Spiritual Coaster

Next Step #760: Solutions: Write a letter? Or move mountains? Take your pick of the solution and the means. Time to get a life and take on responsibility for life. Opting for spiritual power and choice at the end of the year. Archbishop Vatché Hovsepian, laid to rest: the funeral and burial.
Leveraging Love
The Parable of Archbishop Vatche – Next Step #759
Ian Anderson: A Week of Moments www.jethrotull.com
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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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Change Searched

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #758: As Google announces its search results, and change followed fear from 2021 to 2022. Christ and his relevance 2000 years ago and today: a lesson for the Church today.
Google Video on 2022
Google Searches for 2022
Google Video for 2021
IHS Toy Drive
Diocese Glendale Building
The Box & Daily Message
Element Band Christmas Album
Jethro Tull Christmas Album
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Into Place

Into Place
Next Step #757 – December 8, 2022 – Things falling into place during this Advent Season, on a stream to Peace. Included: Vahagn Setian Grove dedication, the Theodicy and Advent, Cathia Hamparian Children’s Memorial Service, Personal loss as a prelude to ministry, John Lennon 42 years, Armenian Earthquake 34 years, Russian Priest talks about peace: Putin vs. the sermon.
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Birthing Vision

Birthing Vision

Next Step #755 – November 24, 2022 – From Thanksgiving to the beginning of Advent, more than just a calendar season, here is a primer on a new look at an ancient subject. Death before Birth: The importance of preparedness for life events and spiritual awakening. Up close and personal: Reflections on the iAct vision of Gabriel Stauring & Katie Jay Scott, one year after their passing. Picking up the “Cross” as a metaphor to keep the vision alive and working.
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Wella Moments

Wella Moments

Next Step #754 – November 17, 2022 – Pre-thanksgiving messages to the questions of robots with souls and worshipping with AI creatures. Not too far off considering Disney gave a soul and personality to a rodent named Mickey.  Carl Perkins helping Paul McCartney grieve John Lennon. Pope Francis and the World Day of the Poor: a challenge from the pages of In His Shoes. Baptism as a candle of hope.
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Beat the Odds

Next Step #753: Here the story of beating the odds. While the world’s largest lotto (~$2B) took place this week, the real winner went by unnoticed, in Nashville where the astronomical odds of survival were beaten via a child’s baptism. This is the story of a miracle, bigger than Vegas-winnings and what happens here should not stay here.
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National Museum of African American Music 
Armenians on 8th Avenue 
Edwin Hawkins Oh Happy Day
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Veterans

Armodoxy for Today
Veterans

A veteran is a person who has had long experience in a particular field. Generically, we use the word to refer to military personnel, especially those who actively served in the military. The veteran is someone who loves country much more than his or her life. That is, the veteran is willing to lay down his or her life for the country, for something that is greater than the self.

In the Gospel of John (15), Jesus say, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” He is referring to his own sacrifice, and his words define true love as a function of selflessness. He places value on friendship (harmonious living with one another). That value is measured by life itself – a willingness to sacrifice life for the benefit of the greater good. The sacrifice made by veterans has the greatest value of anything or any action, because the measuring “currency” is more precious than silver, gold and even platinum. That’s why we refer to it as paying the ultimate price: life itself.

Veteran’s Day is celebrated today. It is yet another chance for self-evaluation. There is a simple test to take on this day. Ask yourself, What are the things that are most important to me? What are the things for which I would be willing to give up my life. Now ask yourself, if I’m willing to die for it, am I willing to live for it?

If we are willing to die for Christ, then the more important question we must ask ourselves is, am I willing to live for Christ? Armodoxy is the proof that living out Christian principles is much harder than dying for them.

We pray Psalm 27, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shalI I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after, “That I may dwell in the house of the Lord, that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” Amen.

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Heavens

A full Lunar Eclipse takes place this morning and will be the last one until 2025. Enjoy…

Armodoxy for Today

The Heavens

From the earliest of times, from the most ancient history of the human race and even before, people have looked up to the heavens only to stand in awe of its vastness and beauty. It has been the inspiration poems, songs and prayers. For many, it has signaled the existence of the Creator, the Prime Mover, or simply, God.

One of the sacred scriptures in Armenian Orthodoxy is the Book of Ecclesiasticus or the Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach. It reads as a testament to the wonders of the heavens and as a prayer. Today, we offer this reading from the Scriptures:

I will now call to mind the works of the Lord,
and will declare what I have seen.
By the word of the Lord his works are made;
and all his creatures do his will.
The sun looks down on everything with its light,
and the work of the Lord is full of his glory.

The pride of the higher realms is the clear vault of the sky,
as glorious to behold as the sight of the heavens.
 The sun, when it appears, proclaims as it rises
what a marvelous instrument it is, the work of the Most High.
At noon it parches the land,
and who can withstand its burning heat?

The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven,
a glittering array in the heights of the Lord.

 On the orders of the Holy One they stand in their appointed places;
they never relax in their watches.
 We could say more but could never say enough;
let the final word be: ‘He is the all.’
Where can we find the strength to praise him?
For he is greater than all his works.
Awesome is the Lord and very great,
and marvelous is his power.
Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can,
for he surpasses even that.
When you exalt him, summon all your strength,
and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough.
(Sirach 42-43 NRSV)

 

IHS Proaction

Next Step #752 : What does it take to move from a reactionary mode to a proactive one. We do it every day with dental hygiene, how about expanding the field? An explanation of the Three-O’s and the model they present… in this week’s episode.
Activist Post on Dr. Oz
Look Back: Jesus’ concern for Human Rights
Nahapet Kuchak
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