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SUNDAY, December 13, 2020
 
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Յիսնակի Չորորդ Կիրակի


READINGS OF THE DAY
Isaiah 38:1-8,   Hebrews 1:1-14,   St. Luke 17:1-10

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. 

Sincerely,
Soorp Haroutiun Parish Council
For the souls of the Brave Soldiers and Citizens of the Armenian Nation, who died courageously defending Artsakh and Armenia.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Lord Jesus, 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.
    Guard us, O Christ our God, in peace under the shadow of your holy and venerable Cross. Deliver us from visible and invisible enemies. Make us worthy to give you thanks and to glorify you together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and always. Amen.

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Prayer Requests for Our Faithful

Please keep Rev. Fr. Mampre Kouzouian, Margurit Balian, Arlin Baligian, Dee Bargamian, John and Iris Ganimian, John Gumushian, Anahid Frangul, Fimi Manguikian, Sarkis Minassian, Varant Movsessian, Talin Mukhjian,  Christian Tresppolacios, Anil & Surekha VaibhDr. Aida Khachadourian/Tchobanian, Sabrina Wood, Hratch Xatourian,
Franco Vasquez in your prayers for physical and spiritual health.
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 to Download the 2020 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, December 19, 2020 at 5 P.M.
 
Topic: Youth Bible Study

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St. James of Nisibis

 

The Saint Who Searched for the Ark


This Saturday, the Armenia Church will remember St. James of Nisibis—a favorite saint of the Armenians, who is considered to be a nephew of St. Gregory the Illuminator.
 
St. James (known as Hagop in Armenian) was a celebrated 4th-century ascetic and theologian. In A.D. 308 he was appointed as the second bishop of the Christian community in the Mesopotamian city of Nisibis—modern Nusaybin, situated near the Syrian border of historic Armenia. He was a signatory at the Council of Nicaea in 325, which devised the Nicene Creed (the Havadamk). St. James is also known as the first Christian to have searched for Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat. He died around A.D. 338.
 
The Eastern Diocese has four parishes named for St. James—in Evanston, IL; Richmond, VA; St. Petersburg, FL; and Watertown, MA—where this weekend’s annual celebration of the saint’s name day will hold special significance.
 
Click here to read about St. James of Nisibis.

AGBU Insider BDF profile
 

Glimpses Into a Bishop’s Ministry and Heart

Recent weeks have seen Bishop Daniel Findikyan’s words and thoughts featured in two media settings that reach broad, diverse audiences.
 
The November edition of AGBU Insider magazine profiles the Diocesan Primate as part of its featured theme on “The Global Crises.” In this year of numerous trials, says Bishop Daniel in an article titled “The Fearless Shepherd,” the message of the church has become more vital than ever. And it is a message the entire world needs to hear.
 
“The Armenian Church is here not only to serve the spiritual needs of its people, but also to spread our message to the world; a message that no other Christian church can express in quite the same way,” he explains. View and download a digital offprint of the article at the link below.
 
Also, last week on the Ancient Faith online radio network, Bishop Daniel was the featured guest on the “Stewardship Calling” interview program. In a wide-ranging discussion with host Bill Marianes, the Primate spoke about recent events in our homeland, the challenges of being a church leader during the pandemic, and the Diocese’s vision for spiritual growth among its parishes and people, called “Building Up the Body of Christ.”
 
The entire 90-minute interview is now available as a podcast at the link below, as well as on Spotify’s “Stewardship Calling” archive.
 
Both the article and the podcast offer insightful glimpses into our Bishop’s past and present, and into his heartfelt devotion to our Lord, the Armenian Church, and the people of our Diocese. They are well suited for reading, listening, and sharing with others in this season of our Lord’s Advent.
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.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • Sunday, December 20, 2020 -  Fifth Sunday of Advent
  • Thursday, December 24, 2020 – Western Christmas Eve Service - 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 27, 2020 - Sixth Sunday of Advent
  • Friday, January 1, 2021 – New Year
  • Sunday January 3, 2020 - First Diane Liturgy of the Year 2021
  • Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy … 7:00  PM
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - Christmas Divine Liturgy and The Great Blessing of the Water
  • Sunday January 10, 2021 - Celebration of Armenian Christmas and The Great Blessing of the Water
     
English and Armenian Sermon, December 6, 2020
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Dear Friends,
 
As promised, over the coming weeks we will be sharing regular updates about our #WeAreArtsakh campaign from on the ground in Armenia. After all, we want you to know exactly how your donations are helping those in need this holiday season!
 
Our first batch of food and hygiene assistance has already been distributed to 13 families as a result of our partnership with Armenian Fund for Sustainable Development (AF4SD)
 
Our team prepared packages which included a supply of at least one month’s worth of nutritious non-perishable food, as well as hygiene supplies and other household staples. We then delivered them primarily to families who had just arrived in Armenia after fleeing their homes in Artsakh. Our partners at AF4SD identified these 13 families as having the most acute needs right now, and this is their very first round of assistance. 
 
As always, 100% of all donations go directly to our programs. So that means every cent of your help goes into purchasing and distributing this assistance. 
 
There are many more families waiting for our support and to keep up with need, your donations are literally flying out the door as soon as they come in! Let's keep it up!
 
Sirov,
The Ayo! Team
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.
ALTAR FLOWERS
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. Varsenig Nakutis in memory of her brother Haigazoun Terterian
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: armenianchurchorlando@gmail.com  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 derparen@gmail.com
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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