Sixth Sunday of the Holy Cross

Sunday Messenger

October 18, 2015
Feast of the Evangelists Sts. Mathew, Mark, Luke and John

Evangelist St. Mathew is one of the twenty apostles of the Lord. He is the author of the first Gospel. The name of Matthew is the Greek version of the Hebrew name meaning God-given. His Hebrew name was  Levi. In the past he had been a tax collector in Capernaum. Then obeying to God’s will he sold his property, distributed the money to the poor and  became one the followers of Jesus Christ. He preached the Word of God in Parthia and Palestine.

Evangelist St. Mark was the nephew of Barnabas. He was born in Jerusalem. He was named also John. It was the house of his mother – Mary that was the place of prayer for the apostles. It is supposed that it was the place where Our Lord Jesus Christ had the Last Supper and where the Church was founded during the Pentecost. He had been the interpreter of St Peter, as well as the friend of St. Paul and Barnabas. He is the author of the shortest Gospel. He preached the Word of God in Egypt, where he was martyred, he is the founder of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Evangelist St. Luke is the author of the third Gospel. He was born in Antioch. According to the tradition he is one of the seventy-two disciples of Jesus Christ. According to St. Paul he was a physician. Listening about the Lord’s Preaching, Luke goes to Palestine and follows the Lord. He preached the Word of God in Achaia, Libya, Egypt and Teba. He wrote “The Acts of the Apostles” upon the request of Theophilos of Rome. According to the tradition he was martyred in Teba.

Evangelist St. John is the author of the fourth Gospel, three letters and the Revelation. He deserved the title of the “beloved disciple” of Christ. He was the son of the fisherman Zebedee and the brother of James. He is considered to be one of the two disciples of St. John the Baptist who followed Jesus (See Jn 1:37). Afterwards the Lord called him to Galilee and gave him the authority of apostle. John became one of the closest Disciples of Christ. Together with James and Peter he witnessed the “transfiguration” that came over Jesus while He was praying on a high mountain named Tabor, went to the valley of Gethsemane. Together with St. Mary, Holy Godmother, he stood near the cross and at the moment of crucifixion Jesus asked him to take care of the Holy Mother of God. Together with Peter he was the first who went to the tomb of
Christ and later met Him near the Sea of Genneseret (or Sea of Galilee or Lake Kinneret or Lake Tiberias). Later we see him during the persecutions of Christians in Jerusalem and his success in preaching in Samaria. After the descent of the Holy Spirit John went to Asia Minor and settled down in Ephesus where he took care of the churches founded by Paul and wrote down the Gospel there. Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus (Domitian) exiled him to Patmos where he was given (and recorded) a vision from Jesus. In Patmos or Ephesus he also wrote his letters addressed to the faithful flock. During the period of reign of Roman Emperor Nero he returned to Ephesus where he passed away in 100 AD, in Ephesus, at the age of 95.


  • Galatians 4:3-18 (pages 172-173) New Testament
  • Luke 4:14-23 (pages 55-56) New Testament – (Please follow the Armenian Reading in your Bible)

REQUIEM SERVICES: Hokehankist today will be for: 

  • VLADIMIR OVSEPYAN requested by Ashot Petrosyan and the Petrosyan Family.

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.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR: is sponsored today by Fidelity Home Health Care. All are welcome.

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.  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 not only financially supports our church because of this endeavor, but has been sponsoring two children from CASP for many years.

BAZAAR BAKE SHOP: Do you make a specialty bakery item that you would like to share with us?  We are asking our Holy Trinity parishioners for donations of cupcakes, loaf cakes, cookies, specialty cookies and brownies for the Bake Shop at the Holy Trinity Harvest Bazaar.  Please contact Berjhooy Murray, or 856-866-2479 and let her know what you will be bringing.
The Harvest Bazaar is looking for vendors to participate in our Bazaar this year. One 8 ft table will be provided, cost is $30 per night, or the entire weekend for just $50.  Please email Barbara Harmon or call or text 609-605-0489.
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.

Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart:  Our Adult Christian Education programming for 2015 closes with a four-week study of the prayers of the extraordinary priest-mystic of the Armenian Church, St. Gregory of Narek. We will meet Tuesday morning at 10:00 in November. Our guides will be Der Hakob, Dn. Albert Keshgegian, Brian Hoyle and Nancy Basmajian. Join us as we explore Narek’s prayers as he speaks to God (and us) from “the depths of the heart.” For more information, see flyer available in the narthex. BRING A FRIEND!

HELP WANTED: St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church in Wynnewood, PA is seeking secretary with strong administrative, oral and written communication skills; excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office,Word, Powerpoint, and Excel; and the possession of good interpersonal skills.  Duties include answering phones; drafting written communications and reports; maintaining inventories of supplies; assisting with preparation of church publications; coordinating mailings; and working with Pastor, Parish Council and organizations with various scheduling of events and services.  Knowledge of Armenian preferred, but not required.  Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

CHURCH CALENDAR (please mark your calendars)

  • October 23rd, 24th & 25th: Harvest Bazaar

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

COUNTRY STORE: will be closed today.  See you at the bazaar.
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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