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January 5, 2014


Lections: The Letter of Paul to Titus  2:11-15                      Page 194    
Lections: The Holy Gospel According to Luke2:8-14            Page 53 
Epistle: Arnold Koresian Gospel: Michelle Babikian
Greeters: Gregory Tootooian and Robert Kaprelian

Please be advised that 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 reminded 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 Communion and During the Sermon. Please, wait in the vestibule until such time when it is proper to enter the Sanctuary.

Welcome to Parishioners and Friends  With open hearts we welcome all who have come to worship God as we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity and Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.  May this time of worship be encouraging and inspirational to all and may all the wonderful blessing of Christmas be with you throughout the New Year.

Prayers for the Sick (Der Voghormia) – Page 45 of Divine Liturgy Book.  

Let us remember and ask God’s Blessings for our parishioners, who are ill at home, in a hospital or nursing home. Let us continue with our prayers for:

Yn. Maireni Donikian Fransuhi Karachorlu Baby Tiffany Marie Manooshak Salvador
Yn. Shoushan Hazarian Grace Klujian Benjamin Manoyan Alyce Schaffer
Marty Abezetian Haig Koloyan Genevieve Movesian Lisa Schaffer
Betty Alberts Alla Krivens Joshua Najarian Sam Sommese
David Chan Violet Koresian Mark Nahabedian Mary Tarazoff
Marge Demerdjian Georgia Calistro  Heghna (Helen) Paloian Agnes Vartabedian
Agnes Eghoian  Steve Tootooian Ramon Prats Nancy Weiss 

We ask that we be notified when a name should be removed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Prayer Requests - For those who request Hokehankisd (Requiem Service) or to enter a loved one's name on the prayer list, please call the church by Thursday of that week for printing in the Sunday bulletin. Requiem Service may take place during the entire year (including Lent) except for the 5 Tabernacle Feast Days.

Violet Koresian is at Central Baptist Village located at 4747 N. Canfield Ave. Norridge, IL 60756-Room 2211 and phone 708-583-8211.

Claire Manoogian is at The Grove located at 2732 N. Hampden Ct, Chicago IL  60614 - 773-248-6000.

Sam Sommese is staying with John and Georgette Mrofcza and can be reached on his cell at 773-350-3577.

Nicene Creed: Together, we shall recite the Nicene Creed (The Profession of Our Faith) on Pages 18-19 of the 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)

Confession and 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. 

Care, Maintenance and Cost of the “Light of St. Gregory” - Our thanks to Her Loving Husband Philip, Daughters Sharon & Vatche Khachadourian, Marianne & Jim Schneeberger, and loving grandchildren Jereme, Luc, Dana, Ani, Ara & Lena for taking the responsibility of the cost of Keeping "The Light of St. Gregory" illuminated for the month of January in memory of Mary Battle.  Our thanks to for taking the responsibility of the cost of Keeping "The Light of St. Gregory at the stained glass window" illuminated for the Month of January. 

Membership Dues for 2013 - In order to be eligible to be a voting member of the Annual Parish Assembly of 2014 of our church, the 2013 dues of all registered members of St. Gregory must be paid by December 31.  New members who wish to vote must have paid their dues by June 30, 2013.  The Parish Assembly will be held on February 9, 2014. 

Home Blessing "Doon-orhnek"  - Every Armenian family is encouraged to have their home blessed.  In the Armenian Church, it is customary to have the pastor make home visitations during the 40 days after Christmas and Easter.  If you wish to have your home blessed during Eastertide or at a late date, please call Fr. Aren to make arrangements.

Pointsettia Plants - Fr. Aren and the Parish Council thank all who made donations of poinsettia plants to enhance the Holy Altar and Sanctuary during this Holy Season. Parishioners who donated pointsettias may take them home following Divine Liturgy on January 12th. 

Blessing of Water - Today's service will conclude with Churorhnek, Blessing of Water, symbolizing the Baptism of Christ.  If you take blessed water home, you may use the plastic cups with their lids.  Please return these so that they may be disposed of properly since they contain traces of Holy Muron (Chrism).  They should not be thrown into the garbage.  It is recommended to take blessed water home for those who are sick or shut-in

When the Need Arises – Get in Touch With the Church Office - Before making any preparations, in choosing date and time for Weddings and Baptisms, please be sure to contact our pastor, Fr. Aren Jebejian. All Sacraments must be arranged at least three months ahead. Other church related matters, such as hospital and home visitations and counseling, should also be made first with Fr. Aren. In order to invite clergy from other churches, arrangements must be made through the church office. 

Fr. Aren will be in the church office on Monday from 2:00 - 5:00pm. and Wednesday the office will be closed.  Fr. Aren can be reached on his cell at 773-457-4122.

Monday, January 6th -       Feast of the Nativity and Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ - Asdvadsahaydnootiun (Armenian Christmas) Morning Service - 10:00 am.  Followed by the                                                              Blessing of the Water Service (In remembrance of our Lord's Baptism)   

Thursday - January 9th -  Women's Guild Meeting 7:00pm.

Sunday - January 12th -   Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Asdvadsahaydnootiun (Armenian Christmas) Morning Service 10:00 am., Divine Liturgy                                                               10:30 am., Followed by the Blessing of the Water Service (In remembrance of our Lord's Baptism), Sunday School Christmas Presentation,  Women's Guild                                                        Christmas Luncheon

Saturday, Januray 25th - Winter Fest 5:00 pm.-10:00pm 

Sunday, February 9th -    Annual Parish Assembly


December 29nd  -            Church Attendance  -   68



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