February14 - 20, 2016
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SUNDAY, February 14, 2016
Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple
Sunday of Expulsion    

Morning Service  9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy    10:00 AM
Bible Readings:  Isaiah 24:21-25:8Acts 7:47-50Galatians 4:1-7; Luke 2:41-52.


For the souls of Varsenik Sato Avakian (1 year), Gregory Khoudanian, and Samvel Khoudanian.
Requested by Hovsepian and Khoudanian Families

Feast of the Presentation of our Lord to the Temple (Dyarnuntarach)
When Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple, he was seen by Simeon, an elderly and devoutly religious Jew who had prayed to God to keep him alive so he would see the Savior promised to mankind. When he saw Mary and her baby, Simeon suddenly sensed God's presence and said: "Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Thy people Israel" (Luke 2:29-32).
On February 14 each year (40 days after Armenian Christmas), the Armenian Church celebrates this glorious occasion in a ceremony called Dyarnuntarach, literally "the bringing forward of the Lord." (Another name for the Feast is Derendas (possibly a contraction of Dyarnuntarach). In English the Feast is called Candlemas.
For Armenians, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple has traditionally included a number of rituals. The night before the feast, Armenians light candles during an evening church service that concludes with parishioners carrying the candles out into the darkness to symbolize bringing light into the void. They then take these candles home to light their lamps. Another tradition is borrowed from Armenians' pre-Christian paganism: Parishioners dance around a bonfire in the church courtyard and young men leap over the flames.
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Sunday of Expulsion (Ardaksman Giragi)
Our church Fathers have dedicated each of the Lenten Sundays to one of the mysteries that symbolize mankind's life-his birth, his sinning, his regret and his repentance. Each Sunday serves as an occasion for us to think of ways we can guide our human nature to do more good so that the period of Great Lent is more fruitful and productive.

The second Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of Expulsion. The origins of this tradition, including its name, can be found in the Book of Genesis. Adam and Eve, having listened to the deceitful words of Satan, disobeyed the Divine Commandments and ate of the forbidden fruit. As reprimand, God deprived Adam and Eve of eternal life, saying unto them, "You were made from soil and you will become soil again" (Genesis 3:19). However, God did not immediately take Adam and Eve's lives. Instead, He exiled them from the Garden of Eden and relegated them to a life of toil producing their own food: "So the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden and made him cultivate the soil from which he had been formed" (Genesis 3:23). God also punished womankind with the pain of childbirth.

Why Does Our Lent Begin on a Monday Instead of Ash Wednesday?
All the ancient churches observe Lent ( Medz Bahk , meaning "Big Fast") over a period of forty days. The Latin name  Quadragesima corresponds to the Armenian  Karasnortats Bahk ('Fast of Forty Days'). The traditions differ in how to calculate the forty-day period.
In the Western Church Lent originally began six weeks before Easter. Since Sundays during that period were not fasting days, the Quadragesima was four days short. As a result, four days were later added and the beginning of Lent was set on Ash Wednesday, which is six-and-a-half weeks before Easter.
In the Eastern churches the forty-day period is calculated differently. Holy Week, which immediately precedes Easter and is a period of fasting, is not included as a part of Lent but as a separate unite of time. Lent in our tradition begins six weeks prior to Palm Sunday, and is actually of forty-two days duration. The first Sunday of Lent is Poon Paregentan ('Good-living Day'). All the curtains in church must be closed on the Saturday evening preceding Poon Paregentan.
From Frequently Asked Questions about The Armenian Church,
by Very Rev. Fr. Krikor Maksoudian
Armenian Lenten Services
The Peace Service, Rest Service and Sunrise Service are performed more often during Great Lent than at other times of the year.  (Usually, Peace and Rest Services are performed only on Friday evenings.)  These three services are part of the Church's cycle of seven daily worship services but are of particular significance during Great Lent because they are penitential in nature and remind us of the effort we are making to restore our pure and joyous relationship with God.
The evening Peace Service consists of prayers for peace to end each day.  These prayers remind us that God is with us even in the face of trial and temptation.
The Rest Service, which comes just before retiring for the night, asks God's continuing care through the night. It includes the prayer of St. Nersess.
The Sunrise Service, performed first thing in the morning, reminds us that God is the giver of the light of morning and the light of salvation. Its beautiful prayers and hymns reflect the fresh and serene quality of the most beautiful time of day. This service is performed in our churches before or after Sunday morning liturgy.
Calendar of Worship Services during the Great Lent
February 10, 17, 24 March 2, 9, 16
7:00 PM
Morning Service- 9:00 AM
Sunrise Service - 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:30 AM
Pilgrimages to the local Armenian Churches and to the Shrine of all Saints at St. Martha Catholic Church 
will  be organized on Fridays during the Great Lent. Please check the Parish Calendar.

Click here to see the flyer in Armenian and in English.
A New Video About Great Lent

The Eastern Diocese's "Bread and Salt" video series continues this month with an episode about Great Lent reminding about our need to turn away from worldly distractions, and embrace this season of  prayer, fasting, and introspection.
Clergy in Midwest Gather for Lenten Retreat
Clergy from parishes in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Minnesota met for a Lenten retreat from February 8 to 10. The retreat was held at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat Center in Mundelein, IL.

Led by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, clergy gathered for prayer, meditation, and discussion focusing on "The Art of Evangelization." Talks were given on evangelization in the Armenian Church from the time of Mesrob Mashdots to the present day.

Similar retreats will be held for clergy in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Saturday Afternoon Worship Service
St. James Armenian Church cordially invites you and your family to  SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORSHIP SERVICE on February 20. Service will begin at 5:00 pm and will end at 5:45 pm sharp and will be conducted entirely in English. 

There will be no fellowship hour. 

Let us enjoy the gift of prayer with other families and our friends and share our worship time.
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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.

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Click here to watch new Episode of the Eastern Diocese's Video Series
Calendar of Worship Services and Events at St. James
February 12, Friday

February 14, Sunday 
February 17, Wednesday
February 19, Friday
February 19, Friday
February 20, Saturday
February 20, Saturday

February 21, Sunday
February 21, Sunday  
February 24, Wednesday
February 26, Friday
February 27, Saturday

February 28, Sunday
February 28, Sunday
February 28, Sunday
Pilgrimage to St. Gregory (Lenten Dinner at 6 pm, Vigil at 7 pm)

Presentation of the Lord to the Temple. Dyarunaraj. "Open" Badarak
Lenten Vigil at St. James
Pilgrimage to All Saints (Lenten Vigil)
Family Lenten Dinner at AGBU
Acolyte Training
Saturday Afternoon Worship (in English)

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Vartanantz Commemoration (Armenian Evangelical Church)
Lenten Vigil at St. James
Pilgrimage to St. Gregor (Lenten Vigil)
Regional Saintly Women's Day (St. Gregory)

Sunday of the Steward
St. James Women's Guild Baking
Cultural Event at AGBU


February 14- February 20
Second  Week of Great Lent. Fast

February 20    Commemoration of Saints Cyril of Jerusalem, Cyril the Bishop and Anna


1 Samuel 1:1-23;
Proverbs 1:1-33; 
Jeremiah 1:1-10

1 Samuel 1:23-2:26; Proverbs 2:1-3:10; Jeremiah 1:11-2:3

Exodus 2:11-22;
Joel 2:1-11; Micah 4:1-7

1 Samuel 3:21-4:18; Proverbs 3:11-4:14; Jeremiah 2:31-3:16

Deuteronomy 7:11-8:1;
Job 9:1-10:2; Isaiah 40:9-18

Proverbs 11:2-11;
Isaiah 61:3-7;
2 Timothy 4:1-8; 
John 10:11-16

NAME DAYS celebrated this week: 

Cyril, Anna.

February 20
March 19
April 23
May 21

4:00 pm
Sponsored by the

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Featured Speaker

Very Rev. Fr. Ghevont Pentezian
Pastor of All Saints Armenian Church of Glenview
Then & Now;
From the perspective of a Dzaraquyn Vartabed"

St. James' Zadig Youth Choir  will perform
under the directions of 
Dn. Kavork Hagopian

Armenian Evangelical Church of Chicago
905 W Golf Rd, 
Mt Prospect, IL 60056
by Zabel Yessayan
translated into English Edited by Judy Saryan
February 28, 2016
2:00pm meet & greet
2:30pm presentation by Judy Saryan
reception to follow
AGBU Chicago Center
7248 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60631

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All young adults ages 18 to 30 are welcomed to participate.

Register by March 20 to secure 
a discounted rate of $1975.00.

For more information visit or contact Jennifer Morris at 
or at 248-648-0702.

July 2-17, 2016

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Deacons' Training Program Saturday, June 25 - Sunday,  July 3

High School Session A 
Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 24

High School Session B 
Friday, July 29 - Sunday, August 7

Post High School 
Tuesday, August 9 - Saturday, August 13

Click here  to access our recent 
E-bulletin: Youth Issue 
featuring numerous programs (camps, retreats, training, scholarships, etc) made available to you by our parish, the Diocese, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, and the AGBU.

Every Third Friday 

February 19, 2016
March 18, 2016
April 15, 2016
May 20, 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