JANUARY 18                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3/2019  
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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. Anna Seferian
Mrs. Nora Shafakian

Parish Council Members on Duty
Mr. Jack Guirahossian, Mr. Zakar, Mr. Artur Sivaslian

Mrs. Edita Kalayjian

Mrs. Karine Muradyan

Bible Reading
Isaiah 61.10-62.9, Timothy 2.15-26, John 6.15-21

For the Soul of: 
Hrant Dink

Requested by:
St. Mary Parish Council and Der Hayr

For the Soul of: 
 Rubik Avetisyan

Requested by:
Ararat Stepanyan

For the Soul of:
Emil Yeghiazarian (1 year)

Requested by:
Gayaneh Contos (Sister)

For the Souls of:
Marutyan Ivan,  Marutyan Yura
and Oganyan Rimma

Requested by:
Karen Marutyan
To request a Hokehankist/Requiem Service
please contact the Church Office
by 12:00 Noon on Thursday
202-363-1923 or E-mail

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 22, 29 
February 5, 12 & 19
Bible Study

See Details here

January 25
Lecture and Book Signing by Hayko Bagdat

Knights and Daughter of Vartan
Valentine Day Dinner Dance

February, 23
ACYOA Juniors Youth 
Snow Tubing Event 

January 22 & 29
Bible Study
January 25
Lecture and Book Signing by Hayko Bagdat

February 5, 12 & 19
Bible Study

February 14
Presentation of the Lord to the Temple (Տեառնընդառաջ)

February, 16
Knights and Daughter of Vartan
Valentine 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 Families to Improve their Living Situations

Just a few weeks ago, Tehmine Araskhanyan and her family celebrated a very long-awaited event: the completion of an addition of two new rooms onto their house. This was made possible by FAR's recently-launched initiative called Assistance to Parentless Children and Youth, which has already supported more than 45 orphanage alumni, orphans and resettled Syrian-Armenian families and youth in myriad ways. The program supports vulnerable young people in need of educational assistance, rent assistance, home construction and/or renovation, as well as access to daily basics. "We hope that this program will provide vulnerable and needy youth with an opportunity to overcome certain barriers and ease their burdens, which have escaped the notice of many institutions for years, and to give them hope for a better life," said FAR Science and Education Programs Director Eduard Karapetyan. To read more, go to: LINK  


The Fast of Catechumens begins on January 20. It is peculiar only to the Armenian Church. It begins three weeks before the Great Lent. In ancient times people could eat only bread and salt during the fast of Catechumens. On those days it was not allowed to celebrate Divine Liturgy either.

The meaning of the Fast of Catechumens is the purification of the five human senses from pagan impurity. In the ancient Church there was a custom to fast during five days before baptism. St. Gregory the Illuminator ordered King Tiridates and others to fast for five days before baptism in order to get freed of the evil. That is the reason also for fasting of Catechumens to be called "fast of salvation" from the evil.

According to the tradition, the fasting of Catechumens was initiated by St. Gregory the illuminator in memory of the above-mentioned practice. There are two explanations regarding the name of this feast.
It is called the fast of Catechumens: As the precursor of the Great Lent, and as the first Armenian fast.

On the fifth day of the fasting of Catechumens, on Friday, the remembrance day of the Prophet Jonah is celebrated, but it is celebrated not as the feast of Prophet Jonah, but as the memory of an example of great repentance and abstinence which Jonah urged. At times, wrongly, the fasting of Catechumens was called the fast of St. Sarkis, because the Armenian Church celebrates the feast of St. Sarkis on Saturday following the fast. In Middle Ages the Byzantine and the Georgian Churches blamed the Armenian Church for the fasting of Catechumens, relating it to St. Sarkis, to whom they ascribed sorcery. According to the testimonies of Armenian medieval writers. Greek and Latin Churches also had the fasting of Catechumens in ancient times.
Please Note
Badarak and Blessing of the water service in Baltimore that is scheduled on Saturday, January 19 has been canceled due to expected inclement weather conditions. Please be safe.

Pilgrimage to St. Vartan Cathedral and Visit to Armenia Art Exhibit

On January 12th and 13th, 48 of our parishioners and friends embarked on an exciting journey to New York City to visit the Armenia Art Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as pilgrims offer their prayers at St. Vartan Cathedral. 

The bus left early on Saturday morning, January 12 and drove the group straight to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where everyone enjoyed the inspirational and marvelous display of the art and culture of Armenians from the conversion to Christianity in the early fourth century through the leading role on international trade routes in the 17th century. The exhibition emphasized how Armenians developed a distinctive national identity in their homeland at the base of Mt. Ararat and how they maintained and transformed their traditions as their communities expanded across the globe. 

After the beautiful and uplifting time at the museum, the group enjoyed delicious Armenian food at the Krichian's Grill restaurant in New Jersey.
The morning of January 13, everyone traveled to St. Vartan Cathedral to participate in Badarak. The celebrant was Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan. Everyone was welcomed by the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, the new Vicar of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral and enjoyed the tour of the cathedral and luncheon afterward. 

The entire group of pilgrims had an uplifting and educational time. St. Mary looks forward to other educational excursions later in the year.

So see photos Click Here

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. 

Click here to see flyer
Episcopal Ordination of Fr. Daniel Findikyan Scheduled for May

The Eastern Diocese is pleased to announce that a date has been set for the episcopal ordination of the Diocesan Primate, the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan.
His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has confirmed that on the weekend of May 11-12, 2019, he will consecrate Fr. Findikyan as a bishop of the Armenian Church, in a solemn ceremony at the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin, in the Republic of Armenia.
The Primate will return to New York to celebrate his antranig badarak (inaugural Divine Liturgy) as a bishop in St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral. That is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 18. A reception for the entire public will follow.

Further details of both the episcopal consecration and the inaugural badarak will be announced soon. At this time, arrangements are being made to offer travel packages to Armenia for those who wish to witness the consecration of Fr. Findikyan by the hand of His Holiness Karekin II.

Fr. Findikyan was elected as the Diocese's 12th Primate on May 4, 2018, by the delegates of the 116th Diocesan Assembly. His election was blessed and confirmed by the Catholicos of All Armenians on May 8. Fr. Findkyan is the first clergyman born in America to serve in the capacity of a diocesan primate, and he will be the second American-born clergyman to be elevated to the episcopate. The first was the late Bishop Houssig Bagdasian.
LIVE. 1st Session of Armenia's New Parliament

Catholicos Karekin II Leads Armenia's Parliament in Prayer

The new parliament of the Republic of Armenia opened its first session on January 14, with His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, offering prayerful opening remarks.

Congratulating the newly-elected parliamentarians, His Holiness said: "As the duly-elected representatives of the people, the obligation to develop new life in the Republic of Armenia rests on your shoulders."

"Having accepted a vow to promote justice, virtue, and love, we all have to stand together in one soul, one spirit-not in opposition, but in cooperation.... I am confident that within the Christian system of values, our people will continue to be creative; bright in mind and spirit; able to improve national life. Our centuries-old church, together with the people, will continue to support patriotic initiatives."

Addressing the parliamentarians directly, he said: "We bring the blessing of God to you and your activity. Your love towards the nation shall bring you strength, and keep you in the good graces of our people, for the prosperity of our country." He concluded his remarks by enjoining all the parliamentarians to recite together the Lord's Prayer.

Click here to read more in Armenian. To watch a recording of the session, with translation in English, click here.

FAR Partners with Bank to Deliver Toys

Last month, staff from HSBC Bank Armenia donated gifts-books, puzzles, coloring books, instruments, trucks, dolls and stuffed animals-to some 400 kindergartners in Armenia's impoverished Berd region.

"Toy Drive" (as it's simply known) has become an annual Christmas initiative promoted by the bank's staff and managed by the Fund for Armenian Relief. It is geared toward ensuring that children from Armenia's impoverished communities receive special surprises for Christmas.

Children from the Paravakar Village School and Berd Kindergartens #2 and #3 received gifts during a visit from Dzmer Pap (aided by "elves" from HSBC Armenia). "This year, you considered our kids' Christmas wishes," said Naira Gyuzaryan, a teacher at Berd Kindergarten #3. "That doesn't happen very often in communities like this."


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15 Երբ Յիսուս իմացաւ, որ գալու են իրեն բռնել տանելու, որպէսզի իրեն թագաւոր անեն, դարձեալ միայնակ դէպի լեռը գնաց։ 16 Եւ երբ երեկոյ եղաւ, նրա աշակերտները ծովեզերք իջան։ 17 Եւ նաւակ նստելով՝ գալիս էին դէպի ծովի միւս կողմը, դէպի Կափառնայում։ Եւ երբ մութն ընկաւ, Յիսուս դեռ իրենց մօտ չէր եկել. 18 եւ ծովը հողմի ուժգին փչելուց փոթորկւում էր։ 19 Երբ շուրջ հինգ կամ վեց կիլոմետր թիավարելուց յետոյ տեսան Յիսուսին, որ քայլում էր ծովի վրայով եւ նաւակին մօտեցել էր, սաստիկ վախեցան։ 20 Եւ նա ասաց նրանց. «Ես եմ, մի՛ վախեցէք»։ 21 Եւ ուզում էին նրան նաւակի մէջ առնել. եւ նաւակը շուտով հասաւ այն տեղը, ուր գնում էին։

Հովհաննեսի 6.15-21

15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid." 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
John 6:15-21

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.
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