Sounds of the Luys Quintet in Sydney

Next Thursday, the Luys Quintet will arrive in Sydney to grace our community with their beautiful voices that have been described as a “harmonious light symphomy”.

Founded in 2003, the Quintet has performed concerts in Armenia, Canada and Europe and will introduce their beautiful rich tones for the first time in the southern hemisphere with community concerts organised in Sydney and Melbourne.

The group’s debut performance will be at the Gala Black Tie event on Saturday 29 July to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay when they will entertain guests with a joyful folkloric program.

Their renowned repertoire of sacred spritual songs and popular folk songs can be expected at the Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Trinity on Saturday 5 August. The Quintet can be seen on the following days:

Saturday 5 August @ 7pm – Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Trinity, Wentworthville

Sunday 6 August @ 7pm – Our Lady of Dolours Church, Chatswood

Divine Liturgy on 6 August
The Quintet will also provide the choral accompaniment to the Divine Liturgy on the morning of 6 August at the Church of Holy Resurrection (Chatswood) when His Grace Bishop Haigazoun Najarian will be the celebrant.

Click play to hear the Quintet sing the sacred chant “Ur es mayr im” at the Geghard Monastery:

See the flyer below for more details.

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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.

O Come All Ye Faithful

On 6 January, sanctuaries of the Armenian Apostolic Church worldwide will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the commemoration of the Birth and Baptism of Jesus.

We encourage our community faithful to be a part of the joyous celebrations as we raise up our voices in praise of our Lord’s birth.

Click here for the schedule of church services over the coming days.

Primate’s Christmas Message for 2017

“My peace l give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27)

The message of Peace is a powerful theme over Christmas that resounds in our hearts with the birth of the Christ Child. But the world, entrusted to man’s care, continues to lack peace.

As we approach the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, read the Primate’s Christmas message in Armenian or English and be reminded that God’s plan for mankind’s redemption started at the cave in Bethlehem.

The Presence & Peace of God

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15

Thank God throughout each day for His Presence and His Peace. These are gifts of supernatural proportions.

Ever since the resurrection, God has comforted His followers with these messages: Peace be with you and I am with you always. Listen as God offers you His Peace and Presence in full measure. The best way to receive these glorious gifts is to thank Him for them. It is impossible to spend too much time thanking and praising God.

God created us first and foremost to glorify Him. Thanksgiving and praise put us in proper relationship with God, opening the way for His riches to flow into us. As we thank God for His Presence and Peace, we appropriate His richest gifts.

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.

Services Over the Festive Season

Sunday 18 December: Consecration of the New Icon & Blessing 

Divine Liturgy commences at 10.30 a.m.

Sunday 25 December: Feast of St Stephen the First Martyr
Divine Liturgy commences at 10.30 a.m.

Sunday 1 January: New Year’s Day
Divine Liturgy commences at 11.00 a.m.

Thursday 5 January: Eve of the Feast of the Nativity & Theophany
Jakalooyts – Divine Liturgy commences at 5.00 p.m.

Friday 6 January: Feast of the Nativity & Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ – Divine Liturgy commences at 10.00 a.m.

Consecration, Blessing & Bestowing of Ranks


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.

Interview on The 3D Julfa Cemetery Project

Diocese Chancellor, Mr Nishan Basmajian recently had the opportunity to interview Dr Judith Crispin on the Julfa Cemetery Digital Repatriation Project that aims to return the 2000 medieval UNESCO intangible world heritage khachkars from Julfa to the Armenian people.

The project outcomes are many including two permanent 3D installations – virtual reconstruction of the cemetery – in Yerevan and Sydney as well as an international touring installation, a permanent archive of historical photographs, published books and papers to name a few.

The multi-million dollar project has been supported and funded for the most part by the Australian Catholic University however local and international Armenian support is now required for the project to continue.

Click here to read the transcript of this very interesting interview with Dr Judith Crispin who can only be described as a genuinely inspirational defender of human dignity with a profound social conscience.