Paregentan of the Fast of the Transfiguration

Sunday Messenger

July 21, 2019

Paregentan of the Fast of the Transfiguration

TODAY’S SERVICE will be led by Senior Deacon, Albert Keshgegian.
Please join in singing with the Choir.

Day of Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle – St. Paul

Armenian Apostolic Church marks today the Day of Commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle – St. Paul. Twelve Apostles elected by Our Lord Jesus Christ, were Christ’s disciples and first preachers of His doctrine, as well as the Incarnate Christ’s witnesses.

“Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out devil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness.” (The Gospel according to Matthew 10:1).

These were the names of the twelve Apostles Simeon (called Peter), Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Patriot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. Later instead of Judas Iscariot Apostle Matthias was chosen, who was added to the group of eleven apostles.

Remaining faithful to Incarnate Christ’s last message the apostles went to all peoples everywhere and preached and taught the Commandments of Jesus, baptized them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, thus becoming the founders of the Christ’s Church. One of the greatest preachers of Christ’s commandments is Apostle Paul, who is recognized by the Christian Church as the thirteenth Apostle.

The section of the Bible called “The Acts of the Apostles” is dedicated to the apostles’ activity. And there are references on Apostle Paul’s preaching, his person and his activity in his 14 letters addressed to the church communities, established by himself, and individual Christians.


Romans 11: 13-24 (page 146) New Testament
Matthew 14: 13-21 (page 14) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)
Isaiah 3:1-11 (page 684) Old Testament

“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 travelled safely to and from Armenia. Please pray for Merle Santerian, Steve Hovnanian, Alice Charles, Armen Mirakian, Pearl Jamgochian and Ani Navasartian for a return to improved health and to feel the presence of God in their lives. Please also pray for safe travel for Der Hakob, Yn. Anna, Narek and Vartan as they return home to our Holy Trinity 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.

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.

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

Blessing of the Grapes: This year the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God will take place on Sunday, August 18. Anyone wishing to make a donation toward grapes should contact the church office no later than August 13.

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 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.