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Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak
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Isaiah 65:22-25, Galatians 6:14-18, St. Matthew 24:30-36

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
Deceased:       John Matthew Toutkaldjian, Sr.
Req. by: Berjouhie B Toutkaldjian, Richard and Linda Boornazian and Family, Dawn Toutkaidjian and Dan Emanuel Cherry, Jason T Cherry, Lauren T Cherry, Nicholas T Cherry, John and Fran Toutkaldjian, Avrie Toutkaldjian, Logan Toutkaldjian, Janinne Toutkaldjian.

Sunday Livestreams

Sundays: From 10.30 am to Noon.

Prayer of the Week

Guard us, O Christ our God, in peace under the shadow of your holy and venerable Cross. Deliver us from the visible and invisible enemy. Make us worthy to give you thanks and to glorify you together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and always. Amen.

Prayer Requests for Our Faithful

Please keep Rev. Fr. Mampre Kouzouian, Margurit Balian, Arlin Baligian, Dee Bargamian, John and Iris Ganimian, John Gumushian, Anahid Frangul, Fimi Manguikian, Sarkis Minassian, Varant Movsessian, Talin Mukhjian,  Christian Tresppolacios, Dr. Aida Khachadourian/Tchobanian, Sabrina Wood, Franco Vasquez in your prayers for physical and spiritual health.

Monastery of Varak (Varaka Khatch)

Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak

On Sunday, September 27, Armenian Christians worldwide will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak—an observance unique to the Armenian Church.
 In the 7th century, a monk named Totig received a vision of a brilliant cross descending from Mount Varak in historic Armenia, and coming to rest on the monastery at the mountain’s foot. Totig raced to where the vision had led him, and there found a miraculous Christian relic: a fragment of the True Cross of Jesus Christ!
 How had it gotten there? The relic had been brought to Armenia by St. Hripsime, in the late 3rd century, during her flight to find refuge from the persecutions of pagan Rome. When St. Hripsime was martyred by King Drtad, the hiding place of the cross was forgotten—and the holy relic had languished in its secret place for nearly 300 years, before being found again by the monk Totig.
 To commemorate this discovery, the catholicos of the time, St. Nersess the Builder, established a feast day. And the Holy Cross became a relic of great power in Armenia, moving from Varak to Sepastia and finally to Van, where it still could be seen by pilgrims—until the time of the Genocide.
Click here to read more about the Armenian Church’s Season of the Holy Cross.
Please register your 2020 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 2020, now is a great time to send in your 2020 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 2020 Membership Form
Click here to pay Membership Online

Thanks to Our 2020 Membership

Rita Arnold, Vagan Babajanian, Leonardo Badigian, Anton Balasanyan, Khacho & Ghoson Bedrossian, Mariam Bezhanyan, Avedis Boornazian, Richard & Linda Boornazian, Dr. Gregory Boyajian, Diran & Anna Chamoun, Albert Eckian, Anahid Frangoul, Gregory Chouljian, Yn. Anna Galstyan, 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.

Singing Session-This Saturday

We are all looking for for fun, user-friendly family activities for the current Zoom era. Wait no longer! Under the musically gifted Fr. Tavit Boyajian’s direction, kids will be treated to a singing session on Saturday, September 19 at 11 a.m. Share the attached flyer with your families and have them Zoom in on Saturday for a beautiful family time.Sing-Along for Pre-School through Elementary Grades. Click here to register and receive the link to participate via zoom.
Youth Bible Study this Saturday 

Saturday, October 10, 2020,
at 5 pm

Topic: Youth Bible Study

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 624 937 7521
Passcode: Church
Help Us to Update Church Directory
Dear Parishioners and Friends
This directory will help us to built the Stronger Armenian Community Network in Meed Florida region for the benefits of all Armenian and friends.
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  • Sunday, September 27: Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak
  • Sunday, October 04: Fourth Sunday after Exaltation
  • Sunday, October 11: Fifth Sunday after Exaltation
  • Sunday, October 18: Sixth Sunday after Exaltation
  • Sunday, October 25: Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross
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.
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. Marieta 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:  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

Healing Meditation-Fr. Mesrop

This Saturday September 26th at 11AM, Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan will offer a livestream meditation on healing  as part of the Diocesan Vemkar series. Click here to register and receive the link to participate via zoom.

The ACYOA has announced announce the 2nd annual Bishop's 5K which will take place virtually in October 2020 right near you. The 5K is open to ALL ages. You may choose to run, walk, rollerblade, skip, or hop! Just go outside the week of 9/27-10/4 and record your activity. Once recorded, you will upload to our platform and see yourself on the leaderboard. The 5K can be completed anytime & anywhere!

As Primate of the Eastern Diocese, Bishop Daniel envisioned this 5K as a way to promote physical and spiritual health. All proceeds will go towards developing future ACYOA programs and ministries. Click here to register:

Click here for festival flyer.
Click here to register.
Click here for schedule.
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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