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Charming Children

Armodoxy for Today: Charming children

Yeghishé Charents was the main Armenian poet of the 20th century. He lived and wrote his creations following World War I, the Genocide and into the years of communism in Armenia, and was imprisoned for political reasons. In that gloominess, his poetry reflected the beauty around him, in a small area of land called Armenia.

Charents wrote, “All my life, my impossible aim was to finish a song to charm children.” He wrote these lines on a handkerchief to his friend and fellow poet, Avetik Isahakyan, after hearing a prisoner sing one of Isahakyan’s songs in a neighboring cell.

“Charming children” in the midst of ugliness is more than swelling with optimism or staying positive, it’s recognizing the importance of new life and passing along hope.

Hum the song of the new day to the words that speak to your heart.

Today’s one minute for standard time.

Addendum: The above verses continue with “just as all hearts quicken with the tempo of yours.”

Cover: Children outside the cave, 2023, Fr. Vazken

Easter Eve – ‘Before the Dawn’

Holy Week Day #8 – Easter Eve – It’s always darkest before the dawn, but the Light cannot be contained. It’s radiating from the Tomb of Christ, as we anticipate the Good News of Resurrection; Matthew 28;
Music: Selections from “Ornyal eh Asdvadz” by Students at the Vazkenian Seminary at Lake Sevan; Cover: Easter Morning at the Hollywood Bowl, 2003.
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for ePostle.net

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Translating Hope

Next Step #748: Hopelessness, helplessness and depression, Fr. Vazken demonstrates a translation to hopefulness. Translators who move beyond language, an expression for today. Holy Translators from Mashdots to Shnorhali, 700 years of hope. Editorial privilege: essential news. Anxiety and the Crucifixion.
Daily Messages from Epostle
NASA Webb images
Hrashk Manoukner – Hambartsman Tziavor
Cover: Entrance to Ani – 2014 Fr. Vazken
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net
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Impacting Hope

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #718: “I love God but I feel God doesn’t love me enough,” says a Ukrainian soldier and analysis leads to paralysis: A look at hope, faith, religion in the face of war. Prayers that won’t “stop the bleeding or ease the hate.” Maternity ward bombing: Why would they possibly kill babies? An answer from Rwanda 25 years ago. The rules of war and the end game. TV was to Vietnam what the Internet can be to Ukraine, and War Games gives a solution. This Lent: A different attitude toward prayer: Adding the first lines to the Lord’s Prayer.
Maternity ward bombed in Ukraine
War Games
Jesus at M*A*S*H* 
Eric Burdon and the Animals
Cover Photo: Peace Shadow, Fr. Vazken 2008
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Letters beyond Z

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #709: “In the time of your life, live…” says Saroyan and so the new year kicks off with a message of hope. The Christ child and a case for adding extra letters to the alphabet. Gabriel & Katie Jay Stauring, requiem. Moving past your challenges before you. Remembering Sidney Poitier. Communications for the new planet. William Saroyan’s Time of your life.
Sidney Poitier changed the Oscars in 1964. The academy is still grappling with the promise of that moment. 
Requiem for Gabriel & Katie Jay Stauring
The Phonetic Alphabet – US Army Alphabet
William Saroyan’s “Time of your Life” (goodreads.com)
Mary Hopkin Music
Cover: Vintage Christmas picture, Public Domain
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Blessed Memory

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #691: The passing of Fr. Maghakia Amerian, of blessed memory, and the loss for the Church. Reflection on this young priest who tragically succumbed to COVID-19 and the legacy he leaves behind. Keeping hope alive when hope seems hopeless, when the bright star goes out. The Church, the numbers: a look at some of the sociological issues pressing against the Armenian Church, esp. in America.
Shoghakat TV eulogy of Fr. Maghakia
Fr. Maghakia: a personal reflection
A praying tribute
Fr. Maghakia sings Kilikia
WD168 this week
Labor Day Message
Cover: Window in Armenia 2009
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Thought Process

Next Step #686: A thought process that takes you from the reality of war to an answer found in the song of a people. Leaving the neighborhood: Christianity on the border. With Azeri aggression front and center, and a silent world community, Fr. Vazken leads the listener through this short journey, not down a rabbit hole, but to an end with identity nourished along the way. Defining identity through memory. Finding hope
Azeri latest attack
North & South Korea restore hotlines
Olympic Videos
Fiji Rugby Team Singing after winning gold
In His Shoes Mission
Hope for Haiti Now
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Aftermath

Next Step #649: And when the war was over… Confusion, frustration and anger are all part of a story we’ve heard before Artsakh. Some answers in the aftermath, with a vantage point from beyond, one which once inspired us. Here is a story of hope in the aftermath of a modern day Avarayr, and the aftermath of the US elections.
Chuck Holton on Horizon TV (at min 27:40)
R. Ezra Telalian Photography
Prayer Vigil in Glendale
Janis Ian
Cover: Aftermath 2009 Fr. Vazken
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Ink Knew Tune

Next Step #645: Identity in crisis during a crisis: How to cope with the horrors of war and move from hopelessness to hopefulness. Tackling the big questions of purpose by finding definition in work and identity. At the foot of the bed: cancer patients and the war. Power and knowledge beyond human capabilities? Moving from ‘or’ to ‘and’ in placing faith with science. Mesrop Mashtots in Artsakh and the 1903 Encyclopedia Britannica. All this and politics too.
Nairyan Vocal Ensemble
Nairyan Vocal Ensemble YouTube Channel
WD168 going viral
Priests going to war
Christianity Today on the War
Purple Tie Awards
Cover Photo: Ruins near Abovyan, 2014 Fr. Vazken
Technical Director: Ken Nalik
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Here comes Hope & the Sun

Next Step #563: Vernal Equinox: Here comes the Sun, here comes hope: Sunrise service. Tragedy in New Zealand: Sacred and the Profane. Raw thoughts about fear, hope and changing our expressions in the age of terror. Words of caution on hypocrisy. What happened to down-time during Lent? Disney, Fox and the Star Wars ride. Asking Prager, really? Modern day Phariseeism.
Jesus is Love by the Commodores
Reclaim Gomidas 2019
AC202: Gomidas
Reclaim Video Invite
New Zealand Terror
Christ at our Doorstep: Last Station Stop
Prodigal Son
Dishonest Steward
Disneyland Hotels Sold Out
Cover: Here Comes the Sun, Fr. Vazken 2019
Technical Director: Ken Nalik
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