August 24 - 31, 2014
SUNDAY, August 24, 2014
Second Sunday after the Assumption         
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Proverbs 11:30-12:4;       Zechariah 2:10-13;
2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1;    Luke 1:39-56
Commemoration of Sts.Joachim and Anna, Parents of the Holy Mother of God, and Oil-Bearing Women

According to the tradition, St. Joachim was a descendant of King David, and St. Anna was the daughter of a priest. One day, while performing a service in the cathedral, the priest tells Joachim to stand in the end, as he had no son. Becoming upset, Joachim comes out of the Cathedral and immediately climbs up the mountains, vowing not to descend the mountain until the visit of God. Following his example, Anna, staying at home, devotes herself to prayer and repentance. And once, when Anna sees in the garden the birds playing with their nestlings becomes sad and cries, as she wasn't granted the grace of being a mother. Just at that moment the Angel of God visits Anna, telling her that God will be granting her a son who will be the mother of the Savior of the world. Joachim also has the same vision and becoming very happy, gives alms to the poor. The parents decide to devote the baby to the Church. The baby is named  Mary, which means "Illuminated".

The oil-bringing women are the witnesses of Christ's torments. They are the first to give the good tidings of the Resurrection of our Lord. The Oil-Bringing women followed Christ during all the time of realizing His earthly mission. The church calls them "Oil-Bringing Women" as on Sunday, in the morning, they hurried to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus by the aromatic oils prepared by them.

Thanks to their devoutness they were first to see the Rosen God and told about it the Apostles. They were in the upstairs during Pentecost and together with the Apostles received the graces of the Holy Spirit.


The Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates the memory of Sts. Joachim and Anna together with the oil-Bringing Women.

Commemoration of the Prophet Jeremiah

Prophet Jeremiah is one of the four Major Prophets of the Old Testament. In comparison with other persons and saints of the Holy Bible, there is much more and rather trustworthy information about the Prophet Jeremiah. 

The Prophet Jeremiah lived during the latter part of the seventh century and the first part of the sixth century B. C. He was the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests of the town Anathoth not far from Jerusalem. He lived and preached in Jerusalem. Feeling the calling to serve God he has devoutly served refusing to marry and have his own family. The people, being idolatrous and experiencing social difficulties and unfairness, could not understand his honest motives. As the result of such attitude the Prophet Jeremiah prophesies the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of Temple.

Witnessing his nation's idolatry and sin, he continuously preaches equality and true faith in God, exhorts them to change the way they are living and to be fair in their treatment of one another, to stop taking advantage of aliens, orphans and widows, to stop killing innocent people in this land, to stop worshiping other gods, for that will destroy them.

Prayer of the Week
Heavenly King, grant me your Kingdom, which You have promised to Your beloved; and strengthen my heart to hate sin, to love You alone, and to do Your will. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.
Workers Needed

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The St. James Taste of Armenia Street Fair is fast approaching on Sunday, August 24th.  In order to have another successful event, everyone's help will be needed both on Saturday, August 23rd, and in all areas during the day on Sunday, August 24th.  If you can help skewer meat, make hamburgers, set up tents and tables, serve food and desserts, cut bread, help in the cultural tent, supervise games, sell tickets or do any of the many tasks that need to be done, PLEASE VOLUNTEER.  

Contact Debbie DerAsadourian (847.259.6053/ or Wendy Farsakian (847.657.0027) to be scheduled. Or sign up online (click here).

We appreciate everyone's efforts.  Thank You!

Taste of Armenia Street Fair Restaurant Raffle

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Along with the festivities at St. James Taste of Armenia Street Fair, this year we will hold our innovative raffle called the "Restaurant Raffle".   One thousand dollars ($1,000) in restaurant gift certificates will be given away, including:

Brindille ($100), Trattoria #10 (2X $100), Sayat Nova ($100), Wildfire ($100), Union ($150),  Dinotto Ristorante ($100), Siunik Armenian Grill ($150), and L. Woods ($100).


Raffle tickets are being offered for $5.00 each or 6 tickets for $25.00.


Click here for more information.

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

August 24
September 7

St. James Armenian Church (Evanston, IL)

Knights of Vartan (Lincolnwood, IL)

Calendar of worship services and events at St. James

August 24

September 14

September 14

September 20

Taste of Armenia Street Fair 
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Sunday School Open House
Annual Church Picnic

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August 26
Commemoration of Sts. Joachim and Anna, Parents of the Holy Mother of God, and Oil-Bringing Women

August 28
Commemoration of the Prophet Jeremiah

August 30
Commemoration of St. Thomas, St. James and St. Simon the Apostles
AUGUST 24, 2014

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Taste of Armenia 

Big Raffle Tickets are available.


$100.00 per ticket.

 For more information click here.

The Parish Council asks that all committee leaders and anyone else interested be present for our annual defibrillator training on 
Sunday, September 7 
immediately after Badarak 
in the vestibule area. This is a very important skill to have in the unfortunate event of an emergency medical condition requiring the use of automated external defibrillator (AED)

Meg Kamajian, a registered nurse, will be leading the training.

St. James Armenian Church (Evanston)


Saturday, September 20, 2014

12:00 noon -5:00 PM 


Flick Park

3600 Glenview Rd

Glenview, IL 60025

Adults: $15; Children: 5-12 $10, under 5: FREE

Donation covers rental fee, lunch, non-alcoholic beverages,

& clown for children

Catering by Siunik Armenian Restaurant


For more information and to RSVP by September 15, please contact


Parish Council Chair Gevik Anbarchian (773) 490-6490 or
St. James Armenian Church (Evanston)


The cuisine of Georgian Armenians



12:00 noon to 8:00 PM

his event is sponsored and organized by St. James Cultural Committee as part of its Celebrating Our Diaspora initiative. Each year, the Cultural Committee will host a Fall Food Bazaar featuring the cuisine of various corners of the Armenian diaspora. Future years will feature the Turkish, Iraqi, and Iranian Armenian communities. The Fall Food Bazaar is but one taste of celebrating the diversity of our St James parish community.


St. James Armenian Church (Evanston)


Proudly welcoming students for the

2014-2015 academic year!

Open House & Registration: 

September 14

First Day of Classes: September 21

Learn more about the history, practice, and structure of the Armenian Church while building strong friendships and having fun!

Children ages 3-12 are welcome.


Sisag H. Varjabedian Saturday 

Armenian School


September 6, 2014

We teach Western and Eastern Armenian for all ages.

Classes are held on Saturdays 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the AGBU Center

(7248 N Harlem Ave. Chicago, IL 60631)

For more information call:

Aline Nigoghossian

Principal (708-785-1374)

Dr. Tamar Wasoian

Education and Program Director




Please consider donating flowers to adorn the Holy Altar. You may either bring flowers or make a monetary donation towards the purchase.

Sign-up sheet is in the Nishan Hall.


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Parking is FREE on Sundays at the parking garage on Maple street. Main entrance on Maple Avenue & Clark Street.

Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201