December 27, 2015 - January 2, 2016
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SUNDAY, December 27, 2015
Sixth Sunday of Advent
Morning Service  9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy    10:00 AM
Bible Readings:   Isaiah 41:4-14; Hebrews 7:11-25; Luke 19:12-28

For the souls of Charles Ipjian (25 years) and Marie Ipjian (1 year)
Requested by Richard, Allen and John Ipjian
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.
Schedule of the Nativity Services at St. James
The Nativity and Baptism of Jesus Christ will be observed at St. James Armenian Church. A special liturgical schedule will be in effect for these services; please make a note of the times.

On Friday, January 1 - The Prayer for the Catholicos of All Armenians will be offered at 12:00 Noon followed by the Service of the Blessing of the Pomegranate.

On Tuesday, January 5-The Evening Service with Scripture Readings will start at 6:00 p.m. The Divine Liturgy will immediately follow, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Traditional HOME BLESSING SERVICE will be performed in the Nishan Hall at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

On Wednesday, January 6- The Morning Service begins at 9:00 a.m., and the Divine Liturgy follows at 10:00 a.m.

On Sunday, January 110- The Morning Service begins at 9:00 a.m., and the Divine Liturgy follows at 10:00 a.m. Women's Guild of St. James invites everybody to their traditional NATIVITY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON to honor deacons, choir members, and outgoing Parish Council members.

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For those parishioners whose employers or school administrators require documentation for their absence from school or work on January 6, please click here for the explanatory letter written and signed by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.
Gift of Love- Yughakin
Christmas Yughakin. In this Holy Season of Christmas it has become a tradition in our church to donate our Christmas Yughakins as a gift of love in memory or in honor of our loved ones.  The Yughakin form and the enclosed Offering Envelope are for your convenience.
Yughakin tradition is an ancient custom, which goes back to the Old Testament times. The faithful would bring oil to the temple of God so that its servants would have enough to eat.  Later on this custom entered into the Christian religion when oil was brought to Church by believers in order to illuminate it by lighting the lamps in the Church.
Today, Yughakin is simply the price or the value of oil donated to the Church. Yughakin in Armenian means "price of oil." In our church, today, we of course do not burn oil in order to illuminate the sanctuary, but we use electricity, gas and other operating expenses. Let us continue the custom of Yughakin to keep the lights of St. James always burning!

Blessing of Pomegranates
We invite you to St. James Armenian Church on New Year's Day, Friday, January 1st at 12 noon to offer a Prayer for the Catholicos of All Armenians and to participate in the ceremony of the Blessing of Pomegranates. This is a new tradition established by the Pontifical Order of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians that will become a part of Armenian New Year's traditions.

The pomegranate symbolically represents the Church of Christ. Although the seeds of the pomegranate are separated by thin membranes, they hold tight together, in the same way that the Christian Church holds all Christians around the world together in Christ's love - separate, but not divided. The pomegranate shows unity in diversity.

The crown of the pomegranate represents Jesus' crown and His sovereignty over the world. The red color symbolizes His Salvific Blood that was shed for All. It also contains 365 seeds as the number of days in a year symbolizing new life in Christ in the new year. Each family will receive one blessed pomegranate to take home.

In 2015 H.H. Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians Etchmiadzin blessed pomegranates in the Mother See of Holy for the first time and established it as a tradition on New Year's Day.

The blessed pomegranates will be distributed to the faithful.

Membership Dues Reminder
Please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership. Help us to fulfill our mission and to grow our ministries, worship programs and activities to strengthen our parish family. 

Click here to read about membership.
Click here to print membership form.
Click here to pay your membership online.

Raven Theatre for Syrian Armenians
On Thursday, January 28 at 7:15 pm, the Raven Theater in Edgewater,  Chicago (6157 N. Clark) will be staging Horton Foote's play The Old Friends. 

Tickets are $30 and can be  purchased through parish council members, with
checks made out to St. James parish, and will be held for you in your name at the Raven box office to be picked up the night of the performance.

There will also be a cover-free cocktail reception from 6:00 to 7:00 at Fritzy's Tavern (6156 N. Clark directly across the street from the Raven), featuring the live musical stylings of Krikor Paylan's jazz band, 'Tiny Miles and the Big Kids.' Parking is limited at the Raven. However, there is free, unzoned parking all over the neighborhood and metered parking right on Clark St. This event is co-sponsored by the following Chicagoland Armenian Churches: Armenian Evangelical Church, St. Gregory, All Saints, St. James, and Sts.
Joachim and Anne.

Please note that this play is not appropriate for younger audiences.
Khachkar Donors List
We ask all Khatchkar donors to please review the draft  Khatchkar Donor List  for accuracy.  It is located in the church parlor.  If there are any errors or changes that need to be made, please complete the form located on the table as soon as possible and give it to Der Hovhan.  Thank You.

For anyone who may still be interested in contributing to this project, please complete the "Khatchkar Project" form and return it to Der Hovhan by  January 1, 2016. 

Home Blessing
Holiday season is the time when homes are blessed by the Pastor. All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed on the occasion of the Feast of the Theophany and Nativity of Christ should call Der Hovhan (847) 644-7389 to make arrangements. Have a piece of bread, dish of salt and glass of water available for the blessing.

Click here to read more about home blessing.
Video of the Week

Calendar of Worship Services and Events at St. James
December 30
January 1
January 3
January 5
January 6
January 10
January 15
January 17
January 23
January 24
January 28
January 31
February 6
February 6
February 7
February 8
M idday Service
New Year. Prayer Service at 12 Noon
Blessing of Pomegranates
My Two Pilgrimages. Prese ntation
Eve of the Feast of the Theophany and Nativity
Feast of the Theophany and Nativity
Annual St. James Nativity Luncheon and Program
Family Night at the AGBU Center
Women's Guild Meeting
Saturday Evening Worship (in English)
ADCC Bake Sale
Syrian Relief Fundraiser at Raven Theatre
Parish Assembly
Vespers - Kirakamtits
Poon Paregentan Dance
Poon Paregentan Sunday                                                 Great Lent begins


December 28    Commemoration of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

December 29   Commemoration of Holy Apostles James and John

December 30   

December 31

January 1
Fast. New Year Day.

January 2
Commemoration of Holy Fathers Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, Silvester Patriarch of Rome, Ephrem the Syrus


Wisdom 9:13-10:2; 
Isiah 28:16-19;
2 Peter 1:12-19;
2 Timothy 3:10-15;
John 21:15-22

Wisdom 7:21-24;
Jeremiah 16:16-21;
Acts 12:1-11; James 1:1-10; 1 John 1:1-7; John 21:20-25

Hebrews 7:26-8:13;
Luke 20:1-8 

Hebrews 10:1-18;
Luke 20:9-18

Hebrews 13:10-16;
Luke 21:34-38

Proverbs 1:2-11;
Isiah 4:2-6;
Colossians 1:21-29;
John 10:11-16  

NAME DAYS celebrated this week: 

Peter, Bedros, Paul, Boghos, James, Hakob, John, Jacob, Ohannes, Hovhannes.
Presentation by Tatevik Khoja-Eynatyan

Sunday, January 3, 2016
after Badarak

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
12:00 noon

Tickets: Adults - $ 15, Children under 10- $7

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Make in lieu of Christmas card donation and have your name appear in our Christmas Sunday Bulletins on January 6th and 10th wishing all of your friends at St. James Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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

C anned food items and gift cards will be accepted at St. James during November and December for distribution to needy parishioners and a local
food bank.

Please be sure expiration dates are current.

January 24, 2015
after Badarak

The Armenian Dance Company of Chicago (ADCC) will be hosting a bake sale fundraiser on Sunday, January 24 after Divine Liturgy. They will also be showcasing a few of their latest dances to entertain parishioners during coffee hour. 
FEBRUARY 6, 2016


at Monty's Elegant Banquets

703 S York Rd,
Bensenville, IL 60106

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Every Third Friday Beginning

January 15, 2016

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

7248 North Harlem Ave Chicago

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Please park on the street or in the Maple Street Parking Garage at the west end of Clark Street which is free on Sundays.  Thank you.

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