February 1 - 7, 2015
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Sunday, February 1, 2015
Third Sunday after the Octave of the Theophany


Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM

Isaiah 63:7-18; 2 Timothy 3:1-12; John 6:22-38


Feast of St. Sarkis the Captain, Patron of Love and Youth, His Son Mardiros and his 14 Soldiers/Companions 

During the reign of King Kostandianos the Great (285-337), St. Sarkis, being very courageous, was appointed Prince and General-in-Chief of the region of Cappadocia bordering Armenia. Then, during the period of reign of King Julianos the Betrayer (360-363) when Christians were being harshly persecuted, by God's will St. Sarkis and his only son, Mardiros, came to live in Armenia, and the Armenian ruler, King Tiran, grandson of Tiridates, received them very well.

From Armenia St. Sarkis and his son went on to Persia to serve as the captain of a regiment in King Shapouh's army. However, when he became aware that Sarkis was Christian, King Shapouh ordered him to worship fire and offer sacrifice to heathen gods. But Captain Sarkis refused to obey the order, saying, "We should worship one God-the Holy Trinity-which created both heaven and earth, for fire and idols are not gods since any human may destroy them."

After these words St. Sarkis destroyed the temple. The annoyed crowd then fell on him and his son, Mardiros. Mardiros was martyred, and St. Sarkis was put into prison, where, remaining unshaken in his faith, he was eventually beheaded. After the martyrdom of the saint, light appeared over his body.  Fourteen of his soldiers/companions were also martyred for their Christian faith.

For the Armenian nation, St. Sarkis is one of the most beloved saints. Many miracles are attributed to his intercession. In fact, St. Mesrop Mashtots brought relics of the saint to the village of Karbi in the Ashtarak Region and built the Church of St. Sarkis over them. In Armenia, it is accepted to celebrate the Feast of St. Sarkis not only according to the rites and prayers of the Church, but also according to various folk traditions. St. Sarkis the Captain is considered the patron saint of youth. On the day of his feast, young people pray to the saint asking him to make their prayers audible to God, in particular their prayers for a happy marriage.

Commemoration of Sts. Voskian Priests

Sts. Voskians were five ambassadors sent by the Roman emperor to the Armenian king Sanatruk. They came to Armenia in the half of the 1st century, met the Apostle St. Bartholomew and as a result of his preaching they were baptized and converted to Christianity. One of them - Khrussi (in Armenian his name means "Voski" ("Gold") and hence - the name "Voskians") was ordained into the holy order of priesthood.


After the martyrdom of the Apostle St. Bartholomew they were isolated in the mountains Tsaghkavet of Tsaghkotn province and led an ascetic life for about 40 years. Being led by the divine message they came to the Armenian royal court to preach Christianity the Armenian king Artashes and the queen Satenik. In the royal court only the relatives of the queen Satenik followed the Voskians. 12 servants of the royal court who had come with the queen Satenik to Armenia from Alans' country, were baptized in the river Euphrates and left together with the Voskians for the mountains.


Sts. Voskians are among the first martyrs and hermits of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev 

Pontiff St. Sahak Partev was the elder son of Catholicos St. Nersess the Great, and the last Catholicos of the Armenian Church who descended from the lineage of St. Gregory the Illuminator. He became Catholicos of All Armenians in 387 A.D., and reigned for an astounding 52 years. Being talented in music and educated in the rhetorical arts, philosophy and linguistics, St. Sahak greatly contributed to the development of Armenian national culture. He was the strongest advocate for the creation of an Armenian Alphabet, and became its chief patron.

Following the creation of the Armenian Alphabet, St. Sahak and St. Mesrop opened a school for translators in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin). There they begin the translation of the Holy Bible into Armenian and did it so perfectly, that centuries hence the Armenian Translation is called the "Queen Translation of the Breath of God". The first sentence translated from the Holy Bible is the opening verse of the Book of Proverbs: "To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding".

Prayer of the Week

Pan-Armenian Declaration on Genocide Centennial adopted

Following the session of the State Commission on Coordination of the events for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, President Serzh Sargsyan, in company with the commission members and the participants of the enlarged session, today visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex, laid a wreath at the Memorial to the Victims of the Mets Eghern and paid tribute to the memories of the innocent victims. Later on, the members of the state commission familiarized with the preparatory works of the new exhibition to be held at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.


At the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex there also took place the promulgation ceremony of the Pan-Armenian Declaration on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The declaration was adopted unanimously at today's session of the State Commission on Coordination of the events for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. President Serzh Sargsyan read the document and deposited it with the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.

Click here to read the Declaration in English.
Click here to read the Declaration in Armenian.

Komitas Museum-Institute opens in Yerevan

A museum dedicated to the 19th - 20th century Armenian composer Komitas was officially opened Thursday, January 29th in Yerevan's Komitas Park. Under Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian's proposal, a resolution to build the museum was passed by the Board of Trustees of the Hayastal All-Armenian Fund in May of 2013.


"The Komitas Museum-Institute is the symbol of the unity and revival of the Armenian people," President Sarkisian said at the opening ceremony, speaking to an audience in the Museum's concert hall. "Komitas Vardapet joined together what is spiritual and worldly, noble and peasant, Western Armenian and Eastern Armenian, thus proving the artificial nature of those, as well as many other dividing lines. By this, he became the pioneer and guarantor of the new march of the Armenian people as genocide survivors, highlighting and passing on a huge layer of civilization to us."


"I am glad that owing to this museum, the unmatched legacy of Komitas can now become a subject of systematic study and wide recognition both in Armenia and worldwide. Komitas is the living part of our cultural life who continues to lead us through the complex crossroads of this new millennium," Sarkisian said.


Click here for photos.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Genocide
by Paul Salopek

"It was a-how do you call it in English?-a genocide? Yes? It was a genocide," says Murat Yazar. "My grandmother told my mother about it."


My walking guide and I are wandering through Ani.


What is Ani? It is the ruin of a vanished world in modern Turkey: the remote and beautiful site of a forgotten civilization-the 1,100-year-old capital of a once powerful empire. Relics of this Silk Road city lie scattered across the sky-hammered mesas of far northeastern Anatolia. Broken cathedrals. Rotting ramparts that defend nothing from nothing. Empty boulevards that go nowhere. We roam this colossal diorama of stillness, of eerie silence, Murat and I, as if painted into a Dali dreamscape. We are talking about the disappearance of Armenians from the region.


Click here to read the article published in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Magazine.

The 1915 Armenian genocide: Finding a fit testament to a timeless crime
by Robert Fisk

The very last Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide - in which a million and a half Christians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks - are dying, and Armenians are now facing the same fearful dilemma that Jews around the world will confront in scarcely three decades' time: how to keep the memory of their holocausts alive when the last living witnesses of Ottoman and Nazi evil are dead?

At a recent conference in California, Armenians have been discussing how to maintain the integrity of their historical tragedy in hundreds of years to come - when even the grandchildren of the survivors and victims have gone. Like Jews in Israel, Europe and America, the Armenians have amassed tens of thousands of documents, photographs, digital recordings of survivors' testimony and files from Ottoman archives showing the orders for the destruction of Turkey's Ottoman Christians. But will that be enough, in 500 years' time, say, to separate the unique wickedness of the Armenian genocide - and, by extension, the Nazi destruction of the Jews - from all the other mass crimes against humanity in history?

Click here to read the article published in the British National Newspaper THE INDEPENDENT.

The Name Day Celebration 

If you know of a person whose Name Day or Feast Day is being celebrated, honor the person by presenting them with a lit candle and saying "anoonovut abrees" or "anoonovut dzeranas" "may you grow old with your name" which in turns means wishing the person a long life. Or, you can simply say, Happy Name Day. 


NAME DAYS celebrated this week: Sarkis, Mardiros, Adom, Sukias, Vosgi, Sahak, Isahak.

The 70 Years, 70 Facts

Fact 14

Two pastors of St. James Armenian Church, Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan (2010- present) and Rev. Dn. Levon Kirakosyan (2005- 2010), are graduates of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, NY, the only Armenian Seminary in the Western hemisphere.

Evanston faithful come together for 'Week of Prayer for Christian Unity'

Christians representing the diverse churches and denominations in Evanston congregated on Thursday, January 22, 2015, for Prayer & Worship for Christian Unity, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Evanston.

The theme for the 2015 observance was taken from the Gospel of John where Jesus said: "Give me a drink." (John 4:7) We are invited to try water from a different well and also to offer a little of our own. The Rev. Dr. Karen E. Mosby, pastor of Second Baptist Church, preached. Special music was provided by a combination of choirs and soloists from many congregations. Participating churches include: St. James Armenian, Fisher Memorial AME Zion, NU Alice Millar Chapel, St. Nicholas Catholic, New Hope CME, St. Mary's Catholic, Mt. Pisgah Ministry, St. Paul's Lutheran, Second Baptist, Northminster Presbyterian, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Ebenezer AME, Grace Lutheran, and First Presbyterian.

Click here for photos.

Commemoration: The Armenian Genocide: American Response and American Philanthropy
Sunday, February 8

1:30 - 4:00 pm

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide with a powerful symposium that examines the United States' response to the genocide through the lens of the Near East Relief, the first non-governmental, non-sectarian, ecumenical effort of its kind. Panelists: Dr. Stephen Smith, USC Shoah Foundation; Dr. Peter Balakian, Colgate University; Shant Mardirossian, Near East Foundation; and Omer Ismail, Enough Project and Darfur genocide survivor.


Co-presented by Near East Relief Historical Society/Near East Foundation, in partnership with Armenian National Committee of Illinois.


Click here to RSVP.

Photo of the Week

Altar Guild's Wish List

1. Two processional lanterns. Pledged

2.  Painting of St. Taddeus the Apostle. Donated

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'. Donated.

6.  Censer stand. Donated.


Sunday School's Wish List

1.   Cabinet for storage of books and supplies. Not pledged.

2.   Room furniture for students and teachers. Not pledged.


Calendar of worship services and events at St. James


February 1


February 1 

February 14

February 14

February 15

March 7


March 15

April 19

April 24


Blessing of married couples on the Feast of St. Sarkis, the Patron of Love

Combined Choir Rehearsal at All Saints Armenian Church

Saturday Evening Service-Kirakamtits (5:00 PM) 

Poon Paregentan Dance

Poon Paregentan Sunday

Saintly Women's Day hosted by Holy Resurrection Armenian Church (S. Milwaukee, WI)

Vartanantz Program hosted by KOV at the AGBU Center

Joint Divine Liturgy at the All Saint Armenian Church

Ecumenical Service at St. James Armenian Church

St James steeple


February 2 - Commemoration of the Atomians Saints 


February 3 - Commemoration of the Sukiasianas Saints    


February 4 - Fast


February 5 - Commemoration of the Voskian Saintly Priests  


February 6 - Fast


February 7 - Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Partev



Monday -  Wisdom 6:11-20; Isaiah 18:7-19:7; 2 Corinthians 4:10-5:5; John 16:1-4


Tuesday - Proverbs 22:1-12; Isaiah 56:6-7; Hebrews 11:32-40; Luke 12:4-9


Wednesday - 2 Timothy 3:16-4:8; John 7:1-13


Thursday - Proverbs 24:1-12; Jeremiah 30:18-22; 2 Timothy 3:10-12; Matthew 5:1-12


Friday - 2 Timothy 4:9-22; John 7:14-23


Saturday - Wisdom 7:12-18; Isaiah 61:3-7; Hebrews  13:17-21; John 10:11-16




St. James Armenian Church

cordially invites our faithful

to celebrate




Sunday, February 1, 2015


Couples will be blessed at the end of Divine Liturgy in celebration of the Feast of St. Sarkis, the Patron of Love. All married and engaged couples are invited.

Click here to see the flyer.

St. James Armenian Church




Sunday, February 15, 2015

In honor of the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord to the Temple Father Hovhan will offer the traditional service of the Blessing

 of Infants and Toddlers following Divine Liturgy.




February 15 is also the first day of Great Lent (Medz Bahk) in the Armenian Apostolic Church. The altar curtain will be drawn during Vespers on Saturday, February 14 and will then remain closed for the Forty Days of Great Lent until Palm Sunday, March 29.


Click here for the flyer.

Please consider contributing to the historic purchase of our parish khachkar by January 31. Refer to the khachkar letters below or ask Der Hovhan or any Parish Council member.

Click here to read Der Hovhan's letter

Click here to read Parish Council's letter

Click here to print out the donation form.

A Celebration of Life and Love

Click here to see the flyer for details.

Click here for opportunities to showcase your business.

To buy tickets online visit 



Friday, February 13, 2015 
7:30 pm

Click here for more details.

a publication of the Fellowship of St. Voski with short articles and essays covering topics ranging from liturgy and worship, theology, church history, Christian culture, lives of the Saints, book summaries and more. 

Click here to read THE TREASURY.

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. 

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.

"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.


Divine Liturgy
10:00 AM on Sundays

Morning Services
9:15 AM on Sundays

Midday Hour (Wednesdays)
February 25
11:30 AM

Vespers (Saturdays) Kirakamtits
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