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January 15, 2018

FEAST OF NAMING OF OUR LORD
JESUS CHRIST

Each year, on January 13, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast of Naming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. As Evangelist St. Luke writes in his Gospel, according to the Jewish tradition “On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.” (Lk 2:21). “Jesus” is a Hebrew word meaning “Savior”.  According to the Gospel according to Luke when the angel Gabriel came to Mary to give her the good tidings of the birth of the Son of the Most High, he said that Mary would name the baby “Jesus”. “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” (Lk 1:31).
Parallel to the name “Jesus” the name “Christ” is given to the Savior, which is a Greek word meaning “Consecrated” and corresponding to the Hebrew word “Messiah”. 
On the Feast of Naming of Our Lord Jesus Christ a Divine Liturgy is celebrated in all Armenian Churches. On the eve of the feast, following the evening service a special service is conducted.
 

THE MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II
SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS
OF ALL ARMENIANS 
ON THE FEAST
OF THE HOLY NATIVITY AND THEOPHANY

OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Christ is born and revealed
Good Tidings to you and to us

Dear Faithful,

On this marvellous day of the Feast of Nativity and Theophany, following the light of the star of Bethlehem, the gazes of our souls are directed towards the manger, where the Only Begotten Son of God was born and came into the world for our salvation. Gathered today in the churches, we praise the newly-born Saviour, glorify the Heavenly King, and say: “Glory to your wondrous Birth, o Lord”. 

In the fulness of time Christ entered the world. Through the Birth of the Saviour we witness the mystery of profound divine love and care towards us. God became flesh through the nativity of the Saviour. While being infinite, he willingly assumed limitedness. By His own humility the impassable underwent passions and crucifixion, so that humanity may be worthy of the grace of salvation; may become the adopted children of God and inherit the Heavenly Kingdom.

The Son of God became flesh, lived and acted among people, testifying that God is their heavenly Father, who expresses His love, care, and protection for humanity through unimaginable sacrifice, as stated by the beloved disciple of Christ, John: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16).

To read more, go to http://www.armenianchurch.org/index.jsp?sid=3&nid=3648&y=2018&m=0&d=6&lng=en

PLACE OF PEACE

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered a sermon that touched on the theme of peace, as it relates to the story of Christ’s birth, to the spiritual atmosphere of the church, and to pressing concerns of the world today.
Pointing behind him to the icon adorning St. Vartan Cathedral’s altar, he called its image “the face of Peace: the face of the infant Christ, held in the arms of his loving mother, Mary.  Is there a more beautiful, inspiring image in all of human history? For two thousand years, the church has preserved this beautiful image of the Nativity of Jesus, and the message of peace underlying it.”
He said that the atmosphere of peace explains why every church is called a “sanctuary”: “a sacred place of harmony and safety, where all are welcome, and none are turned away.” He went on to note: “In this new year of 2018, the magnificent sanctuary around us - St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York - will mark the 50th anniversary of its consecration.”
 “St. Vartan Cathedral was built as our ‘national home’: a place of peace; a true sanctuary,” he said. “The cathedral is a source of spiritual strength for faithful people across our Diocese. It opens welcoming doors to all of our countrymen - and to people of any background. It welcomes those who may have strayed from their faith. Who need consolation in a time of trial. Who seek a place of shelter in the storms of life. St. Vartan Cathedral is a sanctuary for all our people. And it is calling its sons and daughters home in this golden anniversary year.”
The Primate concluded by inviting all to visit St. Vartan Cathedral in 2018, especially during the celebration on May 5-6, in the presence of His Holiness Karekin II, the Catholicos of All Armenians. “I invite you to enter this sanctuary to find the peace that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Within these walls - within the walls of every Armenian Church - the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ is waiting to be discovered,” he said.

To read more, go to https://armenianchurch.us/2018/01/11/armenian-christmas-starts-st-vartan-cathedrals-50th-year/

PARISH NEWS
On Sunday, January 7, 2018 we celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Epiphany (Armenian Christmas) with Father Voskan Hovhannisyan.  Stephen Matoesian had the honor of serving as Godfather for the blessing of the water service.  At the conclusion of the services Father Voskan performed the traditional home blessing ceremony.  Afterwards we had our annual potluck dinner and Christmas gift drawing in the Jamjamian Cultural Hall.  As usual, we had plenty of delicious food and everyone had a really nice time enjoying fellowship and catching up with each other.  Thank you to all who contributed to the events of the day!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, February, 10, 2018

Save the Date for the Wine and Tapas on February 10th.  RSVP Here

Father Voskan’s Visitation Schedule

Rev. Father Voskan Hovhannisyan will celebrate Bardarak with us on the following are the Sundays:
 
January 21, 2018
February 4, 2018
February 25, 2018
 
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.

 
   

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