Ninth Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Sunday Messenger

November 8, 2020

Ninth Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

 War in Artsakh

The war continues in Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh) with extensive loss of lives, casualties, and Turkey’s continued desire to annihilate us. We are standing ALONE in this war, but our people are determined to fight and are willing to die, if necessary, for our homeland.  Prayers and donations are needed urgently!

Click here to make your donation IMMEDIATELY or send check to:  Holy Trinity Armenian Church – Memo: Artsakh


Saturday, November 7: Holy Archangels Gabriel and Michael

The word ‘angel’ means ‘messenger.’ And, indeed, the Archangel Gabriel announced the birth of John the Baptist to his father Zechariah, and the birth of Christ to Mary, the Mother of God. The Archangel Michael, cited in the books of Daniel and Revelation, led God’s armies against evil, guarding the Church. Angels sing and celebrate in perpetual glorification of God, a privilege we share with them at Badarak.

Reflection: Angels are described in the Bible as both benign in form (Luke 24:4; Acts 1:10) as well as fearsome with multiple wings all covered with eyes (Revelation 4:8). 

How are they pictured in popular culture? Look up references to angels in Scripture to add to your understanding. 

Department of Christian Education Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern) 


Ephesians 5: 15-33 (page 177) New Testament
Luke 8: 49-56 (page 62) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)
Isaiah 24: 1-12 (pages 700- 701) Old Testament

REQUIEM SERVICES: Hokehankist today will be for:


Aram (Butch) Kumkumian requested by the Men’s Club.

“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome Godwho keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night….” (Nehemiah 1:56).   Prayers are requested for Ethel Terzian, Taron Poghosyan, Alice Charles, Theodora Mirakian, Leslie Movsesian and Zevart Shakarjian.

THE WAR IN NAGORNO-KARABAGH (Artsakh) Thank you all for your continued support of our brothers and sisters in Artsakh. We have passed the one-month mark of aggression by the Azeris with no end in sight.  We are thankful to see Armenians coming together from all over the world to protect our land and our people BUT WE CANNOT STOP! Too many lives have been lost.  Please continue to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY and GIVE, GIVE, GIVE.   Use this

  • CALL, EMAIL, TWEET MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. Ask your rep to recognize Artsakh and your senators to stop arms sales to Turkey + Azerbaijan. Visit ANCA.ORG/ALERT to fill out a form to get started. ANCA will put you in touch with your rep and supply the email template or phone script.
  • DONATE. You can donate through Armenia Fund or Holy Trinity, or by sending a check made out to Holy Trinity Armenian Church (memo: Artsakh).
  • USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO SPREAD AWARENESS. When sharing content about Artsakh, use the hashtags to amplify the conversation (e.g. #RecognizeArtsakh), and be sure to use correct spelling. Also, report aggressive Azeri and Turkish online behavior. Do not engage in it.

“Walking Through the Gospel of Mark” continues on Tuesdays evenings through November 17 (7:00 – 8:00 PM) led by our Pastoral Intern, Dn. Armen Terjimanian.

The Gospel of Mark is the earliest written of the Gospels, and at 16 chapters, it is the shortest. It’s also dramatic and fast-moving. Our journey, which will begin at the River Jordan, will be casual and easygoing. We will read together and ask questions as they arise. Attendance at all sessions is not required but invited!

CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)

Tuesdays 9/29 through 11/17: Walking Through the Gospel of Mark

The Diocesan Annual Appeal – We encourage our faithful to be supportive in any way they are able, especially now with the shortfall that the Diocese has experienced because of COVID. This year’s Appeal will have an extra feature for new or existing donors. A generous benefactor has stepped forward with a match, so your donation will be worth more than the check you send them!

 MEN’S CLUB “200 CLUB” – Eight (8) Tickets remain for the upcoming 2020-21 season of the 200 Club Raffle.  A one-time donation of $100 will entitle you to eight (8) months of drawings, with five winners drawn each month. Your ticket number could be drawn more than once in the eight monthly drawings. In fact, several ticket holders have won twice this past season!  The first drawing will take place this November and the last one in June 2021 with the prizes in those two months at $1000 / $400 / $200 / $200 / $ 200. The other six months will be $500 / $200 / $100 / $100 / $100. And your chances are better than the lottery!  Buy additional tickets to increase your chances of winning!  <> Cannot manage a $100 Ticket right now? – split one with a family member or friend!

Contact Larry DerHagopian (215-489-7116), Mike Tookmanian (484-351-8663), or Mick Paretchan (215-947-4394) if you haven’t already purchased your ticket. There will be $10,000 in Prize Money AND much needed Financial Support for our church, The Men’s Club has also been sponsoring two Armenian Orphans through CASP for many years.  Thank you for your support!