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Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Tel: 847-864-6263


December 14 - 21,  2013
SATURDAY, December 14, 2013

The Feast of St. James of Nisibis


Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM
Scripture readings:

Wisdom 7:12-20; Isaiah 44:1-5; Hebrews 13:17-21; John 9:39-10:10

Celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian 



For the souls of the founders of the St. James Armenian Church



SUNDAY, December 15, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Advent


Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM
Scripture readings: Hebrews 1:1-14;  Isaiah 38:1-8; Luke 17:1-10
Celebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Abgar Hovakimyan 

ILocum Tenens of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Bulgaria

Ancient Relic Arrives in Evanston

On Saturday, December 14St. James Church of Evanston, IL, will celebrate its name day with a special service of veneration for the relic of its patron saint. The relic has traveled more than 5,000 miles from St. Kevork Armenian Church in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on this special occasion.


The centuries-old relic-comprised of bone fragments of St. James the Bishop of Nisibis-is encased in a beautiful, metal reliquary, shaped in the form of a human hand with fingers poised in benediction. It was housed at the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople until the Armenian Genocide of 1915, when it was brought to Plovdiv for safekeeping.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy in Evanston on Saturday, the Feast of St. James. He will be assisted by the parish pastor, the Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan. Badarak will be followed by a requiem service for the deceased founders of the church and the service of veneration of the St. James relic. A luncheon will be held in the church hall on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, December 15, the Very Rev. Fr. Apgar Hovakimyan, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Bulgaria, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at St. James Church.   

St. James (also known as Jacob, or Hagop in Armenian) of Nisibis was a celebrated 4th-century ascetic and theologian. In A.D. 308 he was appointed as the second bishop of the Christian community in the Mesopotamian city of Nisibis-modern Nusaybin, situated near the Turkish-Syrian border. He was a signatory at the Council of Nicaea in 325, which devised the Nicene Creed (theHavadamk). St. James is also known as the first Christian to search for Noah's Ark-a piece of which he claimed to find on Mount Judi (Judi Dagh), some 70 miles from Nisibis. He died around A.D. 338.

Living the Gospel of Christ: Who Do You Say I Am?
A Six-Session Bible Study

This year's Diocesan theme is Living the Gospel of Christ. The ultimate goal of this series involves knowing, understanding and doing as Christ prescribed through His actions and teachings as depicted in the Gospels. This series will also help us understand both who Christ is and what His Message is.


As always, you can either join Der Hayr at St. James or participate online on the following Wednesdays: December 18, January 15 and 29 at 8:00 PM.

You need to download an application on your computer to be able to participate online. 
Go to to join the session online on Wednesday.

Questions? Click here

Saint James of Nisibis 

Patron Saint of our Church

His Life


The date of the birth of St. James of Nisibis is unknown, but it is known that he died in the year 338.  He was educated in Caesarea, together with St. Gregory the Enlightener.  He lived a very pious life, in Nisibis, where he subjected himself to the very rigorous life of hermits of the times.  As a rhetorician and miracle worker, he enjoyed such widespread popularity that Patriarch Melitus of Antioch ordained him bishop in Amida and named him to the See of Nisibis (Medzbin), as a result of which he became known as the Patriarch of Nisibis.


St. James, being well endowed with administrative ability, served his people well, even in civil matters.  It is said that Persian monarch Shapur II, having succeeded in far-reaching military con- quests, on reaching Nisibis, besieged the city.  After 70 days of siege the attack failed to break the defenses due to the wise stratagem used by St. James.  It is probably based on this historical episode that St. Nerses the Gracious composed a beautiful sharagan (hymn) dedicated to St. James, starting with the words "Victorious and hallowed patriarch..."


St. James was an erudite theologian.  He participated in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, in the year 325, when 318 high-ranking church leaders set forth the Articles of Faith known as the Nicene Creed.


There have been conjectures concerning St. James' racial lineage, it being thought that he was Assyrian. However, the unusual love and veneration shown this patriarch by Armenians point to a different tradition whereby he was thought to be the son of Khosrovuhi, an aunt of St. Gregory the Enlightener.  St. Gregory is thought to have assigned St. James to the challenging role of preaching and organization in the district of Sasoun.


Relics associated with Patriarch St. James                 


Relics of the Patriarch St. James of Nisibis are in the possession of a number Armenian Churches around the world- Holy Etchmiadzin, Holy Mother-of-God Armenian Church in Nicosia, Cyprus, the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia, in Antelias among the others.     


One such important relic of St. James of Nisibis can be found at St. Kavork Armenian Church in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The relic was encased in a gold hand-shaped reliquary in the 18th century and is on display in the church museum. With the blessing of the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, this relic has been given to St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, Illinois on loan for this year's annual celebration of the Feast of St. James of Nisibis and our church's Name Day. 



Click below to see the video about Fr. Abgar
Newly Appointed Locum Tenens of the Armenian Diocese of Bulgaria

Volunteers Needed 

St. James Church is beginning a new undertaking and needs your help. We are in need of volunteers willing to give a few hours of assistance to elderly members of the Chicago Armenian community with household chores, minor home repairs, shopping, rides or just companionship.


We are in the process of putting together a directory of individuals interested in volunteering their time. This directory will be used by church staff to pair seniors in need of assistance with volunteers. (This is a great community service opportunity for students.) If you or someone you know wishes to help, please contact Der Hovhan at or (847) 864-6263. 

Altar Guild's Wish List

1. Two 9. Donated.

2.  Two jajanch radiance (ostensorium). $300-600 each, not pledged.

3.  Painting for the main altar. $5,400, pledged.

4.  Painting of the St. Gregory the Illuminator for the left altar. Donated.

5.  Painting of St. James of Nisibis. $1000, not pledged.

6.  Painting of St. Stephen the Protodeacon. $1000, not pledged.

7. Curtain for the vestry and choir rooms. Donated.

8.  Priest's 'half-vestments'. $500 - not pledged.

9.  Set of a Chalice Veil and a Sadarium (linen-holder) for the Gospel book. $150- not pledged.

10. Twelve children's albs- shabeeg. $100 each. Pledged

11. Large silver Hand-cross. Donated

12. Censer stand- $300, not 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.

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December 14 - Commemoration of the Pontiff St. James of Nisibis, hermit St. Maruge and Bishop St. Melitus


December 16 - Commemoration of the Pontiffs Sts. Ignatius, Adde and Bishop Maruta


December 17 - Commemoration of Bishop St. Theopompus, martyr St. Theovna and soldiers Sts. Basos, Eusebius, Eutikus and Basilidesfrom Anna


December 19 - Commemoration of the Virgins Sts. Indos, Domna, Prist Glerikus and twenty thousand martyrs martyred in the Church of Nicomidia


Armenian Language Classes

Instructor: Dr. Aram Aghadjanian

Every Tuesday
8:00 pm
In addition to Sunday Morning Service and Divine Liturgy there will be
Saturday Evening (Kirakamtits) Service every first Saturday of the month at 5 pm (Feb. 1, March 1) and
Midday Service every third Thursday of the month 
(Dec. 19,  Jan. 16, Feb. 20). 



Please join us as we make the holiday season happier for families in need.

Canned food items and gift cards will be accepted for distribution to needy parishioners and a local food bank

at St. James on the following Sundays: 

December 15 and 22. 

 Thank You!


Remembrance of 
St. Stephen, the first Martyr and Protodeacon and Deacons' Dedication
following the Divine Liturgy


JANUARY 26, 2014


12:30 PM



Parishioners who were dues-paying members in 2012 (i.e., current members) who wish to vote at the 2014 parish assembly must pay their 2013 dues by December 31, 2013.


Parishioners who were NOT dues-paying members in 2012 (i.e., new members) needed to have paid their 2013 dues by June 30, 2013 in order to be eligible to vote at the 2014 parish assembly. We encourage all parishioners who are not eligible to vote at the 2014 assembly to pay their dues by June 30, 2014 so that they can vote at the 2015 parish assembly 



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December 19 
December 22 
January 4

January 5

January 6

January 12

January 16
January 26 

Divine Liturgy- Feast of St. James of Nisibis (Saturday)

Bible Study

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon)
St. Stephen, Protodeacon and the First Martyr, Remembrance and Deacon's Dedication

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm) 

Eve of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Blessing of the Water

Midday Hour (12:00 Noon)
Parish Assembly (snow day- February 9)


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.