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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!

Blame and Grace

It’s hard to let God be God. We long to explain things only God can know, seeking cause and effect for every good and every evil in this world. Yet terrible things sometimes happen to decent people, and bad behavior sometimes goes unpunished. In the war in Artsakh and Armenia, for example, many good and…

Whose is it?

“Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” (Lk 20:25) Taxes have always been controversial. Some people hate taxes, and thus love Mark Twain’s joke about them; “What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.” Other people, however, actually like taxes, and…

Elevator Speech

‘My name is Fr. Hovnan Demerjian, I have been the pastor of St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park, FL for thirteen years. I studied at Boston College, Harvard Divinity School and St. Nersess seminary. I lived and worked in the Republic of Armenia for several years before ordination. I have been married for 17…