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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
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019
Morning Service 
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak 
10:30 AM

Guest Celebrant 
Rev. Fr. Gabriel Vardanyan 
Mrs. Anna Seferian
Mrs. Rouzanna Oganissian
Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Jack Guiragossian
Mr. Zakar Shahverdian
Mr. Artur Sivaslian

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading 
Acts 13:16-43, 1 Peter 5:1-14,
John 5:19-30


For the Souls of:
All the Freedom Fighters Who Sacrificed Their Lives for the Liberation of Artsakh

Requested by:
Office of the Republic of Artsakh in the United States, St. Mary's Parish Council , Der Hary

For the Soul of:
Edward Onanian (40 days)

Requested by:
Lorie Onanian, St. Mary's Parish Council , Der Hary, Knights and Daughter of Vartan, Mike & Naira Tashjian, Clara Andonian 

Hospitality Table is Hosted By:
Office of the Republic of Artsakh in the United States, St. Mary's Parish Council, Lorie Onanian and Mike & Naira Tashjian  

To request a Hokehankist/Requiem Service
Please contact the Church Office
by 12:00 Noon on Thursday
202-363-1923 or 
May 9 - a 'Triple Holiday' in Artsakh

Click here to see the leaflet
Happy Mother's Day
Շնորհաւոր Մայրերու Օր

We thank everyone who made
Easter Lilies and Yughakin Donations
Click here to see the list of names
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 or 
call 202-363-1923.
St. Mary Armenian Church
WED Educational
Fund Scholarship 

Application for WED Educational Fund Scholarship 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
Armenian Dance Classes

May 18
Welcome Bishop Daniel Back to America 

May 17, 18, 19
St. Mary 9th Annual 
Armenian Spring Food Festival

May 25
Ararat Avak Society Spring Brunch 

May 31

June 2 and 9
Shnorhali School Hantess

        May 17-19
Spring Food Festival
May 25
Ararat Avak Society Brunch
May 30 
Feast of the Ascension of 
Our Lord Jesus Christ 

May 31
June 2 and 9  
Shnorhali School Hantess  

A Struggling Family Finds Support in Two FAR Projects

The Zargaryan family of seven know firsthand what it's like to feel everyday hardship. They were homeless for a time after their house was destroyed by an Azeri rocket during the Nagorno-Karabakh War in the early 1990s. Today, their only source of sustainable income is 69-year-old Serozh's pension and his wife Anahit's income as a cleaner. They grow their own vegetables on a small plot of land, but it's not enough to feed everyone. As beneficiaries of FAR's Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), FAR developed an individual support plan for this family. They were given hens, which still provide them with fresh eggs, and two pigs. For the past five years, the Zargaryans have also relied on FAR's Berd Soup Kitchen for their main meal during the week. To learn more, go to:  LINK

To support programs like BCPP and the FAR Soup Kitchens, go to  LINK

FAR Helps a Single Mother Make Ends Meet

Tigran and Hamlet live with their mother Zarine in Armenia's Syunik Province. Hamlet loves sports and likes to paint in his free time; Tigran loves math and chess, and aims to study economics.

Last year both boys were accepted into the Fund for Armenian Relief's Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP). The family had endured tragedy months earlier, when Zarine's husband Davit was killed in a car accident and Zarine was forced to confront life as a single mother. Even with a salary from her job at the Kapan History Museum and the state allowance she received after Davit's death, she still couldn't manage to make ends meet.

"Davit worked at the Kapan Copper Factory, and we were able to cover our minimal family needs. After his death, I needed to take care of everything," said Zarine. But she emphasized that even a little help from CASP makes a big difference to her family: with their CASP stipends, Zarine can afford to heat the family apartment and buy warm clothes for her children.


Red Sunday

In the Calendar of the Armenian Church, the fourth Sunday following the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ is known as Red Sunday. The color "red" has been used throughout history to represent many things.

One of the symbolic meanings is the blood of the martyrs who were sacrificed for Christ, His Holy Church, and their Christian faith. During the early years of Christianity, faithful followers of Jesus Christ were subjected to severe persecutions and torments. Many elected to die rather than betray their principles of life and faith, which the Incarnate God - Christ Jesus - had endowed to them and all of mankind. The psalmist writes, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of the saints" (Psalms 116:15).

Today, martyrdom is far less often an occurrence in the lives of Christians, yet it does happen. However, the greater struggle is the one against sin, which we can see manifested in many ways throughout the world. The battle against wickedness and evil, which will be victorious in the end, is the current expression of the significance of Red Sunday. The Apostle Paul writes that Christ Himself endured such opposition, that we should not grow weary in our battle against wickedness. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul says: "In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood." (Hebrews 12:4).

We are to use the opportunity of Red Sunday to once again remind ourselves of Paul's exhortation to remain steadfast in the Lord, and to continue our daily labors of goodness and righteousness.

St. Mary Prepares for Spring Food Festival

Our talented Women's Guild have begun to prepare for this year's Armenian Spring Food Festival by scheduling and conducting workshops and filling the church hall and kitchen with tantalizing aromas. The cultural foods from Armenia include lamb and chicken kebab, cheese boreg, pilaf, and kadayif, just to name a few. We thank all the volunteers who have participated and look forward to another successful Food Festival. We need volunteers to assist on the festival days this weekend and we encourage the young adults in the community to participate so that this tradition can be carried on in the future.

A Book Talk - Trauma and Resilience: Armenians in Turkey

Raffi Bedrosyan, civil engineer, concert pianist, and author of Trauma and Resilience: Armenians in Turkey, conducted a book talk on May 5 at St. Mary Church, attended by 40 parishioners. Mr. Bedrosyan has written and published numerous articles about Turkish-Armenian issues and history of churches left behind in Turkey after 1915. As founder of Project Rebirth, he has appeared as keynote speaker in multiple international conferences related to human rights, genocide studies and Armenian issues. 

Graduation Announcement

St Mary would like to congratulate our parishioners who are graduating from Senior High School, College, or University. Please submit the following information to the church office by May 26th to 
Student Name 
School Name 
Degree (Diploma, Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral)  
Student Email Address 
Future School (if any) 

Watch the Episcopal Ordination of Our Primate

This week, Diocesan Primate Fr. Daniel Findikyan departed for Armenia, to experience a turning point in his long ministry. When he returns, he will do so as a bishop of the Armenian Church: consecrated to that rank by the hand of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

The episcopal consecration will take place on the grand open-air altar at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin this Sunday. A recorded program of the full Divine Liturgy and ordination ceremony will be available for viewing on Sunday, May 12, on the YouTube channel of the Eastern Diocese. (Once posted, the program will be archived for viewing at any time.)

Click here to access the Diocese's YouTube platform-and share in this splendid occasion with people from across the Diocese.

Abp. Aykazian Urges Action to Save Mid-East Christians

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, the Diocesan Legate and Ecumenical Director, made an urgent plea to rescue the besieged Christian communities of the Middle East, whose population numbers, he said, have "already dropped extensively."

He offered this warning in an interview last week on the Breitbart news website. "The future for Christians right now is terrible," he said: "a Middle East without Christians. We are going to have churches without Christians as museums for tourists. There will be no Christians left."

In the interview, Archbishop Aykazian holds out hope that support from the United States might slow the crisis. While the administration of President Trump has devoted billions of dollars in funding to help victims of Christian persecution, Archbishop Aykazian urged the President to do even more to help Middle East Christians.

Click here to read more.

Watertown Hosts 117th Diocesan Assembly

Last week, 159 clergy and lay delegates representing parishes from across the Eastern Diocese met in Burlington, MA, for the 117th Diocesan Assembly, hosted by the St. James Church of Watertown, MA.

Diocesan Primate the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan presided over the gathering-his first time doing so since his election to the office of Primate one year ago. In the course of the sessions, the Primate presented his vision for the Diocese in the coming years. (See the item below to watch an online video of the Primate's message.)

The week of official events included the annual Clergy Conference and Women's Guild Assembly-as well as the Diocese's annual Awards Banquet, where Dr. Helen Evans was honored as the 2019 "Friend of the Armenians," and Nancy and the late Edward Guleserian were honored as the "Armenian Church Members of the Year."

Click on the following links to read about the Clergy Conference and the Awards Banquet, and to view photos galleries of Diocesan Assembly events. Check the Diocesan website for additional reporting in the coming week.
Primate's Assembly Message

Primate Offers Vision for "Building Up the Body of Christ"

In his address to the 117th Diocesan Assembly, Diocesan Primate Fr. Daniel Findikyan offered his vision for the Eastern Diocese

In remarks delivered on Friday, May 3, he reflected on his first year as Primate. "This past year has been a time of discovery for me," he said. "It was not only a time of learning, but also a time of connecting with the entirety of our Diocese: its parishes, pastors, and people."

He proceeded to outline an ambitious set of priorities for the coming years, drawing inspiration from a passage in St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians (Eph 4:11-16). His broader plan, titled "Building Up the Body of Christ: A Vision for Our Diocese," includes ideas for reinvigorating Diocesan organizations aimed at youth, choirs, and altar servers; elevating the level of liturgical services; and making various modes of education a priority for all segments of the church community.

He concluded with a plea to people across the Diocese to "recognize the great strength that resides in our church, when her faithful act together, as a common body, with a common purpose."

Welcome Bishop Daniel on His Return to the U.S.

On Saturday, May 18, a special Divine Liturgy at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York will mark the return of our Primate to the U.S., following his ordination as a bishop of the Armenian Church.

The newly-ordained Bishop Daniel Findikyan will celebrate his first episcopal Divine Liturgy among the faithful of the Eastern Diocese beginning at 10 a.m. It will be followed by a reception in the Diocesan Center's Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium.  Click here to view a flyer.  

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19 Յիսուս ասաց նրանց. «Ճշմարիտ, ճշմարիտ եմ ասում ձեզ, մարդու Որդին ինքն իրենից ոչինչ չի կարող անել, այլ անում է այն, ինչ տեսնում է, թէ Հայրը կատարում է, որովհետեւ ինչ որ Հայրն է անում, նոյնը նրա նման եւ Որդին է գործում, 20 քանի որ Հայրը սիրում է Որդուն, եւ այն ամէնը, ինչ ինքն է անում, ցոյց է տալիս նրան. եւ նրան ցոյց կը տայ սրանից շատ աւելի մեծ գործեր, որոնց վրայ դուք կը զարմանաք. 21 որովհետեւ, ինչպէս որ Հայրը յարութիւն է տալիս մեռելներին եւ կենդանացնում է, նոյնպէս եւ Որդին կենդանացնում է` ում կամենայ: 22 Սակայն Հայրը ոչ մէկին չի դատում, այլ ամէն դատաստան տուել է իր Որդուն, 23 որպէսզի ամէնքը պատուեն Որդուն, ինչպէս պատւում են Հօրը: Ով Որդուն չի պատւում, չի պատւում եւ Հօրը` նրան առաքողին: 24 Ճշմարիտ, ճշմարիտ եմ ասում ձեզ, որ, ով իմ խօսքը լսում է ու հաւատում է նրան, ով ինձ առաքեց, ընդունում է յաւիտենական կեանքը եւ չի դատապարտւում, այլ մահուանից կեանք անցաւ: 25 Ճշմարիտ, ճշմարիտ եմ ասում ձեզ, որ կը գայ ժամանակ, եւ արդէն իսկ եկել է, երբ մեռելները կը լսեն Աստծու Որդու ձայնը, եւ նրանք, որ կը լսեն, կþապրեն, 26 որովհետեւ, ինչպէս Հայրն ինքն իր մէջ կեանք ունի եւ կեանք է տալիս, նոյնպէս եւ Որդուն տուեց ինքն իր մէջ կեանք ունենալ եւ տալ: 27 Եւ նրան իշխանութիւն տուեց դատաստան անելու, քանի որ մարդու Որդի է. 28 դրա վրայ ինչո°ւ էք զարմանում, որովհետեւ կը գայ ժամանակ, երբ բոլոր նրանք, որ գերեզմաններում են, կը լսեն նրա ձայնը 29 եւ դուրս կը գան. ովքեր բարի գործեր են արել` կեանքի յարութեան համար, իսկ ովքեր չար գործեր են արել` դատաստանի յարութեան համար: 30 Ես ինքս ինձնից ոչինչ անել չեմ կարող, այլ, ինչպէս լսում եմ Հօրից` դատում եմ, եւ իմ դատաստանը արդար է, որովհետեւ ոչ թէ իմ կամքն եմ որոնում, այլ նրա կամքը, ով ինձ առաքեց»: 
(Յովհ. 5:19-30)

19 Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.24 "Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judgedbut has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.28 "Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out-those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. 
(John 5:19-30)

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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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