July 13- July 19, 2014
SUNDAY, July 13, 2014                      
Feast of the Discovery of the Jewel Box of Theotokos (Mother of God)


Morning Service: 9:15 AM                     

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM


Bible Readings: Isaiah 2:5-11; Romans 8:31-10:4; Matthew 13:24-30

Feast of the Discovery of the Jewel Box of Theotokos (Mother-of-God)


Since there are no relics of our Holy Mother's earthly body (she was assumed into Heaven), her personal belongings instead became articles of pious devotion. Because they were kept in secret during the horrid persecution of the early church, they began to appear only in later centuries. The Jewel Box of the Holy Mother, in which she kept her veil, was the second item discovered (the first being her belt). According to tradition, two aristocratic brothers made a vow to go to the Holy Land. At that time, many people were making pilgrimage to a certain Jewish woman's home where there was a box to which many miraculous cures were attributed. They had a replica of the box made and through cunning switched it with what became to be known as the Jewel Box of the Holy Mother of God. They returned to Constantinople where they were received with great ceremony, and the box was placed in the Cathedral dedicated to Our Holy Mother.

The Armenian Church began celebrating this feast in the late 18th century upon the order of Catholicos Simeon of Yerevan, who borrowed this tradition from the Greek Orthodox Church.

Commemoration of Christ's Twelve Apostles and St. Paul the Thirteenth Apostle


The Twelve Apostles (Simeon (called Peter), Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Patriot and Judas Iscariot) chosen by Our Lord Jesus Christ were the first preachers of Christ's doctrine and of course witnesses to our Incarnate Lord. "Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out devil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness" (Matthew 10:1).

Matthias replaced Judas Iscariot after Judas' betrayal and joined his eleven brothers. The apostles went to all the peoples of the world and faithfully preached Christ's message of love. They baptized their new converts in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, thus becoming the founders of Christ's Church. One of the greatest preachers of Christ's Commandments was St. Paul, who is recognized by the Church as the Thirteenth Apostle. The section of the New Testament called "The Acts of the Apostles" is dedicated to the Apostles' activity, and Paul's fourteen letters addressed to church communities established by him and other early Christians is a record of Paul's ministry specifically.

Prayer of the Week

O Lord, protector of all, instill Your Holy fear in me that my eyes may no more look lustfully, that my ears may no more delight in hearing evil, that my mouth may no more speak lies, that my heart may no more think evil, that my hands may no more do injustice, that my feet may no more walk in paths of iniquity. but direct all my actions such that i do Your will in everything. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.

Taste of Armenia offers business sponsorship opportunities
Street Logo This year we are offering business sponsorship opportunities at three levels with benefits to advertise and spotlight your enterprise to the nearly 2,000 residents and businesses in the area during 26th Annual St. James Taste of Armenia Street Fair which will take place on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from noon to 6:30 PM .
Proceeds from the event are not only used to maintain our church. St. James Armenian Church also contributes to orphanages in Armenia, donates to "Family Promise" in Evanston, and provides food to the homeless.

Click here for the letter for business owners.

Click here for the application form with details about the various advertising opportunities.

Click here for art-work requirements.

Taste of Armenia Street Fair Restaurant Raffle

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Along with the festivities at St. James Taste of Armenia Street Fair, this year we will hold our innovative raffle called the "Restaurant Raffle".   One thousand dollars ($1,000) in restaurant gift certificates will be given away, including:

Brindille ($100), Trattoria #10 (2X $100), Sayat Nova ($100), Wildfire ($100), Union ($150),  Dinotto Ristorante ($100), Siunik Armenian Grill ($150), and L. Woods ($100).


Raffle tickets are being offered for $5.00 each or 6 tickets for $25.00.


Click here for more information.

Articles Used in the Sanctuary


The cruet and bowl are used for washing the celebrant's hands and the chalice at various times during the Liturgy. Washing represents spiritual cleansing.







The main altar of the Armenian Church is closed a number of times during the Divine Liturgy and also for the entire forty days of Great Lent.






The dais is a special platform on which the celebrant stands during the Divine Liturgy and is reserved for his use only. It is placed directly in front of the Altar Table.

By Very Rev. Haigazoun Vartabed Melkonian.
Let's Learn Armenian
Did You Know That...
The Badarak, not counting the priest's prayers, is about 4,700 words long, but has only 1,400 different roots, of which 200 constitute approximately 80% of the text. Եւ (Yev = and) is the most common word; it occurs 438 times and constitutes nearly 10% of the text. This means that if you knew only the word եւ , you'd already understand 1 out of every 10 words of the Mass. Moreover, if you knew only 200 words and their variants you would understand 8 out of every 10 words in the Mass.

Every week you can learn two of the 50 most commonly used words in the Badarak here:








փառք ի բարցունս 

park i partsuns

glory in the highest


Here are the words you have already learned:
եւ (yev), սուրբ (soorp), ի (ee),Տէր (der), Աստուած (Asdvadz), օրհնեա, օրհնեալ (օrhnya, orhnyal), ես, է (es, e), իմ (im), Քո, քեզ, դու (ko, kez, tu.), Ինք, իւր (ink, yur), մեր, մեք, մեզ (mer, mek, mez), հայր (hayr), որդի (vorti), հոգի (hoki), թող (togh), փորձութիւն (portsutyun), փրկեա, փրկիչ (prgya, prgich), արարիչ (araritch).

Altar Guild's Wish List

1.  Two jajanch radiances (ostensorium). $300-600 each . Pledged.

2.  Painting of St. James of Nisibis. $1000. Donated.

3.  Painting of St. Stephen the Protodeacon. $1000. Not pledged.

4.  Priest's 'half-vestments'. $500. Not pledged.

5.  Censer stand. $400. Pledged


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 Midwest Armenian Picnics

July 13
July 13
July 20
August 3
August 3
August 9-10
August 15-17
August 17
August 24
September 7

Sts. Joachim & Anne Armenian Church (Palos Heights, IL)

Holy Resurrection AC(South Milwaukee, WI) CANCELED

St. John the Baptist Armenian Church (Greenfield, WI)

St. Mesrob Armenian Church (Racine, WI)

St. Paul Armenian Church (Waukegan, IL)

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church (Chicago, IL)

All Saints Armenian Church (Glenview, IL)

St. George Armenian Church (Waukegan, IL)

St. James Armenian Church (Evanston, IL)

Knights of Vartan (Lincolnwood, IL)

Calendar of worship services and events at St. James

July 26

August 16

August 24

September 13

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 PM)
Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 PM)
Taste of Armenia Street Fair 
Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamatits (5:00 PM) 

St James steeple
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July 13                        

Feast of the Discovery of the Jewel Box of Theotokos


July 14            

Commemoration of Sts. Kalistratos and his 49 companions, and Lukianos the Priest


July 15                        

Commemoration of the Prophet Zechariah


July 17                        

Commemoration of the Prophet Elisha


July 19            

Commemoration of Christ's twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul




July 21- 25, 2014
10 am - 1 pm

For first time Altar servers.

Ask Fr. Hovhan (e-mail)


For campers ages 8 to 15

at Camp Hickory, Ingleside, IL

Two-week Session:

July 27 - August 9

One-week Camp Session: 

July 27 - August 2 (all participants)

One-week Camp Session:

August 3-9
(available for those unable to attend 
week 1)


To register visit 

Hye Camp website.





Medical staff needed:
Doctors, nurses, pharmacist
Hair stylists:
to check for lice as campers arrive
Night security:
Anyone over 30 years of age willing to work any evenings between 12 a.m. and 5:00 AM between July 27 and August 8
Laundry Volunteers:
6 people required to go to a laundromat on August 2 to launder camper
Closing Day cleanup:
Volunteers needed on August 2 and August 9 at 7:30 AM to supervise campers and do light sweeping. 

Hye Camp needs the support of the community.


Please contact 

Debbie DerAsadourian (847.902.7790)

or Kenarr Chiodo, Hye Camp Board Chair

(773.205.6455) if you are able to assist in any of the areas listed above.

AUGUST 24, 2014

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Taste of Armenia 

Big Raffle Tickets are available.


$100.00 per ticket.

 For more information click here.



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.


SATURDAY, September 13, 2014

Details will follow.


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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