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


June 16 - 22, 2013
SUNDAY, June 16, 2013
Third Sunday After Pentecost

Morning Service - 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM

Scripture 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

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.  His name is inextricably linked with the Patron Saint of the Armenian Church, St. Gregory the Illuminator.  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. 

The names of Queen Ashkhen and the King's sister, Khosrovidoukht are closely related to the Great Conversion of Armenia as well.  Princess Khosrovidoukht's vision of a cure for the King's incurable illness causes St. Gregory the Illuminator to be liberated from the dungeon of the deep pit.  Gregory then is free to begin the process of spreading the light of Christianity, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

According to Greek historian Agathangelos, the King, the Queen and the Princess meet 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.  They are followed by the baptism of the royal court and the nobles of Armenia.  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.  The stones they used to build the cathedral were brought to Vagharshapat from the slopes of Biblical Mount Ararat.


Sahag Bartev, Catholicos (437 A.D.) was the son of St. Nerses the Great and received his primary and higher education in Caesarea and Byzantium. St. Sahag was elevated to the Chatolical throne in 387 A.D. This period was one of the most tragic in Armenian history in that 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 Vramshabooh 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. It was he who encouraged St. Mesrob in his works. After the discovery of the alphabet, St. Sahag set to work on the first translation of the Holy Bible. He established schools and improved upon those already existing. 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." Upon his return to the Catholicos and king, the saint was received with great honors and much joy.

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, among whose students were the famous translators Yeghisheh, Movses, Tavit and Saint Vartan.

St. Mesrob's life's works have been recorded by one of his famous students, Goriun, in his book, The Life of Mashdotz.  He was buried in Oshagan in the province of Vaspouragan, where a beautiful cathedral has been built in his honor, and where one may go and pay homage at the saint's tomb to the present day.

St. Mesrob gave the Armenian people the most precious of gifts, and continues to serve as an inspiration to all generations.  Beloved by all, St. Mesrob is a special inspiration to Armenian writers and poets. 

You are cordially invited to


Summer Family Night


Saturday, June 29

5:00 pm

Nishan Hall

St. James Armenian Church

816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201



Biryani Cook-off Contest

Poetry Reading

Tavloo Tournament

Songs of our Homeland

Potluck Dinner 



*For more information and RSVP, please contact

St. James' Stewardship Committee Chair Gevik Anbarchian at (773) 490-6490, or church office at (847) 864-6263,



**This event is sponsored and organized by St. James' Stewardship Committee as part of its Celebrating Our Diaspora initiative. Throughout the year, the Stewardship Committee will host events that acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of our St. James parish community.


Invites You to the Book Presentation and Signing Series
Sunday, June 30, 2013
David Luhrssen
Author of
"Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen"


Following Divine Liturgy - 12:30 PM

An Armenian national raised in Russia, Rouben Mamoulian (1897--1987) studied in the influential Stanislavski studio, renowned as the source of the "method" acting technique. Shortly after immigrating to New York in 1926, he created a sensation with an all-black production of Porgy (1927). He then went on to direct the debut Broadway productions of three of the most popular shows in the history of American musical theater: Porgy and Bess (1935), Oklahoma! (1943), and Carousel (1945). Mamoulian began working in film just as the sound revolution was dramatically changing the technical capabilities of the medium, and he quickly established himself as an innovator. Not only did many of his unusual camera techniques become standard, but he also invented a device that eliminated the background noises created by cameras and dollies. Seen as a rebel earlier in his career, Mamoulian gradually gained respect in Hollywood, and the Directors Guild of America awarded him the prestigious D. W. Griffith Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1983.





 SUNDAY, July 7, 2013


Officiated by

His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian


Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America


Morning Service - 9:00 AM

Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM



Celebratory Luncheon- 12:30 PM



Decons' Training

June 24  - July 2, 2013 

(Scholarships available - Ask Der Hayr)  


High School Session "A"  

July 5-13, 2013


High School Session "B"

July 29 - August 6, 2013


Post High-School Session

August 8-13, 2013


Download application here. 


SMC Offers two scholarships

The Sacred Music Council is pleased to offer two scholarships for 2013: 
Two $250.00 scholarships for St. Nersess Seminary Deacons' Training Program; and one $500.00 scholarship from the Margaret E. Hagopian Musical Training Scholarship fund.
The Deacons' Training program teaches the students the deacon's role in the Divine Liturgy and other worship services of the Armenian Church.
The Margaret E. Hagopian Scholarship fund has been identified for choir members and altar servers who actively participating in their choirs, and will be enrolling in courses such as Music History, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Composition, or Vocal Training.
This scholarship is also offered to choir directors and church organists who are taking courses to help with developmental skills as well as improvements in conducting choirs.

Ask Der Hayr for the application.
Altar Guild's Wish List

1. Candle holders and followers for two side altars (4 of each) 
2. Banners (1 or 2) 
3. Jajanch, Radiance (Ostensorium, monstrance) (1 or 2) 
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

8. Priest's vestments

9. Set of a chalice veil and a Sudarium (linen-holder) for the Gospel book

10. Children's albs (Shabeegs)

11. Large Hand-cross for Weddings and The Ceremony of the Blessing of Water

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 St. James.

Here's How it Works:

  • You register any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program.
  • Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen group, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered.
  • Your purchases are tracked and available to you online, allowing you to see just how much you are earning on your church's behalf!

How to sign-up online:

1)      Go to

2)      Click on Sign-Up-It's Free.

3)      Choose the Group ID radio button, enter '500011443' in the text box, and click 'Search'.

4)      Click on St James Armenian Church.

5)      Follow the step-by-step instructions on the web site to set-up your account.

6)      Click 'Next'.

7)      Enter your personal information and click 'Next'.

8)      Select card type, enter card number, and click 'Next'.



Sign Up Now!  eScrip is proven to be a fantastic resource for fundraising where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school, church or organization of your choice.


If you need help to sign up, please, bring your Dominick's Fresh Values cards with you on June 23 and Parish Council members will assist you after Divine Liturgy.
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June 17

Commemoration of Sts. Antoninus, Theophilus, Anicetus and Potinus


June 18

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


June 20

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


June 22

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



 If you are a graduate, of if you have a graduate in your family, please join us this Sunday in celebration of 2013 Graduates. 




Why not take care of your 2013 dues now!

If you are not already a 2013 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 2014.

Do you know that now you can pay your dues with your credit card? Ask Vahan Janjigian or Arda Paylan.

Forms are available in the church office.



St. James' Stewardship Committee encourages you to become a steward. To date we have pledged only $31K. Please consider becoming a steward of St. James and helping our parish meet its $50K goal for 2013. Pledges of any amount are welcome. Contact Parish Council member and Stewardship Committee Chair, Gevik Anbarchian, for additional information. 


You can submit your membership dues or make a donation on-line through 
St. James PayPal page? It's fast and secure. 

Click here to do it now.


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.


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.


The complete original works for piano



Şahan Arzruni



"After listening to Sahan's new CD I have fallen in love with Komitas's music all over again." Edvard Mirzoyan


You may order your copies through this link, or buy at using this link.



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. 

Armenian Church Edition
is now in the church pews.


If you would like to purchase your personal copy, please contact the Church office.
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.



June 16

June 29

June 30

July 7

August 25

September 21

Celebrating Graduates    

Summer Family Night

Book presentation by David Luhrssen

Episcopal Liturgy and Ordinations

"Taste of Armenia"

Annual Picnic at Harms Woods



June 30

July 7

July 14

July 21

August 4

August 10-11

August 17-18

August 18

August 25

September 8

St. Hagop Armenian Church, Racine, WI

Holy Resurrection Armenian Church, S. Milwaukee, WI

Sts. Joachim and Anne Armenian Church, Palos Heights, IL

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.