Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian surrounded by campers.
Liturgy at Camp Nubar
Holy Communion at the St. Nersess Shnorhali ChapelThe next morning, a crisp Camp Nubar Sunday, Fr. Stepanos led the camp to the beautiful outdoor "St. Nersess Shnorhali" chapel, one of the highest points of the Camp Nubar property, for the Badarak. Fr. Stepanos celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the assistance a few young altar servers. His sermon was based on the final hymn of the Divine Liturgy, which is taken from Psalm 34: Orhnetseets uzDer haymenayn jham ("I will bless the Lord at all times").
"How can you bless the Lord at all times during your Camp Nubar days?," Fr. Stepanos asked. By respecting each other, helping other campers, respecting your bodies, praying, respecting nature and creation and respecting the animals, they concluded.
Later in the day, Fr. Stepanos wore his blue St. Nersess tee-shirt and blue shorts to fit into the dress code for the "Battle of the Genders," an annual Camp Nubar tradition.
July 17, 2007
Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian, Director of Youth and Vocations for St. Nersess Armenian Seminary traveled to to the heart of the Catskills Mountains in upstate New York for a three-day visit with the staff and campers of the A.G.B.U. Camp Nubar in Andes, New York last weekend.
Bread for the Badarak
On Saturday evening two dozen campers and counselors surrounded Fr. Stepanos in the kitchen as he demonstrated how to makenushkhark (bread for the Divine Liturgy). The group discussed the meaning of receiving Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, during the Badarak each Sunday.
Holy Communion at the St. Nersess Shnorhali Chapel
Early Monday morning around the flagpole, Fr. Doudoukjian offered this thought of the day. Jesus said, "Love one another as I have loved you." Accept the challenge to love one another today based on Jesus' love for us.
Throughout the summer months, St. Nersess alumni Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Fr, Tavit Boyajian and Fr, Sahak Kaishian, as well as other clergy will be visiting Camp Nubar as well. Several of our priests are Camp Nubar alumni. "It is a wonderful way to build relationships between clergy and our young people in the Armenian community and church," Fr. Stepanos said. To see more photos from the current Camp Nubar season CLICK HERE.