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SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2020
Barekendan of the Fast of Transfiguration
Բարեկենդան Վարդավառի Պահքին

Isaiah 3:1-11,  Romans 11:13:24,   Matthew 14:13-21

Տէր Փառէն Քհն. Գալստյան, Հոգեւոր Հովիւ
Reverend Fr. Paren Galstyan, Pastor
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Click here to read Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church Re-Opening Procedures

In faith I confess and bow down to you, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, uncreated and immortal nature, creator of angels, of men, and of all things.
    Have mercy upon your creatures, and upon me, a great sinner. 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, FrancoVasquez, Surekha Valbh in your prayers for physical and spiritual health.
Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 5:00 PM 
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Prophet Elisha

Servant of a Personal God

Elisha the Prophet (the saint remembered by the Armenian Church today, July 9) was a wonderworker whose miracles anticipated those of Christ. Indeed, Jesus explicitly referred to these miracles during his own ministry. The Old Testament prophet became greatly honored in the Christian tradition, and especially among the Armenians, for whom the name “Yeghishe” is strongly associated with saintly figures—from ancient times down to the present day.
Elisha became a prophet in the aftermath of the dark days under the wicked king Ahab and his wife Jezebel. Indeed, his story is one of restoration, wherein the Man of God must minister to a nation scarred by war and the abuse of political power, helping the people to reassert a wholesome relationship with each other and with their heavenly Lord.
But what is most striking about Elisha’s story is the “personal” nature of his ministry. As depicted in the bible, the people Elisha met in his travels were vivid characters in their own right, with names, professions, and even “voices” that echo down through the ages.

Click here to learn more about Elisha and the rare, personal quality of his service to God.

Sunken Armenian Church of Arjesh

From Beneath the Waves

“On a low, rocky promontory at the edge of Lake Van, a powerful four-sided fortress stands. Each stone in the edifice is the size of an elephant—big enough to support a team of horses. The castle door alone is immense.”
Those words, written by a 17th-century traveler, describe the ancient fortress city of Arjesh in Van, the historic Armenian heartland. Arjesh was an Armenian stronghold on the northern part of Lake Van (in fact, the lake was at various times called Arjeshi dzove: the Sea of Arjesh).
Within two centuries of that eyewitness account, however, the entire city had disappeared from view. The waters of Lake Van had risen gradually beginning in the middle ages, and by the 1840s the entire city was submerged. In the subsequent 17 decades, the spires of the fortress could only be glimpsed on rare occasions, when the lake waters were agitated by severe storms.
But lately, a regional drought has caused those waters to recede to historically low levels, and the once-sunken city has re-emerged into the light of day. Among the structures newly revealed is the monumental Armenian Church of Arjesh, pictured above. Even in its ruined condition, the lines of a Christian edifice in the classical Armenian style are clearly discernable; the stones used in its construction, while not quite elephantine, are impressive in their scale.
Of course, local conditions being what they are, a precious opportunity for archaeological study is being marred by fears of vandalism and looting. The Istanbul Armenian newspaper Agos quoted a Kurdish historian and an Armenian parliamentarian to that effect when it reported on the church’s emergence from beneath the waters last month. Both are calling for official measures to be taken, to protect this treasure from the past.
Lake Van is home to many such treasures of our heritage. Above the surface of the lake is the Island of Aghtamar, site of the magnificent Cathedral of the Holy Cross, one of the wonders of classical Armenian architecture. Reaching even further into the depths of Armenian antiquity, explorers have discovered an Atlantis-like fortress at the bottom of Lake Van, which has been identified as a relic of the Kingdom of Urartu from some 3,000 years ago.

Youth ministry Virtual Camp

Virtual Camp Registration—Now Live!

In this unusual summer season, the Eastern Diocese will implement a joint “virtual” program for Hye Camp and St. Vartan Camp that includes learning and fellowship opportunities to reach all ages. The online offerings will replace the Diocese’s traditional camp season, regrettably cancelled in the wake of health concerns from the pandemic.
The Virtual Camp week will run from Sunday, July 26 to Saturday, August 1. There is no cost to register for this program. Click on the following links to view a 
flyer for Virtual Camp, as well as a sample schedule of activities.
Even though campers, CITs, and Staff will not be able to gather at their beloved Ararat Center or Camp Hickory for camp this summer, the virtual program will offer daily opportunities for youth to gather, pray, learn, and have fun.

To register, click here—and please fill out one registration form per participant.

For details, and to ask questions regarding Virtual Camp, contact Jennifer Morris and Kathryn Ashbahian at

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



Dear Parishioners and Friends,
On behalf of Soorp Harouitun Armenian Church, we are writing to let you know the repairs to the church dome have started.  Our church has begun this necessary work because of water leaks.
The project will entail removing the existing facade, current water barrier and flashing.  A new water barrier system will be installed, new flashing, façade and larger gutter system. This project is expected to last 4 weeks.
Currently services are being held in the Khatchadourian-Tchobanian Cultural Hall.
The estimated cost of the repairs is $60,000. Donations to help with cost of the repairs will be deeply appreciated. We are looking forward to the completion of the construction with your generous help.
On behalf Soorp Haroutiun Armenian, we would like to thank you in advance for your support. Donations can be mailed to the church at 9274 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836 or dropped off at the church.    
Psalms 127:1 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Reverend Fr.  Paren Galstyan                                                       Aram Nazarian
Pastor                                                                                            Parish Council Chairman
Click Here to Donate for Church Dome Repair Online
  • Sunday, July 12:         Divine Liturgy - Barekendan of the Feast of Transfiguration
  • 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
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.

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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9274 Winter Garden Vineland Road
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