December January 4 -10, 2015
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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Seventh Sunday of Advent


Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:

9:15 AM
10:00 AM

Isaiah 51:15-52:3; Hebrews 13:18-25; Luke 22:24-30 


HOKEHANKISD - Requiem Service

For the soul of:

Requested by:

Jenik Babayan (2 years)

Areknaz, David and

Arpie Babayan (20 years)

France Babayan

Nadya, Grisha and George Baghdasarian


Hovsep Babayan

Andre and Violet Babayan          

Alen Babayan

Shoushik, Rozik, Anahid, Tamara and Seroj Baghdasarian

Prayer of the Week

O Lord our God, benevolent and merciful, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by the intercession of the holy Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus, who enlightened the land of Armenia from the darkness of pagan idolatry, and by the intercession of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the follower of the apostles, accept the supplications of your people, and keep Catholicos Karekin II, whom you chose as patriarch and leader of the Armenian people, firm in his great calling for a long time. Let him lead your people with humility and orthodoxy. Exalt throughout the universe the horn of your anointed one. Make him worthy of becoming a faithful and wise steward of your new covenant. Look with sweetness aer your people who have been entrusted to him and keep them spotless from all evil, so that rejecting from themselves the worldly desires, they may live in righteousness, clad with Your Christ's holiness, and let them be one flock and one pastor, together becoming worthy of reaching the eternal bliss in company with all of Your saints, through the grace of Your Only Begoen, our Lord Jesus Christ, with whom glory, power and honor is befiing to the Almighty Father and the coexistent Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen.
Eve of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Candlelight Divine Liturgy (Lucernarium

According to our Church traditions, the feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ begins at 5:00 after evening service on January 5 and is continued after midnight on January 6. On the eve, a solemn candlelight Divine Liturgy is celebrated, following the conclusion of which the assembled take home their lit candles and lamps to symbolize the divine light and blessings of the Church. Lighting candles and lamps symbolizes the light of the Star of Bethlehem that guided the way of the Magi to the Baby Jesus.
The Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Nativity 2
During the first centuries of Christianity, the night before every feast, a vigil was kept. In the evening, the faithful assembled in the church or some other sacred space where the feast was to be celebrated and prepared themselves by saying prayers, chanting Psalms and reading the Holy Scriptures. In addition, incorporated into the vigil on the eve of major feasts was the ritual of Jrakalooyts. The faithful would carry their candles into the sanctuary during great processional of the Divine Liturgy. Furthermore, the church would be brightly lit with candles and lights. Today, Jrakalooyts is reserved only for the eves of Theophany and Easter, and we distribute candles to the faithful only after they are already in the sanctuary, though we continue to brightly illuminate the church and sanctuary. The tradition of the faithful taking their lit candles home also continues today. The Feast of the Theophany (Asdvadzahaydnootyoon), literally translated as God revealing himself to mankind, is one of the five great tabernacle (Daghavar) feasts of the Armenian Church and is always celebrated on January 6. This feast combines the celebration of the birth, baptism and manifestation of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Theophany is an eight-day celebration between January 6 to 13.

Schedule of the Nativity Services at St. James

The Nativity and Baptism of Jesus Christ will be observed at St. James Armenian Church. A special liturgical schedule will be in effect for these services; please make a note of the times.

On Monday, January 5
-The Evening Service with Scripture Readings will start at 6:00 p.m. The Divine Liturgy will immediately follow, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Traditional HOME BLESSING SERVICE will be performed in the Nishan Hall at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

On Tuesday, January 6- The Morning Service begins at 9:15 a.m., and the Divine Liturgy follows at 10:00 a.m.

On Sunday, January 11- The Morning Service begins at 9:15 a.m., and the Divine Liturgy follows at 10:00 a.m. The "BLESSING OF WATER" ceremony will follow the Divine Liturgy. Mr. Simon Simonian and his sons Bob and Eddie will serve as "godfathers" of the Blessing of Water service.

Women's Guild of St. James invites everybody to their traditional NATIVITY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON to honor deacons, choir members, and outgoing Parish Council members.

Click here to see a flyer.

New Year's Message of His Holiness Karekin II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians

To read the Message in English click here.

A Legacy of Peace
Primate's Christmas message

Archbishop Barsamian The angel promised that his "good tidings of great joy" would one day be known by all people. But the announcement itself, on that glorious night some 2,000 years ago, was made to only a few, humble shepherds, in fields removed from any city or village. To reach the ears of the entire world, the announcement would have to be repeated, from person to person, from heart to heart, from generation to generation.

Yet through all those numberless repetitions, down to the present day, these "good tidings" have never lost their freshness. They have never lost their ability to inspire wonder and love at the news of God's miraculous gift to mankind.

Indeed, the gift of Jesus Christ has inspired the Armenian people to the heights of creativity and heroism, and has sustained us through every trial. At every critical juncture of our history, we have been able to refresh ourselves in the knowledge that our destiny lies with him-through whom death is vanquished, sacrifice redeemed, and despair transfigured into winged hope.

Click here to continue reading the 2014 Christmas Message in English and Armenian.

Gift of Love
Christmas Yughakin

In the Holy Season of Theophany, it has become tradition in our church to donate Theophany Yughakins as gifts of love in memory or in honor of our loved ones.  


The Yughakin tradition is an ancient custom that goes back to the Old Testament. The faithful would bring oil to the temple of God so that His servants would have enough to eat. Later on, this custom entered Christianity when the faithful would bring oil to church in order to illuminate it by lighting the lamps in the church. Yughakin in Armenian means "price of oil." 


In our churches today, we obviously do not burn oil in order to illuminate the sanctuary, but rather gas and electricity. Thus, Yughakin now is simply a donation made to cover operating expenses.


Let us continue the custom of Yughakin to keep the lights of St. James forever burning! Please use the special Yughakin form and envelope that have been created for your convenience.

Christmas Card. You may also make in lieu of Christmas card donation and have your name appear in our Christmas Sunday Bulletins and Deseelk (Vision) Newsletter wishing all of your friends at St. James Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Click here to donate online.

First Armenian Float Wins Presidential Award

The first Armenian American Rose Float Association(AARFA) won the 2015 New Year's Day Tournament of Roses' President's Award for most effective floral use and presentation for their "Cradle of Civilization" float. The float was featured in the 126th Rose Parade along with other floats from around the area. The theme of the parade was "inspiring stories" to pay tribute to the people of the community who "loved unconditionally, persevered courageously, endured patiently and accomplished much on behalf of others."

Click here to read the article in The Armenian Weekly.
Click here to watch the video of the judging of the First American Armenian Float.

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 5 (Monday) January 6 (Tuesday)

January 10

January 11

January 25

January 28

February 14

February 14

February 15

Eve of the Feast of the Nativity (Jrakaloouyts)

Feast of the Nativity and Theophany (Badarak at 10 am)

Saturday Evening Service-Kirakamtits (5:00 PM) 

Blessing of the Water and Appreciation Luncheon

Annual Parish Assembly

Midday Hour (11:30 AM)

Saturday Evening Service-Kirakamtits (5:00 PM) 

Poon Paregentan Dance

Poon Paregentan Sunday

St James steeple

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. 

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 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.
A Celebration of Life and Love

Click here to see the flyer for details.

Click here for opportunities to showcase your business.


"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.


The Fall'14 issue of 
DESEELK (Vision) Newsletter can be found on our website as a PDF document. 
Click here to view the Newsletter or go to our website to download current issue.

We hope you enjoy this latest issue.

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.


Missed or accidentally deleted any of the previous E-Bulletins? 
You can read all our previous issues in the archive here.

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