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SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2020
Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord
Տօն Մեր Տիրոջ Այլակերպության (Վարդավառ)

Wisdom 7:25-8:4,
Zechariah 14:16-21,
1 John 1:1-7,
Matthew 16:13-17:13

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

Dear Parishioners and Friends.
Because of the health condition of Der Paren we will have a Deacon's Service this Sunday. By the blessing of our Primate Bishop Daniel the Deacon's Service will be leaded by Dn. Albert Hambardzumian. 
Click here to download the Sunday Bulletin

Meet our New Parish Council Members

Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan - President 
John Shahinian - Chairman
Ishkhan Hunanyan - Vice Chairman
Anais Karadjian - Secretary (not in the picture)
Mariia Molavanna - Assistant Secretary
Antibas Gumashian -Treasurer
Rita Arnold - Assistant Treasurer (not in the picture)
Aram Nazarian - Advisor


Transfiguration Arm illumination

Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the five main “Tabernacle” feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church. It commemorates the transformation or the “transfiguration” that came over Jesus while He was praying.  Christ’s face shone like the sun and his clothes became a radiant and gleaming white. The Apostles Peter, James and John witnessed that event which occurred on a high mountain named Tabor.

Evangelists St. Matthew, St. Mark and St. Luke testify about the transfiguration of Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:1-12, Luke 9:28-36).
“... As they looked on, a change came over Jesus: his face was shining like the sun and his clothes were dazzling white. Then the three disciples saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus.  So Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how good it is that we are here!  If you wish I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  While he was talking, a shining cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased – listen to him!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so terrified that they threw themselves face downward on the ground. Jesus came to them and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid!” So they looked up and saw no one there but Jesus. (Matthew 17:2-8)

In the Armenian Church, the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated 98 days following Easter.  The Feast also is known by the common name of “Vardakas”. This day is associated with an old Armenian tradition of pouring water on one another. Some sources attribute the tradition as a remnant of an Armenian pre-Christian celebration.  The Monday following the Feast is a Memorial Day.

Sunday Livestreams

Sundays: 10:30-Noon

Prayer of the Week

My soul is always in your hands and I place my hope in your Holy Cross, O Heavenly King.
 May the multitude of your saints intercede on my behalf.
You who are patient with everyone, do not neglect me who trusts in you, but keep me in peace with your precious and Holy Cross. Amen.

Prayer Requests for Our Faithful

Please keep Rev. Fr. Mampre Kuzuian, Margurit Balian, Arlin Baligian, John and Iris Ganimian, John Gumushian, Anahid Frangul, Fimi Manguikian, Sarkis Minassian, Varant Movsessian, Talin Mukhjian,  Christian Tresppolacios, Dr. Aida Khachadourian/Tchobanian, Sabrina Wood, Franco Vasquez, Surekha Valbh in your prayers for physical and spiritual health.
There is No Youth Bible Study this Saturday 

We let you know when our next Bible Study will be planned.
Please register your 2020 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 2020, now is a great time to send in your 2020 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 here to download 2020 Membership Form

ACYOA Summertime Service

For the third summer in a row, the ACYOA Central Council is encouraging its chapters and membership to participate in Summertime Service, but with a little twist during these socially-distant times! These last couple months have been nothing short of unexpected, but the world has shown their love and support for one another and many have been working together for our communities through service. Now that summer is upon us, we wanted to share some ideas with our ACYOA chapters and membership to take part in Summertime Service in these special times. Attached please find a Summertime Service Infographic to see some creative ways to offer service to your community. Follow ACYOA on Facebook and Instagram to see videos of service ideas in action, and be sure to use the hashtag #acyoaservice to promote your service on social media!
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.
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.
  • Sunday, July 19:         Divine Liturgy - Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
  • Sunday, July 26:         Divine Liturgy - Second Sunday after Transfiguration
  • Sunday, August 2:      Divine Liturgy - Third Sunday after Transfiguration
  • Sunday, August 9:      Divine Liturgy - Barekendan of the Fast  of Assumption
  • Sunday, August 16:    Divine Liturgy - Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God (Vardavar)

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

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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