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

January 31 - February 6, 2016
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SUNDAY, January 31, 2016
Third Sunday after the Octave of the Theophany
Morning Service  9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy    10:00 AM
Bible Readings:  Isaiah 63:18-64:12; Titus 1:1-11; John 7:37-52

HOKEHANKISD- Requiem Service
For the souls of:
ARCHBISHOP TIRAN NERSOYAN
VERY REV. FR. VAROUJAN KABARADJIAN
REV. FR. VARTAN MEGHERIAN
DN. NISHAN CHERKEZIAN
DN. GEORGE GULDALIAN
DN. HOVAGIM FUNDUKIAN
ST. JAMES PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS
ST. JAMES DIOCESAN DELEGATES
ST. JAMES PARISH FOUNDERS
Feast of St. Ghevond the Prist and his Companions
The Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions is dedicated to the blessed memory of the Armenian priests who fought alongside St. Vartan and the entire Armenian Nation for their Christian faith in the Battle of Avarayr. The eldest among them was St. Ghevond the Priest whose companions were Catholics Hovsep, Bishop Sahak of Syunik, Bishop Tatik of Basen, the priests Mushe (or Mushegh), Arshen and Samuel and the deacons Abraham and Kajajn. After the Battle of Avarayr, the Persian King Hazkert took revenge on the Armenians and ordered these brave clergymen to be killed.

According to tradition, the Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions is also a day to celebrate all clergy who serve God's people in their example.
Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and his Companion
St. Vartan the Captain is considered one of the most famous heroes of the Armenian people. St. Vartan, along with a brave band of 1,036 Armenian soldiers, clergy, and companions, resisted the larger and more powerful Persian army and sacrificed their lives in order to defend their Christian faith. The famous battle took place on May 26, 451 on the plains of Avarayr in the Province of Artaz in Armenia. It was the first of many instances when Armenians proved themselves to be a people who freely chose Christ and who remained steadfast in their Christian faith, unwilling to betray it for any ransom or at any cost. The Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and His Companions marks their martyrdom in this heroic battle.

St. Vartan the Captain was the grandson of St. Sahag, who in turn descended from St. Nerses. Ultimately, his lineage can be traced to St. Gregory the Illuminator. St. Vartan was educated (most likely) by his grandfather, Catholicos Sahag, but instead of entering the priesthood as others in his family had done, St. Vartan chose to become a soldier. He was eventually appointed commander-in-chief of the Armenian army by the King of Persia.

Though he did not join the clergy, equally important to St. Vartan's soldiership was his dedication to being a faithful Christian. He believed that one cannot serve one's people without serving Christ at the same time. This proved to be a difficult philosophical position for St. Vartan to maintain because the Persian ruler, King Yazdigerd II, while respecting St. Vartan's military abilities, was a ruthless ruler who was also fanatically opposed to Christianity. He was particularly cruel to the Armenians for their strong faith and sent out a decree demanding that all Armenians convert to Zoarastrianism. In response, Armenian bishops, led by St. Leontius and St. Vartan, called a council at Ardashad and unanimously agreed to defend their faith at all costs. Ultimately, these brave Christians, led by St. Vartan, were forced into battle against the great Persian army. On the fateful day, they prayed, recited the Twenty-Third Psalm, shared food and took communion together as they waited to face the Persians. The battle has been described as bloody and horrendous, and although St. Vartan and his companions were defeated and killed in battle, their fight to defend their faith was not in vain: The Persians eventually stopped their efforts to convert Armenia to Zoroastrianism.

The Feast of Vartanantz, commemorated on the Thursday preceding Great Lent, is both a religious and nationalist celebration. It is a testimony of Armenians' spiritual conscience of faith as well as a political statement against tyranny and the preservation of national identity and sovereignty. Vartanants, as it is commonly called, is one of the most sacred feasts of the Armenian people. In the Armenian Church, the Feast day of St. Vartan the Captain and His Companions is also celebrated as the Naming Day of His Holiness Karekin II. To mark the occasion, at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, a Pontifical Prayer is offered before the Holy Altar of Descent.
Saturday Afternoon Worship Service
St. James Armenian Church cordially invites you and your family to  SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORSHIP SERVICE on January 30. Service will begin at 5:00 pm and will end at 5:45 pm sharp and will be conducted entirely in English. 

There will be no fellowship hour. 

Let us enjoy the gift of prayer with other families and our friends and share our worship time.

Click here to see the flyer.
New Episode of the Eastern Diocese's Video Series
As part of an ancient ceremony of the Armenian Church, priests traditionally visit families during the week following Christmas, to perform the "Home Blessing" service. But what is the significance of blessing bread, salt, and water?
 
In the second episode of the Eastern Diocese's new video series, "Bread and Salt: Stories from the Armenian Church," Eric Vozzy explains the "Home Blessing" tradition.

Click on the image to view the video.
Home Blessing
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.

Click here to read more about home blessing.
Great Lent Begins on February 8
This year, the Armenian Church calendar designates Monday, February 8, as the first day of Great Lent: the season when Christians consciously turn away from worldly matters and make the effort-through prayer, fasting, study, and introspection-to prepare for the spiritual drama of Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

The Scriptural basis for Lent resides in the 40-day period Christ spent in the wilderness following his baptism. In the words of St. Matthew's Gospel (4:12): "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry."

During Lent we are called to follow the Holy Spirit to confront our own "inner wilderness"-the realm of spiritual emptiness engendered by sin, laziness, and vanity. Through prayer, fasting, Bible-reading, and self-examination, we are given an opportunity to renew our commitment to God, and gain the strength to work at being more loving, humble, and gentle.  Click here to learn more about the Armenian Church traditions concerning Great Lent.
Army veteran celebrates her 102nd birthday
Lifelong Dearborn resident Kay Vartanian marked another milestone in her life, celebrating her 102nd birthday Monday.

She also is a proud veteran of the Army, and in November she was among the Armenian American Veterans of Detroit celebrating its 70th anniversary.

During the event, Vartanian was honored for her military service.

Vartanian enlisted in the Army on Sept. 1, 1943, and was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. She served until Jan. 11, 1946, receiving an honorable discharge. She received the Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Service Ribbon and a Good Conduct Medal.

Click here  to read the article by Jodi Rempala published in "Press and Guide".
Calendar of Worship Services during the Great Lent
Wednesdays
February 10, 17, 24 , March 2, 9, 16
7:00 PM
PEACE AND REST SERVICES
LENTEN POTLUCK SUPPER
 
Sundays
Morning Service- 9:00 AM
Sunrise Service - 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:30 AM
 
Pilgrimages to the local Armenian Churches to the Shrine of all Saints at St. Martha Catholic Church will be organized on Fridays during the Great Lent. Please check the Parish Calendar.

Click here to see the flyer in Armenian and in English.
Calendar of Worship Services and Events at St. James

January 31, Sunday
January 31, Sunday
February 6, Saturday
February 6, Saturday
February 7, Sunday
February 8, Monday
February 10, Wednesday
February 12, Friday
February 14, Sunday
 
February 17, Wednesday
February 19, Friday
February 19, Friday
February 20, Saturday
February 20, Saturday
February 21, Sunday
February 27, Saturday
February 28, Sunday
February 28, Sunday
College Care Packages (ACYOA)
Parish Assembly
Vespers - Kirakamtits
Poon Paregentan Dance
Poon Paregentan Sunday                               
Great Lent begins                                    
Lenten Vigil (7 pm) at St. James
Pilgrimage to St. Gregory (Lenten Vigil)
Presentation of Lord to the Temple.
Dyarunaraj . "Open" Badarak
Lenten Vigil at St. James
Pilgrimage to All Saints (Lenten Vigil)
Family Lenten Dinner at AGBU
Acolyte Training
Saturday Afternoon Worship (in English)
Vartanantz Program (Armenian Evangelical Church)
Regional Saintly Women's Day (St. Gregory)
St. James Women's Guild Baking
Cultural Event at AGBU

FEASTS AND FASTS

February 1      
Saints Mark the Bishop, Pionius the Priest, Cyril and Benjamin the Deacons, and Martyrs Abdelmseh, Ormistan and Sayen

February 2      
Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest and His Companions

February 3      Fast

February 4      
Feast of St. Vartan the Captain and His Companions

February 5      Fast

February 6      Commemoration of 150 Fathers participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople (AD 381)

SCRIPTRUE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK

Monday
Zechariah 8:1-3;
Romans 8:28-39; John 15:17-21.

Tuesday
Wisdom 5:16-23;
Isaiah 35:1-2, 61:6-7; 
1 Peter 1:3-9;
Luke 12:4-10.

Wednesday
Titus 1:12-2:10;
John 8:12-20.

Thursday
Wisdom 3:1-8;
Isaiah 49:8-9;
Hebrews 12:1-7;
Luke 6:20-26.

Friday
Titus 3:1-15; John 8:21-30.

Saturday
Isaiah 58:1-14;
Romans 13:11-14:25: Matthew 6:1-21.

NAME DAYS celebrated this week: 

Mark, Cyril, Benjamin, Ghevond, Levon, Leon, Vartan.
ACOLYTE TRAINING

Saturdays
January 30
February 20
March 19
April 23
May 21

4:00 pm
ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH
ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016
12:30 PM
SATURDAY, 
FEBRUARY 6, 2016


12TH ANNUAL POON PAREGENTAN DINNER & DANCE!

at Monty's Elegant Banquets

703 S York Rd,
Bensenville, IL 60106

Click here for more details.
2016 ACYOA JUNIORS WI/IL REGIONAL RETREAT

February 12 - 14 
at Camp Hickory

Registration deadline in Feb 5.

Click here  for more details. 

Contact Der Hovhan to receive a registration packets.
E-BULLETIN: YOUTH ISSUE

Click here  to access our recent 
E-bulletin: Youth Issue 
featuring numerous programs (camps, retreats, training, scholarships, etc) made available to you by our parish, the Diocese, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, and the AGBU.

We hope that you find this information useful and that you benefit from participating in these programs. 

"THE STORY OF
STS. VARTANANTS" iBook
We would like to remind our readers of the first-ever Armenian Church iBook  designed for the iPad. 

Click here to download it and begin your adventure today.
AGBU
FAMILY NIGHT 
Every Third Friday 

February 19, 2016
March 18, 2016
April 15, 2016
May 20, 2016

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

7248 North Harlem Ave Chicago

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PARKING
Please park on the street or in the Maple Street Parking Garage at the west end of Clark Street which is free on Sundays.  Thank you.
SUNDAY BULLETIN (pdf) 


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