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SUNDAY, March 7, 2021
Sunday of the Steward
Տնտեսի Կիրակի

Isaiah 56:1-57:21, Ephesians 4:17-5:14, St. Luke 16:1-31

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.
   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.

Sunday Livestreams

Sundays: From 10.30 am to Noon.

Lenten prayer with BDF

Join Bishop Daniel in Lenten Prayer This Saturday

In a special broadcast on the Facebook page of Vemkar, the Eastern Diocese’s digital ministries platform, Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel will lead a live reading of the Lenten Prayer Rule.
Vemkar is offering the online event as a communal opportunity for the faithful of the Eastern Diocese to pray together with Bishop Daniel, to unite their concerns as one, and to Build Up the Body of Christ.
The live broadcast will take place this Saturday, March 6, starting at 9 a.m. EST, on Vemkar’s Facebook page. (The recorded program will be accessible there afterwards.)
Click on the following links to:
  • DOWNLOAD the Lenten Prayer Rule.
  • WATCH Bishop Daniel live on Saturday morning.

Sunday of the unjust steward
Sunday of Steward

The fourth Sunday of the period of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Steward, and the message of the day teaches us with the parable of the unjust steward. This parable is mentioned only in the Gospel of St. Luke (Luke 16:1-13). In the parable, a wealthy man learns that the steward of his house (the supervisor of his holdings) is squandering his possessions.  The rich man calls the steward, asking for an accounting, having decided to release him from employment. The steward, realizing that he may soon be without work, begins to act accordingly so that in the near future, others may accept him into their homes. The steward calls those men who have debts to his employer, and he relieves them of a portion of their debts. Following this act, the wealthy man praises the steward for his contrivance.

At first glance, it seems as though there is a great contradiction in this commendation.  But the unjust steward grants back to the debtors, only that which he had added to the debt originally for his own gain. Thus, the wealthy man is not injured by the actions of his steward. The master praises the steward for resigning himself from the gains that the steward would have realized in these transactions. Thus, high praise is given to resignation, or abstinence, which is one of the foundations of Great Lent.

Lent teaches mankind about the ability we each have to resign ourselves from all forms of temptation, the beginning of which is self-control and self-denial. Christ says, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). This parable admonishes every one of us that the journey towards salvation must include self-control and resignation. The allegorical meaning of the parable is in the wealthy man symbolizing God, and the unjust steward symbolizing the sinner. For an extended period of time, the sinner carelessly wastes the graces granted by God, until God calls him for an accounting of his life. The unjust steward symbolizes all who, upon regretting their actions, forgive those who have sinned against them, and become seekers of righteousness and the just.

2021 Մեծ Պահքի Արարողութիւններու

 Մարտ 10, 17, 24
Երեկոյեան ժ. 6.30-ին

2021 Great Lent
Vigils on Wednesdays,
March 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.
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.

Armenian Lavash and Matnaqash bread 

Dear Parishioners and friends.
Armenian Bread factory in Orlando (5200 Old Winter Garden Rd. Orlando, Suite 120.) is bringing its products to Church this Sunday. Armenian Lavash and Matnaqash bread will be available at the Church Narthex.

All prophet from sell will be donated to Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Chuech.


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 kid with Dremel!

Armenia’s Children Benefit from a FAR-Funded School Renovation

The Verin Tsaghkavan Village School in Armenia’s Tavush province recently celebrated the opening of its newly renovated and refurbished technology classroom, made possible by FAR’s “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” program. The new technology room will enable Verin Tsaghkavan’s 31 middle school students to learn woodcarving and sewing skills as part of the school’s vocational training program.
“Thank you to FAR and its donors, for this significant investment made in the people of our village,” said school Principal Nelli Rashoyan during her speech at the induction ceremony. “You have brought a ray of light here after the long, horrible days of 2020. For our school children, this valuable gift is a dream that came true.”
She also added that the school can now help establish a small garment production enterprise to boost the local economy.
“Breaking the Cycle of Poverty”was launched in 2013 thanks to the Mardigian Family Foundation, one of FAR’s longtime, transformative contributors. The program has helped to renovate technology classrooms for more than 20 schools in the Tavush Region.

Read more on FAR’s blog.

  • Sunday, March 14, 2021 - Sunday of the Judge
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM
  • Sunday, March 21, 2021 - Sunday of the Advent
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021: Lenten Service and Bible Study at 6.30PM
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021 - Palm Sunday
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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