JANUARY 25                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   4/2019  
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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. Elsy Melkonian and
Mr. Armik Khatchatourians

Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Garbis Chubukian
Mr. Onnik Sivaslian
Mr. Eric Ashbahian

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading
Is 58:13-59:7, 1 Tim 4:12-5:10, Jn 3:13-21

For the Souls of: 
Our freedom-fighters and soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom and liberation of our homeland

Requested by:
The Office of the Armenian Defense Attache in U.S. 

For the Soul of: 
Garo Yeghissian (21st year) 

Requested by:
PatriciaArvid, Talene and Ara  

Hospitality table is hosted by: 
The Office of the Armenian Defense Attache in U.S. on the occasion of the 27th Anniversary of the Armenian Armed Forces and in loving memory of our freedom-fighters and  soldiers who sacrificed  their lives for freedom and liberation  of our Homeland. 

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

We thank all of our parishioners and friends for making their
Yughakin, Poinsettias and In Lieu of Christmas Card Donations
On the Occasion of the Feast of Nativity and Theophani of our Lord


Armenian Dance Classes

January 29 
February 5, 12 & 19
Bible Study

See details here

January 25
Lecture and Book Signing by Hayko Bagdat

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

February 23
ACYOA Juniors Youth 
Snow Tubing Event 

January 25
Lecture and Book Signing by Hayko Bagdat

January 29
Bible Study

February 5, 12 & 19
Bible Study

        February 10        
Parish Assembly

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 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 Program Helps Fitness Mix
Jumping in Armenia

For 15 years, Liana Pakhdigian dreamed about opening her own fitness center. Six months ago, her dream came true when she launched FitnessMix-Jumping. Now, she trains everyone from toddlers to seniors at her own facility. "I have created everything-the studios for dance classes and yoga, the strength-training classes-everything. It took time and money, but now I have my dream workplace," she said. Liana was able to improve her newly-launched business with the help of a grant from FAR's Small Business Assistance Program (SBA). She is among six other Syrian-Armenian entrepreneurs who were most recently chosen by FAR to receive support to kickstart and/or develop their own businesses in Armenia through SBA. 
Saint Gregory the Theologian

On Satuday, February 2nd the Armenian Church celebrates the feast of St. Gregory the Theologian. This great ecumenical doctor of the Church is also known as Gregory Nazianzen, after the town of his birth. 

The saint was born through the prayers of his mother, who relentlessly prayed for a son. Being inquisitive by nature, Gregory first studied at Caesarea, then in Palestine, Alexandria and finally in Athens, becoming philosopher and rhetorician.

In Athens he studied with St. Basil the Great. The two friends had natural tendency to asceticism, delighting the locals with their monastic feats.

At the age of thirty Gregory returned to his homeland, was baptized and made a vow of celibacy. Studying the Scripture day and night, he received the gift of clear contemplation of Christ.

Consecrated in 361 by his father in priesthood, he became head of Nazianzen Church, and twenty years later - the bishop of Constantinople. For twelve years the saint taught the people in Orthodox faith and fought against heretics. He participated in the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople (381). Literary heritage of St. Gregory includes numerous sermons and letters.

 27th Anniversary of the Armenian Armed Forces

January 28 is celebrated in Armenia as Army Day, and this year marks the 27th anniversary of the Armenian Armed Forces.
In September 1990, the Supreme Council of Armenia adopted a decision on forming a Special Regiment within the Internal Affairs Ministry of the time; and with the government's decision, the Committee of Defense was formed on May 4, 1991.
On January 28, 1992, the Government of Armenia adopted the decision On the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, and this became the beginning for the formation of the Armenian Armed Forces.
The first phase for the formation of the Armenian army, however, is considered to be from 1988 to 1992, when there was a challenge of ensuring the safety of the people of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh); at the time, volunteer detachments were carrying out this task.
On Sunday, January 27, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 27th anniversary of the Armenian Armed Forces, there will be a special Hokehankist prayer service offered for the souls of all of our freedom-fighters and soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom and liberation of our Homeland. The service will take place immediately  after Badarak at St. Mary Armenian Church. 

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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FAR Benefits Artsakh Doctors

Dr. Zhanna Chalyan of Artsakh's Martakert Medical Center is a physician who actively improves her skills every day, and loves sharing newfound knowledge with her colleagues. Last fall, she spent a month in Yerevan training at the Shengavit Medical Center through FAR's Continuing Medical Education Program (CME).

"I was affiliated with the Obstetrics and Gynecology department, but I took the opportunity to practice in every department I was interested in," said the 42-year-old physician. "I learned how to give spinal anesthesia for a C-section, as well as how to give an epidural. Now I'm consulting with my colleagues in Martakert to apply what I learned."

Dr. Zhanna underwent the training thanks to the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO), which supports CME fellows-especially those from Artsakh.

"FAR organizes CME very well. Besides the hospital training, I took computer classes, and the staff at the National Medical Library taught me how to use electronic resources," said Dr. Chalyan. "I learned about some diseases that are rare but occur in Artsakh; I also learned about drug usage. All in all, it was a very productive month, and I'm grateful to FAR for the opportunity."
Choices: The Mute Button
Choices: The Mute Button
New Choices Video

Daily life for many people is a blur of images, a buzz of noises-a barrage of sensory inputs that can confuse and distract. How great would it be to shut down the constant assault-even for a few precious moments-and enter a place of tranquil serenity? A place where you can hear your own thoughts-and listen for the Voice of God?

The quiet of church is one such place where that can happen. In the latest episode of the online video series Choices, Fr. Tateos Abdalian offers his thoughts on ways to tune out the noise of the world, and open your senses to a greater reality. Learn more by watching " The Mute Button."
#HyeManners: #OpenDoors

#HyeManners: How to Enter an Armenian Church

You've made it to church on Sunday morning-but now what? When the usher opens the door to the sanctuary, is there something you should say or do? Do you head straight down the center aisle, or move to the sides? Do you take a seat in the front or back of the church? What exactly is the etiquette for entering an Armenian Church?

If you've ever wondered about such things, the answers are a click away, in the latest episode of #HyeManners, the Eastern Diocese's micro-videos series. Click here to watch #OpenDoors.

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13Արդ, ոչ ոք երկինք չի ելել, եթէ ոչ նա, որ իջաւ երկնքից՝ մարդու Որդին, որ երկնքից էր։ 14Եւ ինչպէս որ Մովսէսը անապատում բարձրացրեց օձը, այնպէս էլ մարդու Որդին պէտք է բարձրանայ, 15որպէսզի, ով նրան հաւատում է, յաւիտենական կեանքն ընդունի. 16քանի որ Աստուած այնքան սիրեց աշխարհը, որ մինչեւ իսկ իր միածին Որդուն տուեց, որպէսզի, ով նրան հաւատում է, չկորչի, այլ ընդունի յաւիտենական կեանքը. 17որովհետեւ Աստուած իր Որդուն չուղարկեց աշխարհ, որ դատապարտի աշխարհը, այլ՝ որպէսզի աշխարհը նրանով փրկուի։ 18Ով նրան հաւատում է, չպիտի դատապարտուի, եւ ով նրան չի հաւատում, արդէն իսկ դատապարտուած է, քանի որ Աստծու միածին Որդու անուանը չհաւատաց։ 19Եւ դատաստանը այսպէ՛ս իսկ է. որ լոյսը եկաւ աշխարհ, սակայն մարդիկ խաւարն աւելի սիրեցին, քան լոյսը, որովհետեւ իրենց գործեր ը չար էին. 20որովհետեւ, ով չարիք է գործում, ատում է լոյսը եւ չի գալիս դէպի լոյսը, որպէսզի նրա գործերը իր երեսովը չտան։ 21Իսկ ով կատարում է այն, ինչ ճշմարիտ է, գալիս է դէպի լոյսը, որպէսզի նրա գործերը յայտնի լինեն, թէ Աստուծով կատարուեցին»։

Հովհաննեսի 3:13-21

13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven-the Son of Man.[a] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[b] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him."[c]
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
John 3:13-21

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 
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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