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


December 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014
SUNDAY, December 29, 2013
Sixth Sunday of Advent

Morning Service - 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM

Scripture readings: 

Isaiah 51:15-52:3; Hebrews 13:18-25; Luke 22:24-30




For the souls of: 

Jenik Babayan (1 year)

Deceased member of Babayan, Baghdasarian, Tadevosyan, Azatkhanian, Porta, Davoutian, Goorjian, Betgavriel, and Wardanian Families


Requested by:

Mr. Hovsep Babayan, Mr. and Mrs. Andre Babayan, Mr. Alen Babayan, Shoushik, Rozik, Anahid, Tamara and Seroj with Families

New Year

Presently all Christian churches celebrate the New Year on January 1. The word "January" means "birth". Before Christ's coming to the world mankind was the captive of hell and constrained by eternal death. Being born in January Christ destroyed the hell, saved the mankind from eternal death and leads to the Kingdom of Heaven. That's why January became the months' beginning.  January 1 is the first day of the first month of the year of birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.   


According to the folk tradition on January 1 people decorate the New Year tree symbolizing the Tree of Life of Eden. 

Primate's Christmas Message
"Behold, I Make All Things New"

Archbishop Barsamian"The visits associated with Christmas-the angel Gabriel to Mary, the shepherds to the manger, the wise kings to the King of Kings-are so emotionally and psychologically compelling that they continue to be re-imagined in art and music and literature two thousand years later," writes Archbishop Khajag Barsamian in his annual Christmas Message.  

"Yet we rarely reflect upon the moments that follow. What was the next chapter of Mary's life? In what way did the shepherds 'glorify God' when they returned to their fields, praising him for all they had seen and heard? After the Magi offered their gifts and left for their own country, by another road, how was life different?"

Click here to continue reading the 2014 Christmas Message in English and Armenian.

Schedule of New Year and Nativity Services at St. James
New Year and 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 January 1st The Morning Service and The Prayer for the Catholicos of All Armenians will be offered starting 10:00 a.m.

On Sunday, January 5-there will be Morning Service at 10 a.m. The Evening Service with Scripture Readings (by young parishioners of St. James) will start at 5:00 p.m. The Divine Liturgy will immediately follow, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Traditional HOME BLESSING SERVICE will be performed in the Nishan Hall at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.
(Please note that because of the 6:00 p.m. Badarak on January 5, there will be no Sunday morning Badarak on that day.)

On Monday, January 6- The Morning Service begins at 9:15 a.m., and the Divine Liturgy follows at 10:00 a.m.

On Sunday, January 12- The Morning Service begins at 9:15 a.m., and the Divine Liturgy follows at 10:00 a.m. 
The "BLESSING OF WATER" ceremony will follow the Divine Liturgy. Dn. Krikor Mirijanian will serve as "godfather" of the Blessing of Water service.

Women's Guild of St. James invites everybody to their traditional NATIVITY
to honor deacons, choir members, and outgoing Parish Council members.

Click here to see a flyer.
Gift of Love
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!


Christmas Poinsettias. We encourage our parishioners and friends also to contribute towards Christmas Poinsettias, which so graciously decorate our sanctuary during New Year and Christmas season.


Christmas Card. Finally, you may make in lieu of Christmas card donation and have your name appear in our Christmas Sunday Bulletins and Deseelk (Vision) Newsletter wishing all of your friends at St. James Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Have a Blessed Christmas and healthy and happy New Year!


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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 29 - Eve of the Fast of Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ


January 1 - New Year

May the Lord bless You and Your family
with prosperity, good health and happiness! 

JANUARY 1, 2014

10:00 am

Morning Service and 
Prayer for the Catholicos of All Armenians


January 6, 2012

12:00 noon 


Click here for details.

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). 

JANUARY 26, 2014


12:30 PM




In order to be eligible to vote members must pay their 2013 dues

by December 31, 2013.


All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed should call the Church Office 
Der Hovhan (847) 644-7389 to make arrangements. Have a piece of bread, dish of salt and glass of water available for the blessing.

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Parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays at the large condominium building at Clark & Benson (Quartet Copies). Enter the garage from Benson street.


January 1
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
Morning Service and Order of Special Prayer
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.