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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

 

January 19 - 25, 2014
SUNDAY, January 19, 2014

First Sunday after the Octave of the Theophany

 

Morning Service 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

 

Scripture readings:

Isaiah 54:1-13

1 Timothy 1:1-11

John 2:1-11 

HOKEHANKISD - REQUIEM SERVICE 

 

For the soul of Hrant Dink (7 years) 

 

For the soul of Albert N. Sarkisian (12th year)

Requested by: 

Morgan, Sara, and Sona Bell

George Houhanisin and Dr. Sarah Johnson
Matthew Rupas
Dn. Aram Sarkisian 

Commemoration of Patriarchs St. Athanasius and St. Cyril of Alexandria
 

Patriarchs St. Athanasius and St. Cyril are among the most prominent figures of the Universal Church who devoted their lives to the promulgation of the orthodoxy of Christianity and the struggle against false conceptions and erroneous teachings.

 

St. Athanasius (295-373 A.D.) was born in Alexandria to a Greek Christian family. He received his higher education in the famous Theological School of Alexandria. He was ordained to the diaconate by Patriarch Alexander of Alexandria and participated in the Ecumenical Council of Nicea in 325 as the Patriarch's personal secretary.  

 

During the Council, St. Athanasius articulated and established the duality of Christ-that Christ was both human and divine-decisively defeating Arius and his followers who denied the Divinity of Christ. Athanasius stated that God became incarnate, "So that sons of mortal men should become sons of God." Thus, salvation is only possible by accepting Christ's dual nature and is nothing more than theosis-being adopted by God.

 

In 328, St. Athanasius became Bishop of Alexandria. He continued to struggle against Arianism (Arius' assertion that the Son of God was a subordinate entity to God the Father) and forcefully defended the Nicene Creed. Having been subjected to repeated persecutions, he spent 15 of his 47-year episcopal service in exile. His heroic efforts bore fruit, and eight years following his death his teachings were adopted by the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in 381. St. Athanasius also made very significant contributions to the development of monastic life.

 

Patriarch St. Cyril of Alexandria is one of the most brilliant representatives of the Alexandrian Theological School. He was born in 380 the nephew of Patriarch Theophilus, whom he succeeded in 412. He struggled against Nestorius, the Patriarch of Constantinople, to preserve orthodox teaching. It was for this purpose that Emperor Theodoros II convened the Third Ecumenical Council in Ephesus in 431. During the Council, Nestorius and his teachings were criticized and condemned, leading to the formulation and adoption of the doctrine of Theotokos (Mary being the "birth giver of God"). St. Cyril also succinctly articulated his vision of Christ as, "The one incarnate nature of God the Word," a statement that has become the cornerstone of the Armenian Church's view of Christ's Divinity. 

 

 

Hrant Dink

Hrant Dink (September 15, 1954 - January 19, 2007) was a Turkish-Armenian editor, journalist and columnist.

 

As editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, Dink was a prominent member of the Armenian minority in Turkey. Dink was best known for advocating Turkish-Armenian reconciliation and human and minority rights in Turkey. He was often critical of both Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide and of the Armenian Diaspora's campaign for its international recognition. Dink was prosecuted three times for "denigrating Turkishness," while also receiving numerous death threats from Turkish nationalists.

 

Hrant Dink was assassinated in Istanbul in January 2007 by a Turkish nationalist. This was shortly after the premiere of the genocide documentary Screamers in which he is interviewed about the Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and for which a case was brought against him under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, a controversial law that makes it illegal to insult Turkey, Turkish ethnicity or Turkish government institutions. While his murderer serving time for his crime, photographs of the assassin posing flanked by smiling Turkish police and gendarmerie in front of the Turkish flag surfaced soon after the murder. The photos created a scandal in Turkey, prompting a spate of investigations and the removal from office of those involved.

 

At his funeral, two hundred thousand mourners marched in protest of the assassination, chanting, "We are all Armenians" and "We are all Hrant Dink". Criticism of Article 301 has become increasingly vocal after his death, leading to parliamentary proposals for repeal.


Home Blessing

One of the holy traditions of the Armenian Church is the Home Blessing Service, which according to St. Gregory of Datev was established by Our Savior Jesus Christ, when after His Resurrection He entered the upper room and blessed the disciples. When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." (John. 20:19). During the apostolic times, the twelve apostles of Jesus visited the homes of the faithful to bless them and to spread the good news of Christ's birth and His Resurrection. Likewise their followers - priests and bishops, entered the homes of the faithful on the occasions of Theophany and Easter (Holy Resurrection) to tell the good news of our Lord's Nativity and to bless them and their homes through a special Service.

 

Through the Home Blessing Service, the house of the faithful becomes a small church. 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Philippians 1:2). During the Service the priest prays to God and asks Him to keep the home, its inhabitants, and the children in good health, so that they live a devout life, glorify the name of Almighty God and heighten the Holy Church.

 

Love and peace are established in the sanctified home. Therefore, it is desirable that the faithful devoutly keep the graces from heaven, which filled their homes. But if sinful behavior dominates in the house it can never become a church inhabited by the Holy Trinity, saints and angels.

 

According to the sacred traditions of the Armenian Church, God's blessing is asked for homes on different occasions, like on the Nativity and the Resurrection of Christ, as well as on the joyous occasion of moving into a new home.

 

Holiday season is the time when homes are blessed by the Pastor. All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed on the occasion of the Feast of the Theophany and Nativity of Christ 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.


Living the Gospel of Christ: Who Do You Say I Am?
A Six-Session Bible Study
 
Bibile

Session VI

Wednesday, January 29 at 8 PM

 

This year's Diocesan theme is Living the Gospel of Christ. The ultimate goal of this series involves knowing, understanding and doing as Christ prescribed through His actions and teachings as depicted in the Gospels. This series will also help us understand both who Christ is and what His Message is.

 

As always, you can either join Der Hayr at St. James or participate online. 

 

You need to download an application on your computer to be able to participate online. Questions? Click here
 
Go to www.stjamesevanston.org to join the session online on Wednesday.

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. 

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.


Video of the Week


Traditional Armenian Garments

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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FEASTS

 

January 20 - Commemoration of the King St. Theodos and Children of Ephesus

 

January 21 - Commemoration of Sts. Martyrs Gordios, Poghiktos and Grigoris; Commemoration of St. Kirakos and his mother Judithah

 

January 23 - Commemoration of St. Vahan of Goghten; 

Commemoration of the Virgin Eugine, her father - Philippus, her mother Klothia and her two servants

 

January 25 - Commemoration of Patriarchs St. Athanasius and St. Cyril of Alexandria

ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH
CULTURAL COMMITTEE
presents

REMEMBERING HRANT DINK


Sunday, January 19

Presentation 

by Dn. Krikor Mirijanian 

and short film

in Nishan Hall following Divine Liturgy and Requiem Service

 

Click here for the flyer.
ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
 

JANUARY 26, 2014

 

12:30 PM

 

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

"The Image and Importance of Armenian Women in Arts"

 

 

 by Prof. Dr. Levon Chookaszian

Director of the UNESCO Chair of Armenian Art History

at Yerevan State University

 

 


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

 
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 

by January 27.

 

Click here for the flyer.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

 

10th ANNUAL POON PAREGENTAN PARTY

 

March 1, 2014

 

ARMENIA SERVICE PROGRAM 2014 DATES ANNOUNCED


Click here to see the flyer. 

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.
WORSHIP SERVICES 
AT ST. JAMES
 
In addition to Sunday Morning Service and Divine Liturgy there will be
Saturday Evening (Kirakamtits) Service every first Saturday of the month at 5 pm (Feb. 1, March 1) and
Midday Service every third Thursday of the month (Feb. 20). 
SUNDAY BULLETIN
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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
AND WORSHIP SERVICES AT ST. JAMES


January 26

January 29

February 1

February 2

February 2

February 9

February 16 

February 20

March 1

March 1 

March 2

April 13

April 20

Parish Assembly (snow day February 9)

Online Bible Study

Vespers (Kirakamtits)

Presentation by Professor Levon Chookaszian

Super Bowl Party 

Diocesan Camp Sunday

Blessing of Newlywed Couples

Midday Hour (12:00 Noon) 

Vespers (Kirakamtits)

Poon Paregentan Dance

Poon Paregentan Sunday. Mascarade

Palm Sunday

Easter Sunday

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.