Sunday Messenger

May 15, 2016


DIVINE LITURGY CELEBRANT today, we welcome today as our guest celebrant His Eminence, Archbishop Yeznik Petrosian, Asdvadz Oknagan, Srpazan Hayr.


Christ had instructed them in vague terms just before the Ascension to “not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised.” He said, “John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5). And so the disciples, probably not knowing what else to do, gathered together in the place where they felt the closest to Jesus and each other: the Upper Room where they gathered for the Last Supper.

There, they elected Matthias to replace Judas, once again bringing their number to 12. And they waited for what would come. No doubt they were experiencing confusion, sadness, and fear.

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-4).

On that day, the Jewish feast of Pentecost, Peter delivered an inspiring sermon (Acts 2:14-40) and 3,000 men and women were baptized becoming the first “church” in Jerusalem (Acts 2:41-42). The Apostles began to heal, to preach with a new confidence, and begin their separate — but equally important — missions throughout the world.


  • Acts 2: 1-21 (pages 108 -109) New Testament
  • John 14: 25-31 (page 100) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)

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

  • ROBERT TEMOYAN on the 40th day of His eternal life requested by the Temoyan Family.
  • ROBERT TEMOYAN on the 40th day of His eternal life requested by Gregory and Cookie Vosbkian.
  • ROBERT TEMOYAN on the 40th day of His eternal life requested by George and Linda Paroonagian.
  • ROBERT TEMOYAN on the 40th day of His eternal life requested by Dave and Terri Mears.
  • ROBERT TEMOYAN on the 40th day of His eternal life requested by Gay, Tina and Marie Hagopian.
  • – ALL THE ARMENIAN SOLDIERS who gave their lives protecting Artsakh on the 40th day of Their eternal life requested by the Gevorgyan, Karakhanyan & Petrosyan Families.

Pray for One Another and especially for Mickey Sherian and Anita Mirijanian for their improved health; for the bereaved among us; for the Armenian soldiers fighting the Azerbaijanis to defend the homeland in Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh); for those who have been killed in the conflict, including relatives of our own church members who have volunteered and lost their lives to defend that region; for the Syrian refugees; and for all who are persecuted for their faith and forced from their homes during these trying times.

ALTAR FLOWERS & CANDLES: are donated today by Carol, Nina, Sophie, Laura and Christine Temoyan in loving memory of ROBERT TEMOYAN on the 40th day of His eternal life.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR: is sponsored today by the Temoyan Family in loving memory of ROBERT TEMOYAN on the 40th day of His eternal life. All are Welcome.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR: is sponsored today by the Yn. Anna Gevorgyan, Karine Karakhanyan and Aida Petrosyan in loving memory of ALL THE ARMENIAN SOLDIERS who gave their lives protecting Artsakh on the 40th day of Their eternal life. All are Welcome.

Ladies, have you had an interest in taking a Mural Arts Trolley Tour? The opportunity is at hand. The Ladies of St. Sahag & St. Mesrob are touring on Thursday, May 19 and they have invited our ladies to join them. The price of the trolley tour including lunch is $80. If you are interested, please call Nannette Zakian for a reservation, 610-662-2435.

MEMORIAL DAY GRAVE BLESSING – If anyone wishes to offer prayers and have a graveside blessing for their loved ones on Monday, May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day), Der Hayr will be available by appointment. Please contact him for additional details at 917-213-8658 (cell) or in person at church.

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.

DAUGHTERS OF VARTAN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT In honor of Earth Day, we will begin our Battery Recycling Community Service Project. A box will be placed in the Church lobby so you can deposit your old, used Button cell batteries (used for hearing aids watches, and calculators) as well as household batteries size D, C, AA, AAA and 9 volt. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as a result.

CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)

  • Thursday May 19th: Spring Bible Study 10:00 am


  • Sunday June 12th: Church Picnic

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.