St James Altar smaller
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Tel: 847-864-6263


July 14 - 20, 2013
SUNDAY, July 14, 2013

Second Sunday After Transfiguration 

Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM

Scripture readings:
Isaiah 3:16-4:1; 1 Cor.1:25-30; Mt. 18:10-14
Altar servers ordained at St. James Church
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, visited St. James Church of Evanston, IL, last weekend where he celebrated the Divine Liturgy and ordained altar servers.

On Saturday, July 6, the Primate ordained Jesse Arlen, Antranik Balian, Haig Hagopian, Malkoon Malkoonian, Vartkes Minatiskan, and Andrew Rejebian to the rank of acolyte. On the following day, the Feast of the Transfiguration, Archbishop Barsamian celebrated the Divine Liturgy, with the Rev. Fr. Khoja-Eynatyan, parish pastor, assisting. During the service, Aras Korogluyan and Arie Zakarian were ordained to the diaconate.

More than 100 people took part in the service on Sunday. In his sermon, Archbishop Barsamian spoke about the significance of Christ's transfiguration on Mount Tabor, and how it relates to our lives today. 

During a banquet following services, parishioners gathered to congratulate the newly ordained altar servers. On this occasion, the parish also marked the third anniversary of Fr. Khoja-Eynatyan's ordination to the holy priesthood.

Click on the following links to read more and to view photos.

Commemoration of St. Gregory The Enlightener's Sons and Grandsons: Sts. Aristakes, Vrtanes, Housik, Grigoris and Daniel

Aristakes was St. Gregory the Enlightener's youngest son.  He led a monastic life from a very early age. He was consecrated a bishop by his father, and became one of St. Gregory's most valued supporters. In 325 A.D. he participated in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, representing the first Catholicos and the entire Armenian Church. Following St. Gregory the Enlightener, he became Catholicos of All Armenians.

He was killed in 333 A.D. by Arkeghayos, a prince of Greater Armenia, for criticizing some incorrigible behavior of the king, and was buried in the village Til.


Vrtanes was St. Gregory the Enlightener's elder son. He was married and had two sons - Grigoris and Housik. Following the death of his brother, he ascended to the Catholicosal Throne.

Although Christianity was already fairly well accepted as the official religion, some remnants of paganism and heathenism continued in remote areas and smaller villages. One region that had substantial resistance was the province of Daron. Vrtanes organized annual festive Christian celebrations in this province to gradually eliminate their pagan beliefs and practices. Vrtanes died in 341 A.D. and was buried in the village Tordan, near the relics of St. Gregory the Enlightener.


Grigoris was the elder son of Vrtanes. He was sent by the Armenian Church to spread Christianity among the neighboring nations of Armenia.  He was martyred upon the order of King Sanesan, the head of the nomadic Mazkut tribe. His remains were buried by the deacons who served with him, in the village of Amaras, in Artsakh. In 489 A.D. upon the order of the Aghvan (Caucasian Albanian) King Vachagan, the Church of St. Gregory was built on this site.


Housik was the younger son of Vrtanes. He married with the daughter of the Armenian King Tiridates and had two sons - Pap and Antiochus. In 341 A.D. he was elected as the Catholicos of All Armenians. He resisted and challenged the will of King Tiran, who wished to hang the portrait of Julianus the Betrayer in a church. He was severely beaten, martyred, and was buried in the village of Tordan, province of Daranaghi.


Bishop Daniel Assyrian was famous for his saintly way of life. As he grew older he led an ascetic and isolated life in the province of Daron. Following the martyrdom of Housik, he was invited to be the Catholicos of All Armenians. During the very first meeting with King Tiran, he strictly castigated him on the murder of the Pontiff Housik. The king summarily ordered the death of Daniel by strangulation.  His remains are buried in the Monastery of Hatsyats Drahkt.


The sons and grandsons of St. Gregory the Enlightener are remembered and commemorated by all Armenian Churches throughout the world for their service to the Church, their faithfulness to Christianity, and their commitment to the Armenian people.

A New iBook on the Transfiguration

The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America is pleased to announce the release of its latest electronic book for the Apple iPad: "Transfiguration." We invite you to download this free book, and to embark on a journey through the story of Christ's miraculous transformation on Mt. Tabor.

The book relates the Gospel story of the Transfiguration and introduces the ways in which the feast is celebrated in the Armenian Church (this year, the observance will take place on Sunday, July 7). The digital book is packed with interactive features, including:

  • Video: watch the story come alive on your screen
  • Music: listen to the hymns of the Transfiguration in a virtual sanctuary
  • Audio: listen to the Transfiguration story in English and Armenian
  • Photo galleries: explore artists' renderings of the events on Mt. Tabor
  • A "Lexicon" page: learn Armenian words and names associated with this feast day

"Transfiguration" is the first in a series of interactive books the Diocese plans to publish in the coming year as part of the Diocesan theme, "Living the Gospel of Christ." The series will walk readers through the five major feasts of the Armenian Church.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Please take the time to rate our new publication and to write a review on the iBookstore.


Click here to download your free copy. 
New stair lift makes St. James accessible 

New stair was installed at the side entrance of the church. It was made possible by a donation from George W. Jigamian, The Coloian and Groh Families and The Ipjian Family.  


If assistance is needed, please ask a member of the Parish Council.

St. James Armenian Church at the Evanston Farmers' Market
St. James Armenian Church will once again host a bake sale table at the Evanston FarmersMarket on Saturday 8/18 from 7am to noon to promote the Taste of Armenia Festival the following weekend. 


Please help staff the table for even an hour or two, then enjoy the bounty of fresh produce, food products, flowers and other items available at this top-rated market.

Summer'13 Issue of 
Deseelk (Vision) Newsletter

The Summer'13 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.

If you are unable to open the file, you may need to update your Acrobat Reader. This can be done by visiting

Have you signed up for eScrip?

That will cost you nothing. You do not need to spend extra money, yet you will make a contribution to your church.

Go to to learn more and to sign up. 

It's FREE. 

Altar Guild's wish list

1. Candle followers for two side altars- 4 ($15 each) 

2. Banners- 2 (pledged) 

3. Jajanch, Radiance (Ostensorium, monstrance) - 2 ($300 each)   

4. Painting for the main altar (pledged)
5. Painting for the left altar (of St. Gregory the Illuminator) 
6. Painting of St. James of Nisibis 
7. Curtains to cover the overhead storage areas in the vestry and choir rooms (donated)
8. Priest's "half- vestments" ($500)
9. Set of a chalice veil and a Sudarium (linen-holder) for the Gospel book ($150)
10. Children's albs (Shabeegs) ($100 each)
11. Large Silver Hand-cross for Weddings and The Ceremony of the Blessing of Water ($1800)

Calendar of Armenian cultural events in Chicago area 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 @ 6:00pm


Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival  

Noreen Polera, Piano

Program: Schumann, Grieg, Ligeti, Bronner, Rachmaninoff, Rostroponich


Reserved $10
No Lawn
Ticket & dining package $40 (Promo code DINING)

Click here

for tickets and more information




Saturday, October 19, 2013 @ 7:30pm


Assyrian Community Center

9131 Niles Center Road, Skokie, IL



Celebrate Parev Monthly's 18th year anniversary with Onnik Dinkjian, John Berberian, Ara Dinkjian, Mal Barsamian, and Jason Naroian LIVE in concert! 

General Admission: $35*
Age 6-15 Admission: $15*
*Admission tickets do not include dinner. Dinner sold separately. 

For tickets call: (847) 965- 4537 or email:

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July 15 - Commemoration of Sts. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the 45 Martyrs, and the Virgins Justinia, Euphemia, and Christina

July 16 - Commemoration of Martyrdom of Sts. Antiochus the Bishop and his ten disciples and five martyrs

July 18 - Commemoration of the Holy Forefather

July 20 - Commemoration of St. Gregory the Illuminator's Sons and Grandsons - Sts. Aristakes, Vrtanes, Housik, Grigoris and Daniel



High School Session "B"

July 29 - August 6, 2013


Post High-School Session

August 8-13, 2013


Download application here. 



HYE Camp


For campers ages 8 to 15 

Housed at Camp Hickory, Ingleside, IL

Staff Training: July 25 - 28, Two-week Session: July 28 - August 10

One-week Camp Session: 

July 28-August 3 (all participants)

One-week Camp Session: 

August 4-10 (available for those unable to attend week 1)


To register visit


For more information, contact:

Jennifer E. Morris, Youth Outreach Coordinator

(248) 648-0702


Please note that registration deadlines are rapidly approaching, 

and medical forms signed by a doctor are required. 


Financial assistance is available- ask Der Hovhan.


SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013



26202 West Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL 60041

Directions at 


Opening Day Schedule

2:00 p.m. 

Arrival of 2013 Hye Campers, parents and guests. Tour of facilities.

4:30 p.m. 
Opening prayers and introduction of staff in the Soorp Haroutiun Chapel.

5:00 p.m

Dinner (free-will offering).

6:30 p.m. 

Parents and guests depart.


All former and future Hye Campers, 

staff members, interested parents and friends of Hye Camp are invited to attend.

Armenian Pizza Co. Lahmejun

Wednesday, July 24 at 11:00 am
at St. James Armenian Church 
AUGUST 25, 2013
Street Logo

Taste of Armenia Big Raffle Tickets are available.


$100.00 per ticket.

For more information click here

This video was produced by St. James parish to feature our various ministries,  programs and outreach efforts. 
Click above to watch the  video.


Sunday, July 21, 2013
6:30 am - at 8:30 am 
Grant Park 
Click here for more information.



Home blessing


All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed 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. 

The Parish is looking for old photos for the website and archive.  
Anything historical having to do with the Parish, Church Building, Church organizations and events or Armenian community in Evanston. We are also looking for photos of our past pastors. If you can help contact or 847-864-6263.

Your photos will be scanned and immediately returned.
Help us Celebrate the Parish 70 year anniversary!


Parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays at the large condominium building at Clark & Benson (Quartet Copies). Enter the garage from Benson street.




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St. Mesrob Armenian Church, Racine, WI

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, Chicago

Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church, Glenview, IL

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St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, IL

Knights of Vartan (Proesel Park in Lincolnwood, IL)


Please sign up for a Coffee Hour


Coffee hour tables can be simple or complex.  Sometimes when people do a coffee hour table they put out coffee cakes and doughnuts; sometimes they put out some fruits. Others put out entire lunch. We encourage you to sign up for coffee hour a couple of times each year. It can be simple or an entire meal - either is fine. The sign-up sheet is in the church hall.