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Sermons Fr. Hovnan Demerjian St. Hagop Armenian Church

Christmas Creep

This again is not a question of prohibitions, but of priorities. Have your holiday spiced latte. Put dozens of giant inflatable lawn ornaments in your yard like my neighbor. Buy a bunch of gifts for yourself and your loved ones.  But make sure you don’t buy into what you are buying, don’t live your life…

Sermons Fr. Hovnan Demerjian St. Hagop Armenian Church

On the Limitations of Insurance

Christianity is first and foremost an applied religion, and so therefore like all things on earth, there is a seasonality to our church and spiritual life.  Today we begin the season of Advent, fifty days of learning to hold loosely the things of this world and hold fast to the one thing needed.  ‘Seek first…

Sermons Fr. Hovnan Demerjian St. Hagop Armenian Church

1000 Thank Yous

A man and a woman are chatting over dinner. The woman says, “John, are we ever gonna get married?” The man obviously doesn’t want to answer the question. He stutters a little and replies, “Umm, thank you.” It works! The woman is so pleased to hear these two words that she forgets all about her…

Sermons Fr. Hovnan Demerjian St. Hagop Armenian Church

Pluck the Day

In today’s reading St. Paul says something quite new and mysterious about time, that we are called to redeem time. We say lots of things about time, that you’re ahead of your time or behind the times, that you’re big time or small time, that you can save time or even kill time. But Paul…

Sermons Fr. Hovnan Demerjian St. Hagop Armenian Church

The Cross Lying in the Way

Somehow the cross is a powerful moral and spiritual invitation that is presented to us in the significant occasions of our lives and every single day.  It is as if at the funeral of a loved one, or our children’s weddings and baptisms, we are to peer beyond the emotions of the day, to find…