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

 

February 16 - 22, 2014
SUNDAY, February 16, 2014
Fifth Sunday after the Octave of the Theophany

Fast of the Catechumens 

 

Morning Service 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
 

Scripture readings:

Isaiah 63:7-18; 2 Timothy 3:1-12; John 6:22-38 

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple 
Dyarnuntarach
 

When Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple, she was seen by Simeon, an elderly and devoutly religious Jew who had prayed to God to keep him alive so he would see the Savior promised to mankind. When he saw Mary and her baby, Simeon suddenly sensed God's presence, and said: "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel" (Luke 2:29-32).

 

On February 14 each year (40 days after Armenian Christmas), the Armenian Church celebrates this glorious occasion in a ceremony called Dyarnuntarach, literally "the bringing forward of the Lord." (Other names for the feast include Derendes (possibly a contraction of Dyarnuntarach) and, in English, Candlemas.)

 

For Armenians, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple has traditionally included a number of rituals. The night before the feast, Armenians light candles during an evening church service that concludes with parishioners carrying the candles out into the darkness to symbolize bringing light into the void. They then take these candles home to light their lamps. Another tradition is borrowed from Armenians' pre-Christian paganism: Parishioners dance around a bonfire in the church courtyard and young men leap over the fire.


Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev

Pontiff St. Sahak Partev was the elder son of Catholicos St. Nersess the Great, and the last Catholicos of the Armenian Church who descended from the lineage of St. Gregory the Illuminator. He became Catholicos of All Armenians in 387 A.D., and reigned for an astounding 52 years. Being talented in music and educated in the rhetorical arts, philosophy and linguistics, St. Sahak greatly contributed to the development of Armenian national culture. He was the strongest advocate for the creation of an Armenian Alphabet, and became its chief patron.

Following the creation of the Armenian Alphabet, St. Sahak and St. Mesrop opened a school for translators in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin). There they begin the translation of the Holy Bible into Armenian and did it so perfectly, that centuries hence the Armenian Translation is called the "Queen Translation of the Breath of God". The first sentence translated from the Holy Bible is the opening verse of the Book of Proverbs: "To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding". 


Lenten Worship Schedule Announced 

The 2014 Lenten Series will begin on Wednesday, March 5, and continue through subsequent Wednesdays during Lent. Wednesday vigil will begin with a worship service following by a spiritual discussion. The theme of the discussions will be "I Confess with Faith", Nersess Shnorhali's prayer consisting of twenty-four verses. As always we will conclude the evening with our traditional potluck supper.  

In addition to Wednesday vigils prayers will be offered on Friday morning- Sunrise Service will begin at 10:00 AM. (Note: there will be no Sunrise Service on Friday, March 7th).

Sunday worship services will begin at 10:00 AM with Sunrise Service followed by "Veiled" Divine Liturgy.

Click here for the flyer.

New Youth Choir 

 

S. James Armenian Church Kousan Choir invites to join in establishing its first Youth Choir. 

 

The choir will meet every Sunday at 12:30 PM and end promptly at 1:00 PM 

 

Choir rehearsals will include singing, proper voice technique, history and religious importance of each hymn.  We will even learn folk & village songs.  Der Hayr and Dn. Kavork will lead the light-hearted and joyous rehearsals.  

 

Membership is open to all youths over the age of eight.  No musical experience is necessary.  All members wtill be fitted for their very own shabigs and will have their own music. 

 

The goal is to sing for Easter Eve Divine Liturgy on Saturday, April 19, 2014!

 

Questions and further information: please call Dn. Kavork at (847) 609-0339


Volunteers Needed 
 

St. James Church is beginning a new undertaking and needs your help. We are in need of volunteers willing to give a few hours of assistance to elderly members of the Chicago Armenian community with household chores, minor home repairs, shopping, rides or just companionship.

  

We are in the process of putting together a directory of individuals interested in volunteering their time. This directory will be used by church staff to pair seniors in need of assistance with volunteers. (This is a great community service opportunity for students.) If you or someone you know wishes to help, please contact Der Hovhan at office@stjamesevanston.org or (847) 864-6263. 

Fall Food Bazaar

Saturday, October 18, 2014 

 

As a follow-up to our annual Street Fair fundraiser, the Parish Council would like to organize an indoor food bazaar each October to raise additional income. Many who come to the Street Fair comment that they would love additional opportunities to experience Armenian cuisine from different parts of the diaspora. 

 

A Fall Food Bazaar would be such an opportunity. For this first year, the theme is The Cuisine of Georgian Armenians. Varya
Anbarchian, a Georgian Armenian from the capital Tbilisi, is chairing this event and needs your help in pulling it off. If you would like to be part of the Fall Food Bazaar committee, please come to our first organizational meeting  at 
12:30 

after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 2nd  in the Der Hayr's  office. We will need plenty of help with logistics, setup, food prep, cooking, serving and cleanup. RSVP Varya at varya.petrosyan@gmail.com if you plan to attend. 

All parishioners are welcome, but we would love to see new volunteers who are not already involved with our annual Street Fair.


Ari Tun 2014
The Ministry of Diaspora of RA is launching renovated program "Ari Tun".

The project aims to help the young Armenian to know more about their Homeland, to contribute come to grips with the ethnic Homeland, experience local customs and traditions by living with a host family, newly appreciate the spiritual and cultural values of the Homeland and your national identity.

 

The project period starts from June 15 and ends in August 30, 2014 that will give an opportunity to 13-18 years old Armenian youth with two week duration to be hosted in Armenian families and participate in summer camp.

 

The selection of the hosted families is organized by the Ministry of Diaspora and the municipalities of Yerevan city. The participation to the program is free of charge. The participation to the program is organized via RA diplomatic corps, Diaspora community organizations and educational institutions.

 

The participants' travel expenses cover by themselves or sponsors. The Ministry of Diaspora organizes the participants' arrival and departure and their tours throughout Armenia, visits to museums and cultural events.

During the summer camp period the participants will be given the opportunity to attend to armenology, Armenian language, national sing and  dance classes as well as to meet the representatives in the state, public and cultural sphere. We hope that "Ari Tun" program will promote to the repatriation and contribute to the strengthening of ties between the Diaspora and the Homeland and creating the universal communication networks for youth.

 

The deadline for the submission of the application should be at least a month before.

 

Click here to learn more about the program.

 

Altar Guild's Wish List

 

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

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

3.  Painting of the St. Gregory the Illuminator for the left altar. Donated.

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

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

6. Curtain for the vestry and choir rooms. Donated.

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

8.  Set of a Chalice Veil and a Sadarium (linen-holder) for the Gospel book. $150. Donated

9. Twelve children's albs- shabeegs. $100 each. Donated

10. Large silver Hand-cross. Donated

11. Censer stand- $300, 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.


Video of the week

Dyarndarach in Holy Etchmiadzin

Photo of the week


Holy Altar (Jerusalem)


CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORSHIP SERVICES

February 16

February 16

February 16

February 20

February 21

February 23

February 23

February 25

February 28

March 1

March 1 

March 2

March 2

March 2

March 3

March 5

March 9

March 9

March 12 

March 15

March 16

March 19

March 22

March 23

March 26

March 29

March 30

April 2

April 4-6

April 5

April 6

April 9

April 13

April 20
April 24
April 27
May 4

Blessing of newborns, newly baptized

Blessing of Newlywed Couples

Youth Choir First Rehearsal

Midday Hour (1:00 PM) 

Lecture by Prof. Richard Hovannisian at AGBU Center

Women's Guild General Meeting

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM)

Street Fair Meeting (7:30)

AGBU Young Professionals Pre-Poon Party 

Vespers (Kirakamtits)

Poon Paregentan Dance

Poon Paregentan Sunday (Masquerade) 

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Fall Bazaar Meeting

First Day of Great Lent

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday)

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Vartanantz Commemoration at AGBU Center

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday)  

Saintly Women's Day (Greenfield, WI)

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday) 

St. James Parish Leadership Retreat

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday) 

ACYOA Sr. Regional Retreat 

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 
Lenten Vigil (Wednesday)   

ACYOA Jr. Lenten Retreat at Camp Hickory

Women's Retreat (Racine, WI)

Youth Choir First Rehearsal (12:30 PM)  Lenten Vigil (Wednesday) 

Palm Sunday. ACYOA Day

Easter Sunday

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

Commemorative Concert hosted by ACYOA of St. James

Instructional Divine Liturgy



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FEASTS

 

February 17 - Commemoration of Sts. Atomians                     

February 18 - Commemoration of Sts. Sukiasianas      

February 20 - Commemoration of Sts. Voskian priests            

February 22 - Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev 

 

TWO SPECIAL BLESSING SERVICES

Sunday, February 16, 2014

 

 At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, parents and their newborns and toddlers will be invited to the Holy Altar to receive

a special blessing in celebration of the 

Feast of the Presentation of 

Our Lord to the Temple

Dyarnuntarach


 
Also, newlywed couples will be invited for a special blessing in celebration of the  

Feast of St. Sarkis the Captain, Patron of Love and Youth, His Son Mardiros and His 14 Soldiers/Companions

AGBU- CHICAGO

presents

 

THE SMYRNA CATASTROPHE, 1922

 

An Illustrated Lecture 

by Prof. Richard Hovannisian


 
Friday, February. 21, 2014

 

Refreshments at 7:00pm

Lecture at 7:30pm

 

AGBU Onnig Norehad Center

7248 N. Harlem Ave. Chicago, IL

 

Click here for details.
ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH
WOMEN'S GUILD

GENERAL MEETING

Sunday, February 23, 2014
at 12:30 PM

10th ANNUAL POON PAREGENTAN PARTY

 

March 1, 2014

 

 

 

Click here to see the flyer.

Sunday School of

St. James Armenian Church (Evanston, IL)

Invites you to celebrate

 

POON PAREGENTAN

 

 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

following Divine Liturgy

 

Festive Masquerade

Games

Dance

Harrisa and Spas (Tan Abur)

VARTANANTZ COMMEMORATION

THE BATTLE OF AVARAYR
Vartan Mamigonian

Sunday, March 9, 2014

3:00 PM

AGBU Onnig Norehad Center

7248 N. Harlem Ave. Chicago, IL

 

Sponsored by 

St. George Armenian Church, St. Gregory Armenian Church, St. James Armenian Church, Sts. Joachim & Anne Armenian Church, Armenian Evangelical Church, Chicago AGBU, AGBU Young Professionals, Knights and Daughters of Vartan, AIWA

 Midwest Churches of IL and WI invite you to attend

SAINTLY WOMEN'S DAY

 

Saturday, March 15, 2014 

11:00 AM 

For Worship Service, Lenten Luncheon and Program

 

Hosted by St. John the Baptist Armenian Church (Greenfield, WI)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

 

ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH PARISH LEADERSHIP RETREAT

 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Location and Time TBD 
ACYOA SENIORS LENTEN RETREAT 
Saturday, March 29, 2014
 

Click here to see the flyer.

2014 ACYOA JUNIORS WI/IL REGIONAL RETREAT

 

 

 

Friday, April 4-Sunday, April 6, 2014

Camp Hickory (Ingleside, IL)

  

Click here to see the flyer.
Click here for the registration packet.

KNOWING CHRIST.... LIVING THE GOSPEL

 

A WOMAN'S JOURNEY

 

 

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Siena Retreat Center

5637 Erie Street

Racine, Wisconsin

 

Sponsored by 

the Women's Guild Central Council

Registration Fee: $20

Morning refreshments and lunch included

 

Click here to see the flyer.
Click here for the schedule.

FAR YOUNG PROFESSIONAL TRIP 2014

July 7 - 22, 2014



Click here for more information.

ARMENIA SERVICE PROGRAM 2014 DATES ANNOUNCED


Click here to see the flyer. 

 ARMENIAN ASSEMBLY'S SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS IN WASHINGTON AND YEREVAN
 


Click here to read the press release.
2014 PILGRIMAGE TO HISTORIC ARMENIA

The Eastern Diocese will sponsor a pilgrimage to historic Armenia, from September 3 to 15, 2014.

Click here to view a flyer for registration information. To view a short film about the Diocese's 2012 pilgrimage to historic Armenia, click here.
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ST. JAMES ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201