Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

Sunday Messenger

October 27, 2019

Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross is one of the four feasts dedicated to Christs Holy Christ. In 327 AD Heghineh, the Mother of the Byzantine King Kostandianos, visits Jerusalem with the aim to search the holy Cross of the lord. A Jew, named Judas, helps the Kings mother to search the site where Christ was crucified – Golgotha. In the result of searches the wooden crosses of Christ and the two criminals crucified together with him are found. For recognizing the Lord's Cross, the remains of a young man are put on the crosses in turn. On one of the crosses the young man rises to life and thus the Lords Cross is identified. After that miracle the Jew converts to Christianity and later becomes the Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem. After the discovery of the Holy Cross Heghineh renovates the Holy Places of Jerusalem and builds the Church of Holy Resurrection of Golgotha, where later the Lords cross is installed. The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross on the Sunday during the period October 23-29.


1Corinthians 1:18-24 (page 151) New Testament
Matthew 24:27-36 (page 25) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)
Isaiah 33: 22-34:1 (page 710) Old Testament

REQUIEM SERVICES: Hokehankist today will be for:

Alla TerSaakova requested by the Petrosyan Family.
Armen J. Alahverde Sr. requested by Doris Alahverde
Avedis & Nevart Sarkessian requested by Robert and Elizabeth Barone
Bagian/Zoolalian & Dadekian/Babolian requested by Walter Bagian
Haig Hagopian, Aram Hagopian, James & Susan Vosbikian requested by Gay, Tina & Marie Hagopian
Luceen & Azad Attarian requested by Lynne Asadourian
Albert & Naomi Kapeghian requested by Barbara and Tom Harmon
Albert & Naomi Kapeghian requested by Janice and Robert King & Family
Philip & Martha Abrahamian requested by Jim Faridy
Mardiros & Yester Ergenian requested by Hagop and Sonia Ergenian
Antranig, Virginia, Andre Javardian, Evelyn & Dick Weinsheimer & Albert Chapjian requested by Greg and Maria Javardian
David & Tevalinda Damerjian and Nubar & Araxie Hintlian requested by Robert and Lorraine Damerjian
Elizabeth & Garabed Tookmanian requested by Michael Tookmanian
Mary & Katch Kapeghian requested by Karen Vartanian
Garabed & Asdghig Keshgegian requested by Albert and Patrice Keshgegian
Berjoohy Haigazian & Sarah Terkanian requested by Berjoohy H. Murray
Martin Parnagian, Verkin & Bedros Semerjian requested by Mary Parnagian
Charles & Polly Mears, Souren & Elizabeth Sadjian requested by Dave & Terri Mears
Arsen & Katherine Kashkashian requested by Ronald A. Kashkashian
Patrick Killian and John & Dorothy Chalikian requested by Joyce Killian
Sadjian & Mardigian Families requested by Ernie & Chris Sadjian-Peacock
Helen Vishab requested by Jack Vishab
Charles and Naomi Antaramian requested by Charlene Simonian
Hajatian & Vosbikian Families requested by Michael & Lynn Hajatian
Beatrice Minassian & Rose Timourian requested by Serge and Adrienne Minassian
Harry Yazujian, Helen Vishab, Norair Hartunian requested by Greg and Diane Yazujian
John & Rose Serabian, Ned Santerian & Corrine Santerian Moore requested by Merle Santerian
Albert Santerian requested by Linda Santerian
Larry Der Hagopian requested the Der Hagopian Family
Edward L Zarzatian requested by Rosemarie Zarzatian
Diramayr Serpouhi Arzoumanian requested by Hagop Arzoumanian
Robert Temoyan & Berjouhe Paroonagian Gallo requested by Carol Temoyan

“I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” (Psalm 116:1-2 NLT). Please pray for Merle Santerian, Steve Hovnanian, Alice Charles, Armen Mirakian and Pearl Jamgochian for a return to improved health and to feel the presence of God in their lives. Please also keep in your prayers the leaders and well-being of both the United States and Armenia.

NEW COMMUNION PROCEDURE – Before gathering for confession, please allow time for the Choir Members to come down and join us before we begin.

Did you know that when we participate in Soorp Badarak (Divine Liturgy), we are also being invited to a meal (communion) offered by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As such, we should dress in a manner worthy of that invitation. We ask our faithful to dress appropriately for worship. Please, no very short dresses, shorts or bare shoulders. Thank you.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is up & running! Please stop by our shoebox table this Sunday and pick up your shoebox(es) when you sign up and pay the shipping fee of $9 per box. We’ll help you get started to give Christmas joy to children in a faraway land, including Armenia. DEADLINE to return boxes is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10. Sooner is fine too! For any questions, contact Jeanette Der Hagopian (215-206-0440) or choirboss@hotmail.com . To those who are unable to fill a shoebox, all donations will be gratefully accepted. All Checks should be made payable to: Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Memo: OCC

It’s Bake Shoppe time again! For this years’ Bazaar we are looking for donations of HOMEMADE items. Chocolate chips are our favorites! Any questions please contact Berj Murray at 856-912-2417.

CASTING CALL: Do you have a flair for drama? For comedy? Do you like to be center stage? If so, we have a fun opportunity for you…its an amateur ACE production of the famous Hovhannes Toumanian fable, “The Foolish Man Who Went to See God,” to be performed in a Dinner Theater format here at Holy Trinity. For more information, contact Leslie Movsesian at plmovsesian@aol.com or 215-801-2725.

November Bible Study: Our Adult Christian Education ministry is sponsoring a three-session study on St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. With Fr. Hakob as our guide, we will read through this short (six chapters), but challenging letter that deals with such questions as: What are the qualities that define the Christian community and the Christian? What happens when believers live out these qualities? Come to see how you and we measure up. We will meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 on November 5, 12 and 19. To register, email nancybasmajian@verizon.net or call or text 215-510-0846.

Men Club Tickets update- There are still some tickets available. The first drawing is scheduled for Nov 3rd. This annual program provides important income for the church and $10,000 to the winners! Please contact the church office soon.

Safety Planning Program- For any parishioner interested in learning more about our ongoing efforts to prepare and plan for safety & emergency actions. Presented by Parish Council and Cheltenham Township Law Enforcement on Thursday November 14th at 7pm in Santerian Hall.

Outreach Volunteers Needed – We invite you to join our team of cooks on Saturday, November 9 @ 10 am as we prepare and package meals for Aid for Friends, the organization that provides meals to the elderly and isolated shut-ins in the Delaware Valley. This is a most rewarding experience and no one is ever sorry that they’ve participated in this worthy effort. We need to know how many cooks we’ll have, so PLEASE RSVP BY November 3rd to Jeanette: choirboss@hotmail.com or 215-672-4188; OR nancybasmajian@verizon.net or 215-722-3369). The more volunteers we have, the more meals we can make!

2019 Attendance: Plate/Candle Collection:
1 – 37 people $234.00
8 – 82 people $490.00
15- 82 people $488.00
22 – 71 people $285.00
Weekly Expenses: $6,000.00

CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)

October 25, 26 & 27: Harvest Bazaar

Tuesdays 5, 12, 19 (Tuesday mornings): Bible Study

NEW IN BOOKSTORE: With pride, we are pleased to announce “Acoustic Armenia,” a CD by a devoted member of the Holy Trinity family, Karinné Andonian. The music of this album is meant to revere the spirit of Armenian music. The Armenian heart has always sung, and here it sings simply and organically, intending to bring a sense of togetherness and home just as it was when it was created generations ago. Available in Bookstore $12.

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.

THE NICENE CREED/ HAVADAMK – This is the Profession of our Faith which is often sung after the Gospel is read from the altar. Occasionally, it will be 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 Jeanette Der Hagopian at 215-672-4188.

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WE ASK THAT EVERYONE KINDLY TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES and all other such electronic devices prior to entering the sanctuary out of respect for the sanctity of our services.