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January 22, 2023 Divine Liturgy

Fr. Vazken celebrates the Divine Liturgy at St. Gregory Armenian Church

10:30AM (Pacific time) – 1/22/23 at this link

Theophany Sermon 2023

Theophany 2023 – Sermon by Fr. Vazken Movsesian
at the St. Gregory Armenian Church, Pasadena, California
6 January 2023
Sermon delivered in Armenian and English
Fast forward to minute 12:45 for English Sermon
Excerpt from Divine Liturgy in its entirety

Baptism Revelation: Theophany

We have arrived at the Theophany. Advent has prepared us to accept the great news: Christ is Born and Revealed. More than a “Christmas Celebration” we now understand that this is the Revelation of God to the world. “God so love the world that he gave his only begotten Son…” (John 3:16) says the Scripture that most have learned by heart. Following Advent and this Advent Journey, I trust that these words resonate deep in your spiritual consciousness.

It is not by accident that we haven’t spoken about the virgin birth, the obedience of Joseph, the visit of the Magi or the shepherds’ vigil until now. Today we move to the Baptism of Jesus, which is recorded by all the evangelists in their gospels. It was after his baptism, that Jesus began his ministry. In a very real sense, his baptism was the “birth” of him ministry; it was immediately after his baptism that Jesus went into seclusion and began the period of his life that we read in the Gospels. Reading the account of St. Matthew (chapter 3) we find, “Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?’ But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”

At this one moment in history, God is revealed as the Holy Trinity. The Son of God stands next to John the Baptist in the River Jordon, the Holy Spirit of God descends on Jesus in a dovelike manner and the voice of God the Father is heard. The Holy Trinity is revealed at this moment in History. Hence, the name of the Feast is “Theophany” = the Revelation of God: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.  The Armenian word for the feast is Asdvadzahaydnoutiun, which is a literal transition of God is revealed.

In the Armenian Church the Feast of Theophany encompasses all of the events in the life of our Lord Jesus from his Birth to his Baptism. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, water is blessed to symbolize the Baptism of Jesus. Into the water is poured Holy Miuron, that is chrism or “Holy Oil” which is made up of the essence of forty different flowers indigenous to the Arartian plateau in Armenia. It is blessed every seven years by the head of the Armenian Church, who is referred to as the Catholicos, or the chief bishop. During the Blessing of Miuron, some of the previous batch is poured into the new batch. Technically, there are molecules in the miuron from the time of Christ. This is the strength of the Apostolic continuity of the Armenian Church.

Today is a new beginning. It is a new day of celebration. In modern terms, you can think of it as a hard-reset, it is like hitting the reset button on your device and coming back to the original form.

Now that you have arrived at Theophany after an intense period of Advent, I invite you to follow along the daily podcasts, “Armodoxy for Today” where we will explore the intricacies of the Armenian Church and her faith. We’ll learn where do the Christmas narratives of shepherds, wisemen and stars fit into our Faith? What is the mystical and magical quality of Holy Miuron? What is the strength of the Holy Divine Liturgy that is repeated every week? Mostly, Armodoxy for Today will connect the dots between the relationships and aspects of our lives with the beauty of God’s Kingdom and His Love and Kindness for each of us. I look forward to having you join us.

For today, we play the hymn of the synaxis dedicated to the Holy Mother of God. It is meditative and I invite you to be swept away by the melody and this celebration by the Luyse Vocal Quintet.

The Parable of Archbishop Vatché

The Parable of Archbishop Vatchê
Next Step with Fr. Vazken #759 – December 22, 2022 – Archbishop Vatché Hovsepian (1930-2022) enters his eternal rest and leaves a legacy from 70+ years of love and devotion for the Armenian Church. Here is an intimate reflection by Fr. Vazken. Listen as he shares unheard stories of humility, strength and devotion. Including The Church under communism and Ordination of Women. Up close and personal views of the archbishop, spiritual father, and member of the “God generation.”
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Busting the Soul-Resting Myth

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #743: Busting the myth of “hokehankist” – its meaning and the significance. Why we need the Requiem service? Gorbachev, his time, his celebrity and now. History marked, and mother ignored: the Armenian Church in the diaspora.
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Fr. Vazken at Sunday at St. Gregory, Pasadena
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The Evolving Face

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #689: The evolving face of the Afghani girl from the 1985 National Geographic cover to the women clinging to the last vestiges of hope as Afghanistan turns to Taliban rule and braces for the changes ahead. From obedience to equal partnership: the evolving face of Armenian Church matrimony. Abandoning apologetics for a frank look, time differences and the handmaid’s warning.
The Afghan Girl (NG1985)
Jesus on the Tower of Soloam
Problem of Evil during Genocide by Fr. Vazken
Handmaid’s Tale
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Sarah Skinazi
Global Divas: Voices from Women of the World
Female politicians risking everything in Afghanistan
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Changing Lens

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #687: An interview with Ani Shahinian, candidate in History and Theology at the University of Oxford. Hear her articulate the teachings (vadapetutyiun) of the Armenian Church as expressed through a group of doctors of the church. Switching political lens for religious, here is an understanding of identity through Scripture, Culture and Tradition. Shahinian brings energy and knowledge that will inspire the listener to learn more about the amazing Christian Faith of the Armenian Church.
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Afterlife Connections

Next Step #683: Extreme Unction, a sacrament of the Armenian Church, is perhaps one of the seven that is most misunderstood. And why have some reduced the list to six? Fr. Vazken starts the discussion on the secular plane, with current political trends and the place of faith in evaluating your belief system, and takes the conversation to end-of-life reflections. Don’t check-in your brain at the door for this one; uncomfortable for some, it’s an important discussion in Armodoxy.
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Offerings

Next Step #674: Azerbaijanis in the Armenian Church at Shushi under the guise of renovation. Archbishop Barkev of Artsakh, speaking from a place of authority and a mystical place. Some basics of civility. “Demanding” from others? Here’s what the punks asked and what we answer: Plainly, what we have to offer the world. Elevate the conversation.
Azeris in Shushi’s Ghazanchetsots
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Archbishop Barkev blessing (00:45:00) and sermon (01:10:00)
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Cover: Church at Shushi at four different points in time
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Another Corner Conversation

Next Step #600: Standing on the corner of Jerusalem and Pasadena, a conversation between two priests opens a conversation about relevancy in time and space. Religion or Entertainment? XM Radio makes a profound decision for us all. Cannibalizing the past: Reflections at the #600 mark of the Next Step. A BIG Thank You to all our listeners and supporters!
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