January 18 - 24, 2015
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

First Sunday after the Octave of the Theophany


Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Isaiah 54:1-13;   1 Timothy 1:1-11;   John 2:1-11


Hokehankisd - Requiem Service

For the souls of:

Requested by:

Archbishop Datev Gharibian (40 days)

Hrant Dink (8 years)

Albert N. Sarkisian (13th year)





Avetisyan Family

Morgan, Sara, and Sona Bell

George Houhanisin and Dr. Sarah Johnson

Matthew Rupas

Dn. Aram Sarkisian

Prayer of the Week

Dispel the pain and heal the sickness of thy people, Lord our God and grant to all perfect health by the sign of thine all-conquering cross through which thou removed the weakness of mankind and condemned the enemy of our life and salvation. Thou art our life and salvation, beneficent and all merciful God, who alone can forgive us our sins and remove diseases and sickness from us, to whom are known our needs and necessities. Bestower of gifts, grant thy bounteous mercy to thy creatures according to their individual needs, through whom thy Holy Trinity is always glorified and praised, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
Commemoration of St. Vahan of Goghtan 

St. Vahan of Goghtan was the son of Prince Khosrov, the Governor of the province of Goghten. During his childhood, together with many other Armenian princes, he was captured by the Arabs and taken to Damask where he was circumcised and renamed Vahab.

St. Vahan was a very clever and skilled young man. Receiving a proper education, he undertook various responsibilities in the royal court. Despite the fact that he was brought up and educated in the Arab culture, St. Vahan knew about his ancestors. He never forgot that he had been a Christian and that he came from a noble family. In 719 AD, the Armenian Pontiff Hovhannes of Odzoun paid a visit to the Governor of Damask, and upon his request, the Governor allowed the captives to return to their homelands. Taking advantage of this opportunity, St. Vahan expressed his wish to visit his homeland and was allowed to do so on the condition that he would return shortly afterwards.

Upon reaching Armenia, St. Vahan became aware of the Governor's death and made the decision to remain in his native homeland. He married the daughter of Prince Babken, the Governor of Syunik province, and settled there. However, the new governor of Damask began a search for St. Vahan, who, concealing himself, was forced to wander in his homeland and in Georgia hiding out in various churches and monasteries. St. Vahan was finally apprehended in the town of Routsap in Syria, and rejecting the governor's demand that he reconvert to Islam, he was martyred in 737 AD. On the day of the Saint's commemoration, a special hymn composed by his sister, Khosrovidoukht, is sung.

Archbishop Datev Gharibian (1937-2014)

Archbishop Datev Gharibian was born on April 15, 1937, and baptized under Hovhannes.

He received his primary education at the St. Vartanantz Jesuit College of Aleppo, Syria. Upon graduation, he entered the St. James Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and graduated in 1963. On July 21, 1963, he was ordained a celibate priest by Patriarch Yeghishe Derderian.the name Hovhannes.

In 1966, he received the rank of vartabed. From 1966 to 1980, he served the Armenian Church in Argentina. In 1980, he was elected to serve as the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Brazil, and was consecrated a bishop on October 14, 1984, by His Holiness Vasken I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. He was elevated to the rank of archbishop nine years later.

Throughout his Primacy, Archbishop Gharibian reorganized the Diocesan structure, renovated the Tourian National School, participated in ecumenical activities, and oversaw the Diocesan publication "Sipan."

In 2013, he was awarded the "St. Nerses Shnorhali" medal by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, on the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

Hrant Dink

Hrant Dink (September 15, 1954 - January 19, 2007) was a Turkish-Armenian editor, journalist and columnist. As editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, Dink was a prominent member of the Armenian minority in Turkey. Dink was best known for advocating Turkish- Armenian reconciliation and human and minority rights in Turkey. He was often critical of both Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide and of the Armenian Diaspora's campaign for its international recognition. Dink was prosecuted three times for "denigrating Turkishness," while also receiving numerous death threats from Turkish nationalists.

Hrant Dink was assassinated in Istanbul in January 2007 by a Turkish nationalist. This was shortly after the premiere of the genocide documentary Screamers in which he is interviewed about the Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and for which a case was brought against him under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, a controversial law that makes it illegal to insult Turkey, Turkish ethnicity or Turkish government institutions. While his murderer serving time for his crime, photographs of the assassin posing flanked by smiling Turkish police and gendarmerie in front of the Turkish flag surfaced soon after the murder. The photos created a scandal in Turkey, prompting a spate of investigations and the removal from office of those involved.

At his funeral, two hundred thousand mourners marched in protest of the assassination, chanting, "We are all Armenians" and "We are all Hrant Dink". 
Criticism of Article 301 has become increasingly vocal after his death, leading to parliamentary proposals for repeal.

Prayer and Worship Calls for Christian Unity

Congregations representing the diverse Christian churches and denominations in Evanston will come together on Thursday, January 22, 2015, for Prayer & Worship for Christian Unity. Hosted by St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Evanston, 1004 Greenwood Street, all are welcome to attend at 7:00 pm.

The theme for the 2015 observance is 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, will preach. Special music will be 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. 

Begun in 1908, celebrations calling for Christian Unity occur each year in cities and towns across the country and around the world. 

The public is cordially invited. Off-street parking is available at St. Mary's Catholic (entrance off of Maple Street) and First Presbyterian (entrance off of Chicago Ave.)

Click here to see the flyer.

The 70 Years, 70 Facts
Fact 12

The centuries-old relic of St. James of Nisibis-comprised of bone fragments of St. James and encased in a beautiful, metal reliquary, shaped in the form of a human hand with fingers poised in benediction-had traveled more than 5,000 miles from the St. Kevork Armenian Church in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to St. James Armenian Church for  veneration on our Name Day in December 2014. 


Home Blessing

One of the holy traditions of the Armenian Church is the Home Blessing Service, which according to St. Gregory of Datev was established by Our Savior Jesus Christ, when after His Resurrection He entered the upper room and blessed the disciples. When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." (John. 20:19). During the apostolic times, the twelve apostles of Jesus visited the homes of the faithful to bless them and to spread the good news of Christ's birth and His Resurrection. Likewise their followers - priests and bishops, entered the homes ofthe faithful on the occasions of Theophany and Easter (Holy Resurrection) to tell the good news of our Lord's Nativity and to bless them and their homes through a special Service.

Through the Home Blessing Service, the house of the faithful becomes a small church. 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:2). During the Service the priest prays to God and asks Him to keep the home, its inhabitants, and the children in good health, so that they live a devout life, glorify the name of Almighty God and heighten the Holy Church.

Love and peace are established in the sanctified home. Therefore, it is desirable that the faithful devoutly keep the graces from heaven, which filled their homes. But if sinful behavior dominates in the house it can never become a church inhabited by the Holy Trinity, saints and angels.

According to the sacred traditions of the Armenian Church, God's blessing is asked for homes on different occasions, like on the Nativity and the Resurrection of Christ, as well as on the joyous occasion of moving into a new home.

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.

A Century of Silence 
A family survives the Armenian genocide and its long aftermath 
by Raffi Khatchadourian

When I try to imagine my grandfather, the face that appears to me is a variation of a pencil drawing that hangs in my parents' house. The drawing captures the earliest image of him that we have in our family. He appears to be in his thirties, and he stares down from the wall with a serious countenance, a sharply groomed mustache, a tall, stiff collar, a tie pin. He seems like a self-possessed man, with an air of formality: a formidable person.

I never had the chance to meet him. I was born in the nineteen-seventies, on Long Island, and he was born in the eighteen-eighties, in the Ottoman Empire, near the Euphrates River. He died in 1959-the year that the first spacecraft reached the moon, Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, and Philip Roth published "Goodbye, Columbus," though I suspect he would have known nothing of those things. What he knew was privation, mass violence, famine, deportation-and how to survive, even flourish, amid such circumstances.


Click here to read the article.

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 Gallery Updates

Have you checked our Photo Gallery?
Missed the Service of the Blessing of Pomegranates, the Nativity Divine Liturgy or the Service of the Blessing of Water?

Click here to see our recent additions.

Altar Guild's Wish List

1. Two processional lanterns. $250 (each). Pledged

2.  Painting of St. Taddeus the Apostle. $1000. Pledged.

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'. $500. Pledged.

6.  Censer stand. $400. 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

January 25

January 28

February 14

February 14

February 15

Annual Parish Assembly

Midday Hour (11:30 AM)

Saturday Evening Service-Kirakamtits (5:00 PM) 

Poon Paregentan Dance

Poon Paregentan Sunday

St James steeple



January 19 - Commemoration of the Hermits Sts. Anton, Triphon, Parsam and Vonoprios


January 20 - Commemoration of King St. Theodos and Children of Ephesus


January 21 - Fast


January 22 - Commemoration of St. Kirakos and his mother Judithah, St. Vahan of Goghten, Saintly Martyrs Gordios, Poghiktos and Grigoris


January 23 - Fast


January 24 - Commemoration of the 150 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople





StJames Sketch


12:30 PM


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.

January 18th is the last day to buy tickets at discounted price.

To buy tickets online visit 



Friday, February 13, 2015 
7:30 pm

Click here for more details.

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.

There are still several dozen frozen dumplings left over from the recent Fall Food Bazaar, $10/dozen. 

Also we have some lahmajoon left for sale, $20/dozen.

Please see any Women's Guild or Parish Council Member to purchase.

Thank You!

Divine Liturgy
10:00 AM on Sundays

Morning Services
9:15 AM on Sundays

Midday Hour (Wednesdays)
January 28
11:30 AM

Vespers (Saturdays) Kirakamtits
January 10, 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