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


December 22 - 28,  2013
SUNDAY, December 22, 2013
Fifth Sunday of Advent

Morning Service - 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM

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


For the souls of the past Primates of the Eastern Diocese:

Bishop Hovsep Sarajian

Very Rev. Boghos Kaftanian

Archbishop Yeznik Abahouni

Archbishop Kevork Utujian

Very Rev. Arsen Vehouni

Very Rev. Shahe Kasparian

Bishop Khoren Mouradpegian

Bishop Papken Guleserian

Archbishop Tirayre Hovhannesian

Rev. Serovpe Nershabouh

Rev. Haroutune Sarkissian

Archbishop Ghevont Tourian 

Archbishop Karekin Hovsepian

Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan

Archbishop Mampre Calfayan

Archbishop Sion Manoogian

Archbishop Torkom Manoogian

Commemoration of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and the First Martyr

Saint Stephen (Soorp Stepanos in Armenian) was the first Christian martyr and the first of seven deacons to be ordained by the twelve apostles. The responsibility of these seven deacons was to take care of the secular needs of the Hellenic (Greek Speaking) Jewish Christian community in Jerusalem. If we read Acts 6 and 7 we see that Saint Stephen did much more. Reading on in Acts 8, we understand that Stephen began to preach the word of God," and Stephen, full of the grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people."


Truly feeling the power of God, Saint Stephen worked hard to spread God's name and love in the Jewish community of Jerusalem. However, he became controversial, falsely accused, and taken to the Sanhedrin, charged with blasphemy and convicted. He was stoned to death as he was cast out of the city. The site of his martyrdom was the eastern gate of Jerusalem, which was later, named after him.


As he was being stoned, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." Acts: 7- 59.


Saint Stephen was the first martyr and also the first protodeacon. His feast day holds much meaning for us as Armenian Christians. Saint Stephen has been an example of Christian life. We honor him on his feast day and honor those who have followed his path.

This Sunday as we celebrate the Feast of St. Stephen we honor those who have followed his path:


Deacon Krikor Mirijanian                       

Deacon Larry Farsakyan                         

Deacon Kavork Hagopian                              

Deacon Levon Kirakosyan 

Deacon Aram Sarkisian                       

Deacon Arie Zakarian

Deacon Aras Korogluyuan

Ancient Relic Venerated at St. James 

On Saturday, December 14, the St. James Church of Evanston, IL, celebrated its name day with a special service of veneration before the relic of its patron saint. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and presided over the day's events.

Following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the Primate consecrated three new icons in the church sanctuary. The icons depict St. James the Bishop of Nisibis, St. Gregory the Illuminator, and St. Stephen the Protodeacon. A requiem service was held for the deceased founders and pastors of the church, and for Archbishop Karekin Hovsepian and Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, two primates of the Eastern Diocese who were involved in the church's construction.

The services concluded with the veneration of the relic of St. James the Bishop of Nisibis. The centuries-old relic-comprised of bone fragments of St. James and encased in a beautiful, metal reliquary, shaped in the form of a human hand with fingers poised in benediction-had traveled more than 5,000 miles from the St. Kevork Armenian Church in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

It was brought to Evanston by the Very Rev. Fr. Apgar Hovakimyan, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Bulgaria. The Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, pastor of St James Church, said the day was spiritually uplifting for the Evanston community.

The Primate's visit to Illinois also included meetings with Midwest-area clergy, and with parish council members of local Armenian churches and representatives of the AGBU and the Knights and Daughters of Vartan.

Click on the following links to read more and to view photos


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: 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

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. 

2014 Pilgrimage to Historic Armenia

The Eastern Diocese will sponsor a pilgrimage to historic Armenia, from September 3 to 15, 2014.

Participants will have the opportunity to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Church on the island of Aghtamar, and to take part in prayer services at St. Giragos Armenian Church of Dikranagert and the St. Gregory Church in Kayseri.

The pilgrimage also includes visits to other cities of historic Armenia-Kharpert, Malatya, and Sepastia, among other locales. The journey will include a stop in Istanbul, where pilgrims will visit the Armenian Patriarchate.

Click here to view a flyer for registration information. To view a short film about the Diocese's 2012 pilgrimage to historic Armenia, click here.

Altar Guild's Wish List


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Large silver Hand-cross. Donated

11. 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 23 - Commemoration of the Prophet St. David and Apostle St. James, brother of Jesus

December 24 - Commemoration of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and the first martyr

December 26 - Commemoration of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul

December 28 - Eve of the Fast of Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Fast of Christmas)

December 28 - Commemoration of the Apostle St. James and Evangelist St. John

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 
(Jan. 16, Feb. 20). 

Click here to see a flyer.



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 22.

Thank You!


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 22 
January 4
January 5

January 6

January 12

January 16
January 26 
February 1
February 20
March 1
March 1 
March 2
April 13
April 20
St. Stephen, Protodeacon and the First Martyr, Remembrance and Deacons' Dedication
ACYOA Jr. Nativity party

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)
Vespers (Kirakamtits)
Midday Hour (12:00 Noon) 
Vespers (Kirakamtits)
Poon Paregentan Dance
Poon Paregentan Sunday
Palm Sunday
Easter Sunday


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.