Start of Advent – “Key” Message

Parish Priest’s Message from the “Key” Newsletter – 27 November 2011
Today we kick off the Advent Season. This is a period of preparation for the Nativity and “Theophany” – The REVELATION of God.
Our parish has a wide variety of outreach programs that take place throughout the year. During the Christmas Holiday season, these programs get “recharged” as we all rededicate ourselves to the mission and focus of Christianity.
And now… here’s an ironclad guarantee that I issue every year – if you follow the scriptural passages of the Advent season and participate in the programs that those passages point to, on Christ-mas morning you will be in for the greatest gift ever: A real understanding of God’s LOVE as ex-pressed in Christmas & Theophany.
Today’s scriptural passage sets the tone for the rest of the season. I will be speaking about in my sermon today. Here is the parable, and a call to keep it in mind during the holiday season.
Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And he told them this parable: The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, „What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops. Then he said, “This is what Ill do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for them-selves but is not rich toward God. (Lk 12)
~ Fr. Vazken
This message is elaborated at
*The “Key” is the weekly newsletter of the St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale, CA – Jesus asked the Disciples, “Who do YOU say that I am?”  Peter responded “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus promised the Keys to the Kingdom for this profession of faith. (Mt 16)  At the St. Peter, Glendale Parish, our faith and actions are based on that same profession of faith. It is the Key that opens the doors to our journey as Christians…

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