June 15 - 21, 2014
SUNDAY, June 15, 2014                      

Remembrance of the Prophet Elijah


Morning Service: 9:15 AM                     

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

Bible Readings:  1 Kings 18-29-46; 2 Kings 2:1-15; James 5:16-20; Luke 4:25-30

Remembrance of the Prophet Elijah 


The magnificent life of Elijah, the great prophet of the Old Testament, is recorded for us in I and II Kings. He was a real but almost legendary figure, like Saint John the Baptist: hairy, dressed in animal skins, coming out of the wilderness to terrify the whole country with his announcements of impending calamity, and then disappearing. Elijah was one of the greatest and most remarkable prophet of the Old Testament. Of his origin, not much is known, except that he was a Thesbite. He appeared on the historical scene during the reign of Achab (9th century B.C.). He delivered to that impious king the message of Yahweh: Israel would be punished by a long drought and Achab's house would fall. He then lived to see the tragic end of Achab. Next we hear of Elijah in connection with Ochozias, Achab's son and successor, to whom he predicted that the injuries received in a fall would be fatal. The end of the earthly life of Elijah came mysteriously. As he was conversing with Eliseus on the hills of Moah, "a fiery chariot, and fiery horses parted them both asunder, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven" (II Kings 2:11). Together with Moses, he appeared at Christ's transfiguration.

The Prophet Elijah is commemorated on a Sunday because he is the greatest among the prophets; appeared at the Transfiguration as the prophet of "life" and the new covenant; as distinguished from Moses and the old covenant. However, most important is that Elijah did not experience death... but was taken to heaven... hence, like the Holy Mother of God (Theotokos), was enumerated among the heavenly. In the Hymn "Ih Verin"... [Enoch and Elijah in dove-like form...] Elijah is described in a resplendent fashion living in old age like a dove dwelling within the harmony of the heavenly Garden of Eden. Elijah is a highly beloved and dearly cherished Prophet-Saint of the Armenians (and all the Eastern churches) and held in highest esteem among all the saints of the Old Testament. He is THE Messianic prophet who, one might intimate, propels (through Christ) the "Passover" from the Old to the New covenant... and therefore, with Christ offers the restoration of Israel (the NEW Israel) through the "second coming". 

Commemoration of St. Hripsime, St. Gayane and their Companions 

Thirty-three nuns under the leadership of Gayane escaped to Armenia hoping to find refuge from the Roman Emperor who desired to wed one of them, Hripsime, because of her unusual beauty. The Armenian King Drdat, heard of their entry into Armenia and likewise desired Hripsime. After many efforts to convince her, the king saw that it was useless and that she would not consent to his desires, nor would she leave her companions, nor the worship of Christ, ordered killing her. The following day Gayane and her companions were also martyred. Upon his delivery from the pit, St. Gregory built chapels over the relics of the holy nuns. Later, during the time of St. Sahag Bartev [4th Century], these chapels were rebuilt and, during the Catholicate of Gomidas [7th Century], two beautiful cathedrals were erected - the Cathedral of St. Hripsime being a monument of Armenian architecture. 

Feast of St. Gregory the Enlightener's Emergence From the Pit

In 287 A.D., after condemning St. Gregory to the pit, King Drdat began persecuting Christians in Armenian. After ordering the execution of Hripsime, Gayane and their companions, Drdat went mad, imagining he was a boar. His sister, St. Khosrovidukht, had a dream that Gregory was still alive and that only he could heal her brother, a dream that she related to Drdat's court. They then sent men to the pit, and to their amazement they discovered that Gregory was indeed alive. When Gregory was taken to Drdat, the ailing King knelt down before Gregory and confessed his sins, saying, "Your God is my God, your religion is my religion." Gregory then resumed his ministry, converting the Armenian nation to Christianity. He baptized the King and the royal family and conducted mass baptisms throughout Armenia. After being anointed bishop by the metropolitan of Caesarea, Leontius (Ghevont), St. Gregory assumed the leadership of the Armenian Church as its first Patriarch-Catholicos, a position he graced for 25 years until his death. The Armenian Church remembers St. Gregory's Emergence from the pit each June. 

Prayer of the Week

Uncreated essence, i have sinned against You with my mind, with my soul, and my body, do not remember my former sins, for the sake of Your Holy Name. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.

The Very Rev. Fr. Abgar Hovakimyan Elected Primate of the Canadian Diocese

By Pontifical letter, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, confirmed that Rev. Fr. Abgar Hovakimyan, Member of the Brotherhood of the Mother See and Locum Tenens of the Armenian Diocese of Bulgaria, was elected as the Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Canada.

On May 30 and 31, in the St. Vartan Church of Mississauga, Canada, under the presidency of His Eminence Nathan Hovhannisyan, Locum Tenens of the Diocese, and chaired by Mr. Jacques Stepanyan; the 31st Diocesan Assembly elected Rev. Fr. Abgar Hovakimyan as the Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Canada.


Click here to read Fr. Abgar's biography.

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:





մեր, մեք, մեզ

mer, mek, mez

our, we, us 




father, paternal


Here are the words you have already learned: եւ (yev), սուրբ (soorp), 

ի (ee), Տէր (der), Աստուած (Asdvadz), օրհնեա, օրհնեալ (Orhnya, orhnyal), ես, է (es, e), իմ (im), Քո, քեզ, դու (ko, kez, tu.), Ինք, իւր (ink, yur). 


Items Used on the Altar Table


Paten (Maghzuhmah)
The paten is a metal plate, having an indentation and placed over the chalice, upon which the blessed 
Nushkhar rests.  



Holy Box, Pyx (Srpadoup, Masnadoup)

In some churches where a spare chalice is not used to store the reserved sacrament, a box either round, square or oval in shape may be used for this purpose. It is kept on the middle tier of the Altar Table, sometimes within a more elaborate box called the Ark or Tabernacle of Communion. This larger box is symbolic of the tomb of Christ from which He rose as life-giver to the world.

2014 Membership Dues



StJames Sketch If you are not already a 2014 dues-paid member, please consider becoming one. New members must pay dues by JUNE 30 in order to be eligible to vote during the Parish Assembly on January 2015.


Do you know that now you can pay your dues with your credit card? Ask Vahan Janjigian or Debbie DerAsadourian or make a secure payment on our website (click here)


Forms are available in the church office or here.

Photo of the Week 
Sourp Sarkis Armenian Church (Bjni, Armenia, 13th c.)

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

June 29
July 4
July 13
July 13
July 20
August 3
August 3
August 9-10
August 15-17
August 17
August 24
September 7

St. Hagop Armenian Church (Racine, WI) 

Armenian Evangelical Church (Mount Prospect, IL)

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

June 22

June 28

June 29

July 26

August 16

August 24

September 13

Women's Guild Day
"The Armenian Church in the United States" presentation 
Celebrating graduates
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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June 15 - 
Remembrance of the Prophet Elijah
June 16 - Commemoration of St. Hripsime and her Companions

June 17 - Commemoration of St. Gayane and her Companions

June 19 - Feast of Saints John the Forerunner and Athenogenes the Bishop

June 21 - Feast of St. Gregory the Enlightener's Emergence from the Pit














SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014


Click here to see the flyer.




(In Armenian)


 Saturday, June 28, 2014

at 6 PM


followed by Potluck Dinner


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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 a.m. between August 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 a.m. 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.




If you have a graduate in your family or know of someone who is graduating, please send us their information.


 If you are a graduate, please submit the school you are graduating from , the school you will be attending (if applicable), course of study (if applicable), degree earned and future plans.


We are planning to host a reception to honor our graduates on June 29.   

Call or e-mail the Church office  before June 25.



 Click here to access our special E-Bulletin featuring numerous programs (camps, retreats, training, scholarships, etc) made available to you by our parish, the Diocese, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, AGBU, Armenian Assembly of America and the RA Ministry of Diaspora. 
The Chicago Affiliate of the 

  An evening with



Musical performance by Sima Cunningham


Saturday June 28, 5:00 - 8:00 PM


At Kazarian Studio

122 W. Kinzie St. 2nd floor, Chicago


$20 per person

 Please RSVP by June 20th


Questions? Call Greta Doumanian-Harley (312)213-3765


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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