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SUNDAY, May 30, 2021

Remembrance of the Prophet Elijah
Յիշատակ Եղիա Մարգարէին


1 Kings 18:29-46, 2 Kings 2:1-15, James 5:16-20, Luke 4:25-30

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

Sunday Livestreams

Sundays: From 10.30 am to Noon.
                        ARMEN SHEROYAN
                        HAROUTIUN ABRAHAMYAN
                        SARIBEK SIMONYAN
Req. by:          Der Paren Yn. Anna and family


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.
    Look with love, O merciful Father, on the created works of your hand, and grant the camps of the angels to be guardians of our feeble persons. Deliver us from temptation, from the wandering demons of night, that by day and by night we may give you glory incessantly. Amen.

Elijah in the desert

Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah

Prophet Elijah is one of the major prophets of the Old Testament, distinguished for his loyalty to the Lord, for his zealous struggle against idolatry spread in Israel by the apostate king Ahab and his idolatrous wife, Queen Jezebel.

Prophet Elijah lived in the IX century B.C. In the First Book of Kings (17-18) and the Second Book of Kings (1-2) is told about the activity of the Prophet Elijah. Evangelists also mention the name of the Prophet Elijah.

In the First Book of Kings it is told that being the true herald of the Word of God Elijah, by the Lord’s will appeared before the apostate king Ahab and warned about the upcoming drought. His prophecy came true and after three years the Prophet again went to the king Ahab. Proving the weakness of the idolatrous, Prophet Elijah prayed God asking to send down fire for the sacrifice and a heavy rain. It is also told that thanks to the divine grace the Prophet Elijah helped the widow in Zarephath making so that her bowl wouldn’t run out of flour and her jar wouldn’t run of oil, also restored the widow’s dead sun to life.

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.

2021 virtual diocesan assembly (May 25 session)


Virtual 119th Diocesan Assembly Holds Final General Session


The final General Session of the Eastern Diocese’s 119th Diocesan Assembly convened on the evening of Tuesday, May 25. Like its predecessor, it went forward as an online gathering, with about 120 voting delegates, and an additional 20 observers, participating remotely.
Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan presided over the meeting of clergy, Diocesan delegates, and parish council chairs over the Zoom conference platform.
Voting to fill various Diocesan offices occupied the bulk of the assembly session. The delegates also voted to pass one proposal: an amendment to the Diocesan Bylaws, which would impose term limits on Diocesan delegates elected by the parishes. Having now passed in two consecutive assemblies, the term-limit provision can now be entered into the Diocesan Bylaws, pending approval by the Catholicos of All Armenians.
Also on the agenda was a presentation from the host parish for the 120th Diocesan Assembly: St. Mark Church of Springfield, MA, which is scheduled to convene April 28 through May 1, 2022, as an in-person event.
Bishop Daniel concluded the meeting by thanking this year’s incoming and outgoing officers, and gave a pastoral reflection on the significance of the term “ministry” in Scripture, liturgy, and Armenian Church history. He encouraged listeners to reflect on the roles they play in the church as the world emerges from the pandemic period and begins to resume public life.
“Ministry is intimately linked to Service,” he said; “and Service means Love. There is no Service without Love. But where Love is great, the Ministry will also be great.”
Click on the following links to read more—including election results—and to view a gallery of screenshots.

Sardarabad memorial

For 103 Years, a Lesson in Heroism

Each year on May 28, Armenians around the world honor the anniversary of the Battle of Sardarabad and the establishment of the First Armenian Republic (1918-1920). This week marks 103 years since those fateful events.
In the depths of the Armenian Genocide, Ottoman forces advanced on Eastern Armenia—coming within striking distance of the capital city Yerevan and Holy Etchmiadzin. But they were repelled by the native Armenians in a series of battles at Sardarabad, Abaran, and Karakilisa—which have come to be known as the “Heroic Battles of May.”
His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians—who prays at Armenia’s imposing Sardarabad Memorial (pictured here) every May 28—paid homage this week to the indomitable spirit of the heroes of 1918, as Armenians today face another life-or-death struggle to protect their ancient homeland:
“In St. Gayane Monastery we pray together today—as we did 103 years ago, during the Heroic Battles of May—for the defense of our national identity. We pray for the heroes who fought in the past to secure a free and independent life for our people; and we pray for their fellow Armenians who lost their lives in the second Artsakh war. We pray for the missing, captured, and wounded; for every family displaced from their home in Artsakh. In prayer we remember the souls of every spiritual brother who ever shed his blood ‘for the sake of the homeland and for the sake of faith.’ Finally, we pray to God for the well being of Armenia and Artsakh; for the stability of the world; for peace in our homeland, and for our people across the globe.”
In the days to come, as Armenians honor the memory of Sardarabad, and as we in America mark Memorial Day, let us remember alongside those heroes of history the new exemplars of heroism we have witnessed in our own day: our precious Armenian countrymen who risked and sacrificed their lives this year—and who continue to do so—with courage, resolution, and faith. God grant them peace, and bring consolation to their loved ones.


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 healthcare

FAR Marks 15 Years of Improving Armenia’s Healthcare

In 2006, the Fund for Armenian Relief joined in partnership with the FAR Fellowship Alumni Association, with the aim of elevating the professional capacities of Armenian doctors—and the quality of Armenia's healthcare system as a whole.
Today, 15 years later, the Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) has received national and international recognition for the powerful impact it has had on the country.
“Through this program, we have not only expanded the knowledge and skills of regional doctors, but we have also established a new, significant culture of ‘giving back,’” said FAR’s Healthcare Program Director Dr. Hambardzum Simonyan. “The primary success of the program is due to the volunteer trainers—people who unconventionally believed in the success of the program from the very first day, and got involved by sharing their knowledge and skills with regional doctors. Over time, we have established an extensive, effective, and solid network.”
FAR celebrated the 15th anniversary of CME earlier this month, with a special gathering at the National Medical Library in Yerevan. The event brought together CME trainers, participants, program supporters, and partners.

Read more on FAR’s blog.

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.
  • Sunday, May 30:   Divine Liturgy - Prophet Elijah
  • 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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