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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
Email. stmarychurchdc@gmail.com
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
Morning Service 
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak 
10:30 AM

Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan
Mrs. Elsy Melkonian and Mr. 
Armik Khatchatourians
Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Ara  Stepanian, Mr. Onnik  Sivaslian and 
Mr. Eric  Ashbahian 

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading 
  Acts 5:34-6:7, James 3:1-12, John 1:1-17


For the Soul of:
Archbishop Mesrob II Mutafyan
84th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople (40 Days)

Requested by:
Der Hayr and Parish Council

For the Soul of:
Ashot Shmavonyan

Requested by:
 Nina Kankanian

For the Soul of:
 Horen Panosyan (2nd anniversary) 

Requested by:
Arpine Panosyan (Wife)
Ani & Ayda Panosyan (Daughters)
Aris & Alis (Daughter)Cubuk & Children
Garbis & Nadya (Daughter) Chubukian & Children

Hospitality table hosted by:
Panosyan, Chubukian and Nina Kankanian Familys in memory of their Loved Ones

To request a Hokehankist/Requiem Service
Please contact the Church Office
by 12:00 Noon on Thursday
202-363-1923 or 
E-mail  stmarychurchdc@gmail.com
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 stmarychurchdc@gmail.com 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 www.stmaryaac.org.  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  stmarychurchdc@gmail.com
Armenian Dance Classes

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

April 26
Lecture and Book Signing
by Dr. Taner Akcam

April 28
The Remembrance of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

April 28
Dance Group's performance 

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 31

April 26
Lecture and Book Signing
by Dr. Taner Akcam

April 28
The Remembrance of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

April 28
 Shnorhali School Dancing group performance 
after badarak in the church hall 
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   
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

Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs at St. Mary

Sunday, April 28, 2019 -  At St. Mary Armenian Church the Divine Liturgy will take place at 10:30 a.m in Remembrance  Of the Holy Martyrs Of the Armenian Genocide. It will be followed by a special prayer service for the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide in front of the Khatchkar on the Church plaza.  Madagh and a Musical Memorial Program "The Resurrection of a Nation" by the Shnorhali School's Dance Group at St. Mary Church Hall.    Luncheon and Madagh is hosted by the Parish Council 
To prepare for the day, watch a special episode of the Diocese's "Bread and Salt" series, which revisits the April 2015 canonization service, and explains the way we now regard the Holy Martyrs of 1915. Click here to view the video.

For a more in-depth look at the meaning of Christian sainthood and martyrdom, click on the link to view "A Great Cloud of Witnesses."
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 April 18, 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, April 19. Thank you to Asanet Hatchikoghlu for decorating Christ's tomb.

On Easter Eve, Saturday, April 20, 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 21. It began with a Morning Service and Badarak celebrated by Fr. Hovsep, 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 Shnorhali School. 

We thank everyone who contributed to the Easter Lilies and Yughakin Donations.

To see photos of Holy Thursday and Vodnlva services click here.
To see photos of Holy Friday click here.
To see photos of Easter Eve services click here.
To see photos of Easter Sunday click here.

April 24 Commemoration
On April 24th a Wreath Laying Ceremony took place organized by the Embassy of Armenia, at the Armenian Embassy "Khatchkar." Fallowing the ceremony a special intercessory prayer of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide took place. A beautiful performance by Children of St. Mary Armenian Church Shnorhali School and Soorp Khatch Church Hamasdegh School followed the prayer service. Click here to see more photos.

This Sunday, at St. Mary Armenian Church the Divine Liturgy will take place at 10:30 a.m in Remembrance  Of the Holy Martyrs Of the Armenian Genocide. A special prayer service for the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide in front of the Khatchkar on the Church plaza. Madagh and a Musical Memorial Program "The Resurrection of a Nation" by the Shnorhali School's Dance Group at St. Mary Church Hall.  Luncheon and Madagh is hosted by the Parish Council 

Pontifical Easter Celebration in Armenia
In Armenia, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Easter Sunday at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan. With the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin undergoing a major restoration, the grand Easter liturgy was held in the mammoth sanctuary His Holiness consecrated in 2001.

In his homily, Catholicos Karekin II recalled the words of promise and joy uttered by Jesus Christ: "I am the Resurrection and the Life. The one who believes in me, even though he dies, will live" (Jn 11:25).
Present for the occasion were Armenia's President Armen Sarkissian, its Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, and dignitaries and faithful from throughout the country and diaspora.

Click on the link to  view a video of the Pontifical Easter service in Armenia, which includes an extensive excerpt of His Holiness' homily.

Christ's Resurrection Celebrated at St. Vartan Cathedral
The Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Easter Sunday, April 21. A large crowd came to New York's St. Vartan Cathedral to share the occasion-the Primate's first Easter liturgy since assuming that office nearly a year ago.

In his sermon, Fr. Findikyan urged listeners to meet the risen Christ in every activity and place of their daily lives. "Today really is the heart of what it means to truly be an Armenian Christian. Our church fathers refer to Easter as 'The First Day,' the 'Beginning of New Life.' It's a reality that has been driving the Armenian people for two thousand years-ever since Saints Thaddeus and Bartholomew preached in our homeland," he said.
"And what they preached was that God lives! That Jesus Christ the Son of God is raised from the dead!"
  Click here  to watch a video recording of the Primate's sermon in Armenian and English.
A reception and program followed in Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium, where the Primate led a home-blessing service.
Click on the following links to  read more about Easter and Holy Week at the cathedral, and to view photos from  Easter Sunday and   Holy Week.
Again this year, Easter Sunday at St. Vartan Cathedral was broadcast live over the Internet.  Click here  to view a recording of the entire broadcast.

"Destroy This Temple, and I Will Raise It Again..."
In a week that included Good Friday as well as the Feast of the Genocide Martyrs, Armenians did not need any additional reminders of the cost of following Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, we-along with the rest of the world-received two such reminders: the inhuman massacre of Christians on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, and (days earlier) the partial destruction of a great work of Christian civilization in the burning of Notre Dame de Paris.

Expressions of sympathy, prayer, sorrow and regret-all are appropriate on such occasions, and we join faithful people everywhere in pleading for God's mercy.
But Armenian Christians, perhaps, may offer an additional perspective. For the fact is that we have witnessed our own great Christian monuments cast into ruin. We have mourned as vast numbers of our own faithful were targeted for extermination. Yet we still stand. Our faith was built to last-like the great cathedrals of Europe and Armenia; like the Architect of our faith himself, who was likewise destroyed, but rose again.

In an age that has proven dangerous and dispiriting for us all, this is a reality we Armenians can and must share with fellow Christians across the world, in their own times of trial.

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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Սկզբից էր Բանը, եւ Բանը Աստծու մօտ էր, եւ Բանը Աստ¬ուած էր։2 Նա սկզբից Աստծու մօտ էր։ 3Ամէն ինչ նրանով եղ¬աւ. եւ առանց նրան չեղաւ ոչինչ, որ եղել է։ 4Կեանքը նը¬րանով էր։ Եւ այդ կեանքը մարդկանց համար լոյս էր։ 5Եւ լոյսը խաւարի մէջ լուսաւորում է, եւ խաւարը նրան չնու¬աճեց։ 6Կար մի մարդ՝ Աստծուց ուղարկուած. Նրա անունը՝ Յովհաննէս։ 7Սա եկաւ որպէս վկայ, որպէսզի վկայի լոյսի մասին, որ բոլորը նրա միջոցով հաւատան։ 8Ինքը լոյսը չէր, այլ եկել էր, որ վկայի լոյսի մասին։ 9Այդ լոյսն էր ճշմարիտ լոյսը, որ լուսաւորում է ամէն մարդու, որ գալու է աշ¬խարհ։ 10Նա աշխարհի մէջ էր, եւ աշխարհը նրանով եղաւ, սակայն աշխարհը նրան չճա¬նաչեց։ 11Իւրայինների մօտ ե¬կաւ, բայց իւրայինները նրան չընդու¬նեցին։ 12Իսկ ովքեր նը¬րան ընդունեցին, նրանց իշխանութիւն տուեց լինելու Աս¬տըծու որդիներ, նրանց, որոնք իր անուանը կը հաւա¬տան։ 13Նրանք ո՛չ արիւնից, ո՛չ մարմնի կամքից եւ ոչ էլ մարդու կամքից, այլ Աստծուց ծնուեցին։ 14Եւ Բանը մարմին եղաւ ու բնակ¬ուեց մեր մէջ, եւ տեսանք նրա փառքը, նման այն փառքի, որ Հայրն է տալիս Միածնին՝ լի շնորհով ու ճշմարտութեամբ։ 15Յովհաննէսը վկայում էր նրա մասին, աղաղակում եւ ասում. «Սա՛ է, որի մասին ասացի։ Նա, որ իմ յետեւից էր գալու, ինձնից մեծ եղաւ, որովհետեւ ինձնից առաջ կար»։ 16Մենք բոլորս նրա լրիւութիւնից ստացանք շնորհ՝ շնորհի փոխարէն. 17որովհետեւ օրէնքը Մովսէսի միջոցով տրուեց, իսկ շնորհը եւ ճշմարտութիւնը Յիսուս Քրիստոսի միջո¬ցով եղան։ 
(Յովհ. 1:1-17)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word be-came flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, `He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 
(John 1:1-17)

Our gift shop is furnished with distinctive and unique items from Armenians all over the world. 
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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