THE SUNDAY MESSENGER
November 4, 2018
18th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians
With All Your Heart
There is a misconception in our world today that you have to agree with someone in order to like and respect him or her. We divide ourselves into cliques of belief, unwavering from our loyalty to an idea. We adore arguments and glorify grudges. Though these divisions are all too common today, allowing them to rule our lives will slowly chip away at our humanity.
In a world that savors discord, it is all the more important that we show people wild mercy, even in the face of disagreement. We are called to love in all things, not just when it is convenient for us. May God’s constant compassion for us inspire us to act thoughtfully, mercifully, and harmoniously.
In closing, reflect on the words of St. Gregory of Narek from his Book of Lamentations:
But for you, the creator of the soul and body, all is illumined, all is clear, all is written, all is easy, all is possible, wisdom leads, promises are kept, wishes are fulfilled. Your testament is the gospel. Your judgment is freedom. Your lawbook is grace. You are not limited by laws. You are not bound by canons. You are not hampered by imperfections. You are not humbled by obedience. You are not restricted by smallness. You are not measured by boundaries. You do not err out of anger. You do not alter out of wrath. You do not misjudge out of severity. You do not simmer out of agitation. You do not falter out of ignorance. You do not waver out of soft-heartedness. You do not diminish out of exaltation. You do not abandon your duty of care. You do not weaken your salvation. You are the beginning and the end of all. Everything is from you alone. Therefore glory to you and worship forever. Amen. (Prayer 43B)
By Kathryn Ashbahian
TODAY’S BIBLE READINGS:
Ephesians 1: 1-14 (pages 174- 175) New Testament
Luke 8: 17-21 (page 61) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)
Isaiah 22: 15-24 (pages 699- 700) Old Testament
REQUIEM SERVICES: Karasoonk (40th Day memorial Service) today will be for:
– Patricia A. Rosenzweig on the 40th Day of Her eternal life requested by Nazareth and Markrid Keshishian & Arous Keshishian.
Hokehankist today will be for:
– Robert Temoyan, Angel Yeretzian, Berjouhi Paroonagian Gallo requested by Carol Temoyan
– Yester and Mardiros Ergenian requested by Arous Keshishian.
– Louise Bazigian requested by Sarkis Euksuzian and the Euksuzian Family.
“Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing” (1Tim 2:8). Please pray for Rev. Fr. Shnork Souin, Sam Silk, Anto Vartanian, Butch Kumkumian, Annabelle Alexanian, Alice Charles, Armenoui Aznavuryan and Pearl Jamgochian for a return to better health and to feel the presence of God in their lives. Pray for our country and her leaders so that peace and kindness will prevail; for our children in their schools – that they may continue their education in a safe environment; and especially for the families of all the victims in the hate-filled Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre. “Spread your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.” (Ps 5:11)
SAVE THE DATE to join us for a Banquet honoring the Deacons and Choir of Holy Trinity Armenian Church on Sunday, November 18, 2018, immediately following Badarak. Contact the office at 215-663-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Reservations required by the deadline date of Friday, November 9, 2018. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
Coffee Hour: is sponsored today by Arous Keshishian and Nazareth & Markrid Keshishian in loving memory of Patricia A. Rosenzweig on the 40th Day of Her eternal life & Yester and Mardiros Ergenian. All are welcome.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ends Sunday night, November 4. So be sure to turn your clocks BACK one hour and gain an extra hour of sleep! Remember: Spring forward, Fall back!
SCRIPTURE AND SHNORHALI REDUX: Our Adult Christian Education (ACE) ministry is pleased to announce another opportunity for our faithful to examine the writings of St. Nersess Shnorhali (the Grace-filled), one of the most beloved and celebrated saints of the Armenian Church. If you missed the introductory series back in July, don’t fret; that series was not a pre-requisite. We will meet at church on three consecutive Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 beginning on November 6. Participants will discover the many biblical images and references that come alive in his work—most especially his popular hymns. Our guides will be Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan (who will be singing for us!) and Deacon Albert Keshgegian. We urge you to take advantage of this unique program and, as always, we encourage you to bring a friend. To register, contact Nancy Basmajian at 215-722-3369 or email@example.com. Flyers are available in the narthex and the church lobby.
FAR UPDATE: A few months ago eight-year-old Syuzi found a new home in a foster family when Anichka Grigoryan, 46, a mother of four and a grandmother of four, decided to open her heart to another child. “It was my wish and desire to take care of another kid so that she could be raised in a real family,” Anichka explained. Before moving in with the family, Syuzi lived at Vanadzor Orphanage. The FAR Children’s Center, which helped to establish Armenia’s foster care system beginning in 2005, helped to facilitate the foster family process for Anichka. As part of its latest project aimed at assisting children from orphanages, the Center has placed a total of 12 children in foster homes since the start of the year, another of them also being Syuzi’s brother, Sevak, 10. To read more: http://farusa.org/2018/10/24/child-protection-finding-a-new-family-with-help-from-the-fars-children-center/ To support programs: http://farusa.org/donate/
2018 Attendance: Plate/Candle Collection:
2 – 57 people $231.00
9 – 113 people $616.00
16 – 97 people $528.00
23 – 79 people $400.00
30 – 111 people $504.00
Weekly Expenses: $6,000.00
CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)
Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 (Tuesday mornings): Scripture and Shnorhali
Friday Nov 16 Shish Kebab Dinner & Hye Hold’em Tournament
Sunday Nov 18 Banquet
Sunday Dec 16 Lunch with Santa
Sunday Dec 30 Pomegranate Sunday
Men’s Club “200 Club” Ticket Update-WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Additional tickets are now available due to several senior parishioners returning their tickets. We now have nine (9) tickets available for purchase and looking for our younger members to participate. Our first drawing of the season is scheduled for early November and we need 100% sold. Please see/contact Mick, Larry, or Mike Tookmanian. Thank you!
Using the Pew Book: In order to enrich understanding of the Divine Liturgy, we encourage our faithful to follow along in the large two-part Pew Book. Part One includes the classical Armenian used in the Liturgy; the facing page is the translation in modern Western Armenian. Part Two contains the transliteration of the classical Armenian; the right-hand page has the English translation. This Pew Book includes the prayers of the celebrant usually offered inaudibly. The prayers offered aloud are indicated in boldface type.
PARKING REMINDER –
> Non-Disabled Persons parking spaces are designated with white lines.
> Disabled Persons Parking spaces are designated with blue lines and are reserved for vehicles with a State-authorized disability placard or license plate.
> No parking is allowed in the driveway nearest to the kitchen door.
THANK YOU for your cooperation!
THE NICENE CREED/ HAVADAMK – This is the Profession of our Faith which is recited every Sunday moments after the Gospel is read from the altar. Sometimes it is sung, but more often it is recited by the Deacons and/or the Choir. We invite you to affirm your own “Profession of Faith” by reciting along with us. God longs for all of us to express our faith and devotion to Him.
THE KISS OF PEACE: After the gifts of the Eucharist are brought to the Altar Table, the deacon proclaims, “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” The person giving the greetings says, Kristos ee mech mer Haydnetsav – Christ is revealed amongst us. The recipient would respond, Orhnial eh Haydnootiunun Kristosee – Blessed is the revelation of Christ.
Anyone who wishes to request any Requiem Services MUST inform the office by 1:30pm Wednesday the week before. If you also want to sponsor the Fellowship Hour you MUST call Merle Santerian at 215-947-3777.
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