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

 

February 2 - 8, 2014
SUNDAY, February 2, 2014

Third Sunday after the Octave of the Theophany

 

Morning Service 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

 

Scripture readings:

Isaiah 62:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:15-19; John 6:39-47  

HOKEHANKISD - REQUIEM SERVICE 

 

For the souls of:

Avedis Yazician (1 year)

Deceased members of 

Yazician, Mirijanian, Shirinian, Alexanian, Kurtjian, and Partikian families
 
Requested by:

Mrs. Ankine Yazician, Mr. and Mrs. Krikor Mirijanian, Mr. and Mrs. Shahan Alexanian, Mr. and Mrs. Masis Mirijanian, Mr. and Mrs. Arden Kurtjian, Mr. Shant Alexanian, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rejebian, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Birkenmeyer


Commemoration of St. Gregory The Enlightener's Sons and Grandsons - Sts. Aristakes, Vrtanes, Housik, Grigoris, and Daniel

The sons and grandsons of St. Gregory the Enlightener are remembered and commemorated by all Armenian Churches throughout the world for their faithfulness and their service and commitment to the Armenian Apostolic Church.

 

Aristakes was St. Gregory the Illuminator's youngest son.  He led a monastic life from a very early age. He was consecrated a bishop by his father and became one of St. Gregory's staunchest supporters. In 325 A.D., he participated in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, representing the first Catholicos and the entire Armenian Church. Upon St. Gregory's death, he became Catholicos of All Armenians. He was killed in 333 A.D. by Arkeghayos, a prince of Greater Armenia, for criticizing the king's incorrigible behaviors and was buried in the village Til. 

 

Vrtanes was St. Gregory the Illuminator's elder son. He was married and had two sons - Grigoris and Housik. Following the death of his brother, Vrtanes ascended to Catholicos. Although Christianity was nearly universally accepted as the official religion throughout the Armenian kingdom, there remained some remnants of paganism and heathenism in remote areas and small villages. One region that demonstrated a substantial resistance to Christianity was the province of Daron. Vrtanes organized annual festive Christian celebrations in this province to gradually eliminate their pagan beliefs and practices. Vrtanes died in 341 A.D. and was buried in the village Tordan near the relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator.

 

Grigoris was the elder son of Vrtanes. He was sent by the Armenian Church to spread Christianity among its neighboring nations.  He was martyred upon the order of King Sanesan, the head of the nomadic Mazkut tribe. His remains were buried by the deacons who served with him in the village Amaras in Artsakh. In 489 A.D., upon the order of the Aghvan (Caucasian Albanian) King Vachagan, the Church of St. Gregory was built on this site. 

 

Housik was the younger son of Vrtanes. He married the daughter of the Armenian King Tiridates and had two sons - Pap and Antiochus. In 341 A.D., he was elected Catholicos of All Armenians. He resisted and challenged the will of King Tiran, who wished to hang the portrait of Julianus the Betrayer in a church. He was severely beaten, martyred and buried in the village Tordan in the province of Daranaghi.

 

Bishop Daniel Assyrian was famous for his saintly way of life. As he grew older, he led an ascetic and isolated life in the province of Daron. Following the martyrdom of Housik, he was invited to be the Catholicos of All Armenians. During the very first meeting with King Tiran, he strictly castigated him on the murder of the Pontiff Housik. The king summarily ordered the death of Daniel by strangulation.  His remains are buried in the Monastery of Hatsyats Drahkt.


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 beginning Sunday, February 9, 2014. 

 

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!

Our first rehearsal will be on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 12:30.

 

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


Looking Ahead to the Summer Camp Season


With the onset of Arctic temperatures in recent weeks, it's not hard to dream of warm summer days. And here at the Diocese, preparations have begun for the 2014 summer camp season.

Online camper registration for St. Vartan Camp is now open. Click on the following links to  register a camper or to  download applications for St. Vartan Camp CIT, staff, and volunteer positions.

Hye Camp applications for campers, CITs, staff, and volunteers are available here.

For more information about Hye Camp or St. Vartan Camp, contact Jennifer Morris, director of the Department of Youth and Young Ministries, at (248) 648-0702 or via e-mail at jenniferm@armeniandiocese.org; or the department's coordinator Lorie Odabashian at (212) 686-0710, ext. 143, or via e-mail at  lorieo@armeniandiocese.org.
 
St. James Armenian Church will observe February 9th as DIOCESAN CAMP SUNDAY.  
 
Click here to see the latest Diocesan Summer Camp e-newsletter.



Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple 

On Sunday February 16, 2014 at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy parents with their new born, newly baptized and young toddlers will be invited to come to the Holy Altar to receive a special blessing.

 

 

It will be followed by a special service blessing of newly- wed couples.


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. 

FAR introduces new ways to assist Armenia's youth

Legendary poet Yeghishe Charents has written, "Oh, Armenian people, your salvation lies only in your collective power." Following this inspiring directive, Ayo! (Yes) is a new innovative project endorsed by the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), devised by young adults working together in both Armenia and the diaspora. Its goal is to create and bring to fruition local challenges for local problems, and by doing so, also take responsibility for making Armenia a better country to live in. An invitation from Ayo!

 

Ayo! is an invitation to the diaspora from local Armenians to participate in nation-building of Armenia through the support of basic, simple projects. Unique and manageable solutions for local challenges which are proposed by young Armenians, can be found on the Ayo! website at www.weareayo.org. Here, diasporans can browse current Ayo! projects and choose the ones they wish to support. Funds for all projects are raised on the website through crowd-funding (similar to Kickstarter & Indiegogo).

 

Click here to read the entire article by Florence Avakian.


Altar Guild's Wish List

1.  Two jajanch radiance (ostensorium). $300-600 each, not 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- Pledged

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

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.


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Blessed is the man... whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1

 


CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORSHIP SERVICES

February 9

February 9

February 16

February 16

February 20

February 21

March 1

March 1 

March 2

March 15

March 22

March 29

April 4-6

April 5

April 13

April 20

Youth Choir First Rehearsal

Diocesan Camp Sunday

Blessing of newborns, newly baptized

Blessing of Newlywed Couples

Midday Hour (12:00 Noon) 

Lecture by Prof. Richard Hovannisian at AGBU Center

Vespers (Kirakamtits)

Poon Paregentan Dance

Poon Paregentan Sunday (Mascaraed)

Saintly Women's Day (Greenfield, WI)

St. James Parish Leadership Retreat

ACYOA Sr. Regional Retreat

ACYOA Jr. Lenten Retreat at Camp Hickory

Women's Retreat (Racine, WI)

Palm Sunday

Easter Sunday


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FEASTS

 

February 3 - he Commemoration of the Maccabees, St. Eleazar the Priest and St. Shamina and her son

 

February 4 - The Twelve Holy Prophets: Hosea, Amos, Micah, Joel, Obadiah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Jonah, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

 

February 6 -Commemoration of Sts. Sophia and her three daughters - Pistos, Yelpis and Agapie

 

February 8 -Sons and grandsons of St. Gregory our Illuminator: Sts. Aristakes, Vrtanes, Hoosik, Grigoris, and Daniel

ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH 
WOMEN'S GUILD AND 
CULTURAL COMMITTEE 
present

"The Image and Importance of Armenian Women in Arts"

(in English)

 

 

 by Prof. Dr. Levon Chookaszian

Director of the UNESCO Chair of Armenian Art History

at Yerevan State University

 

 


This Sunday, February 2, 2014

1:00 PM

 

Click here for the flyer.

ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH
SOCIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE 
cordially invites you to its

1st ANNUAL SUPER BOWL PARTY

 
This Sunday, February 2, 2014

Pre-Game Social: 4:00 PM

Kickoff: 5:30 PM

 

Donation: $20/Person

Includes Savory and Sweet Buffet & Non-Alcoholic Drinks

BYOB


RSVP Gevik Anbarchian at gevsan@yahoo.com

 or (773) 490-6490 

 

Click here for the flyer.

 

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.

 

10th ANNUAL POON PAREGENTAN PARTY

 

March 1, 2014

 

 

 

Click here to see the flyer.

 

 Midwest Churches of IL and WI invite you to attend

SAINTLY WOMEN'S DAY

 

For Worship Service, Lenten Luncheon and Program

 

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

 

Saturday, March 15, 2014 

11:00 AM

 

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.
FAR YOUNG PROFESSIONAL TRIP 2014

July 7 - 22



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