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SUNDAY, May 9, 2021


Sixth Sunday of Eastertide - Վեցերորդ Կիրակի
Mother’s Day (Մայրերու Օր)



READINGS OF THE DAY

Acts 20:17-38, 1 John 3:2-6, John 9:39-10:10


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. 

Sincerely,
Soorp Haroutiun Parish Council

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PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Christ, guardian of all creatures, let your right hand be a shadow over me day and night, tarrying at home and traveling, sleeping and rising, that I may never fail. Have mercy upon your creatures, and upon me, a great sinner.
     Lord, please keep watch over your faithful people and the holy soil of Artsakh and Armenia, now and always. Grant them strength, and lead us together through the present time of trial. Amen.

2021 Virtual Assembly
 

119th Diocesan Assembly Holds its Opening Virtual Session

On May 1, the Eastern Diocese began its 119th Diocesan Assembly as an online gathering, with all attendees participating remotely over the Internet.
 
Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel presided over the assembly, with about 150 clergy, Diocesan delegates, and parish council chairs taking part in the meeting over the Zoom conference platform.
 
Bishop Daniel began his annual address to the delegates with welcoming words in Armenian, and went on to applaud Diocesan pastors and parish leaders for the way they had adapted to the 2020 pandemic crisis, by creatively employing online broadcasts and other means to keep parishioners active, informed and inspired. Nevertheless, he said that “the church can only happen face-to-face,” and stressed that the Diocese was looking ahead to a more complete functioning of churches and facilities. (See below under Diocesan News for a related news item.)
 
In a sketch of accomplishments from the past year, the Bishop highlighted the work being done on the vision for the Eastern Diocese, called “Building Up the Body of Christ.”
 
“We are working feverishly to make the church more Christ-centered,” he said, adding that the realization of the “Building Up the Body of Christ” vision would call for “a culture-change in the way the church has often operated.” The vision, he said, “will affect everything in our church, our Diocese, our parishes, our organizations—and in our lives.” He encouraged all Diocesan leaders to get involved in the project, and enlisted their support in reaching out to their parishes, and advocating on behalf of the “Building Up the Body of Christ” vision.
 
Delegates also heard from Diocesan Council chair Fr. Krikor Sabounjian; longtime Western Diocese pastor Fr. Vazken Movsesian; and delegate Paul Mardoian, who is leading a pilot project to investigate a new system of membership for Diocesan parishes. Voting for Diocesan offices was conducted electronically, with results to be announced at the next General Session scheduled for the evening of May 25.
 
Before that session convenes, delegates can attend three “breakout sessions” on distinct areas of the Diocese’s ministries, facilities management, and finances.
 
Click the link to read more about the 119th Diocesan Assembly.
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Feast of Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord on the fortieth day following the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Savior Jesus Christ.

Following His Resurrection and defeat of death, Christ remained on earth for forty days, and continued to appear to His disciples. On the fortieth day, Christ is seen by His disciples for the last time. He blesses them and leaves them with instructions, after which He ascends into heaven.

Two of the Gospel writers, St. Mark and St. Luke, testify about Christ’s ascension. There is also an account of it in the Acts of the Apostles.

Following a final meeting of Christ with the eleven remaining apostles, St. Mark writes, “So then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” (Mark 16:19)

St. Luke gives a little greater detail as he writes, “And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.” (Luke 24: 50-53)

But by far the most beautiful account of the Ascension can be found in the Book of Acts:  “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:9-11)

The hymn that is sung in the Armenian Church on Ascension Day mentions the miraculous event of Christ’s Ascension into heaven and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.

In the Armenian Church, the day of Jesus Christ’s Ascension is also commemorated for another reason as well. On this date in 1441, the See of the Catholicosate of All Armenians was returned to its historical origins. Following a resolution of the National Assembly gathered in Vagharshapad, the Patriarchal See was relocated from the city of Sis in Western Armenia to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Following his vision of Christ striking the ground with a golden hammer, St. Gregory the Illuminator had founded the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin in 303.  However, less than 200 years later, in 484, the Patriarchal See was forced to relocate, and for the next 1000 years, settled in various cities throughout Armenia.  The decision to return the throne of the Catholicos to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin was the fulfillment of a national dream for the Armenian people.

Shushi desecration

Artsakh’s Armenian Christian Monuments Under Threat of Annihilation

In a communiqué this week, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin lamented the continuing desecration and eradication of Armenian Christian monuments in the regions of Artsakh now held by Azerbaijan, following the autumn 2020 war.
 
The message made special note of the damage being done to the Sourp Prgich Cathedral (“Holy Savior,” also known by the name Ghazanchetsots) in the city of Shushi. “A few days ago, we learned that the dome had been removed, and the religious symbols abolished from the Ghazanchetsots cathedral,” the communiqué says, “under the guise of reconstruction work.” An appended photo shows the familiar ecclesiastical structure with its steeple entirely removed.
 
Shushi’s stately Cathedral of the Holy Savior was long heralded as one of tallest Armenian churches in the world, standing 115 feet high. Universally recognized as an Armenian cultural and religious landmark, it was consecrated in 1888, underwent a lavish restoration in the late 1990s, and until this year had served as the seat of the Armenian Church’s Artsakh diocese. On October 8, 2020, the cathedral was made the target of an Azeri missile attack, which caused the collapse of the sanctuary roof and seriously injured several visiting journalists.
 
The Holy See’s message also stated that “in the territories under the control of Azerbaijan, sanctuaries have already been destroyed, monasteries and churches have been desecrated, inscriptions confirming historical origin have been removed, khatchkars and ancestral tombs have been profaned.”
 
Condemning these actions as “cultural genocide,” undertaken by the Azeris “with a view to erasing the traces of Armenian identity on our historical land of Artsakh,” the message concludes by expressing the Armenian Church’s determination to “continually raise these issues with the relevant bodies of the international community, to halt these activities that violate the rights of the Armenian people.”
 
Click the links to read the full statement in 
Armenian and English.
 
Above: Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, in its restored glory earlier this decade (photo by Hrair Hawk Khatcherian); and inset, the desecrated structure as it appears today, in a photo released this week by Holy Etchmiadzin’s Information Service.

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.
Youth Bible Study this Saturday 

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5 P.M.
 
Topic: Youth Bible Study

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6249377521?pwd=N3k3UzNKZXpQMldlZ3JWMmN6QzJzQT09

Meeting ID: 624 937 7521
Passcode: Church

Prayer Requests for Our Faithful

Please keep Dee Bargamian, John and Iris Ganimian, John Gumushian, Anahid Frangul, Sargis Katvalyan, Tamar Kochian, Fimi Manguikian, Sarkis Minassian, Talin Mukhjian,  Christian Tresppolacios, Anil & Surekha VaibhDr. Aida Khachadourian/Tchobanian, Sabrina Wood, Hratch Xatourian,
Franco Vasquez in your prayers for physical and spiritual health.

CHURCH LANDSCAPING

We are seeking landscape contractor bids for Landscaping maintenance for the church property. The maintenance contract include cutting grass on a  by-weekly and trimming the bushes. 
Refer any landscape contractors to the church for bid. 
Artsakh Outreach
Artsakh Outreach is the mission undertaken by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to raise support throughout the global Armenian community, and deliver aid to our brothers and sisters in the aftermath of the recent attack on Artsakh. All money raised through this initiative will benefit individuals and families who have been displaced and are in need of financial support. Donations will provide food, shelter, basic necessities and utilities.

Donors can opt to “adopt” a family or make one-time contributions in any amount. Adoption options include supporting one person at $125 per month; a family of two to four at $220 per month; or a family of five to seven at $275 per month. One-time gifts in any amount are also welcome and will go a long way in supporting this effort. For information, contact Laura Gononian at lgononian@yahoo.com. Please click here to donate.

FAR facility
 

FAR’s Ayo! Launches “Stronger Every Day”

Among the many challenges facing Armenia in the wake of the Artsakh war, a major concern involves the thousands of injured veterans who desperately need rehabilitation.
 
In response, the Fund for Armenian Relief’s crowd-funding initiative Ayo! has launched its latest campaign: “Stronger Every Day.” Ayo! is partnering with the Emili Aregak Center in Armenia’s Shirak Province to help increase the region’s capacity to effectively treat wounded soldiers.

Currently, the Gyumri Rehabilitation Center is the only center in Shirak providing such services. In the months since the war, the center has been overwhelmed by demand for help—but it lacks the resources to treat all the victims in the region who need therapy and rehabilitation.
 
Simultaneously, the Emili Aregak Center does have the facilities and expertise to provide socio-rehabilitative care to wounded servicemen; but it lacks the necessary equipment to do so.
 
Ayo!’s “Stronger Every Day” initiative aims to help fill these pressing needs, by raising funds to help purchase the much-needed equipment for the Emili Aregak Center. Learn more about the campaign, and find links to contribute, at Ayo!’s website: 
www.weareayo.org.

Virtual Camp banner
 

A Second Summer of Virtual Camp is on the Horizon

The Eastern Diocese’s summer camp programs will operate this year—as they did in 2020—as virtual activities, run remotely but interactively over the Internet.
 
The directors of Hye Camp and St. Vartan Camp, along with staff of the Diocese’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, are excited to welcome campers and their families to another summer of Virtual Camp—which will run Sunday, July 18 through Saturday, July 24. 
 
There is no cost to register for the program, and registration will remain open until the start of the camp week. However, those who register before June 18 will receive a camp “care package” in the mail. (Those who register after that date will receive a digital copy of the printed items contained in the camp package.)
 
To register for the Diocese’s 2021 Virtual Summer Camp, click here.

Click on the following links to view an informative flyerFAQ sheet, and sample schedule.

Scholarship library
 

Diocesan Scholarship Applications Available Online

Applications for Diocesan scholarships are now available online. The application deadline for the 2021-22 academic year is May 14, 2021.
 
Each year the Diocese awards scholarships to promising youth who are headed to college. The Diocese seeks students who are active in their local parishes and have assumed leadership roles in their communities.
 
Click here to access the scholarship application. For information, contact Maria Barsoumian at (212) 686-0710, ext. 136, or e-mail mariab@armeniandiocese.org.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • Sunday, May 2:     Divine Liturgy – Apparition of the Holy Cross
  • Sunday, May 9:     Divine Liturgy – Sixth Sunday of Eastertide
  • Sunday, May 16:   Divine Liturgy – Second Palm Sunday
  • Sunday, May 23:   Divine Liturgy – PENTECOST
  • Sunday, May 30:   Divine Liturgy – Prophet Elijah
  • Sunday, June 6:     Divine Liturgy – Feast of the Catholic Church of Holy Etchmiadzin
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
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. Marietts Vasquez
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: armenianchurchorlando@gmail.com  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 derparen@gmail.com
  • 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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