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SUNDAY, January 24, 2021
Barekendan of the Fast of Catechumens
Բարեկենդան Առաջաւորաց Պահքին

Isaiah 61:10-62:9,   2 Timothy 2:15-26    St. John 6:15-21

Տէր Փառէն Քհն. Գալստյան, Հոգեւոր Հովիւ
Reverend Fr. Paren Galstyan, Pastor
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Covid 19 Guidelines
Dear Friends,
We would like to remind all parishioners who are attending church in person to please continue following the guidance while attending church set by the dioceses during the Pandemic. Please always wear your mask while in the church at all times, use the hand sanitizer station while entering church, keep 6 ft apart in church and in the narthex area, sit in the designated areas in church and do not to enter the church hall. Your continued support is appreciated. 

Soorp Haroutiun Parish Council

Eve of the Fast of Catechumens

The Fast of Catechumens is peculiar only to the Armenian Church. It begins three weeks before the Great Lent. In ancient times people could eat only bread and salt during the fast of Catechumens. On those days it was not allowed to celebrate Divine Liturgy either.

The meaning of the Fast of Catechumens is the purification of the five human senses from pagan impurity. In the ancient Church there was a custom to fast during five days before baptism. St. Gregory the Illuminator ordered King Tiridates and others to fast for five days before baptism in order to get freed of the evil. That is the reason also for fasting of Catechumens to be called “fast of salvation” from the evil.

According to the tradition, the fasting of Catechumens was initiated by St. Gregory the illuminator in memory of the above-mentioned practice.

There are two explanations regarding the name of this feast.
It is called the fast of Catechumens:
1. As the precursor of the Great Lent, and
2. As the first Armenian fast.

On the fifth day of the fasting of Catechumens, on Friday, the remembrance day of the Prophet Jonah is celebrated, but it is celebrated not as the feast of Prophet Jonah, but as the memory of an example of great repentance and abstinence which Jonah urged. At times, wrongly, the fasting of Catechumens was called the fast of St. Sarkis, because the Armenian Church celebrates the feast of St. Sarkis on Saturday following the fast. In Middle Ages the Byzantine and the Georgian Churches blamed the Armenian Church for the fasting of Catechumens, relating it to St. Sarkis, to whom they ascribed sorcery. According to the testimonies of Armenian medieval writers. Greek and Latin Churches also had the fasting of Catechumens in ancient times.

Heavenly King, grant me your kingdom which you promised to your beloved, and strengthen my heart to hate sin and to love you only and to do your will. Have mercy upon your creatures, and upon me, a great sinner.
    Lord, please keep watch over your faithful people and the holy soil of Arstakh and Armenia, now and always. Grant them strength, and lead us together through the present time of trial. Amen.

Sunday Livestreams

Sundays: From 10.30 am to Noon.
Please register your 2021 membership
Many parishioners have told us that they would appreciate reminders about membership dues. So, this is our first reminder of the year!  Please take a look at your checkbook or other records.  If you have not yet submitted your membership dues for 2021, now is a great time to send in your 2021 Soorp Haroutiun membership dues.  Annual membership dues are $125 per person.
For your convenience, you will find a membership application on the table in the Narthex, which can be dropped off at the Church office.  Also, we are accepting your donations by credit card.
Click to Download the 2021 Membership Form
Click here to pay Membership Online

Thanks to Our 2020 Membership

Rita Arnold, Elisa Azarian, Vagan Babajanian, Leonardo Badiglian, Anton Balasanyan, Arlin & Patricic Baligian,  Khacho & Ghoson Bedrossian, Mariam Bezhanyan, Avedis Boornazian, Richard & Linda Boornazian, Dr. Gregory Boyajian, Diran & Anna Chamoun,  Liza Derbalian-Coredo, Albert Eckian, Anahid Frangoul, Gregory Chouljian, Yn. Anna Galstyan, Kristina Gerard, Antibas & Suzanne Gumushian, Arman & Suna Hartenyan, Ishkhan Hunanyan, Michael Jefarjian, Hagob & Anais Karadjian, Linda Lowman, Mariia Malovana, Garo Mekhdjavakian, Dr. Artak Mirijanyan, Robert & Siranush Mkrtchyan, Armen Mkrtchyan, Grigor Mkrtchyan, Algis & Varsenig Nakutis, Ropen & Linda Nalbandian, Sargis Navoyan, Aram & Ana Nazarian, Joanne Periera, Ann Barsamian Polasek, George & Barbara Rustigian, Eduard Sarkissian, Rose Sarkissian, John Shahinian, Dr. Michael Tiraturian & Dr. Irina Sarafyan,  Drs. Aram & Aida Khachadourian/ Tchobanian, John Tegerian, Alice Tegrarian, Charles Tekesian, Marieta Vausquez, Garabed Veneskahian, Jerome & Lona Youderian, Asnot Zatikyan & Anna Mirijanyan.

Prayer Requests for Our Faithful

Please keep Rev. Fr. Mampre Kouzouian, Margurit Balian, Dee Bargamian, John and Iris Ganimian, John Gumushian, Anahid Frangul, Sargis Katvalyan, Fimi Manguikian, Sarkis Minassian, Varant Movsessian, Talin Mukhjian,  Christian Tresppolacios, Anil & Surekha VaibhDr. Aida Khachadourian/Tchobanian, Sabrina Wood, Hratch Xatourian,
Franco Vasquez in your prayers for physical and spiritual health.
Youth Bible Study this Saturday 

Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 5 P.M.
Topic: Youth Bible Study

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 624 937 7521
Passcode: Church
  • Sunday, January 17, 2021 -  First Sunday after Nativity
  • Sunday, January 24, 2021 – Second Sunday after Nativity
  • Sunday, January 31, 2021 – Third Sunday after Nativity
  • Sunday, February 7, 2021 – Forth Sunday after Nativity
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021 - Great Barekendan – Presentation of the Lord to the Tample
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 - Beginning of the Great Lent
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM
  • Sunday, February 21, 2021 – Sunday of Expulsion
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Sunday of the Prodigal Son
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM

HHK2 blessing soldiers


Praying for the Captives and M.I.A.’s of the Artsakh War

His Holiness Karekin II, the Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over a special prayer for those held captive and missing in action in the wake of the Artsakh war.
The service on January 10, 2021, was held at the St. Gayane Monastery following the Sunday celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Similar prayer services were conducted in Armenian churches throughout Armenia and around the world.
In his remarks on January 10, Catholicos Karekin II spoke of the family members—parents, wives, and children—who await with hope the return of their captive loved ones. “Our hope is not a mere feeling, desire, or baseless optimism, but a trust based on God’s faithful love,” he said.
A large number of Armenian prisoners of war, both soldiers and civilians, are still being held by Azerbaijan, more than two months after the end of the Artsakh war.
Addressing the beleaguered citizens of Armenia and Artsakh, His Holiness said: “Let us be united and brave in these difficult post-war days. Let us remain strong in faith and hope to overcome the horrors of the war we have endured—to face the resulting difficulties and forge a new future for our homeland.”
Click the following links to:
  • READ more, including His Holiness’ message in English.
  • READ His Holiness’ message in Armenian.
  • WATCH a video recording of his remarks.
  • VIEW photos of the January 10 service.

Holyday Lahmajun is Arrived

Dear friends and parishioners. We have Lahmajuns on sell for you available at the Church.

1 dozen - $25
2 dozens - $45

All the profit will go to Artsakh Fund

FAR Asthma project donorFAR’s New Partnership Helps Armenian Children Suffering from Asthma


The Fund for Armenian Relief recently forged a partnership with the Norman K. Miller Charitable Trust, in an effort to treat acute bronchial asthma in children—one of the most common chronic childhood diseases.
FAR has prioritized children’s healthcare for years now through its comprehensive programs; this latest partnership will procure the hard-to-find yet essential medication needed for asthma treatment, and distribute it to 100 children from vulnerable families in Artsakh and Armenia during 2021.
“This generous support came at an auspicious time,” said FAR Health Program director Dr. Hambardzum Simonyan. He emphasized the difficulty that Armenia’s government and medical institutions have had in addressing this pressing health issue. "The regular intake of this medication is essential for children with bronchial asthma, to prevent strokes and severe consequences that may result in disabilities.”
The effects of COVID-19 and the recent Artsakh war have made it difficult for parents to purchase medication, making asthma an even more critical health concern in Armenia.
The Norman K. Miller Charitable Trust was established by the late Norair K. Deirmengian (pictured here): Armenian-American entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist—and survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Mr. Deirmengian believed that if people could see a way out of devastation, they would be able to help themselves recover and resume productive lives.

Read more on FAR’s blog.

Prayer Request
Call during the week to request prayers, hokehankist, visitations to the sick, and house blessings. Please let Church office know if you are planning to have Hokehankist Service. It would be appreciated to have a light lunch or coffee hour following Badarak in memory of the deceased.
Help Us to Update Church Directory
Dear parishioners and friends, Parish Council of Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church is looking more people who can work and prepare the church Directory.
Altar flowers are a gift to the church. If a family wants to decorate the church with flowers, they are free to do so. If the family needs flowers for the reception hall or cemetery they should make prior arrangements.
Altar flowers donated by Mrs. Varsenig Nakutis in memory of her brother Haigazoun Terterian
Home or Hospital Bound
As an extended family of St. Gregory, many of our sick, elderly and home bound faithful are unable to attend Church. They may be at home or in the hospital but most importantly: They are not forgotten and we would like to make sure to visit them. If you know of someone who is unable to attend Church or is in need of a pastoral visitation, please inform Fr. Paren directly Email:  or call the church office at 407-876-7732.
The Parish Council of Soorb Haroutiun Armenian Church of Orlando is looking forward to restart the Women's Guild in our church. We are asking those who are ready to help and interested on this to contact our Chairman Mr. John Shahinian or call to church office.
Click here to read more about the Woman's Guild of the Armenian Church of Eastern Diocese 

Home Blessing 

A number of families have invited Fr Paren to bless their homes. Der Hayr’s schedule is flexible to accommodate even the busiest parishioners. Please invite him to your home. You may contact him at the church at 407-876-7732 or cell phone 847-732-7183. His email address is
Click to see the new diocesan educational initiative called Vemkar. The goal is for Vemkar to transform the way all our people grow in their Christian faith and commitment to the Armenian Church.

Click the following links for resources that will enrich your appreciation of the connection between Communion and healing:
  • READ: A post about St. Gregory the Illuminator, “The Golden Hammer”
  • LEARN: Catholicos St. Nersess the Great and Armenian Charity
  • CONTEMPLATE: “The Many Graces of St. Nersess Shnorhali”
  • WATCH: A video on St. Nersess Shnorhali in the Living Voices series.

Mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church

The Mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church is to preach the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to proclaim its message of Salvation. This mission is realized through worship, education, witness, service, and a common life in Jesus Christ as expressed in the distinctive faith – experience of the Armenian people. All members of the Armenian Church (both clergy and lay) are called to participate fully in its mission.

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