THE SUNDAY MESSENGER
February 14, 2016
Presentation of the Lord to the Temple
On February 14, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation to the Temple. Tiarn’ndaraj, or Candlemas as it is known in the West, symbolizes the presentation of the 40 day-old Christ Child to the Temple in Jerusalem. In accordance with the Law of Moses, the infant Christ was brought to the Temple by Mary and Joseph and presented to God. A man named Simeon was there, to whom it had been revealed that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord. Simeon held the infant in his arms, blessed God, and said, “Lord, let your servant now depart in peace, for my eyes have seen your Salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all people. A Light to lighten the Gentiles, and the Glory of Your people, Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32). The morning of the Feast Day, Divine Liturgy is celebrated in Armenian Churches throughout the world. The hymn offered during the Liturgy commemorating Tiarn’ndaraj glorifies Simeon’s articulation of “a Light to lighten the Gentiles”. The hymn praising Simeon also lauds the Mystery of the Incarnation. Many additional customs have been inherited from the past, including the blessing of the four corners of the world in the Andastan Service, the blessing of newlywed couples, as well as offering prayers for the crops and fertility of the fields.
TODAY’S BIBLE READINGS:
- Galatians 4: 1-7 (page 172) New Testament
- Luke 2: 41-52 (page 54) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)
PRAYERS REQUESTED: From the Book of James, we are taught that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Therefore, as you pray for your own family, we ask that you keep members of our Holy Trinity family in your prayers as well. Continue to pray specifically for those who are ill. Pray especially for the various ministries within our church and their leaders: our Church School, our faith-based programs, our youth. And mostly pray that Jesus Christ is a Living Presence in each and every person in our church community. You may also advise the church office if you would like to include anyone by name in this column so that we may, as a church family, pray for them.
Dyaruntaratch -Today we continue with our tradition of celebrating married couples in conjunction with Dyaruntaratch. This minor feast in the Armenian Church celebrates the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple which takes place forty days after His birth (Luke 2:21-40). . Following Badarak today, all married couples are invited to come forward and participate in a short blessing service. Although this is generally done only for couples who were married in the previous year, we believe that all married couples are deserving of this special blessing.
FELLOWSHIP HOUR: You are invited, long time parishioners, new members, and first time visitors, please join us after Badarak in our lovely hall for Christian fellowship, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and greet fellow parishioners and Der Hayr. The coffee hour begins when Der Hayr blesses the table. There are containers available to deposit your trash before leaving the hall. We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and support. Thank you.
Attention Dues-Paying Members – Parish Assembly booklets for our meeting on February 21will be available today after church. We encourage you to pick up a copy and peruse it before our meeting next week so that you will be fully informed about our parish life during 2015 in order to actively participate in our meeting. We hope you will commit your time to attending this important meeting where you have a voice.
ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY: Scheduled for February 21, 2016 with alternate snow dates of February 28 or March 6, 2016.
Friday Night at Holy Trinity: Join us this Friday, February 19 for the second program in our 2016 Lenten Educational Series. Deacon Gregory Andonian will be speaking on “The Spiritual Journey of the Armenian People,” a fascinating topic for the Lenten season. The evening begins at 6:30 with worship, followed by a traditional Lenten dinner hosted by Steve and Nancy Hovnanian. No sign-up required, and all the programs in the series ask only for a free-will offering.
Another Milestone Event: Before you know it, the 50th anniversary of the consecration of our church in Cheltenham will be here – on September 18, 2016. Anyone wishing to be a part of the organizing committee should contact the church office as soon as possible. We hope to have various events during the year leading up to “the main attraction” in September.
ARMENIAN SISTERS ACADEMY: Once again it’s time for our Spring Open House, an opportunity to educate interested families and enroll students for next September. OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 9:00-11:30 a.m. RSVP by March 7 Admissions@asaphila.org or 610-687-4100.
SEEKING DEVELOPMENT OFFICER: St. Nersess is seeking a part-time Development Officer to oversee the seminary’s fundraising and alumni/donor relations programs. Reporting to the dean of the seminary, the Development Officer will also work closely with an engaged, supportive Board of Directors and a dynamic school team. For more information contact the seminary at 914-273-0200.
CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)
- Friday February 12th: Lenten Service
- Sunday February 14th: Dyaruntaratch
- Friday February 19th: Lenten Service
- Sunday February 21st: Annual Parish Assembly (snow dates 2/28 & 3/6)
- Saturday February 27th: Leadership Workshop 9:30 am
Something to think about: Reflect during Lent on these “one another” Scripture passages on Christian fellowship: Do I experience this in my church family? Do I live out these verses in my own life? What can I do to strengthen these qualities in myself and in my community?
- Love one another. (John 13:34)
- Be devoted to one another. (Romans 12:10)
- Accept one another. (Romans 15:7)
- Instruct one another. (Romans 15:14)
- Greet one another with affection. (Romans 16:16)
- Serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)
- Bear with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)
- Be kind and compassionate to one another. (Ephesians 4:32)
- Forgive one another. (Ephesians 4:32)
- Wisely admonish one another. (Colossians 3:16)
- Build one another up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
- Encourage one another daily. (Hebrews 3:13)
- Spur one another into doing good. (Hebrews 10:24)
- Keep meeting with one another. (Hebrews 10:25)
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.