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SUNDAY, March 21, 2021
Sunday of the Advent
Գալստեան Կիրակի

Isaiah 66:1-24, Colossians 2:8-3:17, St. Matthew 22:34-23:39

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

Sunday Livestreams

Sundays: From 10.30 am to Noon.

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.
    O Lord our God, turn not your face from me. O beneficent Lord, I beseech you, be my helper. O Lord, despise me not and forsake me not, O God, my Savior. Amen.


Sunday of Advent

The Sixth Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of Advent. This Sunday teaches us about the first Advent of Christ – His Incarnation: His Holy Birth when God became Man. This proved the Truth found in the Scriptures that by the coming of the Savior, a second chance was given to mankind to be guided on the path leading towards salvation.

This Sunday also symbolizes the Second Advent. In the Gospels and Apostolic Letters there are many references dedicated to the Second Advent, where our Lord warns us about His return. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Christ says, “…Watch out and do not let anyone fool you. Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say, “I am the Messiah!” and they will fool many people. You are going to hear the noise of battles close by and the news of battles far away… Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another. There will be famines and earthquakes everywhere… And you will be hated by all nations for my Name’s sake… Many false prophets will appear and fool many people. Such will be the spread of evil that many people’s love will grow cold. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved” (Mt 24:4-13).

The message of this Sunday is a call for endurance, piety and modesty. Through these we can patiently wait for the Glorious Resurrection of Christ, the purification of our souls and the triumph of the True Faith. All Christian Churches celebrate the feast of the Sunday of Advent.

2021 Մեծ Պահքի Արարողութիւններու

 Մարտ 24
Երեկոյեան ժ. 6.30-ին

2021 Great Lent
Vigils on Wednesdays,
March 24

6:30 PM
Peace and Rest Services
Lenten Bible Study on Zoom
On Wednesdays at 7:15PM
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 624 937 7521
Passcode: Church
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Click Here To Download the Holy Week Schedule

BDF Lenten Prayer reading ARM

Bishop Daniel Leads Faithful in Online Lenten Prayers

On Saturday, March 13, Bishop Daniel led viewers for the second time in a reading of the Lenten Prayer Rule—this time in Armenian. The virtual gathering went forward on the Facebook page of the Diocese’s VEMKAR digital ministries platform.
As he mentioned in the previous week’s broadcast, Bishop Daniel described the Lenten Prayer Rule as a compilation of common prayers from Scripture and Armenian Church tradition. He added that the Eastern Diocese was dedicating the season of Great Lent to prayer, and he encouraged all Armenian Church faithful to offer 10 minutes out of every day during this time to recite the Prayer Rule—and to join in the chorus of voices speaking from their hearts to God.
Click the following links to:
  • WATCH Bishop Daniel read the Prayer Rule in Armenian. 
  • WATCH Bishop Daniel read the Prayer Rule in English. 
  • DOWNLOAD the text of the Lenten Prayer Rule.
Bookmark the videos on your Internet browser so you can return to them each day for the remainder of Great Lent, as you offer the prayers on your own.

NCC statement, Abp Vicken

National Council of Churches Urges U.S. to Aid Armenia and Artsakh

The National Council of Church released a strong statement this week calling for humanitarian aid to Armenia and Artsakh, and the release of all captive soldiers and civilians held by Azerbaijan.
The Eastern Diocese’s Legate and Ecumenical Director, Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, called the March 16 statement “an extremely important show of support by the country’s foremost ecumenical organization, which builds on the NCC’s forceful statements on behalf of Armenia and Artsakh throughout last year.”
The statement read, in part: “NCC calls for the United States to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid for the people of Artsakh who were forced to flee their homes during the unprovoked attack by Azerbaijan and Turkey that displaced more than 50,000 ethnic Armenians in the regions. We plead for the United States to actively negotiate the safe return of Armenian soldiers and citizens who are being held in violation of the ceasefire agreement signed on November 9, 2020. We also urge the broad recognition of the Armenian Genocide of the early 20th century by all political and faith leaders throughout the United States.”
Additionally, the ecumenical group laments the destruction of Armenian churches and religious monuments in Artsakh, and calls on world authorities to ensure their protection and preservation.
The NCC concludes with a “call for prayers to comfort those held prisoner, their anguished families, and those displaced from their homes, so that they may all know God’s true compassion and find strength to persevere during this time of persecution.”
Click the following link to read the entire statement of the NCC.
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

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.


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. 

Youth virtual ministry

Join These Online Youth Gatherings

The Eastern Diocese’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the ACYOA have scheduled online youth events throughout March as a continuation of the #FellowshipFromHome initiative.

Click the links below to learn details about each event: All virtual gatherings meet over the Zoom conference platform. For up-to-date information on all Diocesan youth events, click here—or e-mail
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 Please click here to donate.

FAR clay workshop

FAR Bolsters Local Art Therapy Program

With support from the Fund for Armenian Relief, the local organization “Friends of Warm Hearth,” based in Armenia’s Ararat Province, will finally be able to expand its vital art therapy program.
As the operator of a group home that houses 30 adult orphans with special needs, “Friends of Warm Hearth” (also known as the Jermik Ankyun Foundation) can now offer pottery classes to its residents. FAR’s support, thanks to its loyal partner The Mirak-Weißbach-Stiftung Foundation, was able to fund the  purchase of a kiln and other necessary materials and equipment for the classes.
Last year, “Ayo!,” FAR’s crowd-funding initiative, raised funds to help renovate and furnish the building which now operates as the facility’s art therapy and activity center.
“Our residents are already holding classes and are so excited to learn new skills and be creative,” said director Alya Kirakosyan. “We have been longing to carry out this project for a some time—and now it seems that our dream has come true.”
Click here to learn more about the work of the Fund for Armenian Relief.

  • 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 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:  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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