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February 22, 2018

SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON

February 25, 2018


The third Sunday of the period of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Lost Son according to the Parable of the Lost Son told in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 15:15-32), the content of which is the following. There was once a man who had two sons. Upon the request of the younger one he divided his property between his two sons. After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living. He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country and he was left without a thing. In that time of trouble he remembered his father’s house, regretted for his reckless living and returned to his father’s home. Seeing that his younger son has regretted, the father received him joyfully. Whereas the elder son complained, saying that during all those years he had worked for his father like a slave and had never disobeyed his orders, and however, he had never deserved such honor. His father answered him: “My son, you are always here with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and to be happy, because your brother was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.”
The elder and the younger sons are the righteous and the sinful souls, and father’s receiving his lost son means that in the same way God receives the regretting sinner. The allegoric meaning of the parable is in the elder son symbolizing all those who are righteous or think that there are righteous. The parable admonishes all of them not to be self-conceited.
 

COMMEMORATION OF ST. CYRIL
THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM,
ST. CYRIL THE BISHOP OF JERUSALEM
AND HIS MOTHER ANNA

February 24, 2018

St. Cyril of Jerusalem is one of the prominent Patriarchs of Jerusalem. He has been repeatedly persecuted by the supporters of the Arian heresy, he has been exiled, and however, eventually again has become the Patriarch of Jerusalem. He has participated in the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople. Many sermons and speeches of the Patriarch Cyril about Christian doctrine have been translated into Armenian. His letter addressed to the King Costandios on the occasion of the apparition of the Holy Cross in the sky of Jerusalem is up to date read in the Armenian churches. Patriarch Cyril’s collection of sermons is instructive and edifying for those who are preparing for baptism. According to the tradition the basin in which Patriarch Cyril has been baptized is inside the Chapel of St Stephen of the Church of St. Hakob (St. James), of Jerusalem.
The Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates the memory of the Patriarch Cyril twice during the year.
St. Cyril the Bishop is the contemporary of St. Cyril the Patriarch. His secular name is Huda. According to the hagiographical sources, well knowing the locality, Bishop Cyril helps the queen Heghine (Helen) to find the Holy cross of Christ, Witnessing the wonder-working power of the Holy Cross Bishop Cyril is baptized together with his mother, Anna, and after the baptism is renamed “Cyril”. Later he is ordained a bishop and during the period of exile of the Patriarch Cyril he takes his place for a time. Being subjected to severe torments, Bishop Cyril and his mother have been killed during the persecutions realized by the King Julianos the Betrayer.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, February 23, 2018 

Movie “The Last Inhabitant” will be shown at the Wilde Theatre, 252 North Main, Edwardsville, Illinois beginning at 7:30 pm.  This event is sponsored by The Thomas A. Koomyumjian Family Foundation.  Free admission (free will offering) and is open to the public.  
Sunday, February 25, 2018 

Farewell Potluck luncheon for Mark and Arleen Stryshak who are moving away from our community. Please join us to wish Mark and Arleen well as they embark on the next chapter of their life.  Potluck sign-up sheet coming out soon.  Be on the lookout for it.  
Sunday, March 4, 2018 
 
Rescheduled… Due to inclement weather on February 11th, we have rescheduled the meeting on stewardship to Sunday, March 4th.  This meeting is a status update to last summer’s meeting on stewardship; our efforts thus far and next steps.  The meeting will take place right after church in the Jamjamian Cultural Hall.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this important meeting.
Sunday, March 11, 2018 

We will have our annual parish assembly.  We will have elections for Parish Council, Nominating Committee, Auditing Committee and Diocesan Delegate; 2017 financial performance; review and approval of 2018 budget; organizational reports and new business items.  The assembly agenda, details of the meeting, and organ reports will be mailed in the near-future to members without email addresses and emailed to members with email addresses for current members in good standing.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
 
Noon - 3:00 pm - Women’s Guild Bake Sale and Luncheon.  Bake Sale Items include:
 
Gata-Traditional
Mini Apricot Gata
Cheese Gata
Looysnogs
Paklava
Nazook
Kaydif – Crème
Kurabia
Penerlee – Traditional
Penerlee – Spinach
Lamb puffs
Kufta
Lahmajoon
Sunday, April 1, 2018 

We will have our annual Easter dinner right after Church in the Jamjamian Cultural Hall. Reservations being accepted by Rose Nersesian at rose.nersesian@sbcglobal.net or by calling Rose at 618-806-1795.  Details to follow.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 
 
Sunday School will have their Lenten Luncheon to benefit FAR - Fund for Armenian Relief. Please plan on attending this important fundraiser to support our Sunday School’s efforts for the FAR programs.  The luncheon will take plan right after church in the Jamjamian Cultural Hall and will be served by our Sunday School students. Your contributions will help support Feeding America and Special Needs Children in Lori, Armenia.  Please join us!
Father Voskan’s Visitation Schedule

Rev. Father Voskan Hovhannisyan will celebrate Badarak with us on the following are the Sundays:
 
February 25, 2018
March 18, 2018
March 25, 2018 - Palm Sunday
March 30, 2018 - Good Friday
March 31, 2018 - Holy Saturday
April 1, 2018 - Easter Sunday
April 8, 2018
April 22, 2018 - Martyr’s Day
 
On Sundays when Father Voskan is not present, we continue to have Deacon Services led by Deacon George Marifian. Unless otherwise noted, services begin at 10:30 am.
2018 Armenian Service Program
The ACYOA Armenia Service Program (ASP) is scheduled for June 29 - July 17, 2018. The Armenia Service Program has a long history of providing young adults (ages 18 to 30) a unique opportunity to affirm their faith, discover their homeland and serve its people in a meaningful way. 
The actual cost of the trip is $2650, which includes roundtrip airfare from JFK to Yerevan via Qatar Airways, bi-lingual tour guides, ground transportation and lodging while in Armenia, 2 meals a day and much more through the SIMA Tour Agency. However, through the generosity of the Dadourian Foundation we are providing a $250 scholarship to the first 20 applicants, which lowers the participants’ price to $2400. In addition, the ACYOA Central Council is also offering up to four, $250.00 scholarships to young people active within the life of the ACYOA and up to four, $250.00 scholarships from the Nancy Basmajian ASP Fund for applicants that are in financial need. Please note that applications are due by March 15. Late fees may apply for applications received after March 15.
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Morris at 
jenniferm@armeniandiocese.org or (248) 648-0702.

Through the sponsorship of the Thomas A. Kooymumjian Foundation, funds may be available for qualified candidates who are interested in participating in this program. Please see a Parish Council member for details.   
Greetings!
 
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The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children. Working with a loyal donor base and a trusted network of partners, SOAR distributes clothing, educational supplies, medicine, and other essential resources to orphaned Armenian children throughout the world.
 
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