Offering Grapes for the Blessing Ceremony

Parishioners are invited to contribute grapes, a sacred practice carried out with faith and reverence.

To do so for the blessing ceremony, please contact the church office on 8677-7032 to register the donation. To assist with the distribution, we kindly request grapes be packed and delivered in small individual bags. It is traditional to use seedless grapes to emphasise that this fruit came into being without seed just as Christ became man without any human agent.

 

Blessing of the Grapes this Sunday

The Blessing of the Grapes (Khaghogh Orhnek) will take place on Sunday at the Church of Holy Trinity on the lawns following the Divine Liturgy.

This celebration is traditionally held nearing the end of the summer and beginning of harvest. In the northern hemisphere it is held in August on the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God.

The Significance of this Tradition
When dating back to the time of the Old Testament, grapes were historically significant as they were the first fruit of the harvest and hence offered to God for thanksgiving, acknowledging dependency on Him and His provision.
With the birth of Christ, the first born of Virgin Mary, who was dedicated to God in the temple, this paralleled with the grapes, the first fruit of the harvest. Therefore, through the blessing of the grapes, the Armenian Church celebrates how it was through Mary and the Holy Spirit that God took on physical form.

Our Christian Mission in December

The Christmas Bowl is a program of Act of Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Each year on the Feast of Stephen the offering plates of the Church of Holy Resurrection are donated to the Christmas Bowl Appeal which is founded on the simple message of giving the cost of your Christmas meal to someone who is less fortunate. This powerful mission has been owned by Australian churches since the Christmas Bowl began in 1949.

During this advent season as we reflect on the birth of our Saviour and understand how God’s love transforms lives there is no greater way of demonstrating this than giving to those in need.

Donations can also be made personally at the church office. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Click here to read more about the Christmas Bowl mission.

Consecration, Blessing & Bestowing of Ranks

SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER

The Icon of the Holy Mother & Christ Child
A new painting of the Holy Mother of God and Christ Child will soon adorn the altar table following the consecration of the painting this Sunday.

The tradition of placing an image of the Virgin Mary and Infant Christ over the altar table where Badarak is celebrated glorifies the virtue of her consent to become the “living temple” of the Incarnate Lord. Through Mary, the gift of salvation entered the world in the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. So befittingly this image is placed upon the holy altar where the gifts of bread and wine become the Body and Blood of our Lord.

The Relic of Noah’s Ark
The Commemoration of the Pontiff St James of Nisibis will be observed this Sunday when the holy relic of Noah’s Ark which is kept in our Diocese depository will be brought down for the occasion.

According to tradition, the Pontiff St James who was a nephew of St Gregory the Illuminator and described as the “Wonderworker” for his numerous miracles,  became the bearer of a piece of Noah’s Ark in his quest to climb the mountain to search for its existence.

On this day, a special blessing service will take place for members of our congregation with the holy saint’s namesake, Hagop.

Click here to read more about the commemoration.

Honouring Church Service

Our annual church gathering of servants brings with it opportunities to celebrate milestone anniversaries and tribute the different aspects of service in our Church that resemble the various parts of the body functioning together.

This year was no exception as we celebrated together with 160 church volunteers, the forty years of service to the diaconate of Deacon Haroutiun Hanimian and similarly in years, the dedication of Miss Sonia Berberian to church life as she was bestowed Honorary Life Membership.

Both honourees were deservedly introduced as faithful servants who give tirelessly of their time and talent, each in their own capacity with humility and a heart for God fulfilling the Christian mission,

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1Peter 4:10)