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December 26, 2016

THE SAINT OF THE DAY

The Protomartyr


Today our Church celebrates the feast of Saint Stephen Protomartyr. Saint Stephen was one of the first ordained deacons of the Church. He was also the first Christian martyr. In the Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke praises St. Stephen as “a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit,” who ...
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The Silent Sermon


A Pastor was concerned about the absence of a man who had normally attended services. After a few weeks, he decided to visit him. When the pastor arrived at the man’s home, he found him all alone, sitting in front of a fireplace. The Pastor pulled up a chair and...
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In the Gospel writings, the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) introduce the teachings of Jesus and are traditionally considered to contain the most concise summary of the spiritual life of man. It is the clear teaching of the Gospel and the Church that one enters into the mysteries of ...
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The True Light, which enlightens everyone, is coming into the world. Are you ready to receive Him? When you receive Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, you become yourselves a light for others. "You are the light of the world," says Jesus in Matthew 5:14. You are indeed a light for those you love, also for those whom you do not know and whom you meet in the street, on the stairs, in the elevators, in the shops, for those who have not yet received the Light and are still walking in the darkness.

Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan

Friends, there are 12 days between "Western" Christmas (Dec. 25) and the Armenian feast of Holy Nativity (Jan. 6). Each day, during this blessed season, I'm going to share with you the "12 Hymns of Christmas", stanzas from the Armenian Sharagans of Holy Nativity, written by the Holy Fathers of our Church and translated by V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan. Check out our website for daily updates. Joyous Nativity Season to you all!​

With prayer and blessings,
Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan

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