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March 20, 2016 

Morning Service at 10:00 am  -  Divine Liturgy at 10:30 an


Zechariah 9:9-15 (OT page 926)   Philippians 4:4-7 (NT page 180)   Matthew 20:29-21:17 (NT page 20-21)

Celebrant - Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar

Readers - Michelle Babikian and Arnold Koresian 

Greeters - Robert Kaprelian



We warmly welcome all who have come to worship the Lord today and extend a sincere invitation for you to join us each and every Sunday. Please attend the Fellowship Hour following the Divine Liturgy.

Prayers for the Sick 

During the singing of “Der Voghormya”, page 45 of the Divine Liturgy Book, we pray for peace and for the sick. Let us remember in particular the parishioners who are ill at home, hospital or nursing home:

Arusyak Bagamian

Edith Beta

Philip Beta

Georgia Calistro

David Chan

Armen DerMesropian

Agnes Eghoian

Baby Jack Fleege

Mary Hagopian

Fransuhi Karachorlu


Violet Koresian

Alla Krivens

Greg Kurkjian

Lueddy Kurkjian

Michale Levitzje

Benjamin Manoyan

Baby Tiffany Marie

Sandy Mohr

Julia Morgan



Richard Norsigian

Mark Nahabedian

Joshua Najarian

Jamie Perez

Judy Perez

Alyce Schaffer

Lisa Schaffer

Demetra Svoloc

Agnes Vartabedian

Ted Woosley 

 Kindly notify the Church Office with any updates on the above mentioned names.


Opening of the Doors - Trnpatsek

On the occasion of Palm Sunday, the Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, following the sermon, the traditional service of Trnpatsek will be conducted. This is a liturgical drama by which the faithful earnestly pray that the Lord will open the gates of paradise, the Kingdom of Heaven, before us.

This will be followed with a procession out to the entrance area of the church during which palms will be held in remembrance of the Palm Sunday event.

Palm Donations

The Parish Council gratefully acknowledges all who so generously donated palms for our Palm Sunday celebration.

 Light of St. Gregory

Thank you to the Karian Family for donating the cost of keeping the “Light of St. Gregory” illuminated for the month of March. 
ACYOA Palm Sunday Luncheon

The members of the ACYOA Juniors and Seniors cordially invite all to the annual lunch celebrating Armenian Church youth. Our special guest is Ms. Ani Grigorian, chairperson of the ACYOA Central Council

 Requests for Prayers and Requiem Service

Kindly notify the Church Office by Thursday in order to include a loved one in the prayer list or for a Requiem request for the following Sunday. Requiems may be requested for any Sunday of the year except on the five Tabernacle Feast Days.

Participation and Etiquette

Parishioners are encouraged to recite the Nicene Creed together on pages 18-19 of the Divine Liturgy Book, as well as the Confession on page 48 in preparation for receiving Holy Communion. 

Please refrain from entering the sanctuary during the: Lections, Nicene Creed, Chalice Procession, singing of the Hayr Mer (Lord’s Prayer), Der Voghormya (Lord have mercy), reading of Confession, Holy Communion and sermon. Once you have entered the sanctuary, kindly remain until the conclusion of the service. When approaching the priest to receive Holy Communion, make the sing of the cross and say, “Megha Asdoodzo” or “I have sinned against God.” Ladies must have a head covering when approaching the Holy Altar.

 Calendar of Events

His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Diocese Legate and Ecumenical Director, will be conducting the services of Holy Thursday (Washing of Feet and Vigil of the Passion) Holy Friday (Order of Entombment) and celebrating the festal Divine Liturgies of Easter Eve and the feast of the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 General Announcements

Violet Koresian is at Central Baptist Village, Room 2211, 4747 North Canfield Ave., Norridge, IL 60706. Tel. 708-583-8211.

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St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church
6700 W. Diversy Ave. Chicago Il 60707
Chruch Office: 773-637-1711


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