January 24 - 30, 2016
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SUNDAY, January 24, 2016
Second Sunday after the Octave of the Theophany

Children's Sunday
Morning Service  9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy    10:00 AM
Bible Readings:  Isaiah 63:7-18; 2 Timothy 3:1-12; John 6:22-38 

HOKEHANKISD- Requiem Service
For the soul of Albert Sarkisian - Requested by Dn. Aram Sarkisian
For the soul of Hrant Dink.
For the soul of Diramayr Sirarpi Nalbandian
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 Bartev 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 Enlightener. 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".
Raven Theatre for Syrian Armenians
On Thursday, January 28 at 7:15 pm, the Raven Theater in Edgewater,  Chicago (6157 N. Clark) will be staging Horton Foote's play The Old Friends. 

Tickets are $30 and can be  purchased through parish council members, with
checks made out to St. James parish, and will be held for you in your name at the Raven box office to be picked up the night of the performance.

There will also be a cover-free cocktail reception from 6:00 to 7:00 at Fritzy's Tavern (6156 N. Clark directly across the street from the Raven), featuring the live musical stylings of Krikor Paylan's jazz band, 'Tiny Miles and the Big Kids.' Parking is limited at the Raven. However, there is free, unzoned parking all over the neighborhood and metered parking right on Clark St. This event is co-sponsored by the following Chicagoland Armenian Churches: Armenian Evangelical Church, St. Gregory, All Saints, St. James, and Sts.  Joachim and Anne. 

Reception provided by Oscar Isberian Rugs.

Please note that this play is not appropriate for younger audiences.
Saturday Afternoon Worship Service
St. James Armenian Church cordially invites you and your family to SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORSHIP SERVICE on January 30. 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.

Click here to see the flyer.
Armenian Church of Swaziland Transferred to Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin
On January 13, King Msvati III of Swaziland officially transferred the Holy Resurrection Armenian Chapel and the lands pertaining to the Chapel to the Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin.

Last year, representatives of the local Armenian community submitted to King Msvati III of Swaziland a petition with the request to transfer the Holy Resurrection Church to the Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin.

A year later, the Armenian chapel of Swaziland truly became an Armenian chapel and one that will legally pertain to the Catholicosate from now on.

The Armenian Church in the distant African kingdom was constructed in 1989, due to the efforts by Grigor Derbelyan.

  Click here to read the article published by Armenpress.
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.

Click here to read more about home blessing.
Calendar of Worship Services and Events at St. James
January 24
January 28
January 28
January 30
January 30
January 31
January 31
February 6
February 6
February 7
February 8
February 14
ADCC Bake Sale
Syrian Relief Fundraiser at Raven Theatre
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service at Ebenezer AME Church
Acolytes Training (4:00 pm)
Evening Worship Service (in English)
Parish Assembly
College Care Packages (ACYOA)
Vespers - Kirakamtits
Poon Paregentan Dance
Poon Paregentan Sunday
Great Lent begins
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord  to the Temple-  Dyarnundaraj

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 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.

January 25 
Commemoration of the Atomians Saints        

January 26     Commemoration of the Sukiasiants Saints
January 27     Fast

January 28     Commemoration of Sts. Voskian Priests   

January 29     Fast

January 30     Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Bartev


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

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

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

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

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

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

NAME DAYS celebrated this week: 

Adom, Atom, Sukias, Voski, Oski, Sahak, Partev.
Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 PM
Ebenezer AME Church 
1109 Emerson St
Evanston, IL 60201

Click here for more details.

Funds from the plate collection will be donated to help Christians in Syria.
This Sunday 
January 24
after Badarak


January 30
February 20
March 19
April 23
May 21

4:00 pm
FEBRUARY 6, 2016


at Monty's Elegant Banquets

703 S York Rd,
Bensenville, IL 60106

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February 12 - 14 
at Camp Hickory

Registration deadline in Feb 5.

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Contact Der Hovhan to receive a registration packets.
12:30 PM
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