June 29 - July 5, 2014
SUNDAY, June 29, 2014                      
Third Sunday after Pentecost 


Morning Service: 9:15 AM                     

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM


Bible Readings:  Isaiah 1:1-15; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 12:1-8

Commemoration Day of the Discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Enlightener 

The Commemoration Day of the Discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator is one of the three feast days dedicated to the memory of the Patron Saint of Armenia.

According to Holy Tradition, following Armenia's conversion to Christianity, in his final years, St. Gregory led an ascetic life in the cave of Mane on Mount Sepuh where he died in 326 A.D. Upon finding his body, shepherds buried him without recognizing the Armenian Pontiff. After his death, one of his students, Garnik from Basen, saw a vision in which Gregory provided him the location of his relics. Upon discovery, the relics were transferred to the village of Tordan in the Province of Daranagh and eventually buried there.

The relics of St. Gregory the Enlightener are among the most revered not only in the Armenian Church but in all Churches. Following their discovery, some items were taken to other places for safekeeping, among them Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), Byzantium and Italy. The Right Hand of the Saint, preserved in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, is one of the most important relics of the Armenian Church. It is used by the Catholicos of All Armenians during the Blessing of the Holy Chrism (Muron). To commemorate this sacred day, a special Divine Liturgy is celebrated in our parishes. 

Prayer of the Week

Beholder of all, I have sinned against You, in thought, word, and deed; blot out the hand-writing of my offenses and write my name in the Book of Life. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.

Commemoration of Sts. Constantine (Kostandianos) the Emperor and his Mother Helen

King Kostandianos (born in the city of Nish in modern day Serbia), was one of the most prominent figures of the Roman Empire. It was he who after more than 250 years officially ended persecutions against the Church in 313 A.D. with the Encyclical of Milan. Constantine proclaimed Christianity to be a permitted religion. During his reign, the first Ecumenical Council of 325 A.D. was convened. The Council condemned Arius and adopted the word birth to show that the Holy Son has the same nature as the Holy Father and is God. King Kostandianos supported the construction of magnificent churches and cathedrals on Holy Sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

King Kostandianos was also a renowned captain who was always victorious in battle. According to tradition, before the decisive battle with the impostor king Maxentios, Constantine had a vision of the Holy Cross. With the image of the Holy Cross in his mind's eye, Constantine faced his enemies and emerged triumphant. King Kostandianos passed away in 337 A.D. When he was on his death bed, Constantine was baptized according to the rites of the Church.

Queen Helen, mother of King Kostandianos, was a passionate supporter of the King's pious activities. Queen Helen is credited with the discovery of the Holy Cross in 327 A.D. A man named Judah pointed out a site to the Queen where locals suspected the wooden crosses of Christ and the two thieves to be buried. According to tradition, after finding the Holy Cross, the pious Queen placed the corpse of a recently deceased young man near it, and the sacred power of the Holy Cross raised the man from the dead. After its discovery, Pontiff Kyouregh of Jerusalem displayed the cross for the faithful to see, and Queen Helen ordered the construction of numerous churches and nunneries in and around Jerusalem and brought her services there.Queen Helen passed away in 330 A.D. 



 Sat. & Sun, June 28-29, The Evanston Chamber of Commerce presents the 34th Annual Fountain Square Art Festival. 


The following streets will be closed:

5:45 p.m.,     Friday, July 26 until 10:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28


Sherman Avenue -between Elgin Road and Davis Street.


Church Street - between Benson Avenue and Orrington Avenue.


Clark Street - between Sherman Avenue and Benson Avenue.

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:










temptation, peril


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), մեր, մեք, մեզ (mer, mek, mez), հայր (hayr), որդի (vorti), հոգի (hoki).. 


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 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.

Young Adult Pilgrimage to Jerusalem Photos Online 

Recently a group of 29 youth leaders from 27 parishes throughout the Eastern Diocese returned from their pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Krikor Paylan was representing our parish.


We thank God for keeping our pilgrims under the shadow of His hand and for their safe return home.  

The first photo gallery from this  Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is now online. Click here to view photos from Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Jordan River, Sea of Galilee, and other holy sites the group visited during the 10-day program.

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

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 28

June 29

July 12

July 26

August 16

August 24

September 13

"The Armenian Church in the United States" presentation 
Celebrating graduates
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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June 29Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Enlightener


June 30Commemoration of Sts. Epiphanius the Cypriot, (Bishop of Cyprus) Babylas the Patriarch and his Three Disciples


July 1Commemoration of Sts. Constantine (Kostandianos) the Emperor and his Mother Helen


July 3Commemoration of Sts. Theodotus of Galatia, Thalelaus the Physician and Seven Martyred Virgins of Ancyra


July 5 - Commemoration Day of the Discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Enlightener 




(In Armenian)


 Saturday, June 28, 2014

at 6 PM


followed by Potluck Dinner


Click here for see the flyer.


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.


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

Street Logo

Taste of Armenia 

Big Raffle Tickets are available.


$100.00 per ticket.


For more information click here.

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