Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday Messenger

June 24, 2018

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

The Holy Translators Sahag and Mesrob

The calendar of the Armenian Church lists under the title “Holy Translators” a number of saints, including St. Sahag the Parthian, St. Mesrob Mashdots, St. Yeghishé, St. Movsés the Grammarian, St. David the Invincible, St. Gregory of Nareg, and St. Nersés of Hromgla. Sahag and Mesrob are commemorated as a team, distinct from the rest of the Translators, on the Thursday following the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Sts. Sahag and Mesrob are considered major saints of the Armenian Church because of their efforts to spread spiritual and intellectual enlightenment throughout the Armenian world. Under the sponsorship of King Vramshabuh and Catholicos Sahag, St. Mesrob, inspired by God, created the Armenian alphabetic script in a.d. 406. His first and fore­most endeavor was to engage himself and his pupils to the task of trans­lating the Holy Scriptures into Armenian. For a period of more than four decades, Sts. Sahag and Mesrob established schools, educated the young and spread the word of God throughout Armenia and its neigh­boring regions.


Romans 8: 31-10:4 (pages 144-145) New Testament
Matthew 13: 24-30 (page 13) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)
Isaiah 2:5-11 (page 683) Old Testament

REQUIEM SERVICES: Hokehankist today will be for:

ROMA ANANYANTS requested by the Melikyan Family.

“Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant…” (Daniel 9:17a). Please pray for Anto Vartanian, Butch Kumkumian, Annabelle Alexanian, Alice Charles, Pearl Jamgochian, & Albert Santerian for a return to better health and to feel the presence of God in their lives. Pray also for our country and her leaders during these trying times; and let us ask the Lord to keep our children in their schools free from further violence and hatred.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR: You are invited, long time parishioners, new members, and first time visitors, please join us after Badarak in our lovely hall for Christian fellowship, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and greet fellow parishioners and Der Hayr. The coffee hour begins when Der Hayr blesses the table. There are containers available to deposit your trash before leaving the hall. We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and support. Thank you.


This is to advise our faithful that our church will be closed for the Sundays of July 1, 8 and 15 in order to do restoration work on the dome in our Sanctuary. This work will require using an aerial lift and moving many of the pews, making the church unusable. These weeks also coincide with the vacation that Der Hakob and his family will be taking to visit their families in Armenia.

For those who do not want to skip church, we suggest attending St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Church in Wynnewood on those Sunday mornings. We know they will be very welcoming to our parishioners. Live-streaming Badaraks can also be viewed online from St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Badarak begins at 10:30 am and can be seen by clicking on the following link:

Should there be any emergencies during the time that Der Hakob is away, please call the church office and speak to Maggie. In her absence, you may call: John Hanamirian (215-660-0000); Jeanette Der Hagopian (215-206-0440); or Merle Santerian (215-205-1507).

Please mark your calendars for the dates of the closings. We look forward to worshipping together again on July 22.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR: Starting June 17 through Labor Day, our Coffee Hour will change for the Summer. We are going to have a “POT LUCK” Coffee Hour. The church will provide the coffee but we are going to rely on those who wish to enjoy refreshments with their coffee and chat with friends to please bring something for the buffet table (enough to serve 8 people), either homemade or store bought. You will not be asked to make a donation if you are kind enough to bring refreshment on any given Sunday. This is being done in order to relieve the burden of the same few people making sure that we have refreshments every Sunday. We hope you will take this opportunity to share your bounty with our church family on these Sundays.

(REMINDER) – Anyone bringing something to the Pot-Luck Table starting this Sunday, must bring it plated or plate it at church. All that will be supplied is the Coffee, tea, milk, and paper goods. Everyone is to do their own cleanup. Those who donate something will not be asked to donate to the basket; but for those who don’t participate, there will be a charge; so please bring something for 6-8 people to enhance our table this Summer. Thank you! Any questions please ask or call Merle Santerian at 215-947-3777.

FAR UPDATE: With three hungry triplets, the Mayilyan family needs 60 containers of Humana 1 powder milk every month to keep their babies well fed. At $8 per box, there was no way they could afford Humana over the long term.As part of its Child Poverty Reduction Program, Fund for Armenian Relief’s Healthcare Programs team offered help to the Mayilyan, along with seven other vulnerable families in Aragatsotn Province. FAR has agreed to provide them with 60 containers of milk per month until the babies start on solid foods.To read more, go to: support projects like the Child Poverty Reduction Program, go to:

Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk: I MADE IT! June 16-17 I walked 16.7 miles overnight. The walk was an awesome experience and absolutely more than I expected. I posted ‘My Story’ on the Overnight website and if you are interested in reading it you can go to put my name (Maggie Miller) in the search bar and it will come up. My hope is that people will read it, share it and the silence surrounding depression and suicide is ended. So please help end the silence surrounding suicide and depression.

NEW JERSEY BIBLE STUDY—JUNE 27: If you’ve been unable to participate in our Adult Christian Education initiatives because of travel distance or scheduling conflicts, this opportunity is for you. For the third consecutive year, we are sponsoring Bible studies in three regions of our parish—this Wednesday evening, June 27, we will be at the home of Margo and Sam Silk in Westampton, New Jersey. Join Fr. Hakob and your Jersey neighbors for an informal evening of learning and fellowship. For more information, just pick up a flyer in the narthex or the lobby.

SUMMER STUDY: SCRIPTURE AND SHNORHALI: The faithful are invited to join us for “Scripture and Shnorhali,” an introduction to the writings of one of the most celebrated saints in the Armenian Church—St. Nersess the Grace-filled. We will meet at church on four consecutive Tuesday mornings at 10:00 beginning on July 10 to explore excerpts from his well-known “I Confess with Faith” prayers and also a few of his hymns, among which is his beloved “Aravod Loosoh.” Participants will discover the many biblical images and references that come alive in his work; therefore, we cannot study Shnorhali without studying the Bible. Our guides will be Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan 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

ATTIC TREASURES will return again to the Harvest Bazaar this fall. With limited storage space available at church, we are more focused on items we can accept to be sold at the Attic Treasures table. Gently Used Items must be CLEAN & UNDAMAGED. Desired items are jewelry, women’s accessories, housewares, and small furnishings. Toys, clothing, books straw baskets & florist vases will not be accepted this year . 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.

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.

CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)
June 27 7:00 pm Home Bible Study in South Jersey

July 1, 8, 15 NO CHURCH
July 8 Feast of the Transfiguration
July 10 10:00 am Summer Study: Scripture and Shnorhali
July 17 10:00 am Summer Study: Scripture and Shnorhali
July 24 10:00 am Summer Study: Scripture and Shnorhali
July 31 10:00 am Summer Study: Scripture and Shnorhali


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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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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.