MARCH 29                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    13 /2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          E-Newsletter Archive
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church 
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Pastor
4125 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 
Tel. 202-363-1923
SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019
Morning Service
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak
10:30 AM

Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan 

Mrs. Sara Arabian
 Mr. Garbis Chubukian

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

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading
 Isaiah 65:8-25, Philippians 3:1-4:9, 
Luke 17:20-18:14.


For the Soul of:
Louise Manoogian Simone

Requested by:
 Diocese, Der Hayr and Parish Council 

For the Soul of:
Louiza Kazandjian

Requested by:
Araxie Vann and Richard Vann daughter and son in law

For the Soul of:
 Ararat Yervand Melkonian 

Requested by:
Mari M. Melkonyan, Tigran Melkonyan,  Daughter-in-Law Rouzanna Yolyan and Magdalena Melkonyan, Son-in-Law Artin Aharonian, Grandchildren Izabella, Alexander, Stephanie, Andre and Adrian

For the Soul of:
Angela Bardizbanian (5th anniversary) 

Requested by:
Son & Daughter-in-law & Grandchildren
Raffie, Maureen, Arthur & Raffie Jr. Bardizbanian

To request a Hokehankist/Requiem Service
Please contact the Church Office
by 12:00 Noon on Thursday
202-363-1923 or 
Veil of Separation -
The Altar Curtain in the
Armenian Church

During Great Lent, the altar curtain remains closed in the Armenian Church to symbolize man's expulsion from the Garden of Eden and to emphasize the spirit of repentance and forbearance characterizing the 40-day period preceding Holy Week. Many churches replace the traditional altar curtain with dark and simple drapery bearing little or no embroidery.
To read more click here
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
Diocese Now Accepting 
Scholarship Applications

Applications for Diocesan scholarships are now available online. The application deadline for the 2019-20 academic year is May 17, 2019.

Each year the Diocese awards scholarships to promising youth who are headed to college. The Diocese seeks students who are active in their local parishes and have assumed leadership roles in their communities.

Click here to access the scholarship application. For information, contact Maria Barsoumian at (212) 686-0710.
Armenian Dance Classes

April 3 and 10 
Every Wednesday during Lenten Period
Worship Service, Spiritual Discussion and Lenten Dinner

March 29
Town Hall meeting wit
Armenian Defense Minister
Mr. Davit Tonoyan

March 31
Women's Guild 
Annual Mid-Lenten Luncheon

April 3
Wish for a Cure Gala

April 7
The Trial of Soghomon Tehlirian, 
A Play by Perch Zeytuntsyan

April 9
Free Bus Ride from St. Mary to the
Congressional Armenian Genocide Commemoration

April 9
Armenian Genocide commemoration

See details here

April 14
Armenian Easter Choreg Sale

April 14
Palm Sunday 
ACYOA Juniors Luncheon and Program 

  April 14, 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

May 5
Armenian Spring Benefit Concert With Joelle 

May 18
Welcome Bishop Daniel Back to America 

April 3 and 10
Every Wednesday during Lenten Period
Worship Service, Spiritual Discussion and Lenten Dinner

March 31
Women's Guild Annual 
Mid-Lenten Luncheon

April 7
Annunciation to the Virgin Mary

April 7
The Trial of Soghomon Tehlirian 
A Play by  Perch Zeytuntsyan
April 14
Palm Sunday
ACYOA Juniors Luncheon and Program

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
 Shnorhali School Dancing group performance 
after badarak in the church hal

May 17-19
Spring Food Festival

May 25
Ararat Avak Society Brunch

May 30
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

FAR Assists Ambitious Syrian-Armenian Architectural Student

An Aleppo native, Noura Toubrakji is one of FAR's Nishanian Foundation Scholarship Students, which enables her to study at the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia. Yet even though Noura was able to attend school through the Nishanian Scholarship, she wasn't able to afford necessary supplies for her architecture and design program. Through FAR's Assistance for Parentless Children and Youth Program, FAR presented her with a new laptop. 
Assistance for Parentless Children has already supported more than 45 orphanage alumni, orphans and resettled Syrian-Armenian families and youth in myriad ways.
"With this laptop I can help build myself a decent portfolio, which is what I need to find a job," Noura said. "I don't imagine my future in Syria or any other country, just Armenia as this is my Hayreniq (motherland)."
To learn more, go to LINK

To  support this project, go to  LINK

Judgment-by Man and God

A common thread runs through the Lenten Gospel reading for Sunday, March 31-the Sunday of the Judge.

In one parable, our Lord tells the story of a widow who would not cease calling on a judge for justice-and we are meant to think about our own prayers to heaven. In a second parable, a Pharisee and a tax collector pray in the Temple, displaying very different attitudes towards God.

In both stories, Jesus teaches about the coming of God's kingdom, and the judgment of all mankind. Christ leads us to see that as human beings, we stand before God every day. Indeed one day, at the coming of His kingdom, we will stand before Him as our judge.

So we must ask ourselves: How should we stand before God? How should we prepare to show ourselves to Him?   Click here for some thoughtful answers.

This weekend also commemorates the Forty Martyrs of Sebastia: a company of soldiers from one of Asia Minor's greatest cities-Armenians among them-who were brought before an earthly judge and condemned for the "crime" of their Christian faith.  Their feast day falls on Saturday, March 30  click here to learn their story.

St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church 
Women's Guild 
Invites you to

Annual Mid- Lenten Luncheon

Sunday March 31, 2019
Following divine liturgy 

Please join us on the Median Day of Lent for a variety of delicious 
Lenten foods and an afternoon of fellowship

Saintly Women's Day Celebration

This year the Women's Guild celebrated Saintly Women's Day by honoring three women from the Holy Gospels: the woman who touched Jesus' cloak, the woman who anointed Jesus' head at Bethany and the Syrophoenician woman.  The guest speaker for the day was Robin Darling Young, Ph.D., Associate Professor, from The Catholic University of America. Professor Young's presentation, "Women Saints in the Narratives of Early Christian Armenia", was a thought provoking reflection on the three women being honored for the day. 

Almost 100 guests, including many from Soorp Khatch and the Baltimore area, enjoyed a delicious and plentiful Lenten lunch prepared by the Saintly Women's Day Committee, the Women's Guild Executive Committee and a few volunteer members of the Women's Guild. 

The St. Mary Women' Guild Executive Committee is grateful to the SWD Committee and the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to their guild, their church and their community. The Executive Committee is also thankful to all those who supported the event with their attendance and ensured it's success. 

Click here to see more photos

Lenten Service, Discussion and Dinner Series 2019

The fourth presentation of a six night series took place on Wednesday, March 27. Parishioners and friends came together for a worship service, spiritual presentation and dinner with this year's theme entitled "Leading to Easter: Searching the Soul". The topic concentrates on the journey through Lent meditating on the last three chapters of the Gospel of Matthew. The season of Lent is a season for searching the soul through the lenses of the people closest to Jesus in His last hours. The last three chapters of Matthew are a juxtaposition of stories.
Mr. Eric Ashbahian gave a meditation on how Peter, Judas, and Pilate demonstrated different ways of fail in faith. Concentrating on the verses found in Matthew 26:69-27:26, he led the audience to meditate on the story of three failures - Peter, Judas, and Pilate who demonstrate different ways one may fail in faith. He urged everyone to learn from their experience and pray for and think of ways how to avoid their failures. 

Toward the end of the service and presentation the parishioners enjoyed each others fellowship and dinner hosted and sponsored by the members of  St. Mary Choir .

Please, join us next Wednesday and make your Lenten journey more meaningful and fulfilling.  

  Click here  to see the flyer.

Please join us
Every Wednesday during the Lenten Period
"Leading to Easter: Searching the Soul"
Please join us Wednesdays during Lent for prayer service, spiritual discussion, and dinner.
This year we will journey through Lent meditating on the last three chapters of the Gospel of Matthew.
The season of Lent is a season for searching the soul. As you study Matthew 26-28, you will search your own soul through the lenses of the people closest to Jesus in His last hours. The last three chapters of Matthew are a juxtaposition of stories.
Throughout our journey we will address Communion, Jesus' deserters, His submission to the Father, and His crucifixion. While the theme of rejection runs through these chapters in Matthew, there is good news: joy of the resurrection that you can experience with new eyes.


A Day of Celebration on May 18
Saturday, May 18 will be a day to give thanks and celebrate optimism for the future in the Eastern Diocese. It will begin with a special Divine Liturgy at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, marking 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 at Old Tappan Manor (in Old Tappan, NJ), titled "Hope and Gratitude," will honor the former and current presidents of the seminary board of directors-Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Bishop-elect Daniel Findikyan-while celebrating the history and future of St. Nersess.

Click to the  St. Nersess Seminary website for details.

Episcopal Ordination Pilgrimage: Places Still Available

Faithful from throughout the Eastern Diocese are planning to travel to Armenia to share in the consecration of our Diocesan Primate, Fr. Daniel Findikyan, as a bishop of the Armenian Church. The ceremony will take place on the weekend of May 11-12, 2019. His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will confer the sacrament at Holy Etchmiadzin.
Those wishing to witness the consecration in person can still register to join the special "pilgrimage" to Armenia being sponsored by the Diocese. For pilgrimage dates, costs, and other details, click on the links to 
view a flyer -or contact the travel agency directly .
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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20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. 22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. 26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. 

18 1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? 9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Luke 17:20-18:14

20 Երբ փարիսեցիների կողմից հարց տրուեց, թէ երբ պիտի գայ Աստծոյ արքայութիւնը, նա պատասխանեց եւ ասաց. «Աստծոյ արքայութիւնը դրսից տեսանելի կերպով չի գալիս, 21 եւ չեն ասի, թէ ահաւասիկ, այստեղ է կամ այնտեղ, որովհետեւ ահա Աստծոյ արքայութիւնը ներսում՝ ձեր մէջ է»: 22 Իսկ իր աշակերտներին ասաց. «Կգան օրեր, երբ դուք կուզենաք մարդու Որդու օրերից մէկը տեսնել եւ չէք տեսնի: 23 Եւ եթէ ձեզ ասեն, թէ՝ "Ահաւասիկ այստեղ է կամ այնտեղ", մի՛ շտապէք գնալ, 24 որովհետեւ ինչպէս որ փայլակը երկնքի ներքեւից փայլատակելով՝ երկնքի երեսը լուսաւորում է, այնպէս էլ կլինի մարդու Որդին իր օրում: 25 Բայց նախ նա պէտք է շատ չարչարուի եւ մերժուի այս սերնդից: 26 Եւ ինչպէս եղաւ Նոյի օրով, այնպէս կլինի եւ մարդու Որդու օրով: 27 Ուտում էին, խմում, կին էին առնում եւ մարդի էին գնում՝ մինչեւ այն օրը, երբ Նոյը տապան մտաւ, եւ ջրհեղեղը եկաւ ու բոլորին կորստեան մատնեց: 28 Նոյնպէս՝ ինչպէս Ղովտի օրով էլ եղաւ. ուտում էին, խմում, առնում էին ու վաճառում, տնկում էին, շինում: 29 Եւ այն օրը, երբ Ղովտը Սոդոմից դուրս ելաւ, երկնքից կրակ ու ծծումբ տեղաց եւ բոլորին կորստեան մատնեց: 30 Նոյն ձեւով է լինելու այն օրն էլ, երբ մարդու Որդին է յայտնուելու: 31 Այն օրը ով որ տանիքում է, եւ իր կարասին՝ տանը, թող չիջնի առնելու այն. եւ ով որ հանդում է, նոյնպէս թող յետ չդառնայ: 32 Յիշեցէ՛ք Ղովտի կնոջը: 33 Ով որ ուզի իր անձը փրկել, պիտի կորցնի այն, իսկ ով որ կորցնի իր անձը, պիտի փրկի այն: 34 Ասում եմ ձեզ. այն գիշերը, եթէ երկու հոգի լինեն մի մահճի մէջ, մէկը պիտի վերցուի, իսկ միւսը՝ թողնուի: 35 Եւ եթէ երկու կին միասին աղալիս լինեն, մէկը պիտի վերցուի, իսկ միւսը՝ թողնուի: Եւ եթէ հանդում երկու հոգի լինեն, մէկը պիտի վերցուի, իսկ միւսը՝ թողնուի»: 36 Պատասխան տուեցին եւ ասացին նրան. «Որտե՞ղ, Տէ՛ր»: 37 Եւ նա ասաց նրանց. «Ուր որ մարմինն է, այնտեղ էլ կհաւաքուեն արծիւները»: 

18 1 Մի առակ էլ ասաց նրանց այն մասին, որ նրանք ամէն ժամ պէտք է աղօթեն ու չձանձրանան: 2 Ասաց. «Մի քաղաքում մի դատաւոր կար. Աստծուց չէր վախենում եւ մարդկանցից չէր ամաչում: 3 Եւ նոյն քաղաքում մի այրի կար, որ գալիս էր նրա մօտ եւ ասում. "Իմ ոսոխի դէմ իմ դատը տե՛ս": 4 Եւ դատաւորը երկար ժամանակ չէր ուզում. դրանից յետոյ իր մտքում ասաց. "Թէեւ Աստծուց չեմ վախենում եւ մարդկանցից չեմ ամաչում, 5 բայց այն բանի համար, որ այրի կինը ինձ յոգնեցնում է, նրա դատը տեսնեմ, որպէսզի անընդհատ չգայ եւ ինձ չանհանգստացնի"»: 6 Եւ Տէրն ասաց. «Լսեցէ՛ք, թէ ինչ էր ասում անիրաւ դատաւորը: 7 Իսկ Աստուած արդարութիւն չի՞ անի իր այն ծառաներին, որոնք գիշեր եւ ցերեկ աղաղակում են. եւ նրանց հանդէպ միայն համբերատա՞ր կլինի: 8 Այո՛, ասում եմ ձեզ. նրանց իսկոյն արդարութիւն կանի. իսկ երբ մարդու Որդին գայ, արդեօք երկրի վրայ հաւատ կգտնի՞»: 9 Այս առակն էլ ասաց ոմանց, ովքեր իրենց ներսում պարծենում էին, թէ արդար են, եւ արհամարհում էին ուրիշ շատերին: 10 «Երկու մարդ տաճար ելաւ աղօթքի կանգնելու. մէկը՝ փարիսեցի, միւսը՝ մաքսաւոր: 11 Փարիսեցին կանգնած էր մեկուսի եւ ինքն իրեն այս աղօթքն էր ասում. "Աստուա՛ծ իմ, շնորհակալ եմ քեզնից, որ ես նման չեմ ուրիշ մարդկանց, ինչպէս յափշտակողները, անիրաւներն ու շնացողները եւ կամ ինչպէս այս մաքսաւորը. 12 այլ շաբաթը երկու անգամ ծոմ եմ պահում եւ տասանորդ եմ տալիս իմ ամբողջ եկամտից": 13 Իսկ մաքսաւորը կանգնած էր մեկուսի եւ չէր իսկ կամենում իր աչքերը երկինք բարձրացնել, այլ ծեծում էր կուրծքը եւ ասում. "Աստուա՛ծ, ների՛ր ինձ՝ մեղաւորիս": 14 Ասում եմ ձեզ. սա՛ իջաւ իր տունը արդարացած, ոչ թէ՝ միւսը. ով որ բարձրացնում է իր անձը, կխոնարհուի, եւ ով որ խոնարհեցնում է իր անձը, կբարձրացուի»: 

Ղուկասի 17:20-18:14

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