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ST. JAMES ARMENIAN Apostolic CHURCH
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Tel: 847-864-6263

 

August 18 - 24,  2013
SUNDAY, August 18, 2013

Feast of Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God

Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM
Blessing of the Grapes
Scripture readings:
Song of Solomon 4:9-15, 8:14; Isaiah 7:10-16; 1 Galatians 3:29-4:7; Luke 1:26-38 
 
SATURDAY, August 17, 2013
Saturday Evening Service (Kirakamtits)- 6:00 PM
Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God


St. Mary 3

St. Mary is known in the Armenian Church as Asdvadzamayr-Asdvadzadzin, the "Mother of God" and the "Bearer of God"-a position doctrinally established at the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in the 5th century. Her life of holiness and purity, and her graceful acceptance of the role to which God called her, as the mother of Jesus Christ, all make Mary one of the pre-eminent exemplars of the Christian faith, whose birth and very conception are occasions for celebration in the church. Only those aspects of St. Mary's life which are directly related to Christ are recorded in the Gospel. The remainder of her biography is attributed to tradition, which is found in ancient ecclesiastical literature.

  

In all likelihood, Mary was born in Bethlehem or Nazareth, some 20 years before Christ's nativity. Her parents, Joachim and Anna, were a devout couple whose earnest prayers for a child were answered with the birth of a daughter.

 

Although Mary was born naturally, she is considered morally pure and immaculate. It is for this reason that the church celebrates not only her birth, but also her conception, which the Armenian and the Greek Orthodox churches observe on December 9, and the Roman Catholic Church celebrates on December 8. The concept of Mary's moral purity later developed into the question of her Immaculate Conception (from Anna), a doctrine adopted by the Roman Catholic Church in 1854. The Armenian Church, however, does not accept this, as only Christ was immaculately conceived.

 

However, Mary's purity is unquestioned. According to the teachings of the Armenian Church, at the time of the Annunciation, when the Holy Spirit entered Mary, she was cleansed of all original sin, as she was to be the vessel in which God manifest was to be incarnated. According to tradition, following the Ascension of Christ, Mary lived out the rest of her days in Jerusalem, cared for by St. John the Evangelist.  She died in Jerusalem some 15 years after Christ's Ascension and was buried in her family tomb in Gethsemane.

 

After she passed away, all the apostles-save Bartholomew who was absent at that time-conducted her funeral with great ceremony at a cave-like tomb in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Later, St. Bartholomew returned and wished to see Mary one last time. He convinced the apostles to open the tomb, but they could not find her body inside. Angels' voices were heard for three days and nights. The apostles interpreted the angels' singing as a sign that our Lord had assumed, or taken up, his mother into heaven as he had promised her. 

 

They found the empty tomb a confirmation of that promise for she had not been dead, but had fallen asleep. For this reason, the church refers to the end of Mary's earthly life as "the dormition" rather than "death."

 

Click to read an essay about the Assumption on our blog and to watch a brief video about St. Mary in the Armenian Church by clicking below.

 

St. Mary in the Armenian Church
St. Mary in the Armenian Church
On the occasion of the feast of The Assumption of Soorp Asdvadzadzin, Der Hayr and the Parish Council congratulate all those whose names are
 
 

Mariam, Mary, Maria, Marine, Maritsa, Mayranoosh, Maro,  Arevih, Arpi, 

Keghoohi, Margarit, Eranoohi,  Arpenig, Aghavni, Diroohi, Isgoohi, Srpoohi, 

Makroohi, Takoohi, Berjoohi, Pergroohi, Azniv, Yerchaneek, Loosaper, 

Loosyntag, Goosineh, Antaram, Aroos, Aroosyag,  Vergine, Arshalooys, 

Aghavni, Denchali, Diroohi, Loosarpi, and Keghanoosh 

              

and wish them a happy and healthy life.

Blessing of the Grapes

 

On the day of the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God, the blessing of the grapes takes place immediately after the Divine Liturgy. The ceremony is rich in symbolism and emphasizes the important role the Virgin Mary assumed in the revelation of God. 

 

The custom of blessing grapes, the first fruits of the harvest, can be traced back to Old Testament times, when farming was a common vocation. Of the vast variety of produce, grapes had a special place of honor and were considered the "first fruits" because they were the first produce of harvest. 

 

Among the Israelites, as among many neighboring cultures, grapes were regarded as belonging in a special way to God since they were the first fruits. It was He who gave the gift of the whole harvest and to offer Him the first fruits was to acknowledge complete dependence on Him. Special services of thanksgiving were conducted by priests in the temple, a tradition that prevailed to the time of Christ. 

 

With the birth of Jesus, these dedications took on a new meaning.  Jesus Christ was the first born-or the first fruit-of Mary and, as such, was offered to God in the temple. (Luke 2:25-30) 

 

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Taste of Armenia offers business sponsorship opportunities

Street Logo This year we are offering businesses sponsorship opportunities at three levels with benefits to advertise and spotlight your enterprise to the nearly 2,000 residents and businesses in the area during 25th Annual St. James Taste of Armenia Street Fair which will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from noon to 6:30 PM .
 

Proceeds from the event are not only used to maintain our church. St. James Armenian Church also contributes to orphanages in Armenia, donates to Family Promise in Evanston, and provides food to the homeless.

 

Click here for the letter for business owners.

Click here for the brochure and form with details about the various advertising opportunities.


New Educational Program for Teenagers at St. James

The St. James Christian Education Committee would like to invite teenage parishioners between the ages of 13-19 to participate in a pilot educational program this fall. The program is a two-session seminar on September 28  and October 19 from 9:30-1:30 on Morality and Moral Choice and Mercy and Forgiveness. The seminar will be led by Parish Council member Gevik Anbarchian, a high school English teacher, and Der Hovhan. The focus of the program is to fuse Christian teaching with academics, including Armenian writers and artists,  in an effort to help impressionable youth critically examine their lives at a time when they are most unsure about religious and philosophical matters. Look for a formal invitation in your home mailbox.

ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL

Academic Year 2013-2014

 

SUNDAY, September 8, 2013

 

OPEN HOUSE. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

Visit classrooms and meet the teaching team

Sunday School registration

Home Blessing

Refreshments

 

Classes offered for children from Pre-K to 8th grade.


ONE CHURCH-ONE NATION: photography by Hrair "Hawk" Khatcherian
 

Join "Hawk" Khatcherian for a journey around the world...his expedition to 42 countries in the last 20 years grew out of a vow to photograph every Armenian church on the planet after surviving cancer. 
Free-will offering to benefit Syrian relief.
Book signing & sale. 
Artist's reception following presentation. 

Presented by the Kooyumjian-AGBU/Chicago Armenian Humanities Festival, an ongoing series of community cultural events made possible by the generous support of the Kooyumjian Foundation.

 

Event Info
AGBU Chicago
7248 North Harlem Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631 

Saturday, September 7, 2013
6:00PM-8:00PM
New Deacon-in-Charge for Charlotte Parish

The Eastern Diocese is pleased to announce that Dn. Benjamin Rith-Najarian has been assigned as the deacon-in-charge of the St. Sarkis Church of Charlotte, NC.  The assignment went into effect on August 10. The Rev. Fr. Untzag Nalbandian, pastor of the Church of the Holy Ascension of Trumbull, CT, will serve as Dn. Rith-Najarian's mentor.

 
In his directive announcing the appointment, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian conveyed good wishes to Dn. Rith-Najarian and to the parishioners of the St. Sarkis Church.

We pray that our Lord will guide his humble servant, and that He will inspire the people of Charlotte to an even deeper spiritual life together.



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FEASTS

August 19 - Remembrance of the dead (Merelotz)
St. James Armenian Church at the Evanston Farmers' Market
 
 
St. James Armenian Church will once again host a bake sale table at the Evanston FarmersMarket 
on Saturday, August 17 from 7:00 am to noon to promote the Taste of Armenia Festival the following weekend. 

 

Please help staff the table for even an hour or two, then enjoy the bounty of fresh produce, food products, flowers and other items available at this top-rated market.


AUGUST 25, 2013
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Taste of Armenia Big Raffle Tickets are available.

 

$100.00 per ticket.

For more information click here

DEAR PARISHIONERS AND FRIENDS

Following are some dates to remember for food preparation for our upcoming Street Fair:

 

 

Thursday, August 22

Preparation of yalanchee sarma 

and vegetable cleaning.

 

Saturday, August 24

Sheeshing meat and chicken, 

making hamburgers, set up

 

Work begins at 9:00 a.m.each day and continues through clean-up. 

 

We will need 
AS MUCH HELP AS POSSIBLE on each of these days!!  Please do your part to make our Street Fair a huge success.     

 

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SCHEDULING INFORMATION

Men, women, teens - everyone is needed. There are many jobs to be done - tent set-up/take-down, table
set-up/take-down, general set-up/clean-up, food service, sweet table sales, cultural table, and games.  Please volunteer your time and talent by contacting Debbie DerAsadourian 
(847-259-6053
or Wendy Farsakian 
(847-657-0027).


 Thank you 

for helping St. James!

 

THE 7th ARLINGTON HEIGHTS TEEN FILM FEST
 



Colin Groh on ABC 7
Click here to watch video.

The 7th Arlington Heights Teen Film Fest is Friday, August 16th from 7-9 pm at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 
500 N. Dunton Arlington Heights. Tickets are FREE!

ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH ANNUAL PICNIC  

 


Saturday, September 21, 2013

 

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for the flyer.

HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR eScrip?
 

 

That will cost you nothing. You do not need to spend extra money, yet you will make a contribution to your church.

Go to www.escrip.com to learn 

more and to sign up. 

It's FREE. 

 

CALL FOR PHOTOS
 
The Parish is looking for old photos for the website and archive.  
Anything historical having to do with the Parish, Church Building, Church organizations and events or Armenian community in Evanston. We are also looking for photos of our past pastors. If you can help contact office@stjamesevanston.org or 847-864-6263.


Your photos will be scanned and immediately returned.
Help us Celebrate the Parish 70 year anniversary!

ONNIK DINKJIAN LIVE IN CHICAGO!
 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

7:30pm

 

Assyrian Community Center

9131 Niles Center Road

Skokie, IL

 

For tickets call: (847) 965- 4537 or email: parevmonthly@comcast.net


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PARKING ON SUNDAYS

Parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays at the large condominium building at Clark & Benson (Quartet Copies). Enter the garage from Benson street.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. JAMES

August 17

August 17

August 18 

August 19

August 25

September 8

September 14

September 15

September 16

September 21 

September 28

October 19

Evanston Farmers' Market 

Saturday Evening Service (Kirakamtits)

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD and Blessing of Grapes

Remembrance of the dead (Merelotz)

"Taste of Armenia" Festival 

Sunday School Open House- Registration

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits

FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

Remembrance of the dead (Merelotz) 

Church Annual Picnic at Harms Woods

Saturday Educational Program for Teenagers

Saturday Educational Program for Teenagers 


MIDWEST ARMENIAN PICNICS 

  

August 17-18

August 18

August 25

September 8

Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church, Glenview, IL

St George Armenian Church, Waukegan, IL

St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, IL

Knights of Vartan (Proesel Park in Lincolnwood, IL)

 


PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A COFFEE HOUR
 

Coffee hour tables can be simple or complex.  Sometimes when people do a coffee hour table they put out coffee cakes and doughnuts; sometimes they put out some fruits. Others put out entire lunch. We encourage you to sign up for coffee hour a couple of times each year. It can be simple or an entire meal - either is fine. The sign-up sheet is in the church hall.