FEBRUARY 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   5/2019  
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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
Morning Service
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak
10:30 AM

Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan 

Mrs. Sara Arabian and Mr. Garbis Chubukian

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

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading
Is 62:1-11, 2 Tm 2:15-19, Jn 6:39-47

For the Soul of: 
Rose Arakelian

Requested by:
Eleanor (Daughter) and David (Son-in-Law) Marvel, Anna Gharakanian (Sister), George and Robin (Nephews) and their Families

For the Souls of: 
Arousiag Boursalian
Peter Boursalian
Pierre Boursalian

Requested by:
Noubar and Linda Boursalian

Hospitality table is hosted by: 
Eleanor Marvel in loving memory of her beloved mother Rose Arakelian 

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
Armenian Dance Classes

January 29 
February 5, 12 & 19
Bible Study

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February 16
Knights and Daughter of Vartan
Valentine's Day Dinner Dance

February 23
ACYOA Juniors Youth 
Snow Tubing Event 

February 12
Knights and Daughter of Vartan
Public Discussion by: Emil Sanamyan

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

February 5, 12 & 19
Bible Study

        February 10        
Parish Assembly

February 12
Knights and Daughter of Vartan
Public Discussion by: Emil Sanamyan

February 14
Presentation of the Lord to the Temple (Տեառնընդառաջ)

February 16
Knights and Daughter of Vartan
Valentine's Day Dinner Dance

February 23
ACYOA Juniors Youth
Snow Tubing Event

March 2 
Women's Guild Paregentan Event

March 3
Great Barekendan

April 7
Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

April 7
Save The Date
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 Helps Young Musicians Showcase their Talents

FAR's programs are incredibly diverse and work to support nearly every facet of society, including the arts. A musical competition at Yerevan State Conservatory made possible by FAR recently brought together 25 young talents to perform the clarinet. Eleven young clarinet students received prizes during the award ceremony and concert, which was held at Armenian State Philharmonic Hall. FAR Gulamerian Scholarship Program alumnus Serob Asatryan, 23, won third prize. FAR Education Programs Director Eduard Karapetyan emphasized the importance of the contest in the framework of FAR and its long-term cooperation with the conservatory and its cultural programs. This was the second time FAR supported the competition, with the first one held back in 2013.To read more, go to LINK
Commemoration of St. Gregory the Illuminator's Sons and Grandsons - 
Sts. Aristakes, Vrtanes, Housik,  Grigoris and Daniel
On Saturday , February 9th the Armenian Church celebrates the feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator's Sons and Grandsons.
Aristakes was St. Gregory the Illuminator's youngest son. He led a monastic life from a very early age. He was consecrated a bishop by his father, and became one of St. Gregory's most valued supporters. In 325 A.D. he participated in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, representing the first Catholicos and the entire Armenian Church. Following St. Gregory the Illuminator, he became Catholicos of All Armenians.He was killed in 333 A.D. by Arkeghayos, a prince of Greater Armenia, for criticizing some incorrigible behavior of the king, and was buried in the village Til.
Vrtanes was St. Gregory the Illuminator's elder son. He was married and had two sons - Grigoris and Housik. Following the death of his brother, he ascended to the Catholicosal Throne.
Although Christianity was already fairly well accepted as the official religion, some remnants of paganism and heathenism continued in remote areas and smaller villages. One region that had substantial resistance was the province of Daron. Vrtanes organized annual festive Christian celebrations in this province to gradually eliminate their pagan beliefs and practices. Vrtanes died in 341 A.D. and was buried in the village Tordan, near the relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator.
Grigoris was the elder son of Vrtanes. He was sent by the Armenian Church to spread Christianity among the neighboring nations of Armenia. He was martyred upon the order of King Sanesan, the head of the nomadic Mazkut tribe. His remains were buried by the deacons who served with him, in the village of Amaras, in Artsakh. In 489 A.D. upon the order of the Aghvan (Caucasian Albanian) King Vachagan, the Church of St. Gregory was built on this site.
Housik was the younger son of Vrtanes. He married with the daughter of the Armenian King Tiridates and had two sons - Pap and Antiochus. In 341 A.D. he was elected as the Catholicos of All Armenians. He resisted and challenged the will of King Tiran, who wished to hang the portrait of Julianus the Betrayer in a church. He was severely beaten, martyred, and was buried in the village of Tordan, province of Daranaghi.
Bishop Daniel Assyrian was famous for his saintly way of life. As he grew older he led an ascetic and isolated life in the province of Daron. Following the martyrdom of Housik, he was invited to be the Catholicos of All Armenians.
During the very first meeting with King Tiran, he strictly castigated him on the murder of the Pontiff Housik. The king summarily ordered the death of Daniel by strangulation. His remains are buried in the Monastery of Hatsyats Drahkt.
The sons and grandsons of St. Gregory the Illuminator are remembered and commemorated by all Armenian Churches throughout the world for their service to the Church, their faithfulness to Christianity, and their commitment to the Armenian people.

 27th Anniversary of the Armenian Armed Forces Celebrated at St. Mary

On Sunday, January 27, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the Armenian Armed Forces, a special Hokehankist prayer service took place at St. Mary for the souls of all of our freedom-fighters and soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom and liberation of our Homeland.
At the conclusion of the Badarak and Hokehankist service parishioners and friends enjoyed a lavish hospitality table hosted by the Office of the Defense and Military Attache in the U.S.
Present were Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan, Military Attaché Col. Arman Mkrtchyan and Abp. Vicken Aykazian who expressed their well wishes on the occasion of the Armed Forces Anniversary and spoke about the importance of having a strong and brave army for the defense of the motherland and Artsakh. 

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Hayko Bagdat's Presentation at St. Mary

On January 25 parishioners and guests gathered at St. Mary to honor the memory of Hrant Dink with a guest speaker, an Istanbul-Armenian journalist, and writer Hayko Baghdat. In his presentation, Hayko Baghdat shared his thoughts about the direction that the modern Turkish government is moving towards in their denialist policies regarding the Armenian Genocide. He also spoke about the deteriorating human rights situation in today's Turkey and the current state of the Armenian community in Turkey. 
He shared how his life was dramatically changed in January of 2007, during the funeral of Hrant Dink, when the Armenian community decided that two Armenian young men along with a clergyman had to escort the funeral hearse in which Hrant Dink's body was being carried. "The two young men came up against 200,000 people who came to the funeral to express their love and support, and these two men, sitting in the car, when everything was done, were no longer able to continue their lives the same way. One of them was Garo Palian, and the other was me " said Baghdat. 
Because of his journalistic activities, Hayko Baghdat was forced to leave Turkey and move to Germany after numerous threats. Today, the 43-year-old journalist continues his fight for justice and the rights of national minorities in Turkey.

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Bible Study on the Gospel of Matthew

St. Mary's new series of Bible Study on the Gospel of Matthew began on Tuesday, January 8. It was well attended and will continue on regular bases every Tuesday until February 19.

Please join us to explore the Gospel of Matthew and take an in-depth journey into the heart of God. Enter into the drama of Christ's family tree, the birth of our Savior, His duel in the desert with Satan, and the life-changing truths of His Sermon on the Mount.  Experience the unfolding of Jesus' ministry through His miracles and parables. Be there as our Lord triumphantly enters into Jerusalem on His way to the cross, tomb, and resurrection. 

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An Invitation to Witness the Episcopal Ordination of Our Primate
As arrangements go forward for the episcopal ordination of the Diocesan Primate, the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, the Eastern Diocese is announcing a "pilgrimage" to Armenia for those who wish to witness the consecration in person.
His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will consecrate Fr. Findikyan as a bishop of the Armenian Church on the weekend of May 11-12, 2019. The solemn ceremony will take place at Holy Etchmiadzin.
The Eastern Diocese is offering two travel packages to Armenia for the occasion. Both packages arrange for members of the group to take part in the Evening Service on Saturday, May 11; the Divine Liturgy and Ordination on Sunday, May 12; the antranig badarak (inaugural Divine Liturgy) of the newly-ordained Bishop Daniel on Monday, May 13; and a special banquet for American-Armenian pilgrims, in honor of the Primate, on Monday evening.
For dates, costs, and other details, click on the link to  view a flyer -or contact the  travel agency  directly.
After his episcopal ordination, the Primate will return to the U.S. to celebrate his first Divine Liturgy as bishop among the faithful of the Eastern Diocese, on Saturday, May 18. Further information on that event will be coming soon.
Armenians Really Believe in God

An infographic made the rounds this week showing how the intensity of belief in God varies among countries in Western and Eastern Europe. Titled " Who (Really) Believes in God?" (click the link to see it) the graphic shows that in Armenia, nearly 8 in 10 people affirm belief in God with absolute certainty. That finding places Armenia at the very top of the countries polled.  
The graphic, created by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, drew on survey data collected by the Pew Research Center-and the Pew website presents an even deeper perspective on the religiosity of our countrymen.                         
According to Pew, Armenia ranks as the second most religious country among the 34 European countries surveyed. "Religiosity" was measured using four indices of religious observance: service attendance, prayer frequency, belief in God, and the self-described importance of religion in one's life. Romania ranked first according to these indices; Estonia last.
Among the 1,400 Armenians polled about their religious commitment, 79% said they are "absolutely certain God exists"-the highest overall figure among the 34 countries surveyed. Regarding the other indicators, 45% of Armenians said they pray daily (ranking second overall); 53% said religion is very important in their lives (third overall); and 34% said they attend religious services at least monthly (twelfth overall).  
Additionally, Pew's extensive survey on religious views and social issues offers fascinating insights into Armenian spirituality. Among the questions asked were: How important is religion in the composition of national identity? Do you regard your own culture as superior to others? How important are language and birth ancestry to national identity? Do you believe in fate, reincarnation, or the Evil Eye?  
Click on the following links to learn more about Pew's  religious commitment survey, about its extensive research into  religious views and social issues, and about the  methodology of the Pew survey.

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.

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39 Այս է կամքը իմ Հօր, որ ինձ ուղարկեց. բոլոր նրանք, ում Հայրն ինձ տուել է, նրանցից ոչ մէկին չկորցնեմ, այլ վերջին օրը յարութիւն առնել տամ նրանց: 40 Այս է իմ Հօր կամքը. ամէն ոք, ով տեսնի Որդուն եւ հաւատայ նրան, ունենայ յաւիտենական կեանք. եւ ես նրան վերջին օրը յարութիւն առնել տամ»: 41 Հրեաները տրտնջում էին նրանից, որովհետեւ ասել էր. «Ես եմ երկնքից իջած հացը»: 42 Եւ ասում էին. «Սա Յիսուսը չէ՞՝ Յովսէփի որդին, որի հօրն ու մօրը մենք ճանաչում ենք: Իսկ արդ, ինչպէ՞ս է ասում. "Ես երկնքից իջայ"»: 43 Յիսուս պատասխանեց եւ ասաց նրանց. «Մի՛ քրթմնջացէք իրար մէջ. 44 ոչ ոք չի կարող գալ դէպի ինձ, եթէ նրան չձգի Հայրը, որ ինձ ուղարկեց, եւ ես նրան վերջին օրը յարութիւն առնել կտամ: 45 Մարգարէների գրքերում գրուած է. "Եւ ամէնքը Աստծուց ուսանած կլինեն": Ամէն ոք, որ լսում է Հօրից եւ ուսանում է, գալիս է դէպի ինձ: 46 Սակայն ոչ ոք Հօրը չի տեսել, այլ միայն նա, որ Աստծուց է, նա է տեսել Հօրը: 47 Ճշմարիտ, ճշմարիտ եմ ասում ձեզ, որ ով հաւատում է, ունենում է յաւիտենական կեանքը: 

Հովհաննեսի 6.39-47

39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? 43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 
John 6.39-47

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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. 
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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. 
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