Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday Messenger

July 14, 2019

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

DIVINE LITURGY CELEBRANT today, we welcome again The Rev. Fr. Norayr Kazazian. Asdvadz Oknagan, yev Paree Yegak.

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:

ROBERT SARKISIAN (3rd Anniversary of His eternal life) requested in loving memory by Mary Sarkisian.

“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). Prayers of Thanksgiving are offered for the group of pilgrims who traveled safely to and from Armenia. Please pray for Merle Santerian, Steve Hovnanian, Alice Charles, Pearl Jamgochian and Ani Navasartian for a return to improved health and to feel the presence of God in their lives. And continue prayers for Der Hakob, Yn. Anna, Narek and Vartan as they remain in Armenia visiting family.

THE SUMMER COFFEE HOUR is upon us and can only happen with faithful support from those who enjoy it, meaning different people volunteering each week to set it up and clean up afterward. Coffee will continue to be provided and bagels will be brought in whenever possible. We will depend on our parishioners to supply the “Pot Luck” refreshments each week. Please give serious consideration to volunteering your manpower which will enable us to continue providing this fellowship time that everyone enjoys so much. Call the church office and let Maggie know the Sunday that you would like to volunteer. It will be greatly appreciated.

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

Paree Kaloost Der Hayr! We look forward with joyful anticipation to welcoming home Fr. Hakob, Yn. Anna, Narek and Vartan from their visit to the homeland this summer. This is the longest time Der Hayr has been away from us so his homecoming promises to be a real celebration. Join our community on Sunday, July 28 to share our delight at his safe return. We also extend a warm welcome to Der Hayr’s mother, Dyramayr Maro, who will be visiting the U.S. for the first time and spending several months with her family. A special Coffee Fellowship, sponsored by the Parish Council, will follow the Divine Liturgy.

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.

ATTENTION GRADUATES – The August issue of the Looys will feature information about all graduates and we look forward to including all of our graduates at any level. Write-up should include: full name, parents’ names, name of institution, grade level or degree achieved, activity involvement, and future plans (further education/ work). Please include a picture (in high resolution color), if desired. To be included, everything must be sent to no later than July 21st.

2019 Attendance: Plate/Candle Collection:

2 – 95 people $385.00
9 – 57 people $221.00
16 – 61 people $432.00
23 – 64 people $355.00
30 – 31 people $126.00

Weekly Expenses: $6,000.00

CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)

July 14th – Guest Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Norayr Kazazian
July 21st – Deacon Service
July 28th – Feast of Transfiguration

August 18th – Feast of the Assumption
Saturday September 28th – Fall Into Philly Kef @ Holy Trinity

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 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.