Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

Sunday Messenger

April 24, 2022

Feast of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

COVID UPDATE:  Masks are recommended, but not required, Please use your best judgement.

Scripture and Feast Day Notes

From Today’s Readings

John 1:1-17 These renowned and eloquent verses testify to the presence of God the Son from the very creation of the world (vv 2-5) to his Incarnation; Jesus Christ was the ultimate revelation of God’s presence, glory, and enduring love. John the Baptist was called to be a witness so that “all people might believe.” Discuss/reflect: Jesus made his dwelling “among us.” (v 14). How much have you allowed him to “dwell” with you? Are you keeping him at the door? In the living room? Or have you given him the keys?

Acts 5:34-6:7 Two important events are recounted here. In the first, the teacher of the law Gamaliel exhorts the apostles’ antagonists to let them continue Jesus’ work, since if their purpose is godly they will prevail over any force against them anyway. The second details the first “ordination” as men are called and consecrated to assist the apostles in caring for the poor. St. Stephen was foremost among them and is considered the first ‘deacon’ of the Church. Discuss/reflect: Despite the warning that they not preach the Good News, the apostles joyfully continued to proclaim Jesus as the Christ (5:41-42). How might you share this news today?

James 3:1-12 The apostle James explains the great harm that speech (the tongue) can cause. He compares the tongue’s power to the bit in a horse’s mouth or the rudder of a huge ship – something so small having the power to give incredible direction; but also potentially as disastrous as the tiny spark that can burn down a forest. Discuss/reflect: James wonders how we are able to both praise God and revile others with the same lips. How can salt water and fresh water flow from the same source? (vv 9-12) How would you answer him? Where do you need to make changes in how you talk?

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

ARPENA “PENNY” HAJATIAN on the 40th Day of Her eternal life requested in loving memory of our mother, grandmother & great grandmother by Michael & Lynn Hajatian, Stephanie & Harry Vatanian & Family, Alexis & Alex Topakbashian & Family, Erika & Michael Torosian & Family, Michael & Ani Hajatian & Family.

ROBERT DAMERJIAN SR. on the 40th Day of His eternal life requested in loving memory by Lorraine, Robert Jr., David and Families.

Hokehankist today will be for:

ADRIENNE, BERJ & ADRINA MOVSESIAN requested in loving memory by Paul and Leslie Movsesian.

ALTAR CANDLES: are donated today by Lorraine, Robert Jr., David and Families in loving memory of ROBERT DAMERJIAN SR. on the 40th Day of His eternal life.

Starting May 1st, we will resume passing the plate for collection after communion.

COUNTRY STORE – We invite you to come visit us after church most Sundays.  See Liz or Jeanette. If you wish to place an order for pickup, contact Lorraine Damerjian @ 215-572-8465, and she can help you with that.

Seeking Part-time Organists – the Choir of Holy Trinity is looking for multiple talented musicians who would be seriously interested in playing the organ for the Sunday morning Divine Liturgy (Badarak) on a rotating schedule. Organ lessons will be provided to the interested candidates, along with one-on-one direction from a senior choir person.  For further information, contact Karinne Andonian @ karinne.hov@gmail.com.