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

 
June 22 - 28, 2014
SUNDAY, June 22, 2014                      

Feast of the Catholic Church of Holy Etchmiadzin                

                

Morning Service: 9:15 AM                     

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

 

Bible Readings:  

Proverbs 9:1-6; Zechariah 3:7-4:9; Hebrews 9:1-10; John 10:22-30


Requiem service for the souls of the deceased Women's Guild members 

after Divine Liturgy.

Feast of St. Gregory the Enlightener's Emergence From the Pit

In 287 A.D., after condemning St. Gregory to the pit, King Drdat began persecuting Christians in Armenian. After ordering the execution of Hripsime, Gayane and their companions, Drdat went mad, imagining he was a boar. His sister, St. Khosrovidukht, had a dream that Gregory was still alive and that only he could heal her brother, a dream that she related to Drdat's court. They then sent men to the pit, and to their amazement they discovered that Gregory was indeed alive. When Gregory was taken to Drdat, the ailing King knelt down before Gregory and confessed his sins, saying, "Your God is my God, your religion is my religion." Gregory then resumed his ministry, converting the Armenian nation to Christianity. He baptized the King and the royal family and conducted mass baptisms throughout Armenia. After being anointed bishop by the metropolitan of Caesarea, Leontius (Ghevont), St. Gregory assumed the leadership of the Armenian Church as its first Patriarch-Catholicos, a position he graced for 25 years until his death. The Armenian Church remembers St. Gregory's Emergence from the pit each June. 


"Devoted Souls"
The Topic of the Upcoming Sunday Sermon (Video)

Devoted Souls
Devoted Souls

Prayer of the Week

Beholder of all, I have sinned against You, in thought, word, and deed; blot out the hand-writing of my offenses and write my name in the Book of Life. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.

Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin 

According to tradition, and hagiographic sources, following the declaration of Christianity as the Official Religion of Armenia in 301 AD, St. Gregory has a famous vision, wherein the Only Begotten Son of God - Jesus Christ, descends from Heaven, his face lit aglow, and with the strike of a golden hammer designates the site where the Mother Cathedral for the entire Armenian nation is to be founded. Hence, the name of the spiritual center for the Armenians, "Etchmiadzin", means "the Descent of the Only Begotten" (Etch- descent, mi- only, dzin- begotten.)

St. Gregory relayed the story about his vision to the Armenian King Tiridates, under whose royal auspices and support the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was built.  King Tiridates and Queen Ashkhen participated in the construction, as did the entire capital city of Vagharshapat by bringing stones from the biblical mountain of Ararat to lay the foundations.  In the site marked by Christ, a Holy Altar of Descent was built. 

According of Patriarch Malachia Ormanian, from the days of her establishment, the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin has been the residence of the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.  Thus, it is the Mother See of the Armenian Church, and as such, her universal, spiritual and administrative headquarters.    

Another title bestowed upon the cathedral is "Catholic" - not to be confused with the Roman Catholic faith.  Catholic is a Greek word meaning "Universal". Theologically, the cathedral has been called "catholic" as a description of the catholicity (universality) of the Church. 


Let's Learn Armenian
 
Did You Know That...
 
The Badarak, not counting the priest's prayers, is about 4,700 words long, but has only 1,400 different roots, of which 200 constitute approximately 80% of the text. Եւ (Yev = and) is the most common word; it occurs 438 times and constitutes nearly 10% of the text. This means that if you knew only the word եւ , you'd already understand 1 out of every 10 words of the Mass. Moreover, if you knew only 200 words and their variants you would understand 8 out of every 10 words in the Mass.

Every week you can learn two of the 50 most commonly used words in the Badarak here:

 

Armenian

Phonetic

English

Որդի

vorti

son 

Հոգի

hoki

spirit

 

Here are the words you have already learned: եւ (yev), սուրբ (soorp), 

ի (ee), Տէր (der), Աստուած (Asdvadz), օրհնեա, օրհնեալ (Orhnya, orhnyal), ես, է (es, e), իմ (im), Քո, քեզ, դու (ko, kez, tu.), Ինք, իւր (ink, yur), մեր, մեք, մեզ (mer, mek, mez), հայր (hayr). 

 


Items Used on the Altar Table

 


Picture of Salvation (Badger Pergoutyan)

Picture of Salvation is the name of the painting used in all Armenian Churches over the main alter. It shows the Holy Virgin holding the child Christ in her lap. He should be blessing that people and His clothes radiant, showing His divinity. Most often the painting has the Holy Spirit descending in the form of a dove.

 

 

 


Radiance - Reliquary - Sunburst (Jajanch)
The radiance is usually placed in the center or, if in pairs, on each side of the Alter Table. The central disc which contains a  relic or nushkar is surrounded by rays made of mental and fixed on a stem which is connected to a base. It is decorated with various sacred signs and symbols and often is used simply as an ornament on the Altar Table, symbolizing the spiritual power radiating from holy things. The radiance is commonly used during Antasdan on feasts of the Holy Cross, particularly if it contains a piece of original Cross.

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 26th Annual St. James Taste of Armenia Street Fair which will take place on Sunday, August 24, 2014 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 application form with details about the various advertising opportunities.

Click here for art-work requirements.


Young Adult Pilgrimage to Jerusalem Photos Online 

Recently a group of 29 youth leaders from 27 parishes throughout the Eastern Diocese returned from their pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Krikor Paylan was representing our parish.

 

We thank God for keeping our pilgrims under the shadow of His hand and for their safe return home.  

The first photo gallery from this  Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is now online. Click here to view photos from Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Jordan River, Sea of Galilee, and other holy sites the group visited during the 10-day program.

2014 Membership Dues

 

 

StJames Sketch If you are not already a 2014 dues-paid member, please consider becoming one. New members must pay dues by JUNE 30 in order to be eligible to vote during the Parish Assembly on January 2015.

 

Do you know that now you can pay your dues with your credit card? Ask Vahan Janjigian or Debbie DerAsadourian or make a secure payment on our website (click here)

 

Forms are available in the church office or here.


Video of the Week

Pay It Forward
Pay It Forward

Photo of the Week 
Main Altar, Etchmiadzin

Altar Guild's Wish List

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

2.  Painting of St. James of Nisibis. $1000. Donated.

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

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

5.  Censer stand. $400. 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.

 

Calendar of Midwest Armenian Picnics

June 29
July 4
July 13
July 13
July 20
August 3
August 3
August 9-10
August 15-17
August 17
August 24
September 7

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St. Mesrob Armenian Church (Racine, WI)

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St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church (Chicago, IL)

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Knights of Vartan (Lincolnwood, IL)


Calendar of worship services and events at St. James

June 22

June 28

June 29

July 12

July 26

August 16

August 24

September 13

Women's Guild Day
"The Armenian Church in the United States" presentation 
Celebrating graduates
Armenian Jeopardy
Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 PM)
Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 PM)
Taste of Armenia Street Fair 
Saturday Evening Service- KIrakamatits (5:00 PM) 


St James steeple
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FEASTS

June 23 - Commemoration of the Children of Bethlehem, Acacius the Witness, Movkima the Priest and Kotriatos the Soldier

June 24 - Commemoration of St, Nooneh and Maneh

June 26 - Commemoration of the Princes Sts. Sahak and Hovsep and the Martyrs Sts. Sarkiss and Bacchus

June 28 - Commemoration of St. Nersess the Great and St. Bishop Khad


IN CELEBRATION OF

THE FEASTS OF ST. HRIPSIME 

AND ST. GAYENE

AND THEIR COMPANIONS

 

 THE ST. JAMES PARISH COUNCIL

INVITES YOU TO

 

WOMEN'S GUILD DAY

 

     

 

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

 

Click here to see the flyer.
ST. JAMES DEACON TRAINING WEEK

June 23 - 27, 2014

10 am - 2 pm

 

Five days of classes for young altar servers focusing on basic patterns for candle bearers, censers bearers, altar etiquette, chanting, meaning of Divine Liturgy, prayers, and liturgical books of the Armenian Church. 

 

For ordained acolytes and Altar servers.

 

See Der Hovhan for more details and for registration.

ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH
INVITES YOU 
TO DER HOVHAN'S PRESENTATION 


"ARMENIAN CHURCH IN 

THE UNITED STATES"

(In Armenian)

 

 Saturday, June 28, 2014

at 6 PM

 

followed by Potluck Dinner

 

Click here for see the flyer.

 

Armenian Studies Department of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern) and St. James Armenian Church (Evanston, IL) ACYOA Jrs.

present

 

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

1:00 PM

Nishan Hall

 

GRAND PRIZE - 

one free week at Hye Camp!!!

 

Parishioners of Hye Camp age are eligible to participate.

 

To request the list of questions and to register, please e-mail Der Hovhan at office@stjamesevanston.org.

 

Click hereto see the flyer.

HYE CAMP

For campers ages 8 to 15

at Camp Hickory, Ingleside, IL

Two-week Session:

July 27 - August 9

One-week Camp Session: 

July 27 - August 2 (all participants)

One-week Camp Session:

August 3-9
(available for those unable to attend 
week 1)

 

To register visit 

Hye Camp website.

      

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE 

AT HYE CAMP

 

Medical staff needed:
Doctors, nurses, pharmacist
Hair stylists:
to check for lice as campers arrive
Night security:
Anyone over 30 years of age willing to work any evenings between 12 a.m. and 5:00 AM between July 27 and August 8
Laundry Volunteers:
6 people required to go to a laundromat on August 2 to launder camper
Closing Day cleanup:
Volunteers needed on August 2 and August 9 at 7:30 AM to supervise campers and do light sweeping. 

Hye Camp needs the support of the community.

 

Please contact 

Debbie DerAsadourian (847.902.7790)

or Kenarr Chiodo, Hye Camp Board Chair

(773.205.6455) if you are able to assist in any of the areas listed above.

AUGUST 24, 2014

Street Logo

Taste of Armenia 

Big Raffle Tickets are available.

 

$100.00 per ticket.

 

For more information click here.

CLASS OF 2014 GRADUATES

 

If you have a graduate in your family or know of someone who is graduating, please send us their information.

 

 If you are a graduate, please submit the school you are graduating from , the school you will be attending (if applicable), course of study (if applicable), degree earned and future plans.

 

We are planning to host a reception to honor our graduates on June 29.   

Call or e-mail the Church office  before June 25.


The Chicago Affiliate of the 
ARMENIAN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION 

  An evening with

JACKIE KAZARIAN

 Musical performance by Sima Cunningham

 

Saturday June 28, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

  

At Kazarian Studio

122 W. Kinzie St. 2nd floor, Chicago

 $20 per person

 Please RSVP by June 20th  aiwachicago@gmail.com

 

Questions? Call Greta Doumanian-Harley (312)213-3765
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ST. JAMES ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201