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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, APRIL 21, 2019
Morning Service
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak
10:30 AM

Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan
All Ushers
Parish Council Members on Duty
All Parish Council Members

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading
Acts 1:15-26. Mark 16:2-8


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 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 stmarychurchdc@gmail.com 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 www.stmaryaac.org.  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  stmarychurchdc@gmail.com
Armenian Dance Classes

  April 18, 19, 20 and 21
Holy Week and Easter Schedule

April 26
Lecture and Book Signing
by Dr. Taner Akcam

April 28
The Remembrance of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

April 28
Dance Group's performance 

May 5
Trauma and Resilience: Armenians in Turkey
by Raffi Bedrosyan  
See details here

May 5
Armenian Spring Benefit Concert With Joelle 

May 18
Welcome Bishop Daniel Back to America 

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

April 21
Easter Sunday

April 24
Feast of the Holy Martyrs of 
the Armenian Genocide

April 26
Dr. Taner Akcam Lecture and Book signing
at St. Mary Church

April 28
The Remembrance of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

April 28
 Shnorhali School Dancing group performance 
after badarak in the church hall

May 17-19
Spring Food Festival

May 25
Ararat Avak Society Brunch

May 30
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

June 2   
Shnorhali School Hantess

FAR's GTech Course Helps Youth Find Employment in IT

Thanks to one of FAR's Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech) recent projects, more promising young people have secured jobs at some of Armenia's leading IT companies. Called "Boosting Technological Developments," it aims to support development of the region through skills enrichment of young and vulnerable populations. About 80 students can participate at a time in the course, which has a corresponding internship. Most who complete it have already found employment. Nvard Martirosyan, 23, was studying finance when she got interested in programming and heard about a new GTech course. She interned at Chessify and now works there as an IOS programmer. To learn more about GTech, go to  LINK

To  support this project, go to  LINK

Holy Week Services at St. Mary 

As Lent draws to a close, the Armenian Church looks forward to the beginning of Holy Week, which will culminate in the Easter Sunday celebration on April 21.

At St. Mary Armenian Church, Holy Week will be observed April 14 through April 21.

On Sunday, April 14 the Palm Sunday celebration will begin with Holy Badarak and followed by Opening of Doors Service (Trnpatsek). ACYOA Luncheon and Program will take place at the church hall after the church services.

On Thursday, April 18 the Great and Holy Thursday celebration will begin with the Holy Badarak and Washing of the Feet service at 6:00 pm.
After a short break The Order of the Betrayal and Passion will take place.

On Friday, April 19 the Great and Holy Friday the order of the Crucifixion will be conducted at 12:30 pm and the church will be open for prayers until 3:00 pm.  In the evening  T he Order of the Entombment of our Lord will take place at 7:00 pm. 

On Holy Saturday, April 20 Easter Eve celebration will begin with Evening Service and Bible readings at 6:00 pm, followed by Jrakalooyts Badarak.
The Traditional Home Blessing  service and reception will follow Badarak in the church hall. 

On Easter Sunday, April 21 Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan will celebrate the liturgy and deliver the homily. Immediately following the service traditional egg-cracking and reception will take place at the church hall hosted by Shnorhali Armenian School.

Click here for a complete schedule of Holy Week services

MERELOTS SERVICE (April 22, 2019)- If you would like Der Hovsep to do a special graveside blessing service for your loved ones, please contact the church office on 202.363.1923.

Old Wound, New Pathway

Wednesday, April 24, will be observed by the worldwide Armenian Church as the "Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide." During the centennial year of the Armenian Genocide, the martyrs of 1915 were ceremonially recognized as holy saints. With their canonization, the Genocide martyrs joined other great exemplars of holiness, virtue, and sacrifice, in the "canon" of revered saints from church history.

See below Events for commemorative gatherings.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm  - "We Demand Justice!" Demonstration at the Turkish Ambassador's residence, located at Sheridan Circle NW, Washington, DC. Organized by the AYF Ani Seniors and Sevan Juniors. Shuttle Service from Soorp Khatch Church leaves at 3:30pm.

6:30pm - Wreath Laying Ceremony Organized by the Embassy of Armenia, at the Armenian Embassy "Khatchkar," 2225 R Street NW, Washington, DC.

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm "Killing Orders" Book Presentation by Taner Akcam at St. Mary's Armenian Church | 4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington DC

Sunday, April 28, 2019 -  At St. Mary Armenian Church the Divine Liturgy will take place at 10:30 a.m in Remembrance  Of the Holy Martyrs Of the Armenian Genocide. It will be followed by a special prayer service for the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide in front of the Khatchkar on the Church plaza.  Madagh and a Musical Memorial Program "The Resurrection of a Nation" by the Shnorhali School's Dance Group at St. Mary Church Hall.    Luncheon and Madagh is hosted by the Parish Council 
To prepare for the day, watch a special episode of the Diocese's "Bread and Salt" series, which revisits the April 2015 canonization service, and explains the way we now regard the Holy Martyrs of 1915. Click here to view the video.

For a more in-depth look at the meaning of Christian sainthood and martyrdom, click on the link to view "A Great Cloud of Witnesses."

Palm Sunday at St. Mary Church

Over the Palm Sunday weekend the Dean and Students of St. Nersess Seminary visited our community. The entire weekend was filled with interesting activities. The Seminarians and members of St. Mary ACYOA Juniors enjoyed the hospitality of Souren and Ema Hakopian, who opened  their doors for an evening of fun and fellowship for our guests.  It was a great opportunity for our Juniors to meet the seminarians in person, mingle with them, ask them questions, and learn about their day at the seminary and about their future plans. 

On Saturday, the seminarians had a private tour of the Museum of the Bible and also had an opportunity to do additional site-seeing  in Washington, DC. On Palm Sunday the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean of St. Nersess Seminary celebrated Badarak and the Seminarians served on the altar alongside the St. Mary Acolytes and Deacons. 

A beautiful luncheon was organized and hosted by the St. Mary ACYOA Juniors and their parents.  This year our special honoree during the Palm Sunday luncheon was Mrs. Patricia Yeghissian, youth adviser, Sunday School teacher and dedicated parishioner.  The ACYOA Juniors honored her with a musical performance, special prepared remarks, and a plague to commemorate her service to the youth of St. Mary.  Our special appreciation goes out to the ACYOA Juniors parents and teens for their hard work.

To see photos from Friday Event Click here 
To see photos from Saturday preparation Click here

New Addition to Our Altar 

The next time when you are in the Church, please take a moment to notice and admire the new Curtain Rod Cover, which is a recent addition to our Altar and made possible by the craftsmanship and donation of Mr. Manuel Ayvazian.  Our special thanks and gratitude to him for his hard work and generosity.

Women's Guild Easter Choreg Sale 

Our beloved Women's Guild never cease to amaze the church community with their annual and much anticipated Easter choreg sale. Somehow they make their beautiful and delicious holiday presentation look effortless, and we are forever grateful for their continued hard work and dedication to St. Mary Church and the congregation.


"Grazie Italia"

On April 10, the Italian Parliament's lower house approved a motion calling on its government to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.

"Italy is finally recognizing one of the most sinister pages in the history of mankind," said parliamentarian Massimiliano Capitanio of Italy's ruling Lega party, who leads the Italian-Armenian inter-parliamentary friendship group. "No economic or diplomatic excuse should ever allow us to avoid saying the exact name for the massacre of innocent people. It was a genocide-and so it should be written in the history books."

Existing legislation in Italy makes genocide denial a crime, with punishments including fines and imprisonment. The Armenian Mirror-Spectator posted a short video digest of the Italian Parliament's vote. Click here to watch.

Welcome Our New Bishop on May 18

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.

That evening, St. Nersess Seminary will hold a special tribute event to benefit the seminary and its ongoing mission. The banquet titled "Hope and Gratitude" honors the former and current presidents of the seminary board of directors-Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Bishop-elect Daniel Findikyan. Click to the St. Nersess Seminary website for details.

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Եւ կիրակի օրը, առաւօտեան, արեւածագին եկան գերեզման: Եւ ասում էին միմեանց. «Քարը գերեզմանի դռնից մեզ համար ո՞վ պիտի գլորի»: Եւ նայեցին ու տեսան, որ գերեզմանից քարը գլորուած էր. եւ այն շատ մեծ էր: Եւ ներս, գերեզման մտնելով՝ տեսան մի երիտասարդի, որ նստած էր աջ կողմը՝ սպիտակ պատմուճան հագած. եւ զարհուրեցին: Եւ նա ասաց նրանց. «Մի՛ վախեցէք, դուք Յիսուսին էք փնտրում՝ խաչուած Նազովրեցուն. նա յարութիւն առաւ, այստեղ չէ: Ահաւասիկ այն տեղը, ուր նրան դրել էին: Բայց գնացէք ասացէ՛ք նրա աշակերտներին եւ Պետրոսին, թէ՝ ահա նա ձեզնից առաջ գնում է Գալիլիա. այնտե՛ղ կը տեսնէք նրան, ինչպէս ձեզ ասել էր»: Եւ երբ այս լսեցին, ելան ու փախան գերեզմանից, քանի որ սարսափահար էին եղել. եւ ոչ ոքի բան չասացին, որովհետեւ վախենում էին:
Մարկոս 16:2-8

2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. 8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
Mark 16.2-8

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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