December 21 - 27, 2014
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Advent


Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:

9:15 AM
10:00 AM

Isaiah 40:18-31; Hebrews 4:16-5:10; Luke 18:9-14 



For the soul of:

Arshaluis Elmayan (40 days)



Requested by:

Sevan, Hayko and Linda Elmayan

Anush Tokat

Vartkes Tokat and Family

Sarkis Tokat and Family

Ohannes Korogluyan and Family


The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul 

St. Peter, the son of Jonah and brother of Andrew the First-Called, of the tribe of Simon and the town of Bethsaida, was a fisherman and was at first called Simon, but the Lord called him Cephas, or Peter (Jn 1:42). He was the first of the disciples to give clear expression to his faith in the Lord Jesus, saying: "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God" (Mt 16:16).


Peter's honored position comes out clearly in a high point of Jesus' ministry, when he, together with James and John, was chosen to see the Transfiguration. After the Last Supper he, again with James and John, witnessed Jesus' agony in Gethsemane. When the Lord was put on trial, Peter denied him three times, but it needed only one look into the face of the Lord, and Peter's soul was filled with shame and repentance. After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Peter became a fearless preacher of the Gospel. Following his sermon in Jerusalem, about 3,000 souls were converted. He preached the Gospel throughout Palestine and Asia Minor, in Italy and Illyria.


Peter was condemned to death on the order of the Emperor Nero. After installing Linus as Bishop of Rome and exhorting and encouraging the flock of Christ there, Peter went to his death with joy. When he saw the cross before him, he asked to be crucified upside-down for he felt himself unworthy to die in the same way as the Lord. He is traditionally regarded as the first bishop of Rome.


St. Paul was born in Tarsus. He is the second most important founder of Christianity, also called the thirteenth Apostle. He was formerly known as Saul. He was wondrously converted by the Lord Himself, who appeared to him on the road to Damascus. As Saul was knocked to the ground, a heavenly light shone down suddenly from heaven. He heard Jesus Christ's voice, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" (Acts 9:4). After his conversion, Paul preached the Gospel everywhere with burning zeal, from the borders of Arabia to the land of Spain among the Jews and the heathen, receiving the title of "The Apostle to the Gentiles."


The apostle Paul was executed in Rome during the time of the emperor Nero. He was beheaded at the same time as St. Peter. 

Prayer of the Week

Guide us, O lord our God, and teach us to walk in thy paths of righteousness.
Keep our lives in peace, and our ways pleasing in thy sight.
Guide thy servants on their earthly and heavenly course
along thy paths of purity unto thine eternal life

through the grace of thine only begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who became our prince of life and the hope of our salvation,
with whom thou art blessed, O Father Almighty,
together with thy lifegiving and liberating Holy Spirit,
now and forever, world without end.

St. James' Khachkar Project

The Parish Council of Saint James Armenian Church in Evanston, IL, at Der Hovhan's behest and guidance, has made the decision to commission a khachkar from Armenia.

Our new khachkar will be made by an Armenian artist who lives and works in Armenia and who specializes in khachkars and has made several for other Eastern and Western Diocese parishes. Our khachkar will be sized to meet the architectural dimensions of the church building, and to be sure, in keeping with the tradition of khachkars, will be a unique creation with distinctive details that make no two khachkars alike. It will be placed outside in the small garden that adorns the entrance of our church.

Click here to read Der Hovhan's letter

Click here to read Parish Council's letter

Click here to print out the donation form.

The 70 Years, 70 Facts Project

Fact 10

Very Rev. Fr. Varujan Kabarajian pastored the faithful of St. James for 45 years (1958- 2003). Fr. Varujan served as a visiting pastor to several churches in Chicago and southern Wisconsin. From 1973 to 1977 he was the only Armenian clergy in Illinois.

On January 1, 1998 the Evanston Police Department assigned him as a police chaplain. He was honored by the Evanston City Hall for his services to the city.

From ACYOA Jrs


"Please help us collect materials for Open Books, a local non-profit working to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond! There will be a box in the church foyer to collect any new or used books in good condition as well as CDs and DVDs in playable condition. Examples of types of books include fiction, nonfiction, craft books, cookbooks, children's books, textbooks, encyclopedias, and more! Thank you for helping support literacy in our community!"

For more information contact Selena Groh.

Poon Paregentan Dance 2015
A Celebration of Life and Love

Click here to see the flyer for details.

Click here for opportunities to showcase your business.

Video of the Week


Altar Guild's Wish List

1. Two processional lanterns. $250 (each). Pledged

2.  Painting of St. Taddeus the Apostle. $1000. Pledged.

3. Painting of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. $1000. Not pledged.

4.  Painting of St. Stephen the Protodeacon. $1000. Not pledged.

5.  Priest's 'half-vestments'. $500. Pledged.

6.  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.


Calender of worship services and events at St. James


December 28


January 5 (Monday) January 6 (Tuesday)

January 10

January 11

January 25

January 28

February 14

February 14

February 15


Deacon's dedication service and Commemoration of St. Stephen Protodecon and Protomartyr

Eve of the Feast of the Nativity (Jrakaloouyts)

Feast of the Nativity and Theophany (Badarak at 10 am)

Saturday Evening Service-Kirakamtits (5:00 PM) 

Blessing of the Water and Appreciation Luncheon

Annual Parish Assembly

Midday Hour (11:30 AM)

Saturday Evening Service-Kirakamtits (5:00 PM) 

Poon Paregentan Dance

Poon Paregentan Sunday


St James steeple



December 22Commemoration of Saints Abraham and Khoren, Moneyless Physicians Cosmas and Damian, and Theodoron the Martyr


December 23 - Commemoration of the Prophet St. David and the Apostle St. James, Brother of Jesus


December 25 - Commemoration of St. Stephen the Protodeacon and Protomartyr


December 27 - Commemoration of the Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul


This Sunday, December 21

After Divine Liturgy


Presentation by the





St Stephen

This Sunday, December 28, 2014

St. James has recently begun sending prayer cards requested by parishioners to mark occasions such as baptisms, weddings, bereavement and healing. A copy of the request form was sent to parishioners' homes. You can also pick up additional copies in the sanctuary or in Nishan Hall. Please see Der Hovhan if you have any questions. 

Please join our parish 
as we make the holiday season happier for families in need

Can Food Drive

Canned food items and gift cards will be accepted at St. James.
Last Sunday December 21
for distribution to needy parishioners and a local food bank.

Please be sure expiration dates are current.

A reminder of our new initiative to reach those parishioners in need of assistance during times of illness, death and other life difficulties. Please bring to the Parish Council or Der Hovhan's attention when need arises, and as always, we are looking for volunteers to lend their time.
There are still several dozen frozen dumplings left over from the recent Fall Food Bazaar, $10/dozen. 

Also we have some lahmajoon left for sale, $20/dozen.

Please see any Women's Guild or Parish Council Member to purchase.

Thank You!

Divine Liturgy
10:00 AM on Sundays

Morning Services
9:15 AM on Sundays

Midday Hour (Wednesdays)
January 28
11:30 AM

Vespers (Saturdays) Kirakamtits
January 10, February 14
5:00 PM



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