Program Schedule Fall 2021
The following sessions were streamed live from Sept. 21 – Dec. 14
Turning from Sorrow: Repentance and Confession in the Armenian Church
BISHOP DANIEL FINDIKYAN
Repentance is one of the main mandates we have as Christians according to the Bible. But so many questions surround it in the minds, hearts and practice of our people. What is repentance? What does Jesus expect of us when we repent? How does we go about repenting? Do we need a priest to hear our confession? Does the Armenian Church practice Private Confession? In what way is repentance a sacrament? Indeed, repentance is the path to life, hope and joy in Jesus Christ. Come learn what the Armenian Church has to say about it.
Foundations of Orthodox Christian Marriage
FR. MESROB HOVSEPIAN
This presentation (or lecture) will cover the Orthodox understanding of the marriage based on the Scriptures, prayers of the Sacrament of Matrimony, and the teachings of the Armenian Church. It will also guide the participants to have a conversation about the Orthodox perspective on marriage and its practical implications in our lives today as Christians.
In Relationship with God Through Prayer
YN. SIRARPI AIVAZIAN
A renowned religious educator once said that the purpose of religious education is to ultimately lead the person to pray. Prayer is the long and sure path to lead faithful individuals into the presence of God. Our first parents, Adam and Eve were invited to enjoy the goodness of all creation in the presence of God. That privilege was lost through original sin as they were expelled from the presence of God. Since that sad event humankind has been groping to regain the intimacy which they had with God in Paradise. That effort is prayer.
Church as Being: St. Gregory of Narek’s Vision of the Church
DN. YERVANT KUTCHUKIAN
Among the many subjects one finds in St. Gregory of Narek’s Book of Lamentations is that of the Church. St. Gregory speaks of her as a venerable queen, an amazing sign, and an ark of purity. In this session we will get to know the Church as a Being as portrayed by St. Gregory in Prayer 75 of the Book of Lamentations.
Hokehankeesd - More than a Memorial
FR. HAROUTIUN SABOUNJIAN
Fr. Haroutiun’s presentation will explore the Armenian Church’s tradition of praying for those who have fallen asleep. The presentation will look at the Hokehankeesd service as one among many prayers found in our Liturgy for the departed. He will also look at the reasons why we pray for the dead and the text of the service itself to more fully unpack the Armenian understanding of the journey from this life to the next.
Bringing the Word of God to the people of God
FR. ARSHEN AIVAZIAN
The Lectionary is the earliest liturgical book in Christian worship. It contains select readings for every day of the liturgical year and is prominently featured in the daily liturgies of the Church. Sadly, the reading of selections from the Holy Scriptures to the hearing of the people has lost its prominent place in our liturgical celebrations in the relatively new dioceses of the West in general and in the United States in particular. One of the primary reasons for this is the absence of an English Lectionary. Now, for the first time, that vacancy has been filled with the publication of the Lectionary of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church for Sunday Synaxis and Feast Days a huge void has been filled. Now it is up to us to restore the prominence of proclaiming the Word of God to the people of God.
The Homeless Christ: The Social Teaching of St. John Chrysostom
FR. NIGOGHOS AZNAVOURIAN
Is not giving charity, theft? Although not ethnically Armenian, St. John Chrysostom has shaped Armenian Christian thought for more than 1500 years. His social teachings in particular have guided the way Armenians think about the Bible and their own faith in Jesus Christ. Come join Fr. Nigoghos as we rediscover the relevance of Chrysostom’s teachings for the Armenian Church in light of modern global poverty.
Translating Ashagerdetsek: Discipleship in the Armenian Church
FR. SAMUEL RITH-NAJARIAN
Our Lord Jesus Christ’s final commandment was that His Apostles go into the world to “make disciples” of all nations. We will explore Christian discipleship in the context of the Armenian Church. Looking to our own Holy Translators who made disciples of the Armenian Nation, we will look for answers on what is needed to “make disciples” among our faithful today.
A Kiss Is Just A Kiss...Or Is It?
The Kiss of Peace is part of our Divine Liturgy/Badarak. What is the meaning of it and why do we do it during our Divine Liturgy? During this class we will examine four scriptural accounts from the Old and New Testament which contain greetings with a kiss. We will learn what is The Kiss of Peace and why the faithful gathered greet one another with “Kreedos ee mech mer haydnetsav” (“Christ is revealed among us”)…”Orhnyal eh haydnoutiunun Kreesdosee (“Blessed is the revelation of Christ”).
Praying Through Theophany
DN. ERIC VOZZY
The Feast of Theophany as an “octave’ lasts not just one day on January 6, but for eight days, beginning January 6. Thus, the Armenian Church tradition possesses numerous prayers and hymns dedicated to the birth and baptism of Jesus Christ. How can these prayers be applied to our daily life as we recall our own baptismal vows and the promises made by us to God.
Delicious Fruits from a Bitter Tree: St. James and St. Gregory
DR. ROBERTA ERVINE
While St. Jacob of Nisibis (Յակոբ Մծբնայ հայրապետ) is celebrated as a universal saint, he has a special relationship to the Armenian Church. This presentation will look at that special relationship, using imagery and metaphors from St. Gregory of Narek’s beautiful Encomium on St. Jacob of Nisibis.
Knowing of whose spirit we are: James, John, and our own identity
DR. ROBERTA ERVINE
Saints are not born; they are made. Every December, the Armenian Church celebrates the brothers James and John, whom Jesus affectionately called the Sons of Thunder. By looking at the changes James and John underwent in order to find their true identity, and then to live it in very different ways, this presentation will reflect on the question, Of whose Spirit are we?