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SUNDAY, February 28, 2021
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Անառակի Կիրակի

Isaiah 54:11-55:13, 2 Corinthians 6:1-7:1, St. Luke 15:11-32

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

Lord, please keep watch over your faithful people and the holy soil of Arstakh and Armenia, now and always. Grant them strength, and lead us together through the present time of trial.
   Accept with sweetness, almighty Lord, my bitter prayers. Look with pity upon my mournful face. Dispel, all-bestowing God, my shameful sadness. Lift, merciful God, my unbearable burden. For you are glorified by all creation, forever and ever. Amen

Sunday Livestreams

Sundays: From 10.30 am to Noon.
Deceased:        ALICE TEGERIAN
Req. by:          John Tegrarian, Karen Tegrarian, Roy Tegrarian and Greg Tegrarian and family

Deceased:        CHRISTINE SAVAIAN
Req. by:          Zaven and Shoxik Savaian and family, Babken and Poleniya Pogosian, Christian Savaian, Jcquilin Savaian.

Acts of Mercy

We often hear about the importance of Prayer and Fasting. But there is also a third dimension of Lent. In English this quality is known as Almsgiving; in Armenian it's called Voghormoutiun: "mercifulness." It's the Lenten virtue that takes us into the world, to bring the light Christ to other people.
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Sunday of the Lost (Prodigal) Sun

The third Sunday of the period of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Lost Son according to the Parable of the Lost Son told in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 15:15-32), the content of which is the following. There was once a man who had two sons. Upon the request of the younger one he divided his property between his two sons. After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living. He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country and he was left without a thing. In that time of trouble he remembered his father’s house, regretted for his reckless living and returned to his father’s home. Seeing that his younger son has regretted, the father received him joyfully. Whereas the elder son complained, saying that during all those years he had worked for his father like a slave and had never disobeyed his orders, and however, he had never deserved such honor. His father answered him: “My son, you are always here with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and to be happy, because your brother was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.”

The elder and the younger sons are the righteous and the sinful souls, and father’s receiving his lost son means that in the same way God receives the regretting sinner. The allegoric meaning of the parable is in the elder son symbolizing all those who are righteous or think that there are righteous. The parable admonishes all of them not to be self-conceited.

2021 Մեծ Պահքի Արարողութիւններու

 Մարտ 3, 10, 17, 24
Երեկոյեան ժ. 6.30-ին

2021 Great Lent
Vigils on Wednesdays,
March 3, 10, 17, 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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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.

Virtual Winter Family Camp

This Saturday, Don’t Miss the “Virtual Winter Family Camp”

The Eastern Diocese is holding its first-ever Virtual Winter Family Camp this Saturday, February 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST).
Virtual Winter Family Camp is planned as a fun day for all ages—filled with prayer, learning, and fellowship. There will be scheduled breaks throughout the day, and participants can join as many sessions as they like. The online event is organized by the directors of the Eastern Diocese’s Hye Camp and St. Vartan Camp, and the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
Download a PDF resource packet for the event—including a schedule, supply list, and Bible passage—by clicking here.
There is no cost to register for this program. Click on the link to register for Virtual Winter Family Camp.
Youth Bible Study this Saturday 

Saturday, February 27, 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.


The Hartunian sisters are organizing a on-line-bake sell for traditional Armenian Easter goods. The sisters need volunteer bakers to join them. Please call Lisa Harutunian for more information (407) 920-8695.
We also need a knowledgeable person who knows how to post bakery pictures and understand the process to online payment with the church account. 
The bake sell is the first fund raiser for Soorp Haroutiun. 


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 Please click here to donate.

FAR support and participate

FAR’s “Support & Participate” Series Shows How Everyone Can Make a Difference

Janet and Edward Mardigian’s compassion stretches wide. In addition to their remarkable support for critical Fund for Armenian Relief efforts—chief among them the innovative “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” program—the Mardigians are also generous contributors to the Armenian Church, hospitals, their local dog shelter, and more.
While the couple is in a unique position to generously give, Janet insists on her belief there is always a way to make a difference, whether through donations or volunteerism. The key, she says, is to be able to trust the mission and transparency of the organization to which one gives.
“People want to know where their money is going,” says Ed, who emphasizes the importance of organizational transparency and consistent communication, both of which have greatly influenced his choice of giving to FAR and other organizations through the years. In their long collaboration with FAR, the Mardigians have been able to clearly see the direct impact of their support.
“You don’t have to be financially wealthy to make a difference,” says Janet. “You can always help out: renovate a house, put on a roof. You don’t just have to give dollars; you can give of yourself. You can always do something.”
FAR’s online series, titled “Support & Participate,” focuses on the importance of philanthropy, and why everyone can contribute to making a difference in Armenia—through financial gifts of every size, and gifts of personal commitment.

Read more about it on FAR’s blog.

  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Sunday of the Prodigal Son
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM
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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