July 20- July 26, 2014
SUNDAY, July 20, 2014                      
Eve (Paregentan) of the Fast of Transfiguration

Morning Service: 9:15 AM                     

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM


Bible Readings: Isaiah 3:1-11; Romans 11:13-24; Matthew 14: 13-21


For the soul of Karena Petrosyan

Requested by Grair and Alla Arutchev, Sonya and Aneta Arutchev.

Eve (Barekendan) of the Fast of the Transfiguration

This Sunday preceding the weeklong fast (Monday to Friday) leading up to the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ's Transfiguration (known in the Armenian Apostolic Church as the Fast of the Transfiguration). Next Saturday, the eve of the Feast, we can break our fast with fish and dairy products. 


Commemoration of the Tabernacle of the Old Testament and the Feast of the New Church


The Tabernacle of the Old Testament was the most sacred vessel in the Old Testament. It was where the Ten Commandments, Aaron's ornamental crosier and the golden urn full of manna were kept. Early Church Fathers considered the Church of Christ as the Tabernacle of the New Testament and the heir to the Tabernacle of the Old Testament. Thus, this feast celebrates this unbroken lineage and also symbolizes the eternal mystery of the New Holy Church. 

Prayer of the Week

O Christ, who is a growing fire, inflame my soul with the fire of Your love, which You have shed on the earth, that it may consume the stains of my soul, clear my conscience, purify my body from sin, and kindle in my heart the Light of Your knowledge. Have mercy on your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.

St. Nersess Deacons' Training Program Concludes Successful Session in Jerusalem
Thirteen altar servers, including St. James' Deacon Arie Zakarian, returned from a two week Deacons' Training Program in Jerusalem on July 7. Representing 10 parishes from ours dioceses, the young men age 18 and over participated in the first-ever St. Nersess conference in the Holy Land. Under the leadership of Fr. Daniel Findikyan and Fr. Daniel Karadjian, the participants were the personal guests of His Beatitude Abp. Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, where they lived in the Armenian monastery. The program was subsidized through a generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Garo and Cece Garibian of Philadelphia in memory of Abp. Torkom Manoogian, former Patriarch of Jerusalem and former Primate of the Eastern Diocese. 

During their two weeks in the Holy Land, the young men participated in daily worship with the clergy and seminarians of the Patriarchate. They also assisted at Divine Liturgies celebrated at the tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre, the tomb of Mary in the Garden of Gethsemane, the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, the altar of the apostle James of Zebedee within the magnificent Armenian Church of Saints James, and the Holy Archangels Church deep in the Armenian Quarter. 
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Articles Used in the Sanctuary



A light (or most commonly in older churches an oil lamp) is always found directly above the main altar and remains lit at all times. It represents the divine light of Christ's love and hope for us all which is never extinguished.   






Fans are used on the altar mainly during the Liturgy and, rarely, on other occasions. At one time they were used to chase the insects that would gather around the open wine. Now they have developed a symbolic meaning and their very style has become largely decorative, with bells and pictures of angels. They  represent the angels singing in heaven especially for the Divine Liturgy, and also driving away civil spirit.




The kerchief is a fine piece of material, usually decorated, used when holding or touching the Gospelsbook or hand crosses. It is used to keep holy thing clean of sinful contact.
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:





տուր, տայ

dur, da

give, give over 





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), չար (char), փառք ի բարցունս (park i partsuns).
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.

Photo of the Week

Daniel and Ararat.

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

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 20

Eve (Paregentan) of the Fast of Transfiguration

July 26 

Commemoration of the Tabernacle of Old Testament (or the Old Ark) and the Feast of the New Holy Church



July 21- 25, 2014
10 am - 1 pm

For first time Altar servers.

Ask Fr. Hovhan (e-mail)
SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
(26202 West Nippersink Road, 
Ingleside, IL 60041) 
Directions at

Opening Day Schedule

2:00 p.m. Arrival and Registration in the Main Lodge

4:30 p.m. Opening prayers and Welcome in the Soorp Harutyun Chapel for everyone.

5:00 p.m. Outdoor Dinner (free-will offering for non-campers).

6:00 p.m. Camper Orientation (Parents and guests depart).

All former and future Hye Campers, staff members, interested parents and friends of Hye Camp are invited to attend.


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.


St. James Armenian Church will once again host a bake sale table at the Evanston Farmers' Market on Saturday, August 16 from 7:00 am 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.

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