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SUNDAY, March 28, 2021
 
Sunday of the Advent
Գալստեան Կիրակի


READINGS OF THE DAY
Song of Solomon 1:1-2:3, Zechariah 9:9-15, Philippians 4:4-7, St. Matthew 20:29-21:17

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
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.
    Open to us, O Lord, the door of your mercy, and make us worthy of your dwellings of light together with your saints. Receive us also, O Savior, into your mansions prepared for your saints, and inscribe our names in the Book of Life. O formidable judge, when you sit in the judgment seat, spare your creatures through the intercession and prayers of the holy ascetics. Amen.

 


Palm Sunday

One week before the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of Palm Sunday, celebrating the Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem.

Jesus comes into Jerusalem riding atop a donkey and the people gather to meet Him with reverence, thus fulfilling the words of the prophet from the Old Testament.
The Gospel of St. Matthew, in relating the story, refers to the prophecy, “All this was done, that it might be fulfilled, that which was spoken by the prophet, saying “Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you! He is humble and sitting on an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass.” (Mt 21:4-5).

On His arrival, a large crowd of people gathers to greet Him, and spread their cloaks on the road before Him, while others cut branches from palm trees and place them on the path. The crowd exclaims: “Hosanna!  Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the Name of the Lord” (Jn 12:13).

On Palm Sunday, churches are decorated with branches from willow trees and palm trees.  Following a solemn morning service, the blessed branches are distributed to the faithful. This passage from the Gospels reminds each of us about the Coming of Christ, and teaches us to live in a manner that can make us worthy to stand before the Lord and exclaim: “Hosanna (Praise God)! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

CNP Articles - Catholic PSA for Palm Sunday
BLESSING OF THE PALM BRANCHES

Distributing blessed palm branches to the faithful on the feast of Palm Sunday is one of the spiritual customs of the Armenian Church as well as of the other Churches belonging to the Universal Church. This tradition marks Christ’s triumphant entry to Jerusalem when Jews met Him with olive and palm branches (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19). The offering of branches symbolizes several things.

First, it shows God’s mercy towards man through the olive branch (which the dove brought to Noah, showing that the flood waters had receded) and the victory over sin, death and Satan through Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection through the palm leaves.

Second, in ancient times, humanity worshipped the tree and offered its branches to the idols of demons. Using this same gesture, the Jewish people inspired by the Holy Spirit, offered branches to Jesus, after they discovered that He was the True God. This is just as the wise men presented their mysterious gifts to Him in the cave in Bethlehem - gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Third, as God cursed the earth for the original sin committed by Adam and Eve: "thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; . . .." (Genesis 3:18) the faithful laid green branches in front of the Lord in order to spare Him their curse of bringing thorns.
Fourth, during the Olympic Games in ancient times, the winners were crowned with olive wreaths. The faithful understood that Jesus defeated death by resurrecting Lazarus (John 11:30-46) and met Him with palm branches, as He was the winning King.
In commemoration of Lord’s triumphant entry to Jerusalem with greetings of the tree branches, blessed olive and palm branches are distributed to the faithful, according to the ancient tradition of Christian Churches, on the feast of "Our Lord’s entrance to Jerusalem on a donkey" (Palm Sunday). These branches symbolically admonish them to grow, blossom and give fruit by the divine graces gifted to them and keep the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ, "But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." (Matthew 13:23).
It is tradition for the blessed branches to be kept the whole year round until the next Palm Sunday. It is desirable that the blessed branches should decorate the sacred corner of the home.
After replacing the old branches with the new ones the former ones must be burnt. According to accepted tradition the old branches are burnt during the fire lit on the eve of the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation to the Temple (Tyarnendaraj).
It is strongly recommended that the faithful offer green branches to the churches before the ceremony of blessing of the branches
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
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Sacred Music Festival Spring 2021
 

Hear “Celestial Melodies” at the Online Sacred Music Festival

This spring, the Eastern Diocese will hold a two-day “Sacred Music Festival” running Friday and Saturday, April 16-17. Conceived by the Diocese’s Sacred Music Council at the instigation of Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel, the festival is a celebration of Armenian liturgical music, featuring educational presentations, performances, and a lecture recital.
 
This is the third such festival to be held, and like its immediate predecessor last fall, the spring 2021 Sacred Music Festival will go forward as an online gathering, this time under the theme “The Holy Badarak: Our Musical Sacrament.”
 
The opening evening will feature a lecture-recital by internationally-known conductor, musician, and scholar Dn. Haig Utidjian, titled “The Celestial Melodies of the Armenian Divine Liturgy.” Saturday’s sessions will include Bishop Daniel’s keynote presentation on the Holy Badarak.
 
Other presenters include Fr. Arshen Aivazian, Fr. Avedis Kalayjian, Fr. Voskan Hovhannisyan, Dn. Rubik Mailian, and Edita Dolunts-Kalayjian.
 
The festival is open to all who love Armenian liturgical music. Click the following links to:
  • DOWNLOAD a flyer for the spring Sacred Music Festival.
  • DOWNLOAD a flyer for the recital with Dn. Haig Utidjian.
  • DOWNLOAD the full schedule of sessions and instructors.
  • REGISTER in advance for the Sacred Music Festival.
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, March 20, 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 PicsArt Syria scholarship
 

FAR Scholarship Helps Syrian Refugees to Pursue Studies

The Fund for Armenian Relief’s “Syrian-Armenian Scholarship,” which is supported by FAR Board Member Sandra Shahinian, was established in 2015 to help Syrian-Armenian students gain access to university educations, and improve their prospects for the future. Since the launch of the program, some 170 students from disadvantaged families have received the scholarship. Thirty-seven students won scholarships in 2020.
 
One such recipient is Lion Karapet. From an early age, he used to take apart computers and re-assemble them with his father. “I’ve been interested in computers since childhood,” recalled the 21-year-old, who was born in Syria but relocated to Armenia with his family to escape the Syrian civil war. “I used to read about them, explore and do tests on my own.”
 
In 2017 Lion began studies in information technologies at Yerevan’s European University. The assistance he received from FAR’s Syrian-Armenian Scholarship enabled him to pursue his schooling and finish his degree. He won a coveted internship in the Yerevan offices of the Internet company PicsArt. Now a junior in college, Lion has found work at the software development company VOLO.
 
“If not for that FAR scholarship, I would have never been able to work at PicsArt—a company many young people dream of working for. FAR helped me acquire the knowledge I’ve put into practice to build a career,” he said.
 
Click here to learn more about the Fund for Armenian Relief’s work in Armenia.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021 - Palm Sunday
  • Thursday, April 1, 2021 - Holy Thursday
  • Friday, April 2, 2021 - Holy Friday
  • Saturday, April 11, 2021 - Holy Saturday
  • Sunday, April 12, 2021 - Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
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
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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