոփվում է Արցախի Ամարաս ավանում, որտեղ 489 թվականին Աղվանից Վաչագան թագավորի օրոք, Սրբի նշխարների վրա կառուցվում է Ս. Գրիգոր եկեղեցին: Հուսիկը Վրթանեսի կրտսեր որդին էր: Ամուսնացած էր հայոց Տիրան արքայի դստեր հետ եւ ուներ երկու զավակ` Պապ և Աթանագինե: 341 թվականին ընտրվում է կաթողիկոս: Հուսիկ հայրապետը, ընդդիմանալով Տիրանին, որ ցանկանում էր Հուլիանոս Ուրացողի պատկերը դնել եկեղեցում, նրա հրամանով 347 թվականին բրածեծ նահատակվում է եւ ամփոփվում Թորդանում: Դանիել Ասորի եպիսկոպոսը, որ հռչակված էր սրբակյաց կենցաղով եւ ծերության ժամանակ մենակյաց կյանք էր վարում Տարոնի Հացյաց Դրախտ կոչված վայրում, Հուսիկ հայրապետի սպանությունից հետո հրավիրվում է կաթողիկոսանալու: Առաջին հանդիպման ժամանակ խիստ հանդիմանում է արքային` մեղադրելով Հուսիկ հայրապետի սպանության մեջ, որի համար արքայի հրամանով խեղդամահ է արվում: Նրա երկու աշակերտները` Եպիփանը և Շաղիտան, նրա մարմինը թաղում են Հացյաց Դրախտ մենաստանում:
PARISH NEWS


The Knights of Vartan Charitable Programs in Armenia

On July 8, friends and parishioners enjoyed an informational presentation by Gohar Palyan, organized and hosted by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan. Mrs. Paylan, the Liaison of  Knights of Vartan, Inc. Yerevan Communication Office made a comprehensive slideshow presentation on the Knights of Vartan Charitable Programs in Armenia. She also spoke about the nature of her job and the ways in which she is facilitating charitable work in Armenia. At the end of her presentation, Mrs. Palyan answered questions from the audience. The day's hospitality table was hosted by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan. 

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The Feast of Transfiguration Celebrated at St. Mary

The glorious Feast of Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ was celebrated at St. Mary on July 8. This feast is one of the five Tabernacle feasts of the Armenian Church. It is called the Holy Transfiguration because the appearance of Christ changed and became luminous indicating His divinity and His divine glory. In the Transfiguration, the apostles see the glory of the Kingdom of God present in majesty in the person of Christ. They see that in Him, indeed, "all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,"  and  that "in him, the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily" [Col. 1:19, 2:9]. They see this before the crucifixion so that in the resurrection they might know who it is who has suffered for them, and what it is that this one, who is God, has prepared for those who love him. This is what the Church celebrates in the feast of the Holy Transfiguration.

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Blessing of Khatchkar at the Smithsonian

On the concluding day of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a special service of the Blessing of the Khatchkar took place at the National Mall. The two Khatchkars, one of which was brought from Armenia and the other one carved by an artist from Armenia, Bogdan Hovhannisyan, during the days of the festival, became objects of interest to many visitors.  Prior to the blessing service, Prof. Levon Abrahamian spoke to the audience about the history and significance of Khatchkars. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar, who traveled from New York to preside over the blessing service, briefly explained and talked about the significance of the service of blessing. Participating in the service were also Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian and Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan. 

Khatchkars are unique to Armenia, where they are now a national symbol. Often used to commemorate an important event, mark a significant spot, or serve as a memorial gravestone, khatchkars are typically freestanding upright rectangular stone slabs with a carved cross on the side facing west, so that worshipers and tourists regard them like a rising sun. Sprouting and blooming motifs-which make the khatchkar a version of the Tree of Life-are prominent features

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DIOCESAN AND OTHER NEWS

Primate Presides Over International Liturgy Conference

The Primate of the Eastern Diocese, the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, has been in Presov, Slovakia, this week to preside over the 7th international conference of the Society of Oriental Liturgy. The conference is meeting from July 9 to 13. Fr. Findikyan is a founding member of the society and sits on its board.
The Primate of the Eastern Diocese, the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, has been in Presov, Slovakia, this week to preside over the 7th international conference of the Society of Oriental Liturgy. The conference is meeting from July 9 to 13. Fr. Findikyan is a founding member of the society and sits on its board.
In 2016 he was elected president of the society, and was instrumental in bringing together distinguished scholars from around the world for the present conference. Many of these have been teachers of Armenian clergymen pursuing advanced degrees.

The Society of Oriental Liturgy is an international association of scholars specializing in the study of the liturgical traditions of the ancient, eastern churches-including the Armenian Church. It was founded in 2005 under the inspiration and leadership of Robert Taft, S.J., Professor Emeritus of Byzantine Liturgical History at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome-a longtime friend of the Armenian Church and an instructor of a number of its clergymen.

The society meets every two years; the last gathering took place in 2016 at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin in Armenia. The 2014 conference met at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY, and included a day of sessions at the St. Vartan Cathedral complex in Manhattan.

More Saints of Summer

In recent weeks the Diocesan website has featured posts for the holy days dedicated to saints Sahag and Mesrob (June 21), Zechariah (June 25), and Elisha (June 28), and for the Feast of the Transfiguration (July 8).

Additionally, the "CrossTalk" blog of our sister Diocesan site Vemkar keeps up a spirited conversation on church-related subjects from a host of contributors.

And our Bread and Salt website is a library of videos about Armenian Church spirituality, practice, and tradition.

Keep the family of Diocesan websites in mind wherever you go this season. The Armenian Saints of Summer are always just a click away!

ANSEF's Dr. Yervant Terzian to Receive NASA's Highest Award

The Fund for Armenian Relief proudly noted this week the announcement that renowned Cornell University astrophysicist Dr. Yervant Terzian has been chosen to receive the highest honor bestowed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Dr. Terzian has had a long, illustrious association with FAR as founder and chair of its Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF).

NASA Administrator James Bridenstine will present Dr. Terzian with the "Distinguished Public Service Medal" during a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, on August 2. (The ceremony will be broadcast live at noon EDT on the online service, NASA TV.)

The award citation applauds Dr. Terzian for his distinguished scientific career, and for devoting "his enthusiasm for space exploration and education to bring inspirational experiences to students and the general public across the country."

Click on the following links to read more about Dr. Terzian and to learn about ANSEF's ongoing efforts to support the work of scientists and scholars in Armenia
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  BIBLE READING
10 "See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angelsin heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. 12 "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
(Matthew 18:10-14)

10 Զգո՛յշ եղէք, որ այս փոքրիկներից մէկին չարհամարհէք. ասում եմ ձեզ, որ երկնքում նրանց հրեշտակները մշտապէս տեսնում են երեսն իմ Հօր, որ երկնքում է. 11 որովհետեւ մարդու Որդին եկաւ փրկելու կորածը»։ 12 «Ձեզ ինչպէ՞ս է թւում. եթէ մի մարդ հարիւր ոչխար ունենայ, եւ նրանցից մէկը մոլորուի, իննսունինը ոչխարը լերան վրայ չի՞ թողնի ու գնայ որոնելու մոլորուածին։ 13 Եւ եթէ պատահի, որ այն գտնի, ճշմարիտ եմ ասում ձեզ, թէ նրա վրայ աւելի կ'ուրախանայ, քան իննսունիննի վրայ, որ մոլորուած չեն։ 14 Այսպէս՝ իմ երկնաւոր Հօր կամքը չէ, որ այս փոքրիկներից մէկը կորչի»։
(Մատթեոս 18:10-14)
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