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All Christians share certain basic beliefs.  We believe God exists.  God has a Son.  The Son took flesh, becoming man.  He walked amongst us.  He taught and performed phenomenal miracles.  He fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies of the coming of the Messiah.  He endured tremendous suffering.   He humbly offered up His life as a redeeming sacrifice for our lives.   He was crucified and rose again on the third day. He ascended into heaven.  He sits at the right hand of our Heavenly Father.  He is to come again with the glory of the Father to take His faithful unto himself to be with Him forever in paradise.  We who confess these beliefs, and follow the teachings of Christ, are body and member of the 'one church.'

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A tradition of the Armenian Church

One of the holy traditions of the Armenian Church is the Home Blessing Service, which according to St. Gregory of Datev was established by Our Savior Jesus Christ, when after His Resurrection He entered the upper room and blessed the disciples. When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." (John. 20:19)

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Seek Heavenly Gold by Fr. Tavit Boyajian

This week the Olympics are on television.  Athletes that have sought excellence abound.  Their quest for Gold is intense.  Those who achieve their goal rejoice.

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Tracing the Tradition of Lenten Fasting

 

(This brief description of the tradition of Lenten fasting is adapted from “The Golden Chain of the Sundays of Great Lent” (1971) by Archbishop Shnork Kalustian.)

Great Lent is a time for Christians to prepare for the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ through prayer, introspection, and fasting.

The Scriptural basis for Lent resides in the 40-day period Christ spent in the wilderness following his baptism. In the words of St. Matthew’s Gospel (4:12): “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry.”

The first recorded mention of Great Lent was at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. (the same council also established the Nicene Creed used today in the Armenian Church). The reference to Lent occurs in a decision issued by the council to hold one of its three annual meetings before the 40-day Lenten period.

 

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There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

William Shakespeare

“Would you tell me a story?”  The request is familiar.  My son loves stories.  What I enjoy most about telling them to Gregory is watching his eyes light up as he hears something he never heard of before. He is just beginning to learn of the wonder of God’s creation and of the depth of his own imagination.  Through hearing new stories he comes to ponder things in heaven and on earth that he has never even dreamt of before.  I admire his pure sense of wonder.

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My brother is two years my senior; and as kids we were fiercely competitive.  I remember one day my brother and I were playing croquet in the backyard.  He was winning, and rubbing my face in it.  I was so mad when I lost the game I threw my croquet mallet (in no particular direction).  Well, the second I let go of the mallet I realized there  was a serious problem with the trajectory of the throw. 

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Recently there has been some discussion on whether children should be in church or in Sunday School during the Divine Liturgy. Should children be in church? The answer lies in how we view the church and what role we want the church to have in the lives of our children today and in the future.

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Preparing for the Second Coming

We all have insurance.  And if we knew a flood was coming we would probably buy additional flood insurance. The Bible tells us that a catastrophic event is coming to the earth at any moment.  Are we prepared?  Have we made sure the members our family are ready to survive the coming devastation?

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Did you ever see the face of a child on Christmas morning?  They rise early, curious to see what packages have been left for them.  The sight of their bright, smiling eyes fills us with joy.  Seeing them open their gifts is one of the most memorable parts of Christmas.

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Five-peat.  That’s the term coined by the Chicago area media to describe the Bulls fifth championship.  In Chicagoland, kids know a lot about the Chicago Bulls and looooove Michael Jordan.  They admire his smooth expertise on the basketball court and suave disposition off the court.   There is, however, a division as to whether or not the peculiarities of Dennis Rodman merit praise or condemnation.

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