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“For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”
Proverbs 2:10

“A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength.”
Proverbs 24:5

We encourage everyone who has a question about Christianity, the Armenian Church, Orthodoxy, Armenian History, Armenian Culture or about our parish specifically, to send it to us at HolyShoghagat@sbcglobal.net.  Here are some questions we received and our answers to them.

Q:  What does “Shoghagat” mean and how do you pronounce it?
A:  “Dripping of beams of light from heaven” comprises the literal translation of Shoghagat from whence the name of our church emanates.  The origin of this explanation evolves from a vision of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the great apostle of the Armenian people, in which “The heaven was opened and a blazing flood of light poured upon the earth.”  Where one of the beams alighted, the first Holy Shoghagat Armenian Church was built.  Ours is but the second in existence and was so named in 1956 by Godfather Levon Bagdasaroff.

Shoghagat is pronounced as the following:  SHOWGH – AH – GAAT.

Q:  What are the seven Sacraments of the Church?
A:  Baptism, Christmation (Confirmation), Penance, Holy Communion, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Unction with Oil (for the sick).

Q:  What are the three Divine Virtues?
A:  Faith, Hope, and Charity (Love).

Q:  What are the three Christian Duties?
A:  Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.

Q:  What are the seven Spiritual Works of Mercy?
A:  To instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to exhort and convert sinners, to comfort the sorrowing and afflicted, to forgive offenses, to suffer wrongs patiently, and to pray for others, living and dead.

Q:  What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
A:  The spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and spiritual strength, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness, and the spirit of holy fear (of the Lord).

Q:  Why do all or most Armenian last names end in ‘ian’ or ‘yan’?
A:  As in most cultures, Armenian last names are used to identify the family from which a person is a descendant.  The ‘ian’ or ‘yan’ translates from Armenian to mean “family of”.  For example, the last name Boghosian translates to “the family of Boghos (or Paul)”.

Q:  Do you have to be Armenian to be a member of the Holy Virgin Mary & Shoghagat Armenian Apostolic Church?
A:  The majority of our congregation is Armenian and share a common heritage and fundamental beliefs taught to us by our ancestors.  However, being Armenian is not a requirement to attend or get involved in our church.  We do have active members who are not Armenian who share our faith and worship with us.  We welcome any and all to come pray and worship God with us.

 

   
   

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