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


December 8 - 14,  2013
SUNDAY, December 8, 2013
Third Sunday of Advent
Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM


Scripture readings:

Isaiah 37:14-38; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Luke 14:12-24  


For the souls of the victims of the December 7, 1988, Earthquake in Northern Armenia (25 years)

For the soul of Takuye Jandegian Green (20 years)
Requested by Kathy Green
A Solemn Milestone

Saturday, December 7, marks the 25th anniversary of the 1988 earthquake that struck the Armenian cities of Gyumri and Spitak. Parishes across the Eastern Diocese will conduct a requiem service on Sunday, December 8, for the departed souls who lost their lives in the earthquake and its aftermath.

"It is truly humbling to realize that a quarter-century has elapsed since the earthquake struck Armenia on December 7, 1988. It has been 25 years since large areas of Armenia were destroyed; 25 years since tens of thousands of our countrymen perished in the blink of an eye; 25 years since the life of the worldwide Armenian community was transformed, forever," writes Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.

"And it has also been 25 years since we witnessed that beautiful outpouring of goodwill from the world, directed towards our people in their hour of profound need."

Feast of the Conception of the Holy Virgin from Anna

The Feast of the Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary is one of a cluster of holy days on which the Armenian Church expresses its tender devotion to the mother of Jesus Christ. She began life as the child of Sts. Joachim and Anna, a devout couple whose earnest prayer was answered with the birth of a daughter. Through her life of holiness and purity, and her graceful acceptance of the role to which God called her, Mary ranks among the pre-eminent exemplars of the Christian faith, whose birth and very conception are occasions for celebration.

The feast of her conception always falls on December 9, which this year coincides with the third Sunday of Advent. Called Hisnag in Armenian (from the word for "fifty"), Advent is the 50-day season of anticipation-physical and spiritual-leading to the Nativity of our Lord. It is a time to orient our actions, thoughts, and prayers to the miracle of His birth, and to rediscover God's abundant gifts around us. 

Historic Event at St. James Armenian Church
Relic of St. James of Nisibis arrives to Evanston

On Saturday December 14, 2013, the Feast of St. James of Nisibis, also our church's Name Day, the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America Archbishop Khajag Barsamian will celebrate Divine Liturgy on the Holy Altar of St. James Armenian Church in Evanston followed by a Celebratory Luncheon. A delegation from the Diocese of the Armenian Church will bring the Relic of St. James of Nisibis.


The 1700-year-old Relic of St. James of Nisibis was encased in a gold hand-shaped reliquary in 18th century and was donated to St. Kevork Church by Mr. Hayrabed. Every year, on the Feast of St. James in December, the clergy bless the faithful of the Armenian Church in Bulgaria with the relic. This will be the first time that it will travel overseas and we will have an opportunity to venerate the relic and receive the blessings of our Patron Saint.

In addition to the Divine Liturgy (starting at 10:00 AM), a Hokehankisd (Requiem Service) for the souls of the founders of the St. James Church and a Service of Veneration of the Relic of St. James of Nisibis will be performed.


Click here for the complete schedule of two- day celebration.

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

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. 

College Care Packages
New Ministry at St. James



In an effort to show our love, concern and support for our college students who are away from home and church, we will be sending them care packages throughout the academic year.  You can help with this initiative by:


  • Providing us with the name and address of your child/grandchild who is away at college.  Please give their information to Wendy Farsakian or e-mail Der Hovhan at 
  • Donating non-perishable snack items to fill the care packages.
  • Providing a monetary donation toward postage. To donate funds to this project, please make your check payable to St. James with "College Care" on the memo line.
  • Writing a note of encouragement to our students, including a favorite inspirational quote or Bible verse, and an invitation to join us for worship during their visits home or online.

All are invited to participate in this ministry. Again, please see Wendy Farsakian or Der Hovhan with questions or offers to assist. Thanks in advance for your help!

Video of the Week
The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Photo of the Week  
Main Altar, St. James Cathedral (Jerusalem)

Altar Guild's Wish List


2. Two banners. Donated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. Large silver Hand-cross. Donated

13. 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 8 - Eve of the Fast of St. James

December 9 - Feast of the Conception of the Holy Virgin from Anna

December 10 - Commemoration of Sts. Captain St. Kornelius, St. Shmavon, Christ's Relative, martyred in Jerusalem, and Bishop St. Policarpus of Smyrna and the holy martyrs of the East     

December 12 - Commemoration of Sts. Eustratius, Ogsentius, Eugenius, Ovrestes and Mardarius

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



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 (Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1) and
Midday Service every third Thursday of the month 
(Dec. 19,  Jan. 16, Feb. 20). 

Deacon Training
(For ordained acolytes and Altar servers) 
December 7th 4-5 pm
January 4th 4-5 pm
February 1st 4-5 pm
 Acolyte Training
(For first time Altar servers, 9-13)


Dates will be announced as soon as the group is formed. 

If you have a son who would like to begin serving at the Altar 
please contact Der Hovhan at 847-644-7389 or 



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 8, 15 and 22. 

 Thank You!

Do you have a favorite Armenian dish that reminds you of Grandma or your mother? Do you wish you could make them? Well stop wishing and come join our classes and learn how to make them yourself and treat your family to your favorite dishes. It is your turn to make memories! Come join us!
When: Classes will meet on Saturday once a month.
December 7, 2013, January 4, 2014, February 2, 2014

Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

For more information call Kary Valenziano 847-687-2526 or e-mail

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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January 6

January 12

January 16
January 26 

School of Cooking

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm)

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.