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- Sunday Bulletin August 25, 2019 -
ST. GREGORY THE ILLUMINATOR ARMENIAN CHURCH
6700 W. Diversey Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60707
Rev. Fr. Andreas Garabedian
fr.andreasg@gmail.com
Phone: (773) 637-1711
Fax: (773) 637-5592
www.stgregorychicago.org
 
Second Sunday after the Feast of Assumption 
Բ կիւրակէ զկնի Վերափոխումն

 
Worship Hours
Morning Service – 9:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy – 10:30 a.m.
 
August 25, 2019
Daily Readings:
Proverbs 11:30-12:4 (PP.582-583)
2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 (P.166)
Luke 1:39-56 (P.51-52)
 
English Epistle and Gospel Readings: Arnold Koresian
 
Greeter: Robert Kaprelian & Matt Paloian
 
According to the tradition of the Armenian Church, members of the congregation are strongly reminded to refrain from walking in and out of the Sanctuary while services are in progress. You are especially reminded2 not to do so during:
Reading of Lections until the Creed is recited
The Chalice Procession
The hymn “Der Voghormia”
Singing of Hayr Mer – Lord’s Prayer
During Confession and Holy Communion
During the Sermon
Please wait in the vestibule until such time when it is proper to enter the Sanctuary
Welcome to Parishioners and Friends Welcome to all who have come to share in the Word of the Lord and to join in worship. We look forward to seeing you each Sunday.
 
Fellowship Please join us for fellowship today hosted by the Women’s Guild.
 
Altar Flowers The Altar flowers are donated for the glory of God in loving memory of Mary Battle by her husband, daughters and grandchildren.
 
Also, In memory of Manoug Bedros Lousinian (Max Lousin) by Leona Mirza in honor of his Birthday.
 
Hokehankist/Requiem Services
Requiem Services will be held today for the repose of the soul of Mary Battle, on the occasion of her 6th anniversary of her passing, requested by her loving husband Philip, daughters Marianne and Sharon and her grandchildren.
 
Nicene Creed Together we shall recite the Nicene Creed (The Professional of Our Faith) following the Gospel reading. It is found on pg. 18-19 of the red Divine Liturgy Book found in the pews.
Kiss of Peace (Pages 26-27 of the Divine Liturgy Book) The person giving the greeting says: Krisdos ee mech mer haydnetzav (Christ is revealed among us) The Person receiving the greeting responds:  Ohrnyal eh haydnootiunn Krisdosee (Blessed is the revelation of Christ).

General Confession and Holy Communion For those who wish to receive Holy Communion are asked to remain in their pews and together read the “Confession and Absolution” on Page 48 of the Divine Liturgy Book.  When taking communion, make the sign of the cross and say: I have sinned against God - Megha Asdoozo.  Ladies must have a head covering when approaching the Holy altar.
 
Please continue Praying for the sick:
Vahan Balian John Kachian
Alan Batman Haig Pedian Sr.
Edith Beta Jamie Perez
Kay Berberian Judy Perez
Zartar Erckman Eva Planera
Baby Arron Sylvia Raubolt
Jacob Galas Brent Rinkema
Jirair Garabedian Marie Scopa
Annie Gorlier Emily Shapiro
Noemi Hernandez Paul Simonian
Armen Der Mesropian Alyce Schaffer
Gany Joy Lisa Schaffer
Sasoun Kapamajian David Tavitian
James Konrad Agavni Topuzyan
Curtis Loefer Vasili Korovilas
Michele Levitzje Edward Yonan
Benjamin Manoyan Agnes Vartabedian
Joe Micelli Tiffany Marie
Diana Malinowski Ana Paula Cuevas
Julie Morgan Monica Cuevas
Helen Nahabedian Luca Gomez-Cuevas
 
We ask that we be notified when a name should be removed. Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Care and Maintenance and Cost of the “Light of St. GregoryOur thanks to the Abezetian Family for taking responsibility of the cost of keeping the Light of St. Gregory at the stained-glass window illuminated for the month of August. Our thanks to the Chiodo Family for taking the responsibility of the cost of keeping “the Light of St. Gregory” illuminated for the month of August in memory of Alex Petrosian.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wrapping things up!! On behalf of the St. Gregory Armenian Church Ordination Committeee, we would like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors, donors and volunteers who assisted in making Fr. Andreas’s ordination an amazing celebration. Join us Tuesday, September 3 at 7:30 pm for a quick wrap-up meeting.

Thank You Everyone!! On behalf of the St. Gregory Armenian Church Armenian Fest committee, we would like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors, donors and volunteers who came and made this year’s fest a great success. 

Home Blessing Prayers Traditionally after Christmas and Easter, as well as when moving or renting into a new home or work place, families invite their pastor to their homes for a special prayer and blessing. The blessing is for the place you live and work. It is also part of our heritage as Armenians. It you would like please contact Dn. Narek to schedule a time and date.

Light of St. Gregory and Altar Flowers As many of you may know, our Holy Altar is adorned with flowers throughout the year. As well, in the Church we have 2 lanterns that hold the light of St. Gregory. If you would like to donate these in memory of a loved one, please speak to Dn. Narek or any Parish Council member or sign-up on the lists found in the Church atrium.
 
Hosting Fellowship Every Sunday after Church service, we gather in fellowship in our Church hall. This fellowship is a continuation of the Communal celebration done in the sanctuary. In fact it is Biblical, it is also known as the “Agape Feast” (Feast of Love). That is why we encourage our faithful to volunteer in hosting fellowship hour. If you are interesting in hosting fellowship please speak to Cynthia Panthier or contact the Church office.
Teaching Corner Every hymn, every poem, etc. is a form of prayer in the Armenian Church. We are taught that we must pray daily. Our way to communicate with God is through prayer. But we often are not sure how to pray and with what words. The Armenian Church has many beautiful prayers written and every week we can find a new prayer here that we can use in our daily lives. St. Nersess Shnorhali has 24 prayers (one for each hour of the day) known as “I confess with Faith” :
Prayer 1
I confess with faith and worship you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, uncreated and immortal Essence, creator of angels, humans and of all that exists. Have mercy upon your creatures, and on me, a manifold sinner.
 
Arajin Aghotk
Havadov khosdovaneem yev yergrbakanem kez Hayr yev Vortee yev Soorp Hokee, anegh yev anmah pnootyoon, arareech hreshdagats yev martgan yev amenayn yeghelots. Voghormya ko araradzots yev indz pazmameghees.
 
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Հաւատով խոստովանիմ եւ երկիրպագանեմ քեզ, Հայր եւ Որդի եւ Սուրբ Հոգի, անեղ եւ անմահ բնութիւն, արարիչ հրեշտակաց եւ մարդկան եւ ամենայն եղելոց. ողորմեա քո արարածոց եւ ինձ բազմամեղիս:

 
Today Gospel – Luke 1:39-56 RSV
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari′ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.” And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

 
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, September 3 Ordination Wrap-Up Meeting 7:30
 
Sunday, September 15 Sunday School Registration
 
Sunday, September 15 Children’s Sermon
 
Sunday, September 15
 
Feast of the Holy Cross – see flyer for more information
 
Monday, September 16 Remembrance of the Dead – Յիշատակ Մեռելոց 10 am
   
Saturday, October 12 100 Years of Traditional Armenian Music – see flyer for more information
The Feast of Holy Assumption and the First Celebration of Badarak
 
It was with great joy and celebration that St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church welcomed back their pastor, the newly-ordained Rev. Fr. Andreas Garabedian and his Yeretsgin Nune, for his antranig celebration of Holy Badarak. According to the tradition of the Armenian Church, after ordination Fr. Andreas spent 40 days in seclusion at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, where he fasted and spent time in prayer, mediation, reflection and study with other seasoned clergy of our diocese in order to return to our parish.
Fr. Andreas celebrated his first Badarak with the assistance of our former pastor Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian, who was asked to guide the new priest in his first joyous celebration. Along with the choir and Altar servers, the celebration was made more joyous with the presence of Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian, as well as several ecumenical guests such as Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Baima, Very Rev. Fr. Henry Kricek and Mr. Nisan Chavkin.

Following the homily Fr. Andreas also conducted the traditional grape blessing on the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary. This was then followed by a beautiful fellowship, as Fr. Andreas and Yeretskin Nune rejoined their St. Gregory family.
Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross “Khatchveradz” Խաչվերաց
 
September 15, 2019 the Armenian Church will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross.  Traditionally this feast is celebrated by performing a blessing of the four corners of the earth "antasdan" (Անդաստան) and during this feast the Church crosses are adorned with fresh basil. Tradition teaches that when the saintly queen Helen came to Jerusalem to find our saviors cross, it laid in a field of basil. That is why on this feast day, the Armenian Church, along with all other Orthodox Church's, place their crosses in fresh basil.

We invite all of our parishioners to join us in celebration for this upcoming feast which we will celebrate on September 15, 2019, after which blessed basil will be distributed and taken home to friends and family. If you would like to make a monetary donation for this occasion or have any questions please speak to the Church office by Sept. 10, 2019.

This Sunday we will have a special children's sermon and we invite everyone to attend!!
Hosting Fellowship
Every Sunday after Church service, we gather in fellowship in our Church hall. This fellowship is a continuation of the Communal celebration done in the sanctuary. In fact it is Biblical, it is also known as the “Agape Feast” (Feast of Love). That is why we encourage our faithful to volunteer in hosting fellowship hour.

If you are interesting in hosting fellowship please speak to Fr. Andreas or contact the Church office.
During the 4th Sunday of Great Lent, the Armenian Church remembers the "Steward" in the Gospel of Luke. And we understand from this passage and as well from many other places within the Holy Scriptures that we are each stewards of this life, our homes, our workplaces and as well of our Church. However, when we speak of stewardship in the Church, we mean more than financial stewardship. Stewardship is a refocusing of the heart and mind and an understanding that what we are investing today is for the future. What we give whether big or small, God will multiply and make fruitful.

As St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church begins to grow and continue in its mission to spread the Word of God to everyone, we also must remain aware of the physical needs of the Church we call home. Therefore, we would like to ask that you remember us in your loving and charitable spirit throughout the year.

As well, we are looking for volunteers who would be interested in sharing ideas and thoughts on ways we can continue growing as Stewards for the benefit of our community and family. If you are interested or have some thoughts, please contact the pastor, Fr. Andreas.
Home Blessing Prayers
Traditionally after Christmas and Easter, as well as when moving or renting into a new home or work place families invite their pastor to their homes or workplace for a special prayer and blessing. The prayer is for the place you live and spend significant time in. The this practice is also part of our heritage as Armenians.

As well did you know that you can invite your pastor over just to have a conversation? The Church is a community, built around relationships. If you are in the hospital, out having coffee, going through a difficult moment in life or even celebrating a joyous occasion, the pastor is always willing, ready and desires to be part of your life.

If you would like a special home prayer or visitation, please contact Fr. Andreas, to schedule a time and date.
ANNOUNCEMENTS...
2020 St. Nersess College Winter Conference
We are proud to announce that our College Winter Conference is back! Please help us reach college-age students (18 – 25 years old) in your parish by forwarding the attached flyer and registration form before they return to school. The five-day conference will take place Thursday, January 2 – Monday January 6, 2020, at St. Nersess Seminary. The theme will be The Armenian Church: An Ancient Spirituality for Today. Dn. Eric Vozzy will be the director and Fr. Mardiros Chevian will be the chaplain. For Flyer and Registration form, please click here.

Sacred Music Festival: October 4-6 in Evanston, IL

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gomidas Vartabed, the Eastern Diocese will hold a “Sacred Music Festival” in the fall. The festival will run Friday to Sunday, October 4-6, at the St. James Church in Evanston, IL.
 
As conceived by the Diocese’s Sacred Music Council, the Sacred Music Festival will feature instructional workshops with musical experts, educational seminars, and concert performances of liturgical music from the Armenian and sister church traditions. It is open to choral as well as instrumental musicians—indeed to all who love Armenian liturgical music, and wish to elevate their understanding and improve their performance.


Click Here for details and contact information regarding the autumn Sacred Music Festival.
UPCOMING EVENTS...
ONGOING EVENTS...
Sunday Hours of Worship:
Sunday Morning Service begins at 9:30 am followed by Liturgy at 10:30 am.

Serving the Church:
We welcome everyone who feels that God is calling them to serve in the Church to speak with the pastor. Serving can be in various capacities. Some of these are serving on the Holy Altar, singing in the choir, or being a greeter at the door.

Sunday School:
St. Gregory Armenian Church Sunday school has begun and we invite our parents to encourage their children in coming and participating in the Sunday school program. Please join us every Sunday and if you have any questions please contact the pastor at dn.narekg@gmail.com


Choir Practice:
Serving the Church can be in various capacities. We invite everyone who may be interested in joining the choir to join us for practice the FIRST THURSDAY of EACH MONTH at 7:30 pm.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS!!
Sunday, September 15 - Feast of the Holy Cross - see flyer above
Sunday, September 15 -  Children's Sermon and Sunday School Registration
Friday, October 4 - Sunday October 6 - Sacred Music Council event (open to all) - see post above
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 100 Years of Traditional Armenian Music Concert - see flyer above
Sunday, November 3 - St. Gregory the Illuminator 96th Anniversary - more details to follow
Friday, November 8 - Sunday November 10 - ACYOA Seniors fall retreat - more information to follow
 
For a Calender of Events go to www.stgregorychicago.org/calendar/
Hi there, I am Rev. Fr. Andreas (Andrew) Garabedian. I am the Pastor of St. Gregory Armenian Church of Chicago. Please come and join us every Sunday as we pray and worship our Lord. And afterwards please join us for fellowship where we can share time together, building relationships and family as Armenians and as brothers and sister in Christ. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me directly at fr.andreasg@gmail.com

God Bless Աստուած Օրհնէ!
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