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Holy Translators Weekly News
Sunday, March 19, 2017


Sunday of the Steward

Kitchen Renovation
 
We have begun the process of renovating the Church Kitchen, which is scheduled to be completed before Palm Sunday, April 9th.  
 
Please note that until then there will be no access to the Kitchen.
Armenian Church of the Holy Translators
38 Franklin Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-0868
www.holytranslators.org
QUOTE OF THE WEEK  

“O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother.”
 
 
Please Note:  
Badarak Begins at 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes for Grades K-8 begin at 9:30AM
Sunday School Classes for Grades 9-12 begin after the Object Lesson.
(Everyone in grades 9-12 is expected to be in Church at 9:30AM)
Armenian School Classes begin at 12:00 Noon
PARISH COUNCIL 2017-2018

Pastor and President:                                  Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
Chairman:                                                                          Robin Palombo
Vice Chairman:                                                               Karnig Durgarian
Recording Secretary:                                                              Neil Ferraro
Corresponding Secretary:                                                Karyn Bilezerian
Treasurer:                                                                               Marco Ciaffi
Asst. Treasurer:                                                          Parkoohi Voskanian
Council Members:                                                              Elise Durgarian
                                                                                             Mark Jorjorian
                                                                                               Scott Zaleski

Diocesan Delegates:                                                           Laurie Bejoian
                                                                                        Karnig Durgarian
Mid-Lenten Worship and Dinner
Wednesday, March 22nd

We will gather for a 1/2 hour interactive Lenten Worship Service in English (6:30PM) followed by a Vosbov Kheema Lenten Community Dinner (7:00PM) in order to offer support and encouragement as we continue our Lenten journey, by praying together and sharing a community meal. 
 
 Please let us know if you will be attending.
RSVP: frkrikor@holytranslators.org
GREAT LENT (MEDZ BAHK)
SUNDAY OF THE STEWARD
 
(Jashou Sharagan (Midday Hymn)
 
O You, Who powerfully created the supernal world of intelligible beings and
established in it the princes of the fiery spirits as stewards;
we bless Your inscrutable power.
 
O You, Who are the rich One and have created in lordly manner the sensible
second world and placed the first man as a steward in the garden of Eden;
we bless Your inscrutable power.
 
O You, Who mystically built Your Church most high and have ordained in it the preacher of the Word of truth as a steward; we bless Your inscrutable power.
 
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and unto the ages of ages , Amen.
 
O Tabernacle of Him Who cannot be borne, you carried Him, Who carries us, the creatures and you begot God in the body - Him Who was begotten of the Father without body; intercede for us, Mary, Mother of God.
 

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 A Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life
take from me the spirit of laziness, faint-heartedness,
misguided ambition, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience,
and love to your servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother;
For You are blessed unto the aged of ages, Amen.
 
(A prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, a church Father. 
Many people use this prayer as a Lenten devotion,
to be said and meditated upon several times a day)
 
Scripture Readings for Sunday, March 19th.
 
Gospel Reading 
(Luke 16:1-31)
 
Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property.  So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.'  Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.  I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.'  So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'  He answered, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.'  Then he asked another, 'And how much do you owe?' He replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and make it eighty.'  And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.  And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.  "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.  If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?  No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."  The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him.  So he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.  "The law and the prophets were in effect until John came; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is proclaimed, and everyone tries to enter it by force. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one stroke of a letter in the law to be dropped.  "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery. "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.  And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,  who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.  The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.  In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.  He called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.'  But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.  Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.'  He said, 'Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house--  for I have five brothers--that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.'  Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.'  He said, 'No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "

 
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Gospel Commentary
 
The Steward is unjust in his actions, which are not condoned, but his shrewdness is praised.  This is meant as a lesson for the “sons of light” (Christians) who ought to be as shrewd about their pursuit of godliness as unbelievers are about their business.  This week compare the amount of time and effort you give to your work to the time and effort you give to your Christian commitment.
 
Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

PLEASE NOTE:  Deposits for the Jerusalem Pilgrimage are due by April 1st.

Please send registration forms and deposits to:

Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian
76 Rolling Meadow Drive
Holliston, MA 01746

or give to Der Krikor at Church. 
(Make Checks payable to Nour Travel)

 

 
We are in the process of planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from August 10-20, 2017.  Der Krikor, along with Fr. Mardiros Chevian, will lead the group.  The cost per person (based on double occupancy) of $2975 includes: Round-trip direct airfare from Boston (BOS); Full transportation and transfers in Holy Land as specified in itinerary (specific itinerary to follow); Breakfast and Dinner daily; 4-star Hotel; entrance fee to all sight-seeing destination; Tour guide (English speaking).  We will visit the Armenian Patriarchate/St. James Monastery, Old City; Tomb of Christ, Bethlehem; Sea of Galilee; Jordan River; Dead Sea; Nazareth; and a Special Service Project for the Armenian Patriarchate. 

Please contact Der Krikor for more information and/or if you are interesting in participating.  (frkrikor@holytranslators.org)
 
 Parish Announcements!
 
Readings for next Sunday’s Badarak:  Philippians 3:1– 4:9 and Luke 17:20-18:14.

Bible Study:  Will meet on Tuesday, March 21st from 10:30 - 11:30AM.

Mid-Lenten (Michink) Worship and Dinner:
 On Wednesday, March 22nd we will gather for a 1/2 hour interactive Lenten Worship Service in English (6:30PM) followed by a Vosbov Kheema Lenten Community Dinner (7:00PM) in order to offer support and encouragement as we continue our Lenten journey, by praying together and sharing a community meal.  If you are attending.  RSVP to: frkrkor@holytranslators.org.
 
ACYOA Winter Weekend in Gilford, NH:  March 24-26, 2017.  We will gather together for a weekend of Fellowship.  RSVP Yeretzgin at: lsabounjian@gmail.com.
 
ACYOA Junior’s Lock-in: Friday evening to Saturday morning at the church, April 7-8, 2017.  RSVP Yeretzgin at: lsabounjian@gmail.com.

Special Sunday School Assembly:  On Sunday, April 2nd starting at 10:30AM, Ruth Thomasian, founder and CEO of Project SAVE, Armenian Photograph Archives, will conduct an interactive program with students in grades 8 through 12 using handheld photo enlargements about Armenian life. Students will engage in observing, questioning and thinking critically about multicultural and human issues based on a variety of vintage photographs from Project SAVE’s Archives.

 
Easter Basket Donations: There is a sign up sheet at Fellowship for donations toward our annual program of donating Easter Baskets to needy families in the MetroWest area through the Department of Social Services.  All items need to be brought in by Palm Sunday for assembly.  Also volunteers are needed to assemble the baskets on Palm Sunday.  Contact Yeretzgin LuAnn or Robin Palombo for more information.    
 
PLEASE NOTE:  Deposits for the Jerusalem Pilgrimage are due by April 1st.
Please send registration forms and deposits to:
Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian, 76 Rolling Meadow Drive, Holliston, MA 01746
or give to Der Krikor at Church.  (Make Checks payable to Nour Travel)

 
Pilgrimage to Jerusalem:  We are in the process of planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from August 10-20, 2017.  Der Krikor, along with Fr. Mardiros Chevian, will lead the group.  The cost per person (based on double occupancy) of $2975 includes: Round-trip direct airfare from Boston (BOS); Full transportation and transfers in Holy Land as specified in itinerary (specific itinerary to follow); Breakfast and Dinner daily; 4-star Hotel; entrance fee to all sight-seeing destination; Tour guide (English speaking).  We will visit the Armenian Patriarchate/St. James Monastery, Old City; Tomb of Christ, Bethlehem; Sea of Galilee; Jordan River; Dead Sea; Nazareth; and a Special Service Project for the Armenian Patriarchate.  Please contact Der Krikor for more information and/or if you are interested in participating.  (frkrikor@holytranslators.org)
 
Miracle Kitchen: Our next Miracle Kitchen is scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd..  Volunteers are needed to help serve.  Please contact Renee Ferraro if you are able to help at reneegferraro@gmail,com.
 
Parish Outreach:  The Outreach program at our parish focuses on activities for our local communities as well as meeting parish-wide needs.  We currently serve the Salvation Miracle Kitchen monthly and need many more hands! 
If you are interested in helping please contact Renee Ferraro: 508-541-6770 or reneegferraro@gmail.com.  
        

Fellowship Sign-up:  Volunteers are needed to sponsor and work at our Coffee Fellowship Hours after Church as well as make donations toward the expense of the Altar Flowers and Candles.  Contact Jaymie Babaian to sign up.  (jaymie1754@gmail.com)
 
Please inform Der Krikor at 774-292-9116 or 
frkrikor@holytranslators.org of those who may be sick at home, hospitalized or may simply want to talk, so that he can make arrangements to visit.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sunday Morning Prayer:  8:30AM 
Sunday Divine Liturgy:  9:30AM

 
Sun. Mar. 19        Sunday of the Steward 
 
Tue. Mar. 21        Weekly Bible Study - 10:30AM 
 
Sun. Mar   26       Sunday of the  Judge
 
Tue. Mar.  28       NO Weekly Bible Study
 
Sun. Apr.    2       Sunday of the  Advent
                             Special Sunday School Assembly - Project Save - 10:30AM 


Tue. Apr.    4       Weekly Bible Study - 10:30AM 
 
Sun. Apr.    9 
     Palm Sunday - ACYOA Day
                            Visit from the Dean and Seminarians of St. Nersess Seminary


Tue. Apr.  11       NO Weekly Bible Study
 
Sun. Apr. 16        Easter Sunday
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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
 
Sun. Apr.   9         Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy - 9:30AM
                             Opening of the Door Service (Trnpatzek)
 
Thu. Apr. 13        Holy Thursday
                             Washing of the Feet Service - 7:00PM
                             Betrayal and Passion of Christ Service  - 8:00PM
 
Fri.  Apr. 14         Good Friday

                             Crucifixion and Burial Service: - 12:00NOON.
                               
Sat. Apr. 15          Holy Saturday
                              Reading of the Prophecies - 4:00PM
                              Easter Eve Divine Liturgy - 5:00PM
 
Sun. Apr. 16         Easter Sunday
                              Easter Divine Liturgy - 9:30AM
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Sun. May  21        Sunday School Graduation and Promotion Day.

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