Spiritual Discussions

Spiritual Discussions

Christian faith according to the Bible and teaching of the Church Fathers. How to fulfil the divine commandments and fight against sin? The Holy Bible and the Sacred Tradition of the Church. How the Church responds to the fundamental questions of human live and how to live according to the faith in the modern world? Faith as a worldview, way of knowing and culture. How to raise children? Spiritual principles of learning and self-knowledge.

The Gift of Motherhood
17/04/2024

The Gift of Motherhood

Childbearing as a God-given commandment.  “With God’s power I gave birth to a man” (Gen. 4:1). Childbearing in the center of Biblical and patriarchal life: Abraham and Sarah, Elkanah and Hannah, Zechariah and Elizabeth. Difficulties of becoming a mother and the strengthening of faith. Annunciation of the Mother of God. Parenthood as godlikeness.

  • Speaker: Fr. Husik Dokholyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan

 

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Divorce
10/04/2024

Divorce

The holiness of marriage union in all religions and cultures. The Family of the Paradise; marriage as a blessing. What values make the core for building a Christian family. Biblical examples for the respectful and healthy marital relations. Spiritual consultation for marriage problems. Poisonous union: marriage as a heavy burden. Instructions for the Holy Matrimony.

  • Speaker: Fr. Arnak Harutyunyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan

 

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Religious Tourism
03/04/2024

Religious Tourism

Pan-national pilgrimages of the Easter period. The difference between pilgrimage and religious tourism; the important role of a tour guide. Visits to religious venues as a strengthening factor for the knowledge of homeland and for national identity and faith. Expansion of humans’ spiritual horizon through visits to pan-Christian as well as non-Christian centers.

  • Speaker: Nadia Hovhannisyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan

 

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Waiting for the Lord’s Resurrection
27/03/2024

Waiting for the Lord’s Resurrection

Holy Easter as the finale of Holy Week events. The Passion Friday and the mystery of the Lord’s triumphant cross. “If we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him” (Rom. 6:8). Easter joy after the grave grief: “You will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy... and no one will take away your joy” (John 16:20, 16:22).

  • Speaker: Fr. Harutyun Sepanyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Palm Sunday
20/03/2024

Palm Sunday

The allegory of the bride and bridegroom in the Song of Songs. The image of the king entering Jerusalem; Christ and the anticipations of the Jews. The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Lk. 20:9-16). The contrast between the triumphant entrance to Jerusalem and the excruciating road of the cross. “Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink” (John 7:37). “The Lord is near” (Phil. 4:5).

  • Speaker: Fr. Arnak Harutyunyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Sunday of Advent
13/03/2024

Sunday of Advent

Explanation of the Biblical readings for the Sunday of Advent (Is. 56, Col. 2, Mt. 22-23). The prophetic picture of the Lord’s first coming, and the anticipation of the Second Coming. The sudden coming, judgment, and recompense. Deprivation of the Jewish people of their birthright, and the pagans’ adoption by God.

  • Speaker: Fr. Husik Dokholyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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The Ever-Young Church
06/03/2024

The Ever-Young Church

The youth of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Unions of youth at churches; diocesan unions; The World Youth Union of the Armenian Church. “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecc. 12:1). A young person’s involvement in the Church life; possible hindrances. Spiritual food, warm environment and happy leisure awaiting the youth inside the Church.

  • Speakers: Gertsina Petrosyan, Elen Tsaturyan, Lilit Mkrtchyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Sunday of the Steward
28/02/2024

Sunday of the Steward

Allegorical interpretation of the Parables of the Steward and of the Poor Lazarus (Luke 16). Each of us as a steward of our own life. The correct use of material riches. The necessity for using God-given spiritual gifts and capacities. Awareness of the impending judgment.

  • Speaker: Fr. Husik Dokholyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Illness
21/02/2024

Illness

Physical and spiritual illness. The spiritual reason of a disease. The weakness of the body and the strengthening of the soul. “I am the Lord, who heals you” (Exodus 15:26). Illness as a sobering means. The virtue of caregiving for the sick. Death as a recovery from a long illness.

  • Speaker: Fr. Mesrop Aramian
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Serving in Love
14/02/2024

Serving in Love

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:43-45). “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). The mutual service in church and society. “Serve one another humbly in love” (Gal. 5:13).

  • Speaker: Fr. Mesrop Aramian
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Feast of St. Vardan the Warrior and His 1036 Companions
07/02/2024

Feast of St. Vardan the Warrior and His 1036 Companions

The significance of the Battle of Avarayr; the cumulative character of Vardan Mamikonyan. The faith component of Vardanants War. The motto “For Faith and for Motherland.” The perception of the motto “Conscious death is immortality.” The name day of Armenian men and of the whole nation.

  • Speaker: Fr. Husik Dokholyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Desperation
31/01/2024

Desperation

Despair as a sin, strengthening the hope through increasing the faith. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (John 15:13). “Hope does not put us to shame” (Rom. 5:5). “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom. 12:12).

  • Speaker: Fr. Arnak Harutyunyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan

 

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Compassion
24/01/2024

Compassion

Compassion as a spiritual virtue. God’s never-ending compassion and mercy for humanity. The highest expression of Lord’s love and compassion: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Rom. 12:15). The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

  • Speaker: Fr. Arnak Harutyunyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan

 

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Church Parish
17/01/2024

Church Parish

Parish as a basic unit of the Universal Church. The tradition of the church parish in dioceses of the Armenian Church in Armenia and Diaspora. Involving lay persons in the church administration. Requirements for productive functioning of parish organizations.

  • Speaker: Fr. Diradur Sardaryan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan

 

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Give Heed to Yourself
12/01/2024

Give Heed to Yourself

St. Basil’s homily on the words “Give heed to yourself.” The necessity of introspection and spiritual vision in our lives. “Be attentive to yourself, that is, neither to what is yours nor to what is around you, but be attentive only to yourself.” “Examine what sort of being you are. Know your own nature, that your body is mortal, yet your soul is immortal.” “Be attentive to yourself that you may be attentive to God.”

  • Speaker: Fr. Mikayel Gevorgyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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New Year
03/01/2024

New Year

The perception of New Year’s Day in the Christian world. The meaning of the feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra. Advice to not perceive Christmas as just a beautiful fairy tale. New Year’s rush and the Nativity fast. The mystery of the Eve of the Holy Nativity. Feast for the soul.  

  • Speaker: Fr. Mikayel Gevorgyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan

 

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Monasticism
27/12/2023

Monasticism

Human strive for the union with God through dedicating oneself to prayer and solitude. The birth of the eremitism in Christian world. The formation of monastic orders. Examples of modern monasticism and eremitism. The elimination of monasticism in Soviet period and the ways of its restoration in Armenia.

  • Speaker: Marianna Apresyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Discussion with Fr. Mikayel
20/12/2023

Discussion with Fr. Mikayel

What is the difference between spiritual discussions and ordinary conversations? The ability of spiritual discussions to revolutionize lives. What does a clergyman transmit during a discussion? The difference between a sermon and a discussion. Citing Church Fathers, their lives, teachings, and theology in the course of a spiritual discussion. The instruction and conclusion of the spiritual discussion.

  • Speaker: Fr. Mikayel Gevorgyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Eye for an Eye
13/12/2023

Eye for an Eye

The law of exact retaliation in various religions and cultures. The new interpretation of the Old Testament law in the Sermon on the Mount. Love and forgiveness instead of antagonism. „Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you“ (Mt. 5:44).

  • Speaker: Fr. Arnak Harutyunyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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Where We Come From and Where We Go
06/12/2023

Where We Come From and Where We Go

What is the cause of human existence? The godlikeness of human as a source for trust and hope. Does human existence have a purpose or there is no purpose at all? “I know where I came from and where I am going” (John 8:14). The immortality of the soul. The necessity of constant remembrance of the final goal of our earthly existence.

  • Speaker: Fr. Arnak Harutyunyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
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