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Armenian Church of Florida 2021 Lenten Schedule & Programming

St. David Armenian Church (Boca Raton, FL)

  • Sunday, February 14, 2021: Poon Paregentan: Morning Service at 9:30AM. Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30AM
  • Sunday, February 21, 2021: Sunday of the Expulsion: Morning Service at 9:30AM. Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30AM
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021: Sunday of the Prodigal: Morning Service at 9:30AM. Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30AM
  • Sunday, March 7, 2021: Sunday of the Steward: Morning Service at 9:30AM. Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30AM
  • Sunday, March 14, 2021: Sunday of the Judge: Morning Service – 9:30 AM, Holy Badarak/Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM
  • Sunday, March 21, 2021: Sunday of the Advent
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021: Palm Sunday (see flyer below)

Friday Lenten Dinner will be held every week. See below and check back for more information posted weekly through Lent.

Schedule of Holy Week Services

  • April 1 – Holy Thursday Remembrance of the Last Supper
    • Holy Badarak 11:00 a.m.
    • Washing of the Feet Ceremony (Vodunluva) 6:30 p.m.
    • The Order Betrayal and Passion of Our Lord 8:00 p.m.
  • April 2 – Holy Friday Remembrance of the Crucifixion of Christ
    • The Order of the Crucifixion of Christ 12:00 p.m.
    • The Entombment of Our Lord Jesus Christ 7:00 p.m.
  • April 3 – Holy Saturday Easter Eve (Jurakalooyts)
    • Holy Saturday Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt – for children 9:00 a.m.
    • Divine Liturgy 5:30 p.m.
  • April 4 – Easter Sunday Feast of Resurrection of Jesus Christ
    • Morning Service 9:30 a.m.
    • Divine Liturgy 10:15 a.m.

St. Hagop Armenian Church (Pinellas Park, FL)

Sunday, March 7, 2021: Lenten Divine Liturgy 10:00-11:15 AM
Arevagal Lenten Sunrise Service 11:15-11:45 AM
Sermon Series-5 Signs of Healthy Church Culture 11:45-12:15 PM
Fellowship with masks & distance 12:15-1:30 PM

Tuesday, March 9, 2021: Parish Council Meeting 6:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 10, 2021: Virtual Discussion Group-Church Culture 7:30-8:30 PM
(participants must register in advance below to get link to join zoom)

Note to Online Worshippers: For Sundays of Lent, our livestream will begin 30 mins. later at 11:15 AM, and end at 12:15PM. We will livestream the beautiful Sunrise (Arevagal) service and the ‘5 Signs of Healthy Church Culture’ series.

Note to In-Person Worshippers: The time of in-person worship has not changed from 10:30AM-12:15PM. The choir & priest will start the closed curtain Lenten Badarak early in order to offer the beautiful Sunrise Arevagal service thereafter.

Sunday Sermon Series
Join us on Lenten Sundays Feb. 21-Mar. 21, in person or via livestream, to explore Bishop Daniel’s challenge to each parish in our Diocese: How to develop a church culture that best forms Christians of the Armenian Orthodox way? Presentation goes from 11:30 AM-12:15 PM. All are welcome.

Wednesday Virtual Discussion Group
Join us via zoom on Lenten Wednesdays Feb. 24-Mar. 24 from 7:30-8:30 PM for interactive follow-up discussions on developing a church culture that best forms Christians of the Armenian Orthodox way. Participants must pre-register click here to receive zoom link. Register once for any/all Wednesday sessions.
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvdOuoqDMsE9E5GEs_2IREMh9d-LrYPAtm

Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church (Orlando, FL)

Please join the Armenian community of Orlando every Wednesday evening starting at 6:30 PM for the Lenten Service at the Church or on Facebook Live now through March 28, 2021.

LIVE STREAMING ON FACEBOOK

Lenten Bible Study will start at 7:15PM following the service in person and will be held using Zoom Meeting.

Launch Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6249377521?pwd=N3k3UzNKZXpQMlslZ3JWMmN6QzJzQT09

Meeting ID: 624 937 7521
Passcode: Church

St. Mary Armenian Church (Cooper City, FL)

Great Lent Prayer Services

All Lenten Prayer Services begin at 7:00 PM. Gospel Message will follow

  • February 26: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • February 28: Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Holy Badarak at 10:30 am.
  • March 5: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • March 7: Sunday of the Stewart, Holy Badarak at 10:30 am.
  • March 12: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • March 14: Sunday of the Judge. Holy Badarak at 10:30 am.
  • March 19: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • March 21: Sunday of the Advent. Holy Badarak at 10:30 am.
  • March 26: Lenten Prayer, 7:00 pm.
  • March 28: PALM SUNDAY and Youth Day. Holy Badarak at 10:30 AM

Armenian Church of Florida Holy Week Schedule

St. Hagop Armenian Church (Tampa, FL)

Palm Sunday Live Stream 10:30AM-11:30AM

Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Governor of the State of Florida has issued a statewide “Stay At Home” order and the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), Very. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, has instructed all Armenian Churches to close until it is safe to congregate.

As such, parishioners are not permitted to come to worship on Sunday until further notice. Instead, the largest Armenian Church in Florida, St. Hagop Armenian Church (Tampa) will live stream the Palm Sunday Badarak and pastoral message of Fr. Hovnan Demerjian from 10:30AM to 11:30AM. To participate in the live stream, please visit St. Hagop’s Facebook Page.

Live Stream Schedule (Church Closed Indefinitely)

  • Palm Sunday, April 5th: Badarak & Message, 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Holy Thursday, April 9th: Service of Darkness-Khavaroom 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • Good Friday, April 10th: Burial Service & Message, 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • Easter Sunday, April 12th: Episcopal Badarak from NYC, Time TBD

Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church (Orlando, FL)

No one except Der Hayr and an Altar Server will be permitted to enter the Church during services. Der Hayr will pray and worship on behalf of all of us.

Palm Sunday Live Stream 11:00AM

Palm Sunday Live Streaming on Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church Facebook Page.

St. David Armenian Church (Boca Raton, FL)

Palm Sunday Live Streaming on St. David Armenian Church Facebook Page.

St. Mary Armenian Church (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Palm Sunday Live Streaming on St. Mary Armenian Church Facebook Page at 11:00AM

Holy Week Schedule:

  • Palm Sunday: April 5 at 11:00AM, Divine Liturgy/Badarak (Live streaming)
  • Holy Thursday: April 9 at 7:00PM, Darkness Hour / Khavaroum Prayer Service (Live streaming)
  • Holy Friday: April 10 at 12:00PM, Crucifixion Prayer Service
    Burial Prayer Service, 6:00 pm (Live streaming)
  • Holy Easter Sunday: April 12 at 10:30AM, Holy Resurrection Badarak (Live streaming)

ACYOA DAYS – April 5th & 6th

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A Message from Bishop Daniel

On Guidelines for Holy Week and Easter Services During the Pandemic

My Dear People:

I greet you at this extraordinary time in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lifts our burdens, dispels our fears, and fills our hearts with hope and love for one another.

As you are all too aware, government and health authorities have warned that the pandemic crisis is entering a critical phase, and have called on all individuals and institutions to redouble their efforts to slow transmission through physical separation. The worldwide Armenian Church, among all religious institutions, must do its part, and hold as its first priority the health and safety of our people.

To uphold this responsibility, we are compelled to make unprecedented adjustments to our Holy Week and Easter services. Let me say at the outset that taking such measures, even at this time, brings genuine pain to us all. But in our uncertainty we place ourselves in the forgiving hands of our merciful Lord Jesus.

Most, but not all, of the territory of our Diocese is under the “stay at home” order from civil authorities. Under such circumstances, we have sought counsel from His Holiness Karekin II, the Catholicos of All Armenians; from all of our clergy; and from medical experts of the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization. Having done so, we hereby issue the following guidelines, which we expect our clergy and Diocesan leadership to observe.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Clergy should conduct all Holy Week services, with the aid of one deacon (or at most two), and one singer (or at most two).
  • Clergy, deacons, and singers must strictly abide by rules of social separation, maintaining a minimum of 6 feet separation at all times, and avoiding contact with liturgical or other objects. Clergy have the liberty to adjust services at their discretion in order to abide by social distancing rules and local, practical considerations.
  • Where a priest is considered acutely vulnerable to infection, and is thereby unable to lead services, at his discretion an ordained deacon may preside over all services, except for the Divine Liturgy itself.
  • Where it is not possible to assemble priest, deacon, and singer due to pandemic concerns, services may be omitted at the pastor’s discretion. (In such cases, faithful should be directed to broadcast options; see below.)
  • Broadcasting services over the Internet is encouraged wherever possible.
  • The faithful are not permitted to be present in the sanctuary during any services. They must restrict themselves to participating in services via the Internet broadcasts, which have been readily available throughout this pandemic crisis.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR SPECIFIC SERVICES

On Palm Sunday (April 5), Great Thursday (April 9) and Great Saturday (April 11), the Divine Liturgy should be conducted wherever possible, according to the guidelines above.

On these occasions, only the celebrant priest will receive Holy Communion.

For this Palm Sunday, the “Opening of the Doors” (Turenpatsek) ceremony will not be conducted in our Diocese. However, later in the year, a special “Opening of the Doors” ceremony is planned for all Diocesan parishes, to celebrate the re-opening of the churches to our faithful.

On Palm Sunday, palms may be blessed where possible, and reserved for distribution to the faithful when the churches are re-opened later in the year.

On Holy Thursday, the “Washing of the Feet Ceremony” will be omitted this year.

On Easter Sunday, plans call for the Bishop to celebrate Badarak at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, in strict accordance with the guidelines above, on behalf of all the clergy and faithful of the Diocese. The Badarak will be broadcast over the Internet, with the Bishop’s sermon addressed to the united faithful and clergy of our Diocese. Parishes that are able to conduct the Easter Divine Liturgy according to the guidelines above may do so, of course. But all are invited and encouraged to follow the broadcast Badarak from St. Vartan Cathedral.

Having issued these guidelines, it remains to affirm that we live in eager expectation of that blessed day when we will reassemble in our churches, to praise and glorify God, standing physically side-by-side with each other—and standing spiritually with our risen Lord. In our present circumstance, the assurance of St. Paul speaks directly to us, giving consolation and confidence for today:

“I am certain that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all Creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

With my prayers,

Bishop DANIEL
Primate

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