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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 19 - 25, 2013
SUNDAY, May 19, 2013
Feast of Pentecost
  
Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM

Scripture readings:
Acts 2:1-21     
John 14:25-31  
HOKEHANKISD- Requiem Service 
May 19, 2013
 

For the souls of:

Armineh Simon
Apcar and Margaret Simon
Hovaness and Verkine' Kafafian

Arshag Dadourian

Raffi Dadourian

Yervant Kafafian

 

Hermine Emmiyan

Mugurditch and Vartouhi Saatjian

Hagop and Baidzar Kherdian

 

 

Zabel Hooks

Requested by:  

Mr. Simon Simon

Dadourian Family
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simon and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Simon and Family

 

 

 

Mr. and Mrs Charles Hardy 

Mr. and Mrs. James Hardy and Family

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simon and Family

 

 

Mrs. Hermine Kholamian and Family

FEAST OF PENTECOST

           

Pentecost

The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons in the Holy Trinity coexisting with, and equal to, the Holy Father and the Holy Son. During His earthly life and ministry Christ spoke to the Apostles about the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Recording the words of Christ, St. John writes, "The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you." (John 14:26).

            

The descent of the Holy Spirit is described in the Acts of the Apostles: "When the day of the Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place.  Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.  (Acts 2:1-4).

            
In the book of Acts, St. Luke further records the names of various countries, and that men from those countries were surprised, when each of them heard his native language. Among the mentioned places are Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia (Acts 2:9). Two of the saints of the Universal Church, both of Roman origin, Tertullian and Augustine, have written that the word "Armenia" should possibly be substituted instead of "Judea", as it is more logical that Armenia would be mentioned among those as a "foreign" country, as the apostles were living in Judea.  Moreover, with regards to geographical position, Armenia was situated between Mesopotamia and Cappadocia. Therefore, the people living in Armenia may have been among the first witnesses of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

            

Among the Armenian Church songs and hymns, two are dedicated to the Feast of Pentecost: "The Sent Dove" (referring to the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove that descended upon Christ during His Baptism) and "Indivisible Trinity". These are sung during the Morning Service on the feast day. Also, during the Evening Service, "Andastan" rite of the blessing of the four corners of the world is conducted. It is during this service that a prayer written by 12th century Armenian Church father Nerses of Lambron is read.

            

In the Christian Church the teaching of divine grace is related to the Holy Spirit.  According to that instruction, each virtue is a divine grace granted to the faithful by the Holy Spirit. Thus, ascribing any virtue to one's own self, and not to God, is a grave sin and can be manifested in another, which is pride. Hence, commemoration of Pentecost is also an appeal to the faithful to avoid pride and instead, use the divine graces in life for righteous purposes and moral goals.

            

One of the four season fasting periods defined by the Armenian Apostolic Church is the fasting period preceding the beginning of summer. This fasting period, as well as the other ones preceding the other seasons of the year, is not preparation for any feast, and according to the tradition is called Elijah's fast, as coincides the feast of commemoration the Prophet Elijah the next Sunday.

            

This fasting period preceding the beginning of summer starts the day following the feast of Pentecost (the flesh day preceding the fast is the Sunday, when the feast of Pentecost is celebrated). With the change of the Easter Feast day the beginning of the fasting period may be during the period May 11-June 14. Like the other fasting periods preceding the other seasons of the year, this one also lasts five days - from Monday till Friday. 

Ancient Ceremony of Genuflexion

 

            One characteristic of the Feast of Pentecost in the Armenian Church and all other ancient eastern churches is a ceremony of "Genuflexion" or kneeling down. After the festivities of Easter are completed on Pentecost Sunday, the church resumes its normal cycle of fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, the prohibition against kneeling down in prayer and penance is lifted. In fact, the churches celebrate this by ceremonially inviting the faithful to bend the knee for the first time since Easter.

             In the Armenian tradition, this ceremony takes place during the Badarak (Divine Liturgy). The priest celebrating the Divine Liturgy interrupts the Eucharistic Prayer (after the words, Arek, gerek... (Take, eat...) and reads three prayers which come to us from the ancient liturgy of Jerusalem. Each prayer is addressed to one member of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


CULTURAL COMMITTEE OF ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH 
 
Invites You to the Book Presentation and Signing Series

This 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

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

 

EPISCOPAL LITURGY AND ORDINATION OF ACOLYTES AND DEACONS 

 

 SUNDAY, July 7, 2013

 

Officiated by

His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian

 

Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

 

Morning Service - 9:00 AM

Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM

 

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Celebratory Luncheon- 12:30 PM

2013 DIOCESAN SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS

HYE Camp

 

For campers ages 8 to 15 * Housed at Camp Hickory, Ingleside, IL

Staff Training: July 25 - 28, Two-week Session: July 28 - August 10

One-week Camp Session: July 28-August 3 (all participants)

One-week Camp Session: August 4-10

(available for those unable to attend week 1)

To register visit www.armenianchurch-ed.net

 

For more information, contact:

Jennifer E. Morris, Youth Outreach Coordinator

jenniferm@armeniandiocese.org - 

(248) 648-0702

 

Please note that registration deadlines are rapidly approaching, 

and medical forms signed by a doctor are required. 

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)

Have you signed up for eScrip?

 

 

That will cost you nothing. You do not need to spend extra money, yet you will make a contribution to St. James.

Here's How it Works:

  • You register any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program.
  • Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen group, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered.
  • Your purchases are tracked and available to you online, allowing you to see just how much you are earning on your church's behalf!

How to sign-up online:

1)      Go to www.escrip.com

2)      Click on Sign-Up-It's Free.

3)      Choose the Group ID radio button, enter '500011443' in the text box, and click 'Search'.

4)      Click on St James Armenian Church.

5)      Follow the step-by-step instructions on the web site to set-up your account.

6)      Click 'Next'.

7)      Enter your personal information and click 'Next'.

8)      Select card type, enter card number, and click 'Next'.

 

 

Sign Up Now!  eScrip is proven to be a fantastic resource for fundraising where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school, church or organization of your choice.

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FEASTS

May 25
Commemoration of Prophet Elijah
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.

2013 MEMBERSHIP DUES

 

Why not take care of your 2013 dues now!

If you are not already a 2013 dues-paid member, please consider becoming one. 

New members must pay dues by July 1 in order to be eligible to vote

during the Parish Assembly on January 2014.

Do you know that now you can pay your dues with your credit card?

Forms are available in the church office.


ST. JAMES PARISH 
TOWN HALL MEETING

SUNDAY, JUNE 3
after Divine Liturgy

Parish's delegates will share an information about the recent Diocesan Assembly.

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 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!

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 19         

May 21

May 29

June 2

June 9             

 

June 16

June 30

July 7

August 25

Book presentation by Murad Meneshian

Armenian Language Class

Online Bible Study

Parish Town Hall Meeting

Women's Guild Sunday.

Sunday School end-of-the-year program  

Celebrating Graduates   

Book presentation by David Luhrssen

Episcopal Liturgy and Ordinations

"Taste of Armenia"


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.