Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

Sunday Messenger

October 23, 2016

Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

Discovery of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross is one of the four feasts dedicated to Christ’s Holy Cross.

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 King’s 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 Lord’s 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 Lord’s 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)

REQUIEM SERVICES: Karasoonk (40th Day memorial Service) today will be for:

  • MOVSES MOVSESIAN requested by Emily Movsesian on the 40th day of His eternal life.

Hokehankist today will be for:

  • DOROTHY COOK 15TH Anniversary of Her eternal life requested by Emily Movsesian.


PRAYERS: “Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” (2 Chronicles 6:40) Praying is as vital to a faith community as breathing. It is one of the ways in which we communicate with God. We ask you to pray for those among who are facing medical difficulties: Ed Zarzatian Jr., Albert Santerian, Virginia Shakarjian, Janice Boyajian Pinkerton and Anita Mirijanian. Please also pray for the unrest that is not only in faraway places but in our own country as well.

GIFT AUCTION: We are in need of donations for the Harvest Bazaar Gift Auction and are asking for your help. Our goal is to obtain new gifts each in value of $100 or more but we are happy to accept gifts of various values. Gifts can be geared toward younger children, teenagers or adults. Gift baskets and gift certificates are most appreciated. Many venues will donate. You can even send items such as wine or liquor that we will package for you. Please call Linda Boornazian at 301-717-2401 or Margo Silk at 856-425-6565 or send an email to lboornaz@hotmail.com for more details.

We are looking for Bazaar Volunteers: we need servers, kitchen help, and cashiers. If you are interested: please contact Barbara Harmon at 856-797-8872 or cell 609-605-0489 or email babs731@comcast.net

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

October is Breast Cancer Month The health care for women in Armenia is not the same quality as in the United States. A clinic has been established and the Ladies of Holy Trinity will support it with a Pink Campaign during the month of October. A jar is sitting on the table in the narthex. We are asking our parishioners to simply drop in their loose change each Sunday. Our collection will be sent to Yerevan to support women’s health care which lags far behind the care men received. Please support this worthy project. thank you.

200 CLUB News from the Men’s Club – There are only eight (8) tickets remaining for the “200 CLUB” raffle. Contact Larry DerHagopian or Mick Paretchan after church if you haven’t already purchased a ticket or would like an additional ticket! A one-time donation of $100 will entitle you to eight months of drawings, with five tickets drawn each month. Keep in mind that there will be $10,000 in prize money distributed between this November and next June, so don’t miss the opportunity!

ATTIC TREASURES: If you’re cleaning out your closets, we would greatly appreciate donations of your CLEAN & UNDAMAGED gently used items to be sold at the Attic Treasures table during the Harvest Bazaar. No toys, clothing or books (except cookbooks). Desired items are jewelry, women’s accessories, housewares, small furnishings, and more, more, more. Attic treasures can be left in the 1st room on the right down the Sunday School hall. Call Ayshe Chakmaklian for more info. at 610-828-2411. If you need a New Jersey pick up call Grace Meranshian at 856-217-9333.

Shoeboxes Are Here! It’s a new year to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and this year, we’ll be doing it in a new way. We have plenty of colorful boxes for everyone to fill. When you pick up your box(es), a minimum payment of $7.00 per box is due to cover shipping and handling. (Checks should be made out to Holy Trinity.) Filled shoeboxes must be returned to church by November 13. Any questions can be referred to Gail Lulejian or Jeanette Der Hagopian. We hope you’ll decide to be a part of bringing joy to needy children this Christmas season.

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.

CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)

  • October 28th, 29th & 30th: Harvest Bazaar

The Bookstore: The Bookstore is open every Sunday after Liturgy. Please stop in and browse.

COUNTRY STORE: No Country Store today.

If you know of anyone who is a shut-in, or ill and would like a visit from Der Hayr, please call the office and give their name to Maggie our church secretary.

CHURCH ETIQUETTE: We wish to remind you, our faithful, to please maintain a quiet and contemplative manner as you approach the chancel for communion. We especially ask that you refrain from conversation while waiting your turn for communion as well as afterwards as you return to your pew. Thank you.

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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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.