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

 

March 23 - 29, 2014
SUNDAY, March 23, 2014

Sunday of the Steward                                                        

 

Morning Service            9:15 AM

Sunrise Service:            10:00 AM        

Divine Liturgy:              10:30 AM

Scripture readings:

Isaiah 56:1-57:21    

Ephesians  4:17-5:14

Luke 16:1-31 

Sunday of the Steward 

Jan Luyken (17th-century Dutch illustrator) Jan Luyken etching of the Parable of the Unjust Steward 
(Bowyer Bible)

The fourth Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Steward, and the message of the day comes from the Parable of the Unjust Steward. This Parable is mentioned only in the Gospel of St. Luke (16:1-13). In this Parable, a wealthy man learns that the steward of his house (the supervisor of his holdings) is squandering his possessions. The rich man, then, calls forth the steward and asks for an accounting of his possessions, having already decided to release him from employment. 

 

The steward, realizing that he may soon be without work, begins to act properly so that in the near future, if he is indeed fired, others may accept him into their homes. He calls forth those men who are in debt to his employer and relieves them of certain portions of their debts. Upon learning of this ploy, the wealthy man praises the steward for his contrivance rather than chastising him for it.
 
The fourth Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Steward, and the message of the day comes from the Parable of the Unjust Steward. This Parable is mentioned only in the Gospel of St. Luke (16:1-13). In this Parable, a wealthy man learns that the steward of his house (the supervisor of his holdings) is squandering his possessions. The rich man, then, calls forth the steward and asks for an accounting of his possessions, having already decided to release him from employment. The steward, realizing that he may soon be without work, begins to act properly so that in the near future, if he is indeed fired, others may accept him into their homes. He calls forth those men who are in debt to his employer and relieves them of certain portions of their debts. Upon learning of this ploy, the wealthy man praises the steward for his contrivance rather than chastising him for it. 
 
Thus, Lent teaches mankind about the ability we each have to resign ourselves from all forms of temptation, the beginning of which is self-control and self-denial, even if we have been living sinfully. Christ says, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). This parable reminds every one of us that the journey towards salvation must include self-control and resignation. The allegorical meaning of the parable involves the wealthy man symbolizing God and the unjust steward symbolizing the sinner. For an extended period of time, the sinner carelessly wastes the graces granted by God until God finally calls him forth for an accounting of his life. The unjust steward symbolizes all of us who, upon regretting our own actions, forgive those who have sinned against us and become true seekers of righteousness and justice. 
Median Day of Great Lent 
(Mijink)

As established by Archbishop Malachia Ormanian, the 24th day (or the fourth Wednesday) of Great Lent marks the halfway point of Great Lent--called Mijink in Armenian. From the halfway point forward, a number of Steghi hymns written by the composer are sung during the Peace Service held in the evenings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

 


Another Mijink 
custom involves a folk tradition in which the housewife of every household bakes an unleavened cake and puts a coin in it while baking. The rest of the year will be successful for the family member who finds this coin in his/her portion of the cake.


Commemoration of The Forty Holy Martyrs 
 

The Forty Holy Martyrs who perished in approximately 320 AD were Christians from various towns and cities of Lesser Armenia. They served as soldiers in the royal regiment of Sebastia. Upon the decree of the Roman Emperor Likianos, interrogations were organized by Lucias, Duke of Caesarea, to discover the Christian soldiers. Forty of the soldiers remained steadfast in their faith, defied the judges by their brave answers and were imprisoned. On a cold winter night, the soldiers were thrown into a lake near Sebastia to freeze them to death.


At dawn, halos are seen encircling the heads of the soldiers. One of the guards 
charged with the execution of the forty, upon witnessing the holy phenomenon, accepts Christ and throws himself into the lake to be martyred along with the others. In the morning, it becomes apparent that through a divine miracle, the forty soldiers have been saved from freezing. This infuriates their captors who execute them thus making them martyrs. (One of the forty soldiers, being unable to endure the torments, comes out of the water and finds refuge in a bathhouse built on the banks. The lone soldier dies and is deprived of both earthly and heavenly life.)


The martyrs' remains are buried in Sebastia, where subsequently a forty-domed Cathedral is built. The Cathedral of Sebastia stood for nearly one thousand years until the invasion of Tamerlane and the Mongols at the end of the 14th Century. The name Forty Martyrs Cathedral has survived to this day.

 
Arevakal: The Sunrise Service 
(Continued) 
By Fr. Zaven Arzumanian 
 
Arevakal

The Structure of the Sunrise Service

This service has a particular order to it. It starts with songs, goes to a litany by the deacon, and a prayer by the priest, and that comprises one set. There are four of those sets. It is noticeable that the Sunrise Service does not include any Scriptural reading as such, particularly from the New Testament. There are, instead, scattered verses from the Book of Psalms. Those four sets of Hymns, litanies and prayers are identified as follows: The first set: is universal by nature: "'All the nations of the earth shall be blessed in Him... From the East to the West, from the North to the South all nations and peoples, bless the Creator.'"

 

The second set: is intercession by nature: The martyred saints and the beloved of the heavenly Father are sought. Prayers are addressed to them and the key-word is Parekhosetsek (intercede ye, O Saints). The third set: comprises the central theme itself, i.e. the light as the expression of the divinity through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The attributes of this light are righteousness, wisdom, mercy and peace.

 

The fourth set: comprises the conclusive theme, i.e. the way, coupled with the truth and the life, all three identified with our Lord Jesus Christ. Purely a spiritual journey, an ascension from the earth to heaven. (To be continued) 

St. James Parish Retreat

The Parish Council of St. James Armenian Church will  be hosting thefirst annual retreat on Saturday, March 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center (2001 Waukegan Road, Techny IL 60082).  The purpose of this retreat is to get the Parish leadership and congregation together to have a Bible Study session followed by a  working session to develop the mission and vision for the church.  There is no charge to attend and lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by sending an E-mail to office@stjamesevanston.org or by calling the church office at (847) 864-6263 by Friday, March 14

Lenten Worship Schedule

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.  
 

We encourage you to download the prayer on your iPhone, iPad, and a Kindle or to purchase for $5 a copy of the book from church's office.

 
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.

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Photo of the Week

Holy Altar
 

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

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

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

8.  Censer stand- $400, 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.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORSHIP SERVICES

March 22

March 23

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

St. James Parish Leadership Retreat

Mid-Lenten Luncheon (Mejeenk) 

Youth Choir Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday) 

ACYOA Sr. Regional Retreat 

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

ACYOA Jr. Lenten Retreat at Camp Hickory

Women's Retreat (Racine, WI)

Youth Choir 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

 

March 26 - Median day of Great Lent (Mijink)

March 29 - Commemoration of the Forty Holy Martyrs

St. James Armenian Apostolic Church

WOMEN'S GUILD

invites you to its annual

MID-LENTEN LUNCHEON

 

 

 

March 23, 2014,

following Divine Liturgy -12:30 PM

please join us for a variety of delicious Lenten foods and an afternoon of fellowship

Suggested donation: $10 - Adults, $5 - Children under 10
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.

MICHAEL ARAM 

AT NEIMAN MARCUS

MICHIGAN AVENUE

 

View his 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative Collection

and the Atelier Collection

 

 

Thursday, April 3

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Gift Galleries, Fourth Floor

 

Host Committee:

Gloria Hachikian, Mary Hoogasian, Mark Hoplamazian, Carrie Nahabedian, Michael Nahabedian and Oscar Tatosian.   

 

Reservations are limited.

 

Please reply to rsvpmichiganave@neimanmarcus.com 

or call (312)694-4072

 

A Percentage of the Sales will be donated to Save the ArQ, a non-profit mission to help save the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem.

 

Click here to see the invitation

 

99th COMMEMORATION of the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE 

Film screening
organized by Parev Monthly Newspaper

MUSIC TO MADNESS- THE STORY OF GOMIDAS


with special guest speaker
Writer and Director 
David Deranian

Saturday, April 12, 2014
7:00 PM
AGBU Onnig Norehad Center
7248 N. Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 
REMINDER
 
Act fast if you are planning to attend ACYOA Jr. WI/IL Regional Retreat on April 4-6. Participants must submit completed registration packets to their parish n
o later than Monday, March 24.
 

Click here for the registration packet.
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ST. JAMES ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201