Sunday Messenger

October 9, 2016


DIVINE LITURGY CELEBRANT today, we welcome as Celebrant of the Divine Liturgy, The Rev. Fr. Arshen Aivazian. Orhnya Der, yev Paree Yegak.

Holy Translators

For the Armenian people the Feast of the Holy Translators is one of the most favorite and beloved national-ecclesiastical feasts. Nearly two hundred disciples of St. Mesrob Mashtots and St. Sahak are known by the general group name “Holy Translators”. The disciples of the above mentioned group of Holy Translators are known as “Junior Translators”. Celebrating this feast, the Armenian Apostolic Church pays tribute of respect to the bright memory of St. Mesrob Mashtots, Yeghishe, Moses of Khoronk, philosoppher Davit Anhaght, whose sacred work and mission later has been continued on by St. Gregory of Narek and St. Nerses the Gracious. The word “Translator” means “Interpreter”. Comprehending and precisely understanding the demands of that period, the Holy Translators initiated the sacred work of creating the Armenian alphabet and literature. By the strength of their faith they dispersed the darkness and warmed the human souls. Thanks to the Holy Translators the Holy Bible was translated into Armenian and the Armenian peoples obtained the possibility to read the Holy Book in the native language. By means of their activity the Holy Translators contributed to the spiritual-cultural awakening of Armenia. After the translation of the Holy Bible, many books of Church Father were translated into Armenian, and thanks to this fact many translations, the original copies of which haven’t been preserved, presently exist only in the translated variant and thus the translations have obtained the value of the original.


  • Galatians 2:1-10 (page 171) New Testament
  • Mark 12:35-44 (page 45) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)

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

  • Diramayr Hripsime Aivazian, on the occasion of her Karasoonk requested by Fr. Arshen and Yeretzgin Sirarpi Aivazian and children Macrina and Stan Sheridan and Timothy Aivazian for the soul of their mother and grandmother
  • Diramayr Hripsime Aivazian & Shnorhig Donigian requested by Alice and Karnig Torossian on the 40th day of their eternal life.

REQUIEM SERVICES: Hokehankist today will be for:

  • Haroutioun Aivazian and Hovhannes Donigian requested by Alice and Karnig Torossian.

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.

ALTAR CANDLES are donated today by Alice and Karnig Torossian in loving memory of Diramayr Hripsime Aivazian, Shnorhig Donigian, Haroutioun Aivazian and Hovhannes Donigian.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR: is sponsored today by the Women of Holy Trinity in loving memory of Diramayr Hripsime Aivazian, Shnorhig Donigian, Haroutioun Aivazian and Hovhannes Donigian.

Sunday of Talents – Is God calling you to serve? Of course, He is! Join us to explore some volunteer opportunities at Holy Trinity which may be the perfect fit for your God-given talents. There are many ways to serve the Church and help it grow and thrive. Come and join us on Sunday, October 9th to find out more.

Special Honors: Following Badarak on Sunday, October 16, we will celebrate honors recently bestowed on two devoted sons of our parish, Deacons Albert Keshgegian and Garo Garibian. Back in April, Landenau Medical Center unveiled a portrait of Dn. Albert on the occasion of his retirement and in recognition of his years of service to the Pathology Department of Main Line Hospitals. And this past May, Dn. Garo was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor which was awarded in recognition of his professional accomplishments and his contributions to the United States and the Armenian nation. We are pleased that both the portrait and the medal will be on display during a brief ceremony at a special Coffee Fellowship next week. We encourage our faithful to be present to congratulate these two worthy parish leaders.

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 for more details.

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.

MEN’S CLUB RAFFLE – Tickets are now available – and selling fast – for the 200 Club Raffle. A one-time donation of $100 will entitle you to eight months of drawings, with five tickets drawn each month. The first drawing will take place in November and the last in June; the prizes in those two months will be $1000 / $400 / $200 / $200 / $ 200 !! And your chances are better than the lottery! Contact Larry Der Hagopian (215-672-4188) or Mickey Paretchan (215-947-4394) if you haven’t already purchased your ticket! The Men’s Club provides financial support for our church through this endeavor, and has been sponsoring two orphaned children via CASP for many years.

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.

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)


  • Sunday October 9th: Sunday of Talents
  • Thursday October 13th: Bible Study: 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday October 16th: Honoring Dn. Albert and Dn. Garo
  • Thursday October 20th: Bible Study:10:00 a.m.
  • October 28th, 29th & 30th: Harvest Bazaar

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

COUNTRY STORE: The Country Store is open every Sunday after church services in the kitchen. All are welcome.

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.