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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 19, 2019
Morning Service 
10:00 AM

Holy Badarak 
10:30 AM

Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan
Mrs.  Nora Shafakian  and Mrs. Elsy Melkonian 
Parish Council Members on Duty
Dr. Ara Avedisian. Mr. Eric Ashbahian and 
Mr. Onnik Sivaslian 

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading 
Acts 17:1-15; 1 John 1:1-10;
 John 7:14-23


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 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 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

Murad, Lusik and their three children, Hrant, 13, Gevorg, 12, and Zhenya, 11, live in Armenia's Tavush Province. While Murad is an army serviceman, on his off days, he and Lusik still drive 300 kilometers to the largest and least expensive vegetable and fruit market in the area, then return home to try to sell those very same fruits and veggies for a higher price in nearby villages. Two years ago, FAR began helping the family through its Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP).As part of the project's Social Component for Large Families, and at the family's request, they received four beehives in 2017. They first tried producing honey last year. While they didn't make enough to sell, the family used it and also shared it with friends and relatives. It's the first step in a plan to improve this family's well-being, resilience and self-sufficiency. And as their bee population and their knowledge of honey production grows, they hope to make enough to sell some of their stock this year.To learn more, go to:  LINK

To support programs like BCPP, go to  LINK

A Lesson in Perseverance

As the new chair of Gavar State University's Department of Informatics, Physics, and Mathematical Sciences, 28-year-old Varazdat Avetisyan was inspired to achieve early on.

In 2007, he started at GSU and earned a bachelor's degree with honors in 2011 thanks to support from the Fund for Armenian Relief's "Jerair Nishanian Scholarship" program. That scholarship, he said, became a source of positive drive in his life, inspiring him to pursue a master's degree and Ph.D.

The Nishanian Scholarship has supported about 1,000 students since 2002. The scholarship began as a form of support exclusively for GSU students. Since 2011, the Nishanian Scholarship has also supported students at the Armenian National Polytechnic University and the National University of Architecture and Construction.


The Apparition of the Holy Cross

The Apparition of the Holy Cross is the first feast dedicated to the Holy Cross in the Armenian liturgical calendar. It is celebrated in remembrance of the appearance of the sign of the cross over the city of Jerusalem in 351 that remained in the sky for several hours.

The apparition extended from Golgotha to the Mount of Olives (about two miles), and was brighter than the sun and was seen by everyone in Jerusalem. The Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cyril, used this occasion to remind Emperor Constantius of Byzantium of his father's (Constantine the Great) orthodox faith. Cyril said the Apparition was further reason to return to orthodoxy. Traditionally, the Armenian translation of Cyril's message is read on this feast day during the Antasdan prior to the Gospel lection. This event is celebrated by the Armenian and Greek churches. The Greeks observe it on the fixed date of May 7, while the Armenian date is movable depending on the date of Easter. It is celebrated on the fifth Sunday of Easter, which is the fourth Sunday after Easter.

Cyril is a revered Doctor of the Church and he is remembered in the Armenian Church's liturgical calendar. Here is a short excerpt from Cyril's letter about the apparition: "In those holy days of the Easter season, on 7 May at about the third hour, a huge cross made of light appeared in the sky above holy Golgotha extending as far as the holy Mount of Olives. It was not revealed to one or two people alone, but it appeared unmistakably to everyone in the city. It was not as if one might conclude that one had suffered a momentary optical illusion; it was visible to the human eye above the earth for several hours. The flashes it emitted outshone the rays of the sun, which would have outshone and obscured it themselves if it had not presented the watchers with a more powerful illumination than the sun. It prompted the whole populace at once to run together into the holy church, overcome both with fear and joy at the divine vision. Young and old, men and women of every age, even young girls confined to their rooms at home, natives and foreigners, Christians and pagans visiting from abroad, all together as if with a single voice raised a hymn of praise to God's Only-Begotten Son the wonder-worker. They had the evidence of their own senses that the holy faith of Christians is not based on the persuasive arguments of philosophy but on the revelation of the Spirit and power; it is not proclaimed by mere human beings but testified from heaven by God Himself."

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Triple Holiday Commemorated at St. Mary

It has become a traditional at St. Mary to commemorate the Triple Holiday every May. This year commemoration took place on May 12. The Triple Holiday is commemorated in Artsakh to celebrate three very important events, all of which took place on May 9: the anniversary of victory in the WWII, the liberation of Shoushi and the anniversary of the establishment of the Artsakh Defense Army.

The Badarak was celebrated by a guest clergy from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Rev. Fr. Gabriel Vardanyan. Present were the Embassy staff, NKR representative Mr. Robert Avetisyan. A special hokehankist service was offered for the souls of all who gave their lives for the liberation of Artsakh. The memorial reception in the church hall was hosted by NKR office in the US and St. Mary Parish Council. During the hokehankist the community also prayed for the soul of long time parishioner Mr. Edward Onanian on the occasioin of his 40 day passing.  

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) 
The Consecration of Bishop Daniel Findikyan

The Episcopal Consecration of Our Primate

With great joy, the Eastern Diocese is pleased to announce that His Holiness Karekin II, the Catholicos of All Armenians, consecrated the Primate of the Eastern Diocese to the episcopal rank, in a stirring and solemn ceremony at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

The service of calling and consecration took place May 11-12. On May 13, the new Bishop Daniel Findikyan celebrated his first Divine Liturgy as a bishop, at the historic Church of St. Gayane.

WATCH the May 12 consecration service on the Diocese's YouTube channel.

VIEW PHOTOS of the Service of Calling, the Episcopal Ordination, and Bishop Daniel's antranig badarak, by clicking on the respective links.

Most of all, please join the faithful of our Diocese in praying for the health and prosperity of our Primate. May our risen Lord grant strength and wisdom to our new Bishop Daniel, and guide him always along the path of holiness.

Watch the LIVE Broadcast of Bishop Daniel's Return Badarak

On Saturday, May 18, a special Divine Liturgy at New York's St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral will honor 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. The entire Armenian Church community is welcome to participate in this joyous development in our church life. Click here to view a flyer.

The May 18 badarak will also be broadcast live over the Internet. Click this link to access the Eastern Diocese's YouTube platform-and share in this splendid occasion with our faithful across the Diocese.

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14Տօնակատարութեան կէսին Յիսուս տաճար ելաւ եւ ուսուցանում էր։ 15Հրեաները զարմանում էին ու ասում. «Սա ինչպէ՞ս գիտէ Գըրուածքները, քանի որ բնաւ չի սովորել»։ 16Յիսուս նրանց պատասխան տուեց ու ասաց. «Իմ ուսուցումն իմը չէ, այլ՝ նրանը, ով ինձ ու¬ղարկեց։ 17Եթէ մէկը ուզում է նրա կամքը կատարել, կ՚իմանայ այս ուսուցման մասին, թէ Աստծո՞ւց է արդեօք, թէ՞ ես ինքս ինձնից եմ խօսում։ 18Ով ինքն իրենից է խօսում, իր համար է փառք փնտռում, իսկ ով փնտռում է նրա՛ փառքը, ով իրեն ուղարկել է, նա ճշմարիտ է, եւ նրա մէջ սուտ բան չկայ։ 19Օրէնքը ձեզ Մովսէսը չտուե՞ց, բայց ձեզնից ոչ ոք Օրէնքը չի կատարում։ 20Ինչո՞ւ էք ուզում ինձ սպանել»։ Ժողովուրդը պատասխան տուեց ու ասաց. «Քո մէջ դեւ կայ, ո՞վ է ուզում քեզ սպանել»։ 21Յիսուս պատասխան տուեց նրանց ու ասաց. «Մի գործ արեցի, եւ ամէնքդ զարմացել էք։ 22Մովսէսը դրա համար ձեզ տուեց թլփատութիւնը (թէեւ այդ ոչ թէ Մովսէսից էր, այլ՝ հայրերից)։ 23Եւ շաբաթ օրով մարդ էք թլփատում։ Իսկ արդ, եթէ մարդը շաբաթ օրով թլփատւում է, որպէսզի Մովսէսի Օրէնքը չըխախտուի, իմ վրա՞յ էք բարկացած, որ շաբաթ օրով մի ամբողջ մարդ բժշկեցի։
(Յովհ. 7:14-23)

About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. The Jews marveled at it, saying, "How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?" So Jesus answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me; if any man's will is to do his will, he shall know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?" The people answered, "You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?" Jesus answered them, "I did one deed, and you all marvel at it. Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man upon the sabbath. If on the sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the sabbath I made a man's whole body well?"
(John 7:14-23)

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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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