August 3 - 9, 2014
SUNDAY, August 3, 2014

Second Sunday after Transfiguration                                            


Morning Service: 9:15 AM                     

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM 

Bible Readings: Isaiah 3:16-4:1; 1 Cor.1:25-30; Mt. 18:10-14

Commemoration Day of 200 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus

The Ecumenical Council of Ephesus was convened in 431 A. D., during the reign of the King Theodosius Small. 200 Pontiffs participated in the Council with the goal to criticize the false teaching of Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople. According to his teaching there were two independent - divine and human natures in Christ, contrasting each other. Nestorius preached that Christ was born as a simple man and only later Divinity was settled in His Person, and therefore, the Holy Virgin Mary was not Godmother, but the mother of a simple man.

The Ecumenical Council of Ephesus condemns the teaching of Nestorius and adopts the teaching of St. Cyril of Alexandria as an orthodox teaching, according to which the divine and human natures of Christ do not exist separately, but are united unmixedly, without confusion - one Lord, one Jesus, one face and one united divine and human nature. St. Mary is not the mother of a simple man, but she is Godmother as she gave birth to the Son of God. So, the formulation of St. Cyril of Alexandria: "One is the nature of the Incarnate Word of God" was adopted.

The Armenian Church has not participated in that Ecumenical Council but has adopted its resolutions and ecumenical authority together with the previous Ecumenical Councils.

Prayer of the Week

O Jesus, wisdom of the Father, grant me wisdom, that I may always think, speak, and do that which is good in Your sight; save me from evil thoughts, words and deeds. Have mercy upon Your Creatures and upon me, a great sinner.

Articles Used in the Sanctuary


There are three type of lectern in our church.

1. A small lectern which is used on the Altar Table during the liturgy for the Mysteries Book, for the Hours Book during the daily services or on which the Gospelsbook is placed for kissing.

2. A tall lectern used in the chancel and something on the bema when reading the day's lesson. It is usually covered.

3. A lectern used when in the chancel by the clerks during the daily services when they are using the Book of Sharagans. It is used by the choir director during the Divine Liturgy.





Many types of incense containers are used in the church. The main one is boat-shaped and opens at both ends. A small spoon is placed in the Khungaman so that the officiant can put incense into the thurible. The second type is usually ornamental and is called a Dabanag meaning Ark. It is used when there are double thuribles for the Liturgy or daily services. Incense is usually given from the first type. The Dabanag is merely carried in the censer's hand.



The kerchief is a fine piece of material, usually decorated, used when holding or touching the Gospelsbook or hand crosses. It is used to keep holy things clean of sinful contact.

By Very Rev. Haigazoun Vartabed Melkonian. 
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:












Here are the words you have already learned:
եւ (yev), սուրբ (soorp), ի (ee),Տէր (der), Աստուած (Asdvadz), օրհնեա, օրհնեալ (օrhnya, 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), որդի (vorti), հոգի (hoki), թող (togh), փորձութիւն (portsutyun), փրկեա, փրկիչ (prgya, prgich), արարիչ (araritch), չար (char), փառք ի բարցունս (park i partsuns), տուր, տայ (dur, da),  խաչ (khach).
Taste of Armenia offers business sponsorship opportunities
Street Logo This year we are offering business 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.

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.

Photo of the Week

Gandzasar Monastery in Artsakh
(photo taken at the end of XIX century

Video of the Week

World's Toughest Job - #worldstoughestjob - Official Video
Interview for the World's Toughest Job

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 3
August 3
August 9-10
August 15-17
August 17
August 24
September 7

St. Mesrob Armenian Church (Racine, WI)

St. Paul Armenian Church (Waukegan, IL)

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

All Saints Armenian Church (Glenview, IL)

St. George Armenian Church (Waukegan, IL)

St. James Armenian Church (Evanston, IL)

Knights of Vartan (Lincolnwood, IL)

Calendar of worship services and events at St. James

August 16

August 17

August 24



September 14

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (6:00 PM)
Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God
Taste of Armenia Street Fair 
Annual Church Family Picnic at Flick Park (will be announced later)
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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August 4

Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina


August 5

Commemoration of Martyrdom of Sts. Antiochus the Bishop and his ten disciples and five martyrs


August 7

Commemoration of the Holy Forefathers: Adam, Abel, Seth, Enosh, Enoch, Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Eliezer, Joshua, Samuel, Samson, Jephthah, Barak, Gideon, and other Holy Patriarchs


August 9

Commemoration Day of 200 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus


Tens of thousands tried out, 300 auditioned, and congratulations to
Selena Groh for being in the top 9! 

Sunday, July 27, marked the opening of Hye Camp in Ingleside, IL. 

Campers have been busy taking classes in religion, Armenian language, culture and heritage, and arts and crafts. They also take part in athletic games and special programs.

Click on the following links to read the Hye Camp blog and to view photos.

St. James Armenian Church will once again host a bake sale table at the Evanston Farmers' Market on Saturday, August 16 from 7:00 am to noon to promote the Taste of Armenia Festival the following weekend. 


Please help staff the table for even an hour or two, then enjoy the bounty of fresh produce, food products, flowers and other items available at this top-rated market.

AUGUST 24, 2014

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Taste of Armenia 

Big Raffle Tickets are available.


$100.00 per ticket.

 For more information click here.


St. James' Stewardship Committee encourages you to become a steward. To date we have pledged only $23K. Please consider becoming a steward of St. James and help our parish meet its $50K goal for 2014.

Contact Parish Council Chair and Stewardship Committee Chair, Gevik 
Anbarchian, for additional information.

Click here to donate online



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.

New date will be announced.



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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