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SUNDAY, June 6, 2021

Feast of the Catholic Church
Of Holy Etchmiadzin
Տօն Ս. Էջմիածնի Կաթողիկէ Եկեղեցիին


Proverbs 9:1-6, Zechariah 3:7-4:9, Hebrews 9:1-10, John 10:22-30

Տէր Փառէն Քհն. Գալստյան, Հոգեւոր Հովիւ
Reverend Fr. Paren Galstyan, Pastor

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Covid 19 Guidelines
- All participants must wear facemasks, no exceptions. Please come with your facemask, some extra masks will be available at the church for those without. While singing in choir or altar, masks may be lowered.
- Attendance will be limited to the number of participants permitted by local regulations.
- Pews are no longer marked or sectioned off. Social Distancing is highly encouraged in the sanctuary.
- Kiss of peace will not be passed at this time.
- Communion is available for those who would like to participate.
- Church hall will be open for Coffee Hour. Coffee, drinks and light refreshments will be distributed by a council member. Social Distancing is highly encouraged in the hall and wearing masks when not drinking or eating.

Soorp Haroutiun Parish Council

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Our Lord and Savior, you miraculously designed in luminous form Holy Etchmiadzin. You made it a storehouse of your unfading divine grace so that it may be the parent, teacher, and overseer of all the Armenian churches. Keep her without blemish, firm and bright for the glory of our churches and children until the end of the world, so that they may always glorify your name.
    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

Feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

One of the most celebrated feasts of the Armenian Church is the day when the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was established, according to the inspired vision of St. Gregory the Illuminator.

According to tradition, and hagiographic sources, following the declaration of Christianity as the Official Religion of Armenia in 301 AD, St. Gregory has a famous vision, wherein the Only Begotten Son of God – Jesus Christ, descends from Heaven, his face lit aglow, and with the strike of a golden hammer designates the site where the Mother Cathedral for the entire Armenian nation is to be founded. Hence, the name of the spiritual center for the Armenians, “Etchmiadzin”, means “the Descent of the Only Begotten” (Etch - descent, mi - only, dzin - begotten.)

St. Gregory relayed the story about his vision to the Armenian King Tiridates, under whose royal auspices and support the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was built.  King Tiridates and Queen Ashkhen participated in the construction, as did the entire capital city of Vagharshapat by bringing stones from the biblical mountain of Ararat to lay the foundations.  In the site marked by Christ, a Holy Altar of Descent was built.
According of Patriarch Malachia Ormanian, from the days of her establishment, the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin has been the residence of the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.  Thus, it is the Mother See of the Armenian Church, and as such, her universal, spiritual and administrative headquarters. 

Another title bestowed upon the cathedral is “Catholic” - not to be confused with the Roman Catholic faith.  Catholic is a Greek word meaning “Universal”. Theologically, the cathedral has been called “catholic” as a description of the catholicity (universality) of the Church.

The feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin is celebrated 64 days following Easter.  A Divine Liturgy is celebrated, and during services, a special hymn is sung, written by the eighth century Catholicos Sahak of Dzorap, telling of St. Gregory’s vision and the Cathedral’s construction.

Calling All 2021 Graduates!

If you or your loved one will graduate this year, we'd like to celebrate by featuring them in our church online publications.
Please reply to this email with the following information by Monday June 14th: Name, School, Special Achievements, Future plans, and a digital close up pic. May God's blessings oll our graduates!
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.

Thanks to Our 2021 Membership

Vagan Babajanian, Gregory Chouljian, Antibas & Suzanne Gumushian,  Algis & Varsenig Nakutis, Ropen & Linda Nalbandian, Steve Sebering and Silvy Sebering-Haladjian, John Shahinian, John Tegerian, Jerome & Lona Youderian.
Click to Download the 2021 Membership Form
Click here to pay Membership Online

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.
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 winery

FAR Helps a Winemaker’s Dream Come True

Three years ago, Stepan Davtyan and his wife Margarita (ages 66 and 62, respectively) decided to establish a “gastro yard” in their village in Armenia’s Tavush Region. The small home-run café—an emerging small business model across rural Armenia—would specialize in the production and sale of wine. At least, that was the dream.
Stepan’s family had been amateur winemakers for generations—but the results had been primarily kept within the family. The launch of "Davtyan’s Wine" in 2018 was a gamble, but the couple hoped to entice tourists and locals to sample their product, and spread the word about the family label.
To help realize his ambition, Stepan applied to the Fund for Armenian Relief Small Business Assistance Program (SBA)—originally created to help Syrian-Armenian refugees, but expanded in 2020 to benefit entrepreneurs in the Ijevan region of Tavush. The program provides financial assistance to business owners to help them launch or expand their enterprises.
Through SBA, Stepan was able to purchase much needed tools like a wine filtering kit, bottles, and corks.“As a result, the production process has become much faster,” said Stepan. “If not for the filtering kit, we would have to take the containers to a wine production unit to be filtered, which takes days.”
Such production efficiencies have allowed Stepan and Margarita to turn what started out as a small family business into their main source of income, after previously making their living primarily through animal husbandry.

Read more on FAR’s blog.

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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.

acyoa virtual asp

Experience Armenia Virtually with the ACYOA

The ACYOA Central Council is pleased to announce the 2021 ACYOA Virtual Armenia Service Program (ASP)—scheduled to take place from Sunday, June 13 through Friday, June 18.
This year, in lieu of traveling physically to Armenia, the ACYOA has created an opportunity for Armenian youth to connect virtually while learning about their homeland. Throughout the designated week, the virtual program will meet every evening from 7 to 8 p.m. EDT (6 to 7 p.m. CDT). Participants will learn from clergy and lay leaders about different aspects of Armenia: its faith, culture, and history.
The program is open to all young adults, 18 years of age and older. Click the following links to view a flyer and to register online in advance. For  information, contact the ACYOA Central Council at
  • Sunday, June 6:     Divine Liturgy – Feast of the Catholic Church of Holy Etchmiadzin
  • Sunday, June 6:     Family Picnic at Bill Frederic Park (1-7pm)
  • Sunday, June 13:   Divine Liturgy – Third Sunday of Pentecost
  • Sunday, June 20:   Divine Liturgy – Forth Sunday of Pentecost (Father’s Day)
  • Sunday, June 27: Divine Liturgy – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
  • Sunday, July 4: Divine Liturgy – Barekendan of the feast of Transfiguration. – Independence Day.
  • Sunday, July 11: Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord - VARDAVAR
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 restarting the Women's Guild in our church. We are asking those who are ready to help and interested in this to contact our Chairman Mr. John Shahinian or call the church office. Many thanks to Mrs. Joanne Periera for stepping up and taking on the role of “Women’s Guide” chairperson. 
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
  • 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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