22. March, 2013NewsNo comments
This Sunday, March 24, is Palm Sunday commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week.
The Church is joyful after forty days of repentance. Christ is coming into Jerusalem. He is coming in the name of the Lord in fulfillment of the prophecy (Zechariah 9:9-16).
PRELATE’S HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
March 28 is GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY, and the day’s services memorialize the Last Supper, Jesus’ vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane, His arrest and trial. His Eminence will officiate during the Washing of Feet and Tenebrae services at St. Hagop Church, Montreal.
Holy Friday, March 29, His Eminence will preside over the Entombment Service of our Lord Jesus Christ, at St. Hagop Church, Montreal.
Holy Saturday, March 30, His Eminence will preside over Easter Eve (Jrakaluytz) services at St. Mary Church, Toronto.
EASTER SUNDAY, March 31. The central holy day of the Christian calendar, and commemorates the discovery of Christ’s empty tomb and the news of His glorious Resurrection. His Eminence will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the homily at St. Mary Church, Toronto.
19. March, 2013NewsNo comments
Lent concludes with the Sunday of the Advent (March 17, the sixth and last Sunday of Lent): that is, the coming of Jesus Christ, through whom God entered human history and restored what had been lost in the exile from Eden.
The Advent calls to mind the birth and revelation of our Savior, his subsequent sacrifice for mankind, and his victory over sin and death. As the last Sunday of Lent, this day is especially devoted to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, reminding us that he is our eternal Lord and King, and that just as everything once began with God, so too will everything one day end with Him.
Liturgy services for Holy Week and Easter will be held at the Prelacy churches across the country.
For Palm Sunday, His Eminence Archbishop Hagopian will celebrate Divine Liturgy at St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church, in Laval.
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
The first three days of Holy Week are observed through the reading of excerpts from the Old Testament and Hymns (Sharagans) to remind us of the need for salvation.
Holy Thursday is the celebration of the Last Supper and the establishment of the sacrament of Holy Communion. Following the morning services (arevakal), the Washing of the Feet (Vodenleva) ritual, which symbolizes humility, will take place the evening hours.
On Holy Friday, the Burial Service (Taghoom) will take place, in remembrance of Christ’s betrayal and suffering, Divine Liturgy services for Holy Saturday, which is dedicated to the burial of Jesus and the sealing of His tomb, will be held in the evening hours.
On Easter Sunday, Prelate Hagopian will serve Divine Liturgy at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church of Toronto. After Badarak, the Prelate will be receiving the community at the Church Hovnanian Hall.
Armenian Prelacy of Canada
9. March, 2013NewsNo comments
We are now more than half-way through Great Lent (Wednesday was Michink, the median day of Lent). This Sunday, March 10, is the Sunday of the Judge (Tadavori Giragi). The Gospel reading for this day is the parable told by Jesus about a widow and a judge (see reading above). The judge in the parable is seen as hard-hearted and without principles, fear of God, or compassion for people. A widow in the same town has been ill-treated and she has come to the judge for justice. Although her cause is just, the judge does not pay attention to her case. However, she is persistent and she makes the same appeal again and again until at least the judge decides to see she receives justice. He does this not because he cares about justice, but because he wants to be rid of the widow.
The message of this parable is that we must persist in our pursuit of righteousness and justice with the confidence that perseverance (especially in prayer) will be rewarded.
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’ And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)