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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

 

May 12 - 18, 2013
SUNDAY, May 12, 2013
Second Palm Sunday
 
Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM

Scripture readings:
Acts 23:12-25 

1 John 5:1-13  

John 12:12-23 

SECOND PALM SUNDAY

        On the Sunday following the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, the Armenian Church celebrates "Second" Palm Sunday. The name of the feast has been derived from Palm Sunday, which precedes Easter.  In the week leading up to His betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection, the "first" Palm Sunday symbolized the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem where people met Him with great joy and glorified His Holy Name.  The Second Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the triumphant entry of the Ascended Christ into the Heavenly Jerusalem, where the angels meet him with great happiness and delight.

          According to tradition, during St. Gregory the Illuminator's imprisonment in the pit, he was visited every day by the same angel. However one day, the angel did not come. The following morning, St. Gregory inquires to the reason for his absence, to which the angel responds that during the Ascension, Christ had passed through the ranks of the Angels, and they celebrate that feast each year. The angel visiting St. Gregory was from the fourth class of angelic hosts, and thus, on the fourth day following the Ascension, his rank of angels commemorates and celebrates Christ's Ascension to heaven every year.

          St. Gregory of Datev, one of the greatest theologians of the Armenian Church, has a famous interpretation of this event. Prior to His Ascension, the ranks of angels, except for the lowest class, who served Christ during His earthly life, were not aware of Christ's incarnation for the salvation of man. St. Gregory's commentary states that when the Lord was passing through the ranks of angels, they were surprised and asked, "Who was that powerful king?" The angels accompanying Christ thus informed them. This dialogue of angels is presented in the Holy Bible, in the book of Psalms:
          "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in."
          "Who is this King of glory?  The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle."
          "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in."
          "Who is this King of glory?"
          "The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory."
                                                                          (Psalms 24:7-10).
 
The angelic dialogue is exhibited for us, when it is heard during the Divine Liturgy, as the deacon approaches the celebrant priest with the chalice during the Great Entrance (Veraperoom).
LUNCHEON HONORING OSCAR TATOSIAN
 

 
Church member
for his sixteen years of devoted service and leadership
to the Diocesan Council of the Armenian Church as
Member, Vice-chairman and Chairman

Sunday, May 12, 2013
12:30 PM

NISHAN HALL
St. James Armenian Church

Reservations Required
RSVP by May 5, 2013
847-864-6263
CULTURAL COMMITTEE OF ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH 
 
Invites You to the Book Presentation and Signing Series

Sunday, May 19, 2013
by
Murad Meneshian
Author of
"Raffi: The Prophet from Payajuk"

Copies of the book are available prior the Event. Ask Der Hovhan

&
Sunday, June 30, 2013
by
David Luhrssen
Author of
"Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen"

 

Following Divine Liturgy - 12:30 PM
SMC Offers two scholarships

The Sacred Music Council is pleased to offer two scholarships for 2013: 
Two $250.00 scholarships for St. Nersess Seminary Deacons' Training Program; and 
One $500.00 scholarship from the Margaret E. Hagopian Musical Training Scholarship fund.

The Deacons' Training program teaches the students the deacon's role in the Divine Liturgy and other worship services of the Armenian Church.

The Margaret E. Hagopian Scholarship fund has been identified for choir members and altar servers who actively participating in their choirs, and will be enrolling in courses such as Music History, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Composition, or Vocal Training.

This scholarship is also offered to choir directors and church organists who are taking courses to help with developmental skills as well as improvements in conducting choirs.

Ask Der Hayr for the application.
Altar Guild's Wish List

1. Candle holders and followers for two side altars (4 of each) 
2. Banners (1 or 2) 
3. Jajanch, Radiance (Ostensorium, monstrance) (1 or 2) 
4. Painting for the main altar (pledged) 
5. Painting for the left altar (of St. Gregory the Illuminator) 
6. Painting of St. James of Nisibis 
7. Curtains to cover the overhead storage areas in the vestry and choir rooms

8. Priest's vestments

9. Set of a chalice veil and a Sudarium (linen-holder) for the Gospel book

10. Children's albs (Shabeegs)

Opportunity to serve

St. James Armenian Church has recently created two new ministry initiatives. The first is the Christian Education Committee, the focus of which is to administer, promote, coordinate, and evaluate the parish's spiritual education program for all age groups (from toddlers to senior citizens).

The second is our Cultural Committee, intended to promote and celebrate Armenian culture and history and the contributions of Armenians and American-Armenians to the world community.
 

Also the Sunday School of St. James needs a third teacher to help with the younger ones during our Sunday meetings. Our Sunday School meets every Sunday at 10:15 am. Even if you think you cannot be there every Sunday, but can make a couple of times a month, this could be a very good opportunity for anyone seeking community involvement and meaning- ful connections with our little ones.

 
If you would like to share your talents and serve on either of these two committees or teach at Sunday School, please contact Der Hovhan at (847) 644-7389 or office@stjamesevanston.org.
  


 
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ST. JAMES VIDEO


 
This video was produced by St. James parish to feature our various ministries,  programs and outreach efforts. 
 
Click above to watch the  video.

CLASS OF 2013 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 16.   

Call or e-mail the Church office  before June 12.

JOHN AZARIAN MEMORIAL ARMENIAN YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND

is accepting applications for the year 2013 -2014 academic year.
Application dead line May 31, 2013.


HOME BLESSING

 

Home blessing

 

All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed on the occasion of Easter 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. 

The HOLY BIBLE
Armenian Church Edition
is now in the church pews.

 

If you would like to purchase your personal copy, please contact the Church office.
CALL FOR PHOTOS
 
The Parish is looking for old photos for the website and archive.  
Anything historical having to do with the Parish, Church Building, Church organizations and events or Armenian community in Evanston. We are also looking for photos of our past pastors. If you can help contact office@stjamesevanston.org or 847-864-6263.


Your photos will be scanned and immediately returned.
Help us Celebrate the Parish 70 year anniversary!

International Academic Conference at Holocaust Museum (Skokie, IL)
 
Theme: The Ottoman Turkish Genocide of Anatolian Christians:
A Common Case Study
  
  May 10 and 11, 2013
  
Registration is required
 

PAREV MONTHLY AND 

A.G.B.U. CHICAGO

Present new movie

 GAREGIN NJDEH

 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

7:00 PM

  

A.G.B.U. Onnig Norhad Community Center (7248 N. Harlem)

 

$15 General Admission

For tickets call Missak Galian 

at 847/965-4537

2013 ACYOA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND SPORTS WEEKEND
  
Hosted by ACYOA Chapter of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Gregory Armenian Church 
(Providnce, RI)
May 23-27, 2013
  
Click here for more information.  

2013 ST. NERSESS SUMMER CONFERENCES FOR YOUTH

 

Decons' Training

June 24  - July 2, 2013 

(Scholarships available - Ask Der Hayr)  

 

High Shcool Session "A"  

July 5-13, 2013

 

High School Session "B"

July 29 - August 6, 2013

 

Post High-Shcool Session

August 8-13, 2013

 

Download application here.

 

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.

SUNDAY BULLETIN
(pdf)


CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. JAMES 
 

May 12   
May 15

May 19         

May 21

May 29

June 9             

 

June 16

June 30

Luncheon honoring Mr. Oscar Tatosian

Online Bible Study

Book presentation by Murad Meneshian

Armenian Language Class

Online Bible Study

Women's Guild Sunday.

Sunday School end-of-the-year program  

Celebrating Graduates   

Book presentation by David Luhrssen


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.