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AUGUST 23
   No: 34/2019
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church  
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
Address: 4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 
Tel: 202-363-1923

TOP STORY     
Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anna

The Armenian Church styles her Sourp Asdvadzadzin: the "Holy Mother-of-God"-an almost cosmic title which has elicited reverent love from generations of Armenian Christians, and is honored as the name of many of our churches. In more common parlance she is St. Mary: the girl of humble piety who carried the Hope of the world within her body, and delivered Him as a baby in Bethlehem.

She began life as the child of a devout Hebrew couple, whose earnest prayer was answered with the birth of a precious daughter. Tuesday, August 27, marks the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Holy Virgin Mary-and the grandparents of our Lord Jesus Christ-who are remembered with honor in the Armenian Church.

The parents who guided Mary onto the path of holiness truly deserve to be celebrated-especially in the church season dedicated to the Holy Mother-of-God, which began last week with the Feast of the Holy Assumption.

Click on the following links to  read more about the feasts of St. Mary , and to watch a " Bread and Salt " video about her spiritual significance in the Armenian Church.
PARISH NEWS
Feast Of The Assumption Of The Holy Mother-Of-God And Name Day Of Our Church

The feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God was observed at St. Mary on August 12. Very Rev. Mamigon Keledjian, our guest clergy, celebrated the Badarak which was followed by the special serve of the Blessing of Grapes and Madagh. .
 
Latter that afternoon the parishioners and friends came together for fellowship around the hospitality table.

Especial thanks to St. Mary Parish Council for hosting the event. We also thank all of the members and friends who contributed towards the Great Blessing, supported, and enjoyed this holy day. 

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DIOCESAN & OTHER NEWS
Prophet of Sorrow—and Hope

The Armenian Church liturgical calendar designates August 29 of this year as the Feast of St. Jeremiah: honoring one of the major prophets of the Bible.
 
Jeremiah received his prophetic calling in a time of great promise: the reign of the godly king Josiah, during which a lost book of Moses (eventually known as Deuteronomy) was re-discovered, and a movement of spiritual renewal awakened among the Hebrew people.
 
But the pious king died in battle; his successors were weak and profligate; and Jeremiah’s generation saw its worst fears realized: the conquest of their holy city, Jerusalem, and the bitter exile of a nation from its homeland.
 
Jeremiah documented his painful experiences in the Old Testament book bearing his name, as well as in the aptly titled book of Lamentations. As a result, he became known to the ages as the “weeping prophet.”
 
Yet even in defeat, Jeremiah was something other than a voice of doom. To his people he spoke with the words of God; and they were words of hope, not despair.
 
Holy Assumption at the Mother See

At the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the Feast of the Holy Assumption drew large crowds of faithful on Sunday, August 18, for one of the most eagerly anticipated holy days of the Armenian Church calendar.
 
With the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin undergoing a major restoration, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over the Divine Liturgy at the ancient monastery of St. Gayane. Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanian celebrated and delivered a homily in which he called the assumption of St. Mary a precursor to the general resurrection of the faithful at Christ’s Second Coming.
 
Later, after leading a procession of clergy and faithful to Holy Etchmiadzin’s large open-air altar, Catholicos Karekin II presided over the Blessing of Grapes ceremony.

Click here  to read more in Armenian, and to view photos.
READ MORE NEWS FROM DIOCESE 
SUNDAY SCHEDULE
AUGUST 25, 2019
Morning Service 
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak 
10:30 AM

Celebrant 
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan

Ushers
Mr. Armik Khatchatourians and Mrs. Sara Arabian

Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Mark Krikorian, Mr. Bagrat Bayburtian, Mr. Ara Stepanian

Choir 
Dr. Hratch Semerjian 

Organist 
Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading 
Zechariah 2:10-13, 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1, Luke 1:39-56
HOKEHANKIST REQUIEM SERVICE
HOKEHANKIST
REQUIEM SERVICE  

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

September 5-26
Who is the Master Backgammon Tournament

September 8
Book Signing and Presentation By: Rosemary Hartounian Cohen

September 15
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 29
Feast of Holy Cross of Vara k

October 3 – 6
Fall Food Festival

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
A Medical Mission to Armenia’s Berd Region

The Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) recently partnered with the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO) to bring a medical mission to Armenia's impoverished Berd region. The mission trip—the first of its kind for AAHPO—was part of FAR’s “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” program. It aimed to connect local health professionals (including dentists, physicians, ophthalmologists, and nurses) with their counterparts from America to begin a strategic collaboration for the future.
 
“Our local physicians and the AAHPO professionals addressed questions about health and service, nutrition, and hygiene,” said Dr. Hamayak Adamyan, who directs the Berd Medical Center.
 
AAHPO president Dr. Lawrence Najarian said: “We learned and they learned. Our mission group was extraordinarily impressed by the quality of the physicians in Armenia, and their knowledge and willingness to be receptive to new ideas.”
 

BIBLE READING
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.    When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.    In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!    But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?    As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.    Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me - holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.                     
                                                                                                                  (Luke 1:39-56)

Այդ օրերին Մարիամը վեր կացաւ եւ շտապով գնաց Յուդայի լեռնային շրջանի քաղաքներից մէկը, մտաւ Զաքարիայի տունը ու Եղիսաբեթին ողջոյն տուեց։ Եւ երբ Եղիսաբեթը Մարիամի ողջոյնը լսեց, մանուկը խաղաց նրա որովայնում, եւ Եղիսաբեթը լցուեց Սուրբ Հոգով եւ բարձր ձայնով աղաղակեց ու ասաց. «Օրհնեա՜լ ես դու կանանց մէջ, եւ օրհնեա՜լ է քո որովայնի պտուղը։ Որտեղի՞ց ինձ այս ուրախութիւնը, որ իմ Տիրոջ մայրը ինձ մօտ գայ. որովհետեւ ահաւասիկ, երբ քո ողջոյնի ձայնը հասաւ իմ ականջին, մանուկը ցնծալով խաղաց իմ որովայնում։ Եւ երանի՜նրան, որ կը հաւատայ, թէ Տիրոջ կողմից իրեն ասուածները կը կատարուեն»։ Եւ Մարիամն ասաց.«Իմ անձը կը փառաւորի Տիրոջը, եւ իմ հոգին ցնծաց իմ Փրկիչ Աստուծով, որովհետեւ նա իր հայեացքը դարձրեց իր աղախնի խոնարհութեան վրայ։Եւ ահա, այսուհետեւ բոլոր սերունդները ինձ երանի կը տան, որովհետեւ ամենազօր Աստուած մեծամեծ գործեր արեց ինձ համար,եւ նրա անունը սուրբ է։ Նրա ողորմութիւնը սերնդից սերունդ իր երկիւղածների վրայ է։ Նա իր բազուկով զօրութիւն ի գործ դրեց,ցրեց ամբարտաւաններին իրենց սրտի խորհուրդներով. հզօրներին տապալեց իրենց աթոռներից եւ բարձրացրեց խոնարհներին։ Քաղցածներին լիացրեց բարիքներով եւ մեծահարուստներին ձեռնունայն արձակեց։ Նա պաշտպան կանգնեց իր ծառային՝ Իսրայէլին, յիշելով իր ողորմութիւնները, ինչպէս ասել էր մեր հայրերին՝ Աբրահամին եւ նրա սերնդին, յաւիտեան»։ Մարիամը գրեթէ երեք ամիս մնաց Եղիսաբեթի մօտ եւ դարձաւ իր տունը։                  
                                                                                                              (Ղուկաս 1:39-56)
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The Gift Shop is open every week after Sunday Church services and by appointment.
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church 
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