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Sermons by Fr. Hovnan Demerjian

Rejoice and Weep

I can think of no better one-sentence description of what it looks like to be a practical Christian than St. Paul’s words “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep (Ro 12:15).” It seems simple, but it is a lifetime work. Over the past thirteen years at St. Hagop I think we have…

Every Day a Birthday

Today’s celebration of Pentecost is celebrating the birthday of the church.  Like when any of us celebrate our birthdays, we don’t tend to dwell on the actual day we were born, for the obvious reason that we can’t remember anything.  We can however ask any of our Moms and they won’t have trouble remembering.  “We…

Both Sides of the Story

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. -1 Pt 5:10 Every Spring at St. Hagop we have the same friendly debate among our altar servers when selecting a cross for our Lenten altar. …

Sacred Language

No language is more sacred, than words of thanksgiving in times of distress. Չկա աւելի սուրբ լեզու, քան այն, որ գիտի վշտերի մեջ գոհութիւն հայտնել When the coronavirus crisis began over a month ago, this saying from 14th century Armenian churchman Barsegh Mashkevoratsi was among the first thing I recalled and shared with you.  Truly…

Rushing to God’s Funeral

There is a story told by the Armenian writer Teotig who collected accounts of the clergy and their martyrdom during the Armenian Genocide. One day in 1915, the roughly 800 Armenian families of Kourd Belen near the Turkish town of Izmir, the old Greek city of Smyrna, were given orders to abandon their homes and…