August 31 - September 6 , 2014
SUNDAY, August 31, 2014
Second Sunday after the Assumption
Feast of The Discovery of the Belt of The Theotokos         
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Isaiah 9:8-19; 2 Cor. 1:1-11; Mark 4:35-40 

Blessing of New Robes for Altar Servers

14 new robes (shabeegs) were recently sown for St. James' altar servers. Donations were made by Mrs. Arpine and Arda Hovnanian in memory of Ralph Rafi Hovnanian as well as by Mr. and Mrs. Montsic and Janet Tadevosyan and Ms. Kathy Green.

These robe will be blessed during a special ceremony at the end of Divine Liturgy this Sunday, August 31.
Feast of The Discovery of the Belt of The Theotokos

Today, the second Sunday after the Assumption, is the Feast of the Discovery of the Belt of the Theotokos. Because there are no relics of the Holy Mother's earthly body (She was assumed into Heaven), Her personal belongings became articles of devotion. Her belt was the first item to be discovered in Jerusalem in the fifth century, an event that was later honored in the Armenian Church with a feast day. There are eight feast days dedicated to the Holy Mother of God: Her Nativity, Her Presentation to the Temple, the Annunciation, the Conception of Mary, the Purification, the Assumption, the Discovery of Her Belt and the Discovery of Her Jewel Box.

Commemoration of 318 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea

This council is the First Ecumenical Council in the history of the Church, which was convened upon the order of the King Costandianos the Great in the town Nicaea near Constantinople, in 327 A. D. 318 prominent pontiffs representing the Universal Church participated in the Council. The reason for convening the council was priest Arios of Alexandria, who preached that Christ was not without beginning, that he was created upon the Will of God before times and centuries, in order the creation of God to be realized by means of Christ. The only one not having birth, the only one eternal and without beginning is God the father. Son has been created not from the essence of the Father, but from nothing. There was a time when the Son did not exist. Although the Son has received all the virtues of the Father and is adopted, he is not pure as the Father is, he is changeable, as all human beings.


Because of such viewpoints of Arios the Divinity of Christ was denied and the entire Christian doctrine was endangered. Archbishop Alexander of Alexandria opposed to Arianism. In his sermons he stressed that God is eternal, and Son is eternal, Father and Son are of the same time. Father does not precede the Son even for a moment, Father has always existed and Son has always existed. The false teaching of Arios is condemned during the first Ecumenical Council and it is declared to be heresy.


Aristakes, son of St. Gregory the Illuminator, also participates in the first Ecumenical Council. The doctrinal formulation adopted by the Council, which is known as Nicene Creed, is brought to Armenia by Aristakes and is presented to St. Gregory the Illuminator.  The latter added to it the following passage: "As for us, we shall glorify him who was before the ages, worshiping the Holy Trinity and the one Godhead, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and unto ages of ages. Amen.".


The Nicene Creed, adopted in Nicaea, and the passage added by St. Gregory the Illuminator, are up to date used in the rites of the Armenian Apostolic Church without any change. Aristakes brings to Armenia also 20 canons adopted by the Council of Nicaea, which are also ratified by St. Gregory the Illuminator.

Prayer of the Week
Upholder of all creatures, preserve by the sign of Your Cross my soul and body, from the allurements of sin, from the temptations of the devil, from evil men, and from all dangers physical and spiritual. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.
Finnish monk, author of 500-page book on Armenia: "I never encountered such beauty anywhere"

Finnish monk, Professor of Theology Serafim Sepp�l� has for years been studying the Armenian culture and history and has a number of publications on this topic, among them a 500-page book on Armenian art and culture; he is currently working on another book on the topic of the Armenian Genocide. In the interview with Father Serafim speaks about his works and his unique personal experience with Armenia, which he says is the last corner of the Middle Eastern cultures where the old Christian tradition is still preserved and which he calls the home of his soul.  


- Father Serafim, you have been engaged in Armenian studies for years and you have a number of books written on cultural and religious issues related to Armenia. How did you as a Finnish Orthodox Monk first get interested in Armenia? What topics have you studied in particular?


- I was interested in Armenia before I became Orthodox, but it is a long story. As a young student in the 90's, I wanted to become a Christian but I did not know what kind of Christian I should be. There were dozens of different denominations in Helsinki and I visited all of them. The Orthodox church was the last one on my list! Before that I already visited an Armenian church in Istanbul.


I was studying Oriental studies and Semitic languages in Helsinki, also reading a lot of books on the history of Christianity. I became convinced that Christianity by its spirit is an eastern religion, and the Oriental Churches are the closest to the original. Then I went to Jerusalem for a year and experienced them all: the Syrian Orthodox, Copts, Ethiopians and Armenians. I lived in the Armenian quarter, in a tiny hut on the roof of an Armenian house.


So it was for me a personal and academic pursuit. I translated spiritual literature from Syriac (Aramaic) into Finnish, but I never had a chance to study Armenian. Then I became Orthodox, and some years after that I went to a monastery. The monastic years were very busy. Each day 14 hours of church and work, and in the nights I was preparing a PhD.

Then by surprise, I got a job from the University and the Church blessed me to go. Only then I was able to fulfill my dream and go deeper with Armenia.


Click here to read the full interview.

Clergy Vestments

Habit (Sukem)
Everyday clerical garb, other then vestments worn when engaged in performing rites. Various parts of the habit are the cowl (veghar), pallium (pakegh), parekaud (parekod), phelonion (pilon). For celibate clergy and monks the color is black. However, married clergy may use other colors too.

Cowl (
The headgear exclusive to celibate priests is called veghar, a cognate of the Latin velum. The color is always black. Pointed at the top, it rests on a hidden headgear which can be made of any material. In front, the veghar comes down to the level of the eyes and in the back to the waist. It signifies the celibate clergyman's being dead to the world, and should be worn almost always. It is used by all who have taken the vow of celibacy from apeghas to churchmen of the highest rank. There is a cross on the cowl of the Catholicos of All Armenians, which was gifted to the Catholicos by tzarina of Russia. The use of the cross continues on the veghar of the catholicos.

Headgear or Pallium (
In the past, clergymen had no special headgear. Monks wore the cowl, but priests used the customary headgear of the people. With the object of providing the priests with a special headgear, in 1845 the Patriarchate of Constantinople devised the pagegh, a special headgear similar to the pointed skullcap under the cowl of celibate priests; after some remodeling, it was covered with velvet, plaited in the conical area and topped with something resembling a button of the same material.Originally it had been planned to make the facing of the priest's paghegh of black woolen cloth; that of the archimandrites, black velvet, the bishops' purple; the Patriarch's (Constantinople), reddish gray with gold border. No one remembers if the pagegh fir the Patriarch was ever used. The archimandrites soon began to cover the conical top with purple facing. Some prominent priests also began to use velvet, whereupon the bishops and archimandrites began to use velvet facing totally. At present there is no specific rule. It may be concluded that is is a superfluous effort to distinguish one's clerical rank by the color or material of pagegh. Assigning purple to bishops is a Catholic custom. The celibate priesthood in Eastern Armenia recognizes no color than black. The use of pagegh, as described, has found wide acceptance in the Western Armenian community, but in the East celibates use only the cowl and the married priests use customary headgear of the people.
From A Dictionary of the Armenian Church by Malachia Ormanian

Let's Learn Armenian

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 199 other words and their variants, you would understand 8 out of every 10. 

Over the next few months, each week you can learn 2 of the 50 most commonly used words in the Badarak here:

որ, ով
vor, ov 
 which, who
we thank

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), մարմին (marmin), հաց (hats), արիւն (aryun), գինի (kini), գառն (karn), լույս (luys).

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 worship services and events at St. James

September 14

September 14

September 20

September 25

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Sunday School Open House
Annual Church Picnic
Fall Food Bazaar

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September 31 - Feast of the Discovery of the Belt of the Theotokos 

September 1 - Commemoration of Sts. Stepanos of Ulnia, Martyrs Goharine, Tsamides, Tyoukikos and Ratikos

September 2 - Commemoration of the Prophets Ezekiel, Ezra and Zechariah - St. John the Baptist's Father

September 4 - Commemoration of Sts. John the Baptist and Job the Righteous

September 6 - Commemoration of 318 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea


Taste Of Armenia Logo

A big thank you to the organizing committee of the Taste of Armenia Annual Festival, the chairmen Larry Farsakian and Vartan Paylan, their team and all those who volunteered for their extraordinary job making this year's Street Fair another success! 
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.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Proesel Park
Lincolnwood, IL

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