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THE E-BULLETIN OF ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH (EVANSTON, IL)

 

April 13 - 19, 2014
SUNDAY, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday                                                          

Morning Service            9:15 AM

Sunrise Service:            10:00 AM        

Divine Liturgy:              10:30 AM
Ceremony of Opening the Doors (Trnpatsek)

Scripture readings:

Song of Solomon 1:1-2:3         

Zechariah 9:9-15                                              

Philippians 4:4-7                   

Matthew 20:29-21:17 

Palm Sunday
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Palm Sunday

One week before the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of Palm Sunday, celebrating the Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Jesus came into Jerusalem riding atop a donkey, and the people gathered to meet Him with reverence, thus fulfilling the prophecy of the Old Testament.

 

The Gospel of St. Matthew, in relating the story, refers to this prophecy, "All this was done, that it might be fulfilled, that which was spoken by the prophet, saying, "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you! He is humble and sitting on an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass" (Matthew 21:4-5).

 

On His arrival, a large crowd of people gathered to greet Him, and spread their cloaks on the road before Him, while others cut branches from palm trees and placed them on His path. The crowd exclaimed: "Hosanna!  Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the Name of the Lord" (John 12:13).


Prayers for Kessab
Primate's Directive

The Armenian town of Kessab, in Syria, has been invaded by armed rebels affiliated with international terrorist organizations. The attacks-which began on Friday, March 21-are reported to originate from across the border in Turkey (Kessab lies in Syria's northwestern corner, near the Turkish border).


An estimated 670 Armenian Christian families-the majority of Kessab's population-have been evacuated by the local Armenian community, and have taken refuge in the nearby towns of Basit and Latakia.  But a number of Kessabtsi Armenian families have remained in their homes, to care for elderly members too old to move.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, issued a Directive that calls on parishioners to pray for and support the Armenians of Kessab. 

Click here to read the Directive.

Eastern Diocese continues to accept donations on behalf of Syrian relief, which are distributed to our people through the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. There will be special plate collections for this purpose on Sundays March 30, April 6, and April 13 (Palm Sunday)-with proceeds to be sent to the Diocese for the Aid and Relief of Armenians displaced from Kessab. Individuals may also make secure online contributions on the Diocesan website (please select the "Syrian Relief" item in the relevant drop-down menu).

The Blessing of the Palm Branches

In commemoration of "Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey" when the Jews met Him with tree branches (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40 and John 12:12-19), blessed olive and palm branches are distributed to the faithful on Palm Sunday. Distributing blessed olive and palm branches to the faithful on the Feast of Palm Sunday is one of the spiritual customs of the Armenian Church as well as many of the other Churches of the Universal Church.

 

The offering of branches symbolizes several things. First, it shows God's mercy towards man through the olive branch (which the dove brought to Noah to show that the flood waters had receded) and, through the palm leaves, Christ's victory over sin, death and Satan through his crucifixion and resurrection.

 

Second, in ancient times, people worshipped the palm tree and offered its branches to the idols of demons. Using this same gesture, the Jewish people, inspired by the Holy Spirit, offered branches to Jesus after they discovered that He was the True God. This is just as when the wise men presented their mysterious gifts-gold, frankincense and myrrh-to Him in the cave in Bethlehem.

 

Third, as God cursed the earth for the original sin committed by Adam and Eve, "Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you" (Genesis 3:18), the faithful laid green branches in front of the Lord in order to spare themselves of receiving the cursed thorns.

 

Fourth, during the Olympic Games in ancient times, the winners were crowned with olive wreaths. So, the faithful understood that Jesus "defeated" death by resurrecting Lazarus (John 11:30-46) and met Him with palm branches as He was the victorious King.

 

These blessed tree branches symbolically encourage the faithful to grow, blossom and give fruit by the divine graces gifted to them and to adhere to the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, "But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty" (Matthew 13:23).

 

It is tradition for the blessed branches to be kept the whole year round until the following Palm Sunday. It is desirable that the blessed branches decorate the sacred corner or shrine of the home. After replacing the old branches with the new ones, the former ones must be burnt. According to accepted tradition, the old branches are burnt during the fire that is lit on the eve of the Feast of the Lord's Presentation to the Temple (Tyarnendaraj).

 

It is strongly recommended that the faithful offer green branches to the church before the Ceremony of the Blessing of the Branches.


Ceremony of Opening the Doors (Trnpatsek)


This Sunday-Palm Sunday-marks the beginning of Holy Week, and to symbolically enter this most important season of the Christian year, the Armenian Church performs the "Trnpatzek" service at the end of the liturgy: the "Opening of the Doors."
 

The great hymn of "Trnpatzek" is "Zoghormootyan ko uztoorun." Here are the beautiful, inspiring words of that hymn: "Open to us, O Lord, the door of your mercy, and make us worthy of your dwellings of light, together with your  saints. Receive us also, O Savior, into your mansions prepared for your saints, and inscribe our names in the Book of Life. O great judge, when you sit in the judgment seat, spare your creatures through the prayers of the holy saints." These are the words we sing as a church, before literally crossing the threshold into Holy Week. We stand at the doorway having experienced Great Lent, during which we have prepared ourselves-body, mind, and soul-to experience the events of this week alongside our Lord: his triumphant entry, his passion, his death, and finally-miraculously-his glorious resurrection.

 

We recall that the original Palm Sunday was an international event: Jerusalem was filled with worshippers from around the world, who had descended on the city to observe the Jewish feast of Passover. So when Jesus made his entry into the holy city, he was literally doing so on a world stage-anticipating the words he would give to his apostles just before his Ascension:

"Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe whatever I have commanded you" (Mt 28:19).

 

In this sense, Christ's ministry to all mankind-to all nations-reached a critical moment on Palm Sunday. Previously he had never ventured more than a couple of hundred miles from the place of his birth. But now, our Lord was publically making it known that his message was to be heard throughout the world. And all of the dramatic, world-changing events of Holy Week are part and parcel of that message.

 

Click here to red more.


Palm Sunday and Holy Week at St. James
 
St. James Armenian Church will observe Holy Week with a series of special services, culminating in the Easter Sunday celebration on April 20.  
 
A special liturgical schedule will be in effect for these services; please make a note of the times.


Click here for a complete schedule of services at St. James.

Easter Bake Sale
The Women's Guild is pleased to announce the sale of hot boreg, 
choreg and other delicious delicacies just in time for Easter

Choregs
Please join us on Sunday April 20 as we celebrate the Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ! The Women's Guild will be selling hot boreg  to eat right after church, smaller trays of boreg  you can take home and  bake and other delicious pastries AFTER BADARAK. 
 

 

Anyone wishing to donate items for the bake sale please try to drop them off at church on Saturday packaged and ready to sell. Absolutely no items will be sold before the end of Badarak.

 

We appreciate all the support our parishioners give us throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you on Easter Sunday in the Nishan Hall.


Easter Home Blessing 

 

Easter  season is the time when homes are blessed by the Pastor. All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed on the occasion of Easter should call Der Hovhan (847) 644-7389 to make arrangements.

 

Have a piece of bread, dish of salt and glass of water available for the blessing.

Photo of the Week
 
Noaravank Monastery (13 century)

Altar Guild's Wish List

1.  Two jajanch radiances (ostensorium). $300-600 each . Pledged.

2.  Painting for the main altar. $5,400. Pledged.

3. Painting of St. James of Nisibis. $1000. Not pledged.

5.  Painting of St. Stephen the Protodeacon. $1000. Not pledged.

6. Priest's 'half-vestments'. $500. Not pledged.

8.  Censer stand- $400, not pledged

  

Sunday School's Wish List

1.   Cabinet for storage of books and supplies. Not pledged.

2.   Room furniture for students and teachers. Not pledged.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORSHIP SERVICES

April 13

April 20
April 24
April 27
May 4
May 10

Palm Sunday. ACYOA Day

Easter Sunday

Martyr's Day Commemoration  (Sts. Joachim & Anne) 

Commemorative Concert hosted by ACYOA of St. James

Instructional Divine Liturgy

10th Anniversary of passing of Very Rev. Fr. Varoujan Kabarajian. Memorial Service and Dinner



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99th COMMEMORATION of the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE 

Film screening
organized by Parev Monthly Newspaper

MUSIC TO MADNESS- THE STORY OF GOMIDAS


with special guest speaker
Writer and Director 
David Deranian

Saturday, April 12, 2014
7:00 PM
AGBU Onnig Norehad Center
7248 N. Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 

Click here to watch the trailer

The ACYOA of St. James Armenian Church

cordially invites you and your families to our annual

ACYOA PALM SUNDAY LUNCHEON

 

April 13, 2014

immediately following church services

Nishan Hall

 

Guest Speaker: Shant Paklaian

ACYOA Central Council

 

 

Click here for the flyer.

 

Thank you for supporting our youth.

St. James Sunday School

Saturday, MARCH 19, 2014

 

3:00 PM

 

Easter Eggs  


 

Traditional Armenian egg-coloring

and games (havgetakhagh), 

movies and fun with friends 

before evening services.

 

Join us for coloring and fun!


IN COMMEMORATION OF MARTYRS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE &

IN CELEBRATION OF THE SPIRIT OF SURVIVAL AND VICTORY WITH THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD

 

THE ACYOA JR. OF ST. JAMES

 

proudly presents

 

YOUNG TALENTS

Commemorative Concert

 

Featuring: Talented artists of our community

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014

at 12:30 PM

at St. James Armenian Church

 

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INVITATION

 

We invite all young adults and young talented artists to participate in this annual event.

 

Please submit your name by calling the church office at 847-864-6263

or by e-mail:office@stjamesevanston.org

 

We encourage all to respond 

by April 15, 2014

 

99th ARMENIAN MARTYR'S DAY COMMEMORATION
VIGIL SERVICE
April 24, 2014
7:30 PM
 
Saints Joachim and Anne 
Armenian Apostolic Church
12600 S. Ridgeland Avenue
 Palos Heights, IL 

Click here for the flyer.

10th ANNIVERSARY OF PASSING OF 

VERY REVEREND FATHER VAROUJAN KABARAJIAN 

(1928 - 2004)

 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

 

4:15 PM - Prayer at the graveside

5:00 PM - Vespers and Memorial Service (Hokehankisd) at St. James

Followed by Memorial Dinner in the Nishan Hall.

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ST. JAMES ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201