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


July 21- 27, 2013
SUNDAY, July 21, 2013

Third Sunday After Transfiguration  

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

Scripture readings:
Isaiah 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:18 - 7:11; Matthew 19:3-12  

Commemoration of Sts. Sophia and her three daughters - Pistos (Faith), Yelpis (Hope) and Agapie (Love) 


The Holy Martyrs Saint Sophia and her Daughters Faith, Hope and Love were born in Italy. Their mother was a pious Christian widow who named her daughters for the three Christian virtues. Faith was twelve, Hope was ten, and Love was nine. St Sophia raised them in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. St Sophia and her daughters did not hide their faith in Christ, but openly confessed it before everyone.


An official named Antiochus denounced them to the emperor Hadrian (117-138), who ordered that they be brought to Rome. Realizing that they would be taken before the emperor, the holy virgins prayed fervently to the Lord Jesus Christ, asking that He give them the strength not to fear torture and death. When the holy virgins and their mother came before the emperor, everyone present was amazed at their composure. They looked as though they had been brought to some happy festival, rather than to torture. Summoning each of the sisters in turn, Hadrian urged them to offer sacrifice to the goddess Artemis. The young girls remained unyielding. After undergoing unspeakable torments, the holy virgins glorified their Heavenly Bridegroom and remained steadfast in the Faith.


They subjected St Sophia to another grievous torture: the mother was forced to watch the suffering of her daughters. She displayed adamant courage, and urged her daughters to endure their torments for the sake of the Heavenly Bridegroom.

In order to intensify St Sophia's inner suffering, the emperor permitted her to take the bodies of her daughters. She placed their remains in coffins and loaded them on a wagon. She drove beyond the city limits and reverently buried them on a high hill. St Sophia sat there by the graves of her daughters for three days, and finally she gave up her soul to the Lord. Even though she did not suffer for Christ in the flesh, she was not deprived of a martyr's crown. Instead, she suffered in her heart. Believers buried her body there beside her daughters.


The relics of the holy martyrs have rested at El'zasa, in the church of Esho since the year 777. 

Commemoration Day of 200 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus

The Ecumenical Council of Ephesus was convened in 431 A. D., during the reign of the King Theodosius Small. 200 Pontiffs participated in the Council with the goal to criticize the false teaching of Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople. According to his teaching there were two independent - divine and human natures in Christ, contrasting each other. Nestorius preached that Christ was born as a simple man and only later Divinity was settled in His Person, and therefore, the Holy Virgin Mary was not Godmother, but the mother of a simple man. 


The Ecumenical Council of Ephesus condemns the teaching of Nestorius and adopts the teaching of St. Cyril of Alexandria as an orthodox teaching, according to which the divine and human natures of Christ do not exist separately, but are united unmixedly, without confusion - one Lord, one Jesus, one face and one united divine and human nature. St. Mary is not the mother of a simple man, but she is Godmother as she gave birth to the Son of God. So, the formulation of St. Cyril of Alexandria: "One is the nature of the Incarnate Word of God" was adopted.


The Armenian Church has not participated in that Ecumenical Council but has adopted its resolutions and ecumenical authority together with the previous Ecumenical Councils.

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. 
Taste of Armenia offers business sponsorship opportunities

Street Logo This year we are offering businesses 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 25th Annual St. James Taste of Armenia Street Fair which will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2013 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 brochure and form with details about the various advertising opportunities.

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, August 17 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.

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



Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 6:00pm


Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival  

Lincoln Trio


Desir´┐Że Ruhstrat, Violin

David Cunliffe, Cello


Reserved $10

No Lawn
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 22 - Commemoration of the Maccabees, Sts. Eleazar the Priest, Shamuna and her seven Sons


July 23 - Commemoration of the 12 Minor Prophets - Sts. Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi


July 25 - Commemoration of Sts. Sophia and her three daughters - Pistos, Yelpis and Agapie


July 26 - Commemoration Day of 200 Pontiffs participating in the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus




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.



August 11

August 17

August 18

August 25

September 21

Blessing of Collage Students

Evanston Farmers' Market


"Taste of Armenia" Festival

Church Annual Picnic



July 21

August 4

August 10-11

August 17-18

August 18

August 25

September 8

St. John the Baptist Armenian Church, Milwaukee, WI 

St. Mesrob Armenian Church, Racine, WI

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, Chicago

Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church, Glenview, IL

St George Armenian Church, Waukegan, IL

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.