JUNE 21                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 25 /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, JUNE 23, 2019
Morning Service 
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak 
10:30 AM

Celebrant 
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan
 
Ushers
Mrs. Sara Arabian, Mr. Garbis Chubukian

Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Jack Guiragossian, Mr. Zakar Shahverdian, Mr. Mark Krikorian 

Choir 
Dr. Hratch Semerjian 

Organist 
Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading 
Proverbs 9:1-6, Zechariah 3:7-4:9
Hebrews 9:1-10, John 10:22-30
"Order of Special Prayer for the Catholicos and on the Feast of Holy
Etchmiadzin.

On Sunday, June 23rd, on the occasion of the Feast of the Holy Etchmiadzin an "Order of Special Prayer for the Catholicos and on the
Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin" will be conducted at St. Mary following the Badarak and Hokehankist Serves.
Click here to download the special prayer.
HOKEHANKIST 
REQUIEM SERVICE

HOKEHANKIST
REQUIEM SERVICE 

For the Souls of:
Linda Kumkumian and Arousiag Kumkumian

Requested by: 
Kumkumian and Schwietzer and Anbarjian families

Hospitality Table will Host By:
The Kumkumian and Schweitzer families
 in memory of Linda and Arousiag Kumkumian
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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 
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Armenian Dance Classes

Every Tuesday
Bible Study


June 29
Special tour to the Hillwood Estate,
 Museum and Gardens


January 13-22, 2020
Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

CALENDAR OF FEASTS & EVENTS
Every Tuesday
Bible Study

June 29
Special Tour to the Hillwood Estate,
Museum and Gardens

January 13-22, 2020
Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
FAR NEWS CORNER


Ayo!'s Latest Project Aims to Support One of Yerevan's Oldest Neighborhoods

The Fund for Armenian Relief's Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) recently held its yearly awards ceremony at the National Academy of Science in Yerevan.

This year 88 scientists in 27 separate research groups-representing the fields of biology, biotech, chemistry, physics, astronomy, agriculture, archeology, and history, among others-will begin or continue research with the help of an ANSEF grant.

"ANSEF is a unique diaspora initiative," said Eduard Karapetyan, of FAR's Education and Science Program, during the awards ceremony. "It gives scientists-especially young scientists-a chance to acquire research experience and advance their innovative ideas."

In its 19 years of existence, ANSEF has awarded 488 grants to 1,735 scientists-an investment in excess of $2.4 million in Armenia's scientific disciplines. That support has fueled a community of researchers who have taken the lead in advocating for further scientific development in Armenia.

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The Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin

On Sunday, June 23, the Armenian Church will celebrate the Feast of the Catholic Church of Holy Etchmiadzin (canonically known as Don Sourp Etchmiadzini Gatoghiguh Yegeghetzin).

The cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was built in A.D. 303, after St. Gregory the Illuminator had a vision in which Christ struck the ground with a golden hammer and instructed Gregory to erect a church on the site.

The feast day commemorates the founding of the Universal Church (the idea that there was one church, founded by Jesus Christ and spread by the Apostles) and St. Gregory's vision. It follows the Feast of St. Gregory the Enlightener (his deliverance from the pit), which will be observed on Saturday, June 22.

On Sunday, all parishes in the Eastern Diocese will conduct the "Special Prayer for the Catholicos and the Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin." Click here to download the special prayer.

Click here to read a reflection on the beginnings of the Christian movement, and the spiritual meaning of Etchmiadzi
Տոն Կաթողիկե Սբ. Էջմիածնի

Հայոց եկեղեցու մեծ տոներից է Սբ. Գրիգոր Լուսավորչի տեսիլքով Կաթողիկե Սբ. Էջմիածնի հիմնադրման տոնը: Ըստ ավանդության՝ Խոր Վիրապի բանտարկությունից դուրս գալուց հետո Սբ. Գրիգոր Լուսավորիչը տեսնում է նշանավոր տեսիլքը, ուր Միածինը, ողողված հրաշափառ լույսով, իջնում է երկնքից եւ ոսկե ուռով զարկում Սանդարամետի գետնափոր մեհյանը` ցույց տալով այն տեղը, ուր պետք է կառուցվեր հայոց սուրբ հավատի տաճարը: Այստեղից էլ առաջացել է «Էջմիածին» անունը, այսինքն` էջ՝ (գրաբար) իջավ Միածինը:

Սբ. Գրիգոր Լուսավորիչն իր տեսիլքը պատմում է հայոց Տրդատ թագավորին: Արքայի հովանավորությամբ կառուցվում է Սբ. Էջմիածնի Աստվածածնին նվիրված Կաթողիկե Մայր Տաճարը: Քրիստոսի իջման տեղում էլ կառուցվում է Իջման Սբ. Սեղանը: Էջմիածնի կառուցման աշխատանքներին ժողովրդի հետ մասնակցել են նաեւ Տրդատ թագավորը եւ Աշխեն թագուհին: Ըստ Մաղաքիա պատրիարք Օրմանյանի Ծիսական բառարանի՝ «կաթողիկե» նշանակում է աթոռանիստ մայր եկեղեցի, եւ այս անունը հատուկ տրվել է Էջմիածնի Մայր տաճարին:

Սակայն մեկ այլ իմաստով կաթողիկե են անվանել գմբեթ ունեցող բոլոր եկեղեցիներն ընդհանրապես, իսկ աստվածաբանության մեջ այդ անվանումը համարվում է եկեղեցու ընդհանրականության խորհրդապատկերը: Այս երեք իմաստներն էլ համապատասխանում են Էջմիածնի Մայր Տաճարին, քանի որ այն աթոռանիստ եկեղեցի է, գմբեթավոր եւ ընդհանրական է բոլոր հավատացյալների համար: Կաթողիկե Սբ. Էջմիածնի տոնը նշվում է Սբ. Զատիկից 64 օր հետո կամ Հոգեգալստյան կիրակիին հաջորդող երկրորդ կիրակին: Տոնի օրը մատուցվում է Սբ. Պատարագ, իսկ ժամերգությունների ընթացքում այլ շարականների հետ երգվում է նաեւ նշանավոր «Էջ Միածինն ի Հօրէ» շարականը, որը գրել է 8-րդ դարի կաթողիկոս Սահակ Ձորափորեցին: Շարականը Գրիգոր Լուսավորչի տեսիլքի եւ տաճարի կառուցման մասին է:
PARISH NEWS

Shnorhali School End of Year Hantess, Graduation and Performances 

The St. Mary Shnorhali School held it's year-end Hantess on two separate joyous occasions.  On  June 2nd , a ceremony was held for the graduating class followed by a joint performance "Hayots Lezoon" by the students of three grades together (Tikin Marta', Tikin Anushik, and Tikin Maro classes). The play was written and directed by Mrs. Edita Kalaijyan.  The Western Armenian class, led by Armen and Nareg Boghosian, also performed beautiful violin solos.  

The Shnorhali School congratulates all of it's graduates of the Armenian School as well as students who received diplomas denoting their graduation from the Diocesan Christian education program:  Marusya Airumian,  Narineh Tekeyan,  Amelia Kazazian,  Sonya Sarkisian,  Anna Sarkisian,  Sosie Scott,  Aren Avetisyan,  Jirair Kalayjian,  Andre Alexandrian,  Haig Jamgochian,  Johnny Guerigurian,  Nareg Boghosian,  Armen Boghosian,  Hovsep Seferian,  Arman Harutyunyan,  Ruben Karapetyan, Tommy Tomyan, Ashot Hovhannisyan, Ani Mkrtchyan, Karine Mikayelyan and Narineh Tekeyan.  May they continue to learn and grow in their Armenian faith, language and cultural history.

The second Hantess was held on June 9 and included performances from  Tikin Melineh (Kindergarten), Tikin Anna, Tikin Gemma , and Tikin Julia's classes.  The students recited beautiful programs about Armenian language and cultural history.  We are thankful to all of our Shnorhali teachers, parents and volunteers.  Special appreciation goes to Principle
Harry Tchetchenian 
who organized such a lovely and fitting end of year celebration.

Click here to see photos.
DIOCESAN NEWS

Young Pilgrims Return from the Holy Land

Twenty-three young adults from across the Eastern Diocese embarked on a 10-day tour of the Holy Land this month, as part of the Diocese's annual Young Adult Pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Traveling June 4-13, the group visited holy sites and locales out of biblical history, like Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, and the Jordan River. The young pilgrims were also awakened to the vital role Armenians have played in the story of the Holy Land, embodied in the centuries-old Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

The group was led by the Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, pastor of the St. Mary Church of Washington, DC, assisted by Arpi Nakashian from the Diocese.

"This pilgrimage is designed to deepen a young adult's Armenian Christian identity as they follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ," said Arpi, who is herself a native of Jerusalem. "It's an unforgettable experience to be immersed in the sacred history of our own people, who have lived in the Holy Land for centuries."

Having now returned as Mahdesis-literally "one who has viewed death," the age-old Armenian term for a Holy Land pilgrim-the young adults are expected to share their experiences in their respective parishes across the Diocese.

Some 300 pilgrims have participated in the Diocese's Young Adult Pilgrimage to Jerusalem over the years. Click on the links to view photos and to watch a video of 2019 pilgrimage highlights.
Russian-Armenian Teenager Thrills the Van Cliburn Competition

"When I play," said concert pianist Eva Gevorgyan, "I hope people can hear words which I would never say in my real life."

Miss Gevorgyan, a Russian-Armenian 15-year-old who lives with her family in Moscow, has been playing piano since the age of three, and currently studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow State University. Though fairly new to the international festival scene, she has already become a sensation by winning competitions in Russia, Europe, and Armenia.

From May 31 through June 8, she thrilled American audiences by her performances in the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in Dallas, TX. Starting in an international field of 23 top-ranked pianists, aged 13-17, Eva emerged as one of the three finalists, and took the $10,000 second prize as well as the $500 Press Award. Australia's Shuan Hern Lee (age 16) won the $15,000 first prize, with South Korea's JiWon Yang (17) winning the $5,000 third prize.

While a native of Russia, Eva was issued citizenship by the Republic of Armenia earlier this year, and represented both countries in the competition. For her performance in the final round, Eva played the exquisite Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninoff, which you can watch by clicking here.


Her visit to Dallas caught the attention of the local Armenian community, leading parishioners of the city's St. Sarkis Church to follow the Cliburn competition and join the audience at Meyerson Concert Hall, in support of Eva and her mother Ksenia. St. Sarkis has a strong affiliation with the musical arts, and its organist Hasmik Virabyan had a chance to meet with Eva, and offer a comment on her grace and poise: "Our girl made us so proud with her presence and exceptional skills."

Click here to watch, listen, and read more on the Cliburn competition website.
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  BIBLE READING
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon's Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."
25 Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one."
John 10:22-30

22 Այն ժամանակ Երուսաղէմում տաճարի Նաւակատիքի տօն էր, եւ ձմեռ էր: 23 Եւ Յիսուս շրջում էր տաճարի մէջ, Սողոմոնի սրահում: 24 Հրեաները նրա շուրջը հաւաքուեցին ու ասացին. «Մինչեւ ե°րբ մեր հոգին պիտի հանես. եթէ դու ես Քրիստոսը, համարձակ ասա° մեզ»: 25 Յիսուս պատասխանեց նրանց եւ ասաց. «Ձեզ ասացի, եւ ինձ չէք հաւատում. այն գործերը, որ ես անում եմ իմ Հօր անունով, դրանք վկայում են իմ մասին: 26 Բայց դուք չէք հաւատում, որովհետեւ իմ ոչխարներից չէք. 27 իմ ոչխարներն իմ ձայնը լսում են, եւ ես ճանաչում եմ նրանց. եւ նրանք գալու են իմ յետեւից. 28 եւ ես նրանց կը տամ յաւիտենական կեանք. եւ նրանք չեն կորչի յաւիտեան. եւ ոչ ոք նրանց իմ ձեռքից չի յափշտակի: 29 Իմ Հայրը, որ նրանց ինձ տուեց, ամենքից մեծ է. եւ իմ Հօր ձեռքից ոչ ոք չի կարող ոչինչ յափշտակել: 30 Ես եւ իմ Հայրը մի ենք»:             
Հովհաննես 10:22-30
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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.
    
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the beautiful  traditions of our religious and national heritage, with Christian servitude, and with love and reverence towards our Church. 
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