FEBRUARY 22                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         8/2019  
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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, FEBRUARY 24, 2019
Morning Service
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak
10:30 AM

Celebrant
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan 

Ushers
Mrs. Elsy Melkonian and Mr. Armik Khatchatourians

Parish Council Members on Duty
Ms. Sarine Zenian, Dr. Ara Avedisian, Mr. Mark Krikorian

Choir
Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Organist
Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading
Isaiah 63:18-64.12, Titus 1:1-11, John 7.37-52
HOKEHANKIST 
REQUIEM SERVICE
HOKEHANKIST
REQUIEM SERVICE  

For the Souls of: 
Victims of Massacres in Sumgayit and Baku (1988-1990)

Requested by:
Office of Artsakh in USA,
Parish Council & Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan

Hospitality Table will be Hosted by:
The office of Artsakh in USA.

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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  stmarychurchdc@gmail.com
ANNUAL JOURNAL 2018
St. Mary Armenian Church
Annual Journal 2018 
is Now Available Online

Click here to view the various events and activities that took place in 2018

Hard copy of the Annual Journal 2018 is available for purchase in  
St. Mary Gift Shop
ST. MARY ANNUAL 
PARISH ASSEMBLY
ST. MARY ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
took place on Sunday, February 10.

Click here to see the Report Booklet
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 WED Fund Scholarship 

Application for WED Scholarship Fund  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  stmarychurchdc@gmail.com
Diocese Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Applications for Diocesan scholarships are now available online. The application deadline for the 2019-20 academic year is May 17, 2019.

Each year the Diocese awards scholarships to promising youth who are headed to college. The Diocese seeks students who are active in their local parishes and have assumed leadership roles in their communities.

Click here to access the scholarship application. For information, contact Maria Barsoumian at (212) 686-0710.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Armenian Dance Classes
 
February 23
ACYOA Juniors Youth 
Snow Tubing Event 


February 28
Georgetown University Armenian Student Association and Knights of Vartan Present


March 2
Women's Guild Paregentan 
Dinner and Dance 


March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10 
Every Wednesday during Lenten Period
Worship Service, Spiritual Discussion and Lenten Dinner


April 7
Save The Date
The Trail of Soghomon Tehlirian A Play by Perch Zeytuntsyan


March 23
Saintly Women's Guild Day 

  April 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
CALENDAR OF FEASTS & EVENTS
February 23
ACYOA Juniors Youth
Snow Tubing Event

February 28
Georgetown University Armenian Student Association and Knights of Vartan Present

March 2 
Women's Guild Paregentan Event

March 3
Great Barekendan

March 23            
Women's Guild Saintly Women's Day

April 7
Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

April 7
The Trail of Soghomon Tehlirian 
A Play by  Perch Zeytuntsyan
 
April 14
Palm Sunday

April 21
Easter Sunday

April 24
Feast of the Holy Martyrs of 
the Armenian Genocide

April 26
Dr. Akcam Lecture

May 17-19
Spring Food Festival

May 30
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ
FAR NEWS CORNER

CASP Support Helps One Child to Better Cope with his Grief

After his father was killed by sniper fire in the Four-Day War of April 2016, 10-year-old Rafayel Danielyan could not cope. "Rafayel was traumatized. He isolated himself from family and peers, and wouldn't talk to anyone for a while," said his grandma, Nona.


After his father was killed, Rafayel's mother Lusine was left on her own to figure out a way to support her children. What helped Lusine and her children was the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP), which, through the generous support from the Knights of Vartan, extended additional financial aid to children who had lost their fathers in the Four-Day War. Since 2017, 18 children from Artsakh and 44 children from Armenia have received this aid, which totals $250 per child, annually. CASP also supports 550 other children with stipends throughout Armenia and Javakhk. To read more, go to LINK
To support project's like CASP, go to: LINK
TOP STORIES

Saints Vardan the General and His Companions

On the  Thursday preceding Great Lent, Armenians commemorate an important event in their history; the religious war waged between pagan Persia and Christian Armenian in the year 451 A.D. The hero of this war was St. Vartan the Brave.

St. Vartan is considered one of the most famous heroes of the Armenian people. He, along with a brave band of Armenian soldiers, clergy, and companions, resisted the more powerful and larger Persian army and sacrificed their lives in order to defend their Christian faith. The famous battle took place on May 26, 451 A.D. on the plains of Avarayr, in the province of Artaz in Armenia.

Very few biographical details exist about St. Vartan's early life. However, various sources confirm his noble lineage. He was the grandson of St. Sahag, who, in turn, descended from St. Nerses, and ultimately his lineage is traceable to St. Gregory the Illuminator. His father, Hamazasp, was the sparapet, or commander-in-chief, of Armenia at that time.

St. Vartan was well educated, most likely, by his grandfather, Catholicos Sahag. Instead of entering the priesthood as others in his family had done, he became a soldier. St. Vartan was considered the worthy representative and head of the Mamikonian clan, which in the royal succession of Armenian kings, held the fifth position. He was respected by the King of Persia as the commander-in-chief of the Armenian armies. Equally important as St. Vartan's dedication to being a good soldier was St. Vartan's dedication to being a faithful Christian. He believed that one cannot serve one's people without serving Christ at the same time.

To read more click here or download the Diocese's iBook for an interactive introduction to St. Vartan's historic campaign.
PARISH NEWS

Commemorating the Pogroms of Sumgait and Baku

This month marks the 31th anniversary of the attacks on the Armenian population of Sumgait, Azerbaijan. The February 1988 attacks subsequently spread to other cities in Azerbaijan with sizable Armenian populations.

At St. Mary Armenian Church in Washington, DC a requiem service will be held for victims of Azeri aggression on Sunday, February 24.

Click here to read more about February 24 commemoration

Paregentan Dinner and Dance

St. Mary Armenian Church Women's Guild invites you to a traditional Paregentan Dinner and Dance. The event will take place on March 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm and will feature DJ Bedros.
 
Please RSVP by February 25 by calling Suzanne Harutunian at 443-799-6642. There will be assigned seating, cash bar and a lot of fun. 


Please join us
Every Wednesday during the Lenten Period
LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICE 7:00 PM         
SPIRITUAL DISCUSSION 7:30 PM  
LENTEN DINNER 8:00 PM
 
"Leading to Easter: Searching the Soul"
 
Please join us Wednesdays during Lent for prayer service, spiritual discussion, and dinner.
This year we will journey through Lent meditating on the last three chapters of the Gospel of Matthew.
The season of Lent is a season for searching the soul. As you study Matthew 26-28, you will search your own soul through the lenses of the people closest to Jesus in His last hours. The last three chapters of Matthew are a juxtaposition of stories.
Throughout our journey we will address Communion, Jesus' deserters, His submission to the Father, and His crucifixion. While the theme of rejection runs through these chapters in Matthew, there is good news: joy of the resurrection that you can experience with new eyes.

DIOCESAN AND OTHER NEWS
In Memoriam: Louise Manoogian Simone (1933-2019)

The Eastern Diocese was deeply grieved by the passing of Louise Manoogian Simone, the late president of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, and a visionary benefactor in her own right of the Armenian Church, nation, and numerous institutions. She died in the early hours of February 19, 2019, at age 85.

"She was a national hero, a passionate Armenian and a highly capable leader," said Diocesan Primate the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan. "Louise wanted above all for the Armenian people to be strong as a nation and as a church. And she gave of herself without reservation."

As the daughter of legendary benefactors Alex and Marie Manoogian, Louise Manoogian Simone brought her distinguished family legacy to new level, extending its commitment to service, excellence, and innovation to a new generation. She succeeded her father as the international leader of AGBU, and likewise embraced her parents' dedication to the worldwide Armenian Church.

To the Eastern Diocese she was a genuine trailblazer: the first woman elected to the Diocesan Council (in May 1979) who served as treasurer during her term. She played an important role in the history of St. Nersess Seminary, advocating for its mission and fundraising on its behalf at a critical time, laying the foundation for the significant expansion of its academic role and outreach to students. In 1991 she sponsored the first international gathering of Armenian clergy, which convened at the Diocesan Center in New York.

In her tenure as president of AGBU-which coincided with one of the most critical periods in all of Armenian history-Louise Simone rose to every occasion and surpassed every demand upon her. In its announcement of her passing, the AGBU rightly called her "one of the most consequential figures in modern Armenian life."


The family has made private arrangements for the funeral. The Primate has directed parishes to observe the karasoonk for Louise Manoogian Simone on Sunday, March 31. In the meantime, we extend prayers of consolation to the three children, two grandchildren, and brother who survive her. May our risen Lord bless her soul, and remember her in his kingdom.
Choices: The Greatest

New Choices Video

In the latest edition of the online video series Choices, Fr. Tateos Abdalian asks: Who, or what, is "the Greatest"? The team with the most wins? The person with the most riches? The celebrity with the most fans? What does it mean to be "the Greatest"? And what does it matter?

It's a question that comes up in the Gospel, too-a question raised by Jesus Christ's own disciples. What answer did they receive? Click here to find out in " The Greatest?"

Science Education for Rural Armenia

Teachers in Armenia's rural districts often have trouble keeping up with the kind of training and resources that can inspire students to pursue the sciences.

But thanks to a Fund for Armenian Relief initiative, six school science labs have been refurbished in Armenia's Berd region. The labs-renovated as part of FAR's Breaking the Cycle of Poverty program-will allow students in the impoverished border region to advance beyond textbook learning to practical, hands-on experimentation.

In addition to providing new equipment for physics, chemistry, and biology classes, FAR also arranged training for local science teachers in the respective disciplines.

Click the link to read more on FAR's blog.

New Let There Be...! Podcast

Armenians have always been known as a verbally expressive people, with a long tradition of witty sayings and wise proverbs suitable to almost any circumstance.

A great number of these Armenian expressions have their roots in the Bible, liturgy, and the Christian faith. Learn some of these common sayings in our latest podcast in the Let There Be...! series: " Let There Be Idioms."
2019 Diocesan Assembly to Meet in Watertown, MA

The 117th Diocesan Assembly will convene May 2-4, 2019, at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. The St. James Church of Watertown, MA, will host the Diocesan Assembly, the concurrent Women's Guild Assembly, and the Clergy Conference (meeting April 29-May 1), bringing together hundreds of Armenian Church leaders from the Eastern Diocese. Diocesan Primate the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan will preside.

Clergy, Diocesan delegates, and parish council chairs will soon receive notification (via mail and e-mail) regarding registration. Information on the 117th Diocesan Assembly-including online registration and room reservations-will be available on the St. James parish website in the coming weeks.
MEMBERSHIP AND DUES 

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We call upon you to renew, or become a new member, because dues are the largest part of our church income 
to help keep our beloved parish doors open.

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Thank you for your generosity and support.

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  BIBLE READING
37 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38 and let the one who believes in me drink. As[a] the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart[b]shall flow rivers of living water.'" 39 Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spir-it,[c] because Jesus was not yet glorified.
40 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, "This is really the prophet." 41 Others said, "This is the Messiah."[d] But some asked, "Surely the Messiah[e] does not come from Gali-lee, does he? 42 Has not the scripture said that the Messiah[f] is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?" 43 So there was a division in the crowd because of him. 44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
45 Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why did you not arrest him?" 46 The police answered, "Never has anyone spoken like this!" 47 Then the Pharisees replied, "Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? 48 Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 But this crowd, which does not know the law-they are accursed." 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus[g] before, and who was one of them, asked, 51 "Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?" 52 They replied, "Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee."
John 7.37-52

37 Մեծ տօնի վերջին օրը Յիսուս կանգնած էր եւ աղաղակում էր՝ ասելով. «Եթէ մէկը ծարաւ է, թող ինձ մօտ գայ եւ խմի: 38 Ով ինձ հաւատում է, ինչպէս Գիրքն է ասում, նրա ներսից կենդանի ջրերի գետեր պիտի բխեն»: 39 Նա այս ասում էր Հոգու մասին, որին ընդունելու էին իրեն հաւատացողները. քանի որ Հոգին դեռեւս չկար, որովհետեւ Յիսուս դեռ փառաւորուած չէր: 40 Ժողովրդից ոմանք, երբ լսում էին այս խօսքերը, ասում էին. «Սա է ճշմարիտ մարգարէն». 41 ուրիշներն ասում էին. «Սա է Քրիստոսը». իսկ դեռ ուրիշներ ասում էին. «Մի՞թէ Քրիստոս Գալիլիայից է գալու. 42 չէ՞ որ Գիրքն ասում է, թէ Քրիստոս գալու է Դաւթի սերնդից եւ Բեթղեհէմ գիւղից, որտեղից Դաւիթն էր»: 43 Եւ ժողովրդի մէջ նրա պատճառով պառակտում եղաւ: 44 Եւ նրանցից ոմանք ուզեցին բռնել նրան, բայց ոչ ոք նրա վրայ ձեռք չդրեց: 45 Իսկ սպասաւորները վերադարձան քահանայապետների եւ փարիսեցիների մօտ. եւ սրանք նրանց ասացին. «Ինչո՞ւ նրան այստեղ չբերեցիք»: 46 Սպասաւորները պատասխանեցին ու ասացին. «Ոչ մի մարդ երբեք այնպէս չի խօսել, ինչպէս այն մարդը»: 47 Փարիսեցիներն ասացին. «Մի՞թէ դուք էլ էք մոլորուել: 48 Մի՞թէ իշխանաւորներից կամ փարիսեցիներից որեւէ մէկը հաւատաց նրան, 49 բացի այն խաժամուժ ամբոխից, որ օրէնք չգիտէ եւ նզովեալ է»: 50 Նիկոդեմոսը, որ նախապէս գիշերով եկել էր նրա մօտ եւ նրանցից մէկն էր, նրանց ասաց. 51 «Մի՞թէ մեր օրէնքը դատապարտում է մարդուն, եթէ նախ նրանից լսած եւ կամ իմացած չլինի, թէ ինչ է գործել նա»: 52 Նրան պատասխանեցին ու ասացին. «Մի՞թէ դու էլ Գալիլիայից ես. քննի՛ր ու տե՛ս, որ Գալիլիայից մարգարէ դուրս չի գալիս»:
Հովհաննեսի 7.37-52
COME VISIT THE 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.
    
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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fellowship  to the Armenian Community.  Your support is deeply appreciated.