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Weekly Sermon

Weekly Sermons from St. Hagop Armenian Church features the weekly talks by Fr. Hovnan Demerjian during our Sunday Morning service. Please do share sermons or offer your comments!

Shaken to Life

It never ceases to amaze me how the events of our ordinary lives are practiced and put into perspective by our sacred lives lived through the church calendar, its readings and rhythms.  Last week we saw how the season of trial brought forth by the coronavirus is practiced and put into perspective by Great Lent.…

Quarantined

Church is closed. There is no meat. There are no celebrations and large gatherings. People are spending more time alone and separate from the routines that rule their lives.  If you thought I was talking about the coronavirus, you’d be wrong. I’m actually talking about Great Lent.  We are at the midpoint of Great Lent.…

A New Way of Life

Great Lent Today, the Armenian Church celebrates the feast of Poon Paregentan, which is translated to literally “joyous living;” a day in which we take a moment of celebration in our spiritual lives before entering the contemplative period of Great Lent, which is set to begin on Monday. Great Lent is a preparatory, spiritual journey with…

Totally Original Copies

“No man ever spoke like this man.” (Jn 7:37-52) These words from today’s gospel are of course are referring to Jesus, and I will soon get to speaking about our Lord. But for warm ups, I want to first take these words in reference to my mentor Fr. Dajad Davidian.  It would flatter his sizable,…

Christian Uniform

Today’s Old Testament reading from Isaiah uses the image of garments or clothing to describe mankind’s spiritual state, an allusion that we find from the very beginning to the end of scripture.  These words form the prophet Isaiah are among the first words I pray when I clothe myself for worship; “I will greatly rejoice…