SEPTEMBER 21                                                                                                                                                                                                    37/2018   
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church 
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 
Tel. 202-363-1923
Morning Service
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak
10:30 AM 

Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan
Ms. Elsy Melkonian
 Mr. Armik Khatchatourians
Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Jack Guiragossian
Ms. Sarine Zenian 
Mr. Mark Krikorian

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian
Mrs. Karine Muradyan 
Bible Reading
Isaiah 14:3-17, 2 Corinthians 10:18-11:10,
Mark 10:1-12.  

There will be no Hokehankist this Sunday
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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

A special thanksgiving prayer for the 
Republic of Armenia will take place on 
Sunday, September 23 marking the 
27th Anniversary of Armenia's Independence, which occurred on September 21, 1991.
Program to follow immediately after Badarak at St. Mary Church Hall. 

September 23
Celebrating 27th Anniversary of the Independence of Armenia 

September 24 and 25
 The Armenian Assembly of America National Advocacy Conference & Gala
October 4-7 
Armenian Fall Food Festival

October 20
Fall Luncheon
Hosted by St. Mary Ararat Avak Society

December 9
St. Mary Armenian Church
86th Anniversary Celebration 

December 31
Internationally Acclaimed
Bartev and His Band
New Year's Eve Celebration and DJ
September 23
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church Parish Council Knights and Daughters of Vartan Celebrating 27th Anniversary of the Independence of Armenia

September 24 and 25
The Armenian Assembly of America National Advocacy Conference & Gala

September 30
Feast of the Holy Cross of Varag

October 4, 5, 6 and 7
Armenian Fall Food Festival

October 20
Fall Luncheon Hosted by St. Mary Ararat Avak Society

October 28
Feast of Discovery of the Holy Cross

November 18
Women's Guild Thanksgiving

November 20
Advent Bible Study

November 27
Advent Bible Study

December 1
Women's Guild Christmas Party

December 4
Advent Bible Study

December 9
86th Anniversary Celebration

December 11
Advent Bible Study

December 18
Advent Bible Study

December 31
Internationally Acclaimed
Bartev and His Band
New Year's Eve Celebration and DJ

FAR-Supported Summer Camp Encourages Children's Interest in Science

Sun observations and planet gazes were the must-do activities at Byurakan Science Camp this year. The summer camp held at Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory hosted 50 children (aged 9 to 14). FAR has supported the camp for five years. It enables children to combine study and leisure, art and science through different mediums. On one day, campers may hear lectures about astrophysics and civil rights. On another day, they may visit churches and castles, draw pictures or make videos.

"We hope that the days spent here and the knowledge we deliver will encourage children to be interested in astronomy, or at least in science," said Camp Coordinator Sona Farmanyan. To learn more, go to: LINK
To support FAR's youth and education programs, go to: LINK

A Prayer for Armenia's Independence

Today - Friday, September 21-marks the 27th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Armenia. The rebirth of the Armenian homeland is one of the most momentous developments in the history of the Armenian people. Armenia's citizens voted for independence from the Soviet Union on September 21, 1991, and the resulting free republic became a member of the United Nations on March 2, 1992.

Armenians encountered the powerful spirit of those days again this year, when the courage and determination of our fellow countrymen in the homeland became an example to Armenians all over the world-including here in America.

On Sunday, September 23, parishes of the Eastern Diocese will conduct the "Thanksgiving Prayer of the Republic of Armenia." Click here to download the prayer booklet.

May our risen Lord bestow his grace on our homeland, keep it under his loving protection, and guide all its citizens-our brothers and sisters-in their heroic effort to build a decent, prosperous, and just society.

Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Exaltation of the  Holy Cross was celebrated at St.  Mary Armenian Church on September 16 , with an Antasdan Service immediately  following the Divine  Liturgy The Armenian Apostolic Church  celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation  of the Holy Cross  (Khachverats in Armenian) on the  Sunday nearest to September 15.
It is one of the five major feasts of the Armenian Church, and the most important of the four feasts of  the Holy Cross. According to the tradition, the first one to "exalt" the Cross was the Apostle  James of Jerusalem, also known as the "Brother of the Lord." 
After the Badarak an Antasdan service (blessing of the fields) was celebrated during which the processional  cross adorned with basil (a symbol of royalty) was carried and the four corners of the  church were blessed as a sign of the sanctification of the world. This sweet-smelling plant is associated  with the celebration of this feast because in the early decades of Christianity, basil was a symbol of royalty,  befitting the Savior who was crucified as a King.  Church traditions also recall a beautiful story of the miraculous growth of basil on the ground at the foot  of the Cross of the Lord after it had been removed. Basil, according to pious traditions, continued to  grow on that ground despite the faithful cutting and taking it home. 

To see photos click here

Click here here to see the flyer

Fall Food Festival Schedule of Workshops

St. Mary's Annual Fall Food Festival will take place on October 4-7. 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 Dates and Time:

Sauce Prep - Tuesday, September 25, 10:00 am
Khadayeef - Friday, September 28, 5:00 pm
Meat Cutting - Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am
Yalanchi (Por-meechog) - Saturday, September 29, 1:00 pm
Yalanchi (Wrap) - Monday, October 1, 4:00 pm
Green Beans -  Tuesday, October 2, 4:00 pm
Hall Set Up - Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm
Eggplant and Green Beans - Tuesday, October 2, 10:00 am
Hummus - Wednesday, October 3, 4:00 pm

To sign-up to help during the Festival click here
First Day of Shnorhali School 2018-2019

The Shnorhali Armenian School opened its doors for the academic year 2018-2019 on September 9, with classes in Armenian language and culture and Christian education taught to K-12 students. This year the School offers an Eastern Armenian language and Cultural heritage curriculum to seven grade levels, as well as one Western Armenian class. The Christian education curriculum is extended to include post graduate/high school levels. The Eastern Armenian classes for adults, the school started last year, will be taught this year as well.

As the registration process hasn't been completed the Shnorhali School would like to request parents' cooperation in timely registration of students.

Visit Our New Website!

We are very pleased to announce the launch of St. Mary Armenia Church new website at
With the support of a generous and technologically talented church member, we were able to re-introduce our presence on the web with a newer and more contemporary visibility.  All upcoming events and holidays will continue to be listed in our calendar of events in real time, event flyers are available for viewing on the home page, and the new online application pages provides our community the ability to present their interest in Baptisms, Matrimony, Church Hall rental, WED, and alike. And, we continue to present our Church and faith heritage with memorable photos and history.

"Armenia!" Exhibit Opening this Week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

After months of eager anticipation, the splendid "Armenia!" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will finally open to the public on Saturday, September 22, beginning its run through January 13, 2019. This major exhibition features rare works of Armenian art from around the world-many of them never before displayed in the United States.

His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, is traveling to New York to preside over the opening reception for the exhibit on September 24. (While there are no public gatherings scheduled for Catholicos Karekin II's brief time in the city, he will be present at the United Nations General Assembly for the speech of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.)

Since the exhibit's inception, the Eastern Diocese and Diocesan Primate the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan have taken active roles in the realization of "Armenia!" One of the exceptional items on display will be the 17th-century Voskan Bible that the Diocese is lending to the Met for this special occasion. Fr. Findikyan has contributed a scholarly essay to the magnificent exhibit catalogue, and blessed the exhibit during the "press preview" on September 20 ( click here for photos).

Exhibit curator Dr. Helen Evans (the Met's Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, and a longtime friend of the Diocese) has brought together exquisite works covering 14 centuries of Armenian history: from the 4th through 17th centuries.

"This is the first major exhibition to explore the remarkable artistic and cultural achievements of the Armenian people in a global context," Dr. Evans explained. Watch her overview of the exhibit in a short video on the Metropolitan Museum's website by clicking here.

The Met's website content includes photos and background on select objects of art, an interactive map of the medieval Armenian world, and online admission ticket purchasing. Click on the link to log onto the Met's online preview of "Armenia!"

Days of Disaster, Days of Prayer

In a directive last week, Diocesan Primate Fr. Daniel Findikyan urged parishioners to offer prayers for the victims of Hurricane Florence, and for residents of the towns in Massachusetts where dozens of homes were destroyed in gas-leak explosions.

In particular, he asked the faithful to pray for the St. Sarkis Church of Charlotte, NC, and the mission parish in Atlanta, GA, both of which lie within the outer orbit of the hurricane; and for the Hye Pointe Church of Bradford, MA, which is nearby Andover and Lawrence, where the explosions occurred.

The Primate said that the church pastors, Rev. Fr. Samuel Rith-Najarian and the Rev. Fr. Vart Gyozalyan, had reported that their people and churches were spared from the worst effects of the disasters, and that they were reaching out to those in need of assistance.

"Pray, too, for all our fellow citizens who are in distress due to these calamities," urged the Primate. "May our Lord Jesus Christ be with everyone affected by these days of disaster. May He attend to our fervent prayers, and draw His holy light out of the darkness. And may He strengthen our resolve to help with relief efforts when the storm and turmoil have passed."

Hearts Connect on a Visit to FAR's Vanadzor Home

Members of the Fuller Center for Housing (FCHA) visited the Fund for Armenian Relief's Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) during their recent trip to Armenia. FAR board member Fr. Yeprem Kelegian led the group.

Dr. Lisa Armaganian, a cardiologist from Racine, WI, didn't know what to expect from her visit to the home, on her first trip of Armenia. She didn't hesitate to interact with residents, however, and asked them about their lives and daily activities. "I think this is a wonderful place for these people," she said. "Everyone we have talked to feels so happy about being here. They love the staff and everybody said they felt as if VOAH was their family."

Dr. Armaganian went on: "I had heard about the Fund for Armenian Relief in the U.S., but I never really understood what they did. Now I see what they are doing for these people, and I feel that I want to give more."

Fr. Kelegian concurred. "The joy and the warmth I witnessed at the old age home is vivid in my mind," he said. "Thank you to FAR for its presence and dedicated work."

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 Յիսուս այնտեղից վեր կացաւ եկաւ Հրէաստանի սահմանները, Յորդանանի միւս կողմը. եւ ժողովուրդը դարձեալ գնում խռնւում էր նրա շուրջը, եւ նա, ինչպէս սովոր էր, նորից ուսուցանում էր նրանց։ 2Իսկ փարիսեցիները մօ¬տե-ցան եւ նրան փորձելով՝ հարց տուին ու ասացին. «Օրինաւո՞ր է, որ մարդ իր կնոջն արձակի»։ 3Նա պատասխան տուեց նրանց եւ ասաց. «Մով¬սէսը ձեզ ի՞նչ պատուիրեց»։ 4Եւ նրանք ասացին. «Մովսէսը հրաման տուեց արձակելու թուղթ գրել եւ արձակել»։ 5Յիսուս պատասխանեց եւ ասաց նը-րանց. «Ձեր խստասրտութեան պատճառով գրեց այդ պատուիրանը, 6մինչ-դեռ արարչագործութեան սկզբից Աստուած արու եւ էգ ստեղծեց նրանց»։ 7Եւ ասաց. «Դրա համար տղամարդը պիտի թողնի իր հօրն ու մօրը եւ պի¬տի գնայ իր կնոջ յետեւից։ 8Եւ երկուսը մի մարմին պիտի լինեն, եւ այլեւս եր¬կու չեն, այլ՝ մէկ մարմին։ 9Արդ, ինչ որ Աստուած միացրեց, մարդը թող չբաժանի»։ 10Եւ աշակերտները տան մէջ դարձեալ նոյնը հարցրին նրան։ 11Եւ նրանց ասաց. «Եթէ մի մարդ արձակի իր կնոջը եւ ուրիշին առնի, շնու-թիւն արած կը լինի։ 12Եւ մի կին եթէ թողնի իր ամուսնուն եւ ուրիշ մարդու կին լինի, շնութիւն արած կը լինի»։
Մարկոս 10:1-12

And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them. And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away." But Jesus said to them, "For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, `God made them male and female.' `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one.' So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. And he said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."
Mark 10:1-12

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 
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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, 
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