July 5- July 12, 2014
SUNDAY, July 6, 2014                      
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 


Morning Service: 9:15 AM                     

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM


Bible Readings: Isaiah 1:21-31; Romans 7:25-8:11; Matthew 12:38-45

Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht


Trdat, Ashkhen and Khosrovidukht

In 287 A.D. Tiridates (Trdat), from the royal house of Arshakouni, assumes the throne which once belonged to his father and becomes Tiridates III, King of Armenia.  In 301 A.D. the king releases the Christian Gregory from imprisonment and proclaims Christianity to be the State Religion of Armenia. In doing so, the king becomes the greatest advocate of spreading Christianity throughout the country. 


According to Greek historian Agathangelos, the King, the Queen Ashken and the Princess Khosrovidoukht met St. Gregory upon his return from Caesarea, to where he had traveled to receive episcopal ordination. Following a period of fasting and preparation, Gregory baptizes the three of them. Through the baptism by Gregory, Tiridates becomes the first king in the world to rule over a Christian country. History also reveals that Tiridates, Ashkhen and Khosrovidoukht personally participate in the construction of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. 

Holy Translators Sahag and Mesrob


Sahag Mesrob

Sahag Bartev, Catholicos (437 A.D.) was the son of St. Nerses the Great. St. Sahag was elevated to the Catholical throne in 387 A.D. This period was one of the most tragic in Armenian history - in 390 A.D. Armenia was divided between Persia and Byzantium. Prior to this period, St. Sahag had worked with the peace-loving and farsighted King Vramshabouh during whose reign the Armenian alphabet was invented.


Aside from his strong leadership in the dark hours of Armenian history, St. Sahag is also remembered for his literary works; he was the guiding force of the Golden Age. He formulated the first books of ritual and translated the works of the Holy Fathers into Armenian. He wrote a number of canons, hymns, and prayers and is recognized as one of the founders of Armenian ecclesiastical and national literature. His fruitful life ended in 437 A.D. at the ripe old age of 89.


St. Mesrob (known as Mashdots) (438 A.D.) was born in the village of Hatsegats in the province of Daron. In his early years, he learned both Greek and Persian and served in the Armenian Royal Court. Later, he decided to enter the ranks of the clergy and went to preach in the province of Koghtn around 395 A.D. During this period he felt the great need of the Armenian people for an alphabet of their own so he petitioned the Catholicos Sahag and together they requested the aid of King Vramshabouh. 


After much research and many travels, Mesrob was able to come up with the skeleton of an alphabet. However, it did not meet the needs of the Armenian language. According to tradition, while meditating in a cave near the village of Palu, the saint had a vision in which, "the hand of God wrote the alphabet in letters of fire." Immediately after the discovery of the alphabet, the Holy Translators worked to translate the Bible and the first words in the Armenian language were from the Book of Proverbs, "To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the word of understanding." They also opened schools to teach the newly discovered alphabet.


St. Mesrob's life's works have been recorded by one of his famous students, Goriun, in his book, The Life of Mashdots  He was buried in Oshagan in the province of Vaspouragan. Beloved by all, St. Mesrob is a special inspiration to Armenian writers and poets. 

Prayer of the Week

Searcher of secret things, I have sinned against You, willfully and inadvertently, knowingly and unknowingly. Grant forgiveness to me a sinner; for from the birth of the Fountain until this day, I have sinned before You Lord, with all my senses, and in all the members of my body. 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.

Articles Used in the Sanctuary
Banners with religious symbols are used at the head and in the rear of processions.




Two large decorative candles are usually set just outside the main altar curtain at each side of the altar, on the bema. They represent two guardian angels protecting the gates of heaven (the main altar). The utilitarian value was to provide light for the main altar but they are now largely symbolic. 





Many types of crosses are used in the church. The two main types used during the Liturgy are: Hand cross, Tzeratz , which is used for blessings and which can also be carried in an elevated position by the deacon during the procession at the beginning of the Synaxis; Processional cross, Taporee, the large cross carried at the head of all processions. Crosses are held with a piece of fine material. 
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:





փրկեա, փրկիչ

prgya, prgich

rescue, savior 





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).

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 Armenian Church (South Milwaukee, WI)

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 12

July 26

August 16

August 24

September 13

Armenian Jeopardy
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 7       

Commemoration of Sts. Antoninus, Theophilus, Anicetus and Potinus


July 8       

Commemoration of the Prophet Daniel, and his Companions Sts. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego


July 10     

Feast of the Holy Translators St. Sahag and St. Mesrob


July 12     

Commemoration of Sts. Tiridates, King of Armenia, Queen Ashkhen and Princess Khosrovidoukht

Armenian Studies Department of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern) and St. James Armenian Church (Evanston, IL) ACYOA Jrs.




Saturday, July 12, 2014

3:00 PM


Hosted by Selena Groh- 

our own Jeopardy star*. 



one free week at Hye Camp!!!


Parishioners of Hye Camp age are eligible to participate.


To request the list of questions and to register, please e-mail Der Hovhan at


Click here to see the flyer.



*Watch Jeopardy episode with Selena Groh at 2:30 pm on July 22 on ABC 7.


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.


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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