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SEPTEMBER 6
   No: 36/2019
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church  
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
Address: 4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 
Tel: 202-363-1923
TOP STORY     
Commemoration of 318 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea

It was the great religious "confab" of the 4th century: a gathering of Christian bishops from throughout the world, convened by no less an authority than the Roman Emperor Constantine I. In A.D. 325, a town in the Black-Sea province of Bithynia played host to 318 scholars of the church who met to deliberate on the burning theological questions of the day.

We remember it today as the Council of Nicaea: the first attempt to forge a truly "ecumenical" Christianity-that is, a Christianity that encompassed all the world's human habitations-by coming to a consensus on church doctrine.

The most significant result of the council was the Nicene Creed: the first uniform expression of Christian doctrine. The Creed would be elaborated upon in subsequent councils, but its essential form, conceived during that historic gathering in Nicaea, remains the fundamental statement of orthodox faith, embraced by churches throughout the world-and repeated during every Armenian badarak as the Havadamk ("We believe").

The Armenian Church participated in the council, with St. Aristakes, the younger son of St. Gregory the Illuminator, representing his then-ailing father. This Saturday, our church will remember the 318 Fathers of the Holy Council of Nicaea, and the project they began 1,693 years ago.

PARISH NEWS
St. Mary Armenian Church
Invites you to

Book Signing and Presentation By Rosemary Hartounian Cohen
VOICES FROM THE HIDDEN GENOCIDE, 1918
Stories of the Turkish Massacre of Armenians in Persia-Iran
Khoy, Salmas, Maku, Gharadagh..

Sunday, September 8, 2018
St. Mary Armenian Church Hall
at 1:00 PM

Coffee hour table is sponsored by Mabelle Cohen
Side Entrance Renovation

We are happy to announce that after a long search the Parish Council was able to identify a contractor to complete the long-standing project of renovation of the 41st st. entrance. The project has already started and during this time we would like to ask our parishioners to use the main entrance of the church or the parking lot office entrance. Weather permitting, the estimated time of completion is the end of September.
We appreciate your support and contribution towards this project.
Backgammon tournament

The first round of the backgammon tournament took place yesterday, September 6th. Twelve participants threw their hat in the ring with a fair number of supporters cheering for them. The tough competition revealed the incredible skills of our participants, who generously shared backgammon playing tips and tricks with each other. The finalists emerged after the first round. We have Daniel, Kolya Tevosyan, Mark Krikorian, and Nicholas Michalopoulos that will put their skills into the test again for the bid to win the title of the Master of Backgammon. The final will take place on September 19th at 7:30 PM. All participants are welcome to join either to cheer our finalists or play another set of backgammon game for a fun.
Registration and the First Day of Shnorhali School 2019-2020

With great pleasure we are welcoming you to the 2019-2020 academic year of the Shnorhali School of St. Mary Armenian Church. The Shnorhali School is passionate about teaching our children the richness of our Armenian language, culture and faith.

The School Offers :
Religious Instruction (in English);
Armenian Language Classes (both in Eastern and Western Armenian);
Armenian History and Culture;
Extracurricular Activities (Children's Choir, Armenian Folk Dance, Acolyte Training Program, etc.).
School sessions are from September 8, 2019 to May 31, 2020.

Registration and First Day of School Begins on September 8, 2019.

Our Mission is to instill and teach the love of God, pride in our Armenian language, national identity and culture, in order to help our children and families live authentic Armenian Christian lives and become active members of the Armenian Church community.

The doors of our School are open to all members of our community with love, care and acceptance.

Click below to visit our website for Class Scheduled and Registration.
Fall Food Festival Schedule of Workshops 2019

St. Mary's Annual Fall Food Festival will take place on October 3-6. The event is organized by the St. Mary Parish Council and Women's Guild who have spearheaded a number of workshops bringing together community members in preparation of the Food Fair. Please, join us and support the church. 

Workshop's Date and Time

Cheese Boureg prep - Friday, September 13, 4:00pm
Cheese Boureg - Saturday, September 14, 10:00am
Baklava-Bourma - Saturday, September 21, 10:00am 
Yalanchi (Por-meechog) - Wednesday, September 25, 11:00am
Yalanchi (Wrap) - Friday, September 27, 5:00pm
Meat Cutting - Saturday September 28, 10:00am
Haskanoush - Saturday, September 28, 2:00pm
Eggplant/Sauce - Monday, September 30, 10:00am
Khadayeef - Monday, September 30, 5:00pm
Hummus - Tuesday, October 1, TBD
Green Beans - Tuesday, October 1, TBD
Hall set up - Tuesday, October 1, 7:00pm

Please click on the button below to view the online sign up sheet.
DIOCESAN & OTHER NEWS
Yo Archbishop Aykazian Attends Religions for Peace World Assembly

Ar chbishop Vicken Aykazian, the Diocesan Legate and Ecumenical Director of the Eastern Diocese, represented the Armenian Church and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin at the 10th World Assembly of the interfaith organization “ Religions for Peace .” The assembly met under the theme “Caring for Our Common Future, Advancing Shared Well-Being” in the town of Lindau, Germany, August 20-23.
 
“It was an extraordinary gathering of 900 high-ranking religious figures from 125 countries, along with representatives of governments, NGOs and civil-society groups, and youth and women of faith,” said Archbishop Aykazian. RFP convenes its World Assembly every five to seven years, for the purpose of forging moral consensus on contemporary issues, and promoting interfaith action.
 
In addition to discussions on a host of global concerns—including the prevention of violent conflict, promoting harmonious societies, and nurturing sustainable development—the assembly was notable for electing a new Secretary-General in the person of Dr. Azza Karam, an Egyptian-born Dutch professor of Religion. She succeeds the American William Vendley, who had served for 27 years in the role.
 
Assembly delegates also elected His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, as a co-president of the organization. As a voting delegate, Archbishop Aykazian caucused with fellow clergy of the Orthodox and Catholic churches (including Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Brazil, pictured above with Archbishop Aykazian) on issues of peace and Christian persecution in the Middle East.
Primate Receives Armenian Catholic Eparch

On August 29, Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan welcomed Archbishop Mikael Mouradian, the Eparch of the Armenian Catholic Church of the U.S. and Canada, to the St. Vartan Cathedral complex in New York. Accompanying Archbishop Mouradian was Nurhan Becidyan, a leader of the Armenian Catholic Church in New York.
 
In the sanctuary, the two bishops prayed together. Cathedral Vicar Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan led the visitors on a tour of the cathedral. During a meeting in the Diocesan Center’s formal reception room Archbishop Mouradian—who was served as Eparch since 2012—congratulated the Primate on his episcopal elevation.
 
“We spoke warmly about common friends and colleagues in Rome, Venice, Etchmiadzin, and the United States,” said Bishop Daniel. “Having lived and studied in Rome, I developed many friendships with clergy and scholars from the Armenian Catholic Church throughout the world.”
 
The conversation turned to the state of the Armenian Catholic community, and to the spiritual challenges affecting the Armenian people in the Western world in general. The bishops pledged to pray for one another and for their respective flocks.
 
READ MORE NEWS FROM DIOCESE 
SUNDAY SCHEDULE
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
Morning Service 
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak 
10:30 AM

Celebrant 
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan

Ushers
Mrs. Anna Seferian
Mrs. Nora Shafakian
 
Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Jack Guiragossian, Mr. Zakar Shahverdian and Mr. Artur Sivaslian

Choir 
 Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Organist 
Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading 
 Is 13:1-11, 2 Cor 7:4-16, Mk 7:31-37
HOKEHANKIST REQUIEM SERVICE
HOKEHANKIST
REQUIEM SERVICE  

For the Soul of:
Haroutioun Bardizbanian

Requested by:
Son & Daughter-in-law & Grandchildren
 Raffie, Maureen, Arthur & Raffie Jr. Bardizbanian

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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 
Click the here  to see the hokehankist form
GRAPE BLESSING
We thank everyone who contributed towards
Grape Blessing Donations.
CALENDAR OF FEASTS AND EVENTS
Every Tuesday
Bible Study

September 5-26
Who is the Master? - Backgammon Tournament

September 8
Shnorhali School Registration and first day of School

September 8
Book Signing and Presentation By: Rosemary Hartounian Cohen

September 8
ACYOA Juniors Teen Reen Religion Class Starts

September 10
Knights and Daughters of Vartan
28th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia Guest Speaker H.E Varuzhan Nersesyan

September 15
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 21
ACYOA Juniors Fall Cookout

September 29
Feast of Holy Cross of Vara k

September 29
100 Years and 100 Fact presentation by Nareg Seferian

October 1
ACYOA Juniors Monthly Teen Meeting  

October 3 – 6
Fall Food Festival

October 11-13
ACYOA Juniors Fall Sports Weekend    

October 11
Tribute GOMIDAS celebrating his 150th birthday
concert by Şahan Arzruni at French embassy at 7:30pm
Details will follow

October 27
Book presentation by Matthew Karanian : The Armenian Highland: Western Armenia and the First Armenian Republic Of 1918

October 27
Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

November 21
Presentation of the Holy Mother-of-God to the Temple

November 23
Knights and Daughters of Vartan Fall Christmas Bazaar

December 9
Feast of the Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary

January 13-22, 2020
Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
FAR NEWS
Bridging the Generations in Armenia

For Armenia’s elderly citizens, getting help with chores—and even fighting loneliness—can be a daily concern. That’s doubly true in the republic’s remote rural regions.
 
To help ameliorate the problem, the Fund for Armenian Relief has launched an outreach initiative through its Mardigian Children’s Support Center, called “You Are Not Alone.” It encourages young men and women in the Support Center to help the local elderly maintain their gardens and clean their homes. In the process, the effort promotes a caring interaction between the youths and their elders.
 
The Mardigian Center—part of FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program—aims to help at-risk children overcome behavioral problems, while helping them learn to make friends and socialize.
 
“We’re proud to support these young people,” said social worker Astghik Hakobyan, who heads the Mardigian Center. “They even organize social activities to help the elderly feel valued by society.”
 
BIBLE READING
31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. 32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. 33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. 35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. 36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; 37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
Mark 7.31-37   
31 Եւ դարձեալ, դուրս ելնելով Տիւրոսի եւ Սիդոնի սահմաններից, եկաւ Գալիլիայի ծովեզրը՝ Դեկապոլսի սահմաններից ներս: 32 Նրա առաջ բերեցին մի խուլուհամր մարդ եւ աղաչեցին, որ իր ձեռքը դնի նրա վրայ: 33 Եւ Յիսուս, նրան ամբոխից մի կողմ տանելով, իր մատները դրեց նրա ականջների մէջ եւ այնտեղ թքեց. ապա բռնեց նրա լեզուից. 34 դէպի երկինք նայեց, հոգոց հանեց եւ ասաց՝ եփփաթա, որ նշանակում է՝ բացուի՛ր: 35 Եւ իսկոյն նրա լսողութիւնը բացուեց, եւ լեզուի կապանքներն ընկան, եւ խօսում էր ուղիղ: 36 Եւ նա նրանց պատուիրեց, որ ոչ ոքի չասեն. բայց ինչքան էլ նա պատուիրում էր նրանց, նրանք է՛լ աւելի էին տարածում: 37 Եւ աւելի ու աւելի էին զարմանում եւ ասում. «Սա ամէն ինչ լաւ արեց, որովհետեւ խուլերին լսել է տալիս եւ համրերին՝ խօսել»:
Մարկոսի 7.31-37
MEMBERSHIP AND DUES 
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VISIT ST. MARY GIFT SHOP
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.
OUR MISSION
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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St. Mary Armenian Church, Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 | stmarychurchdc@gmail.com
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