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


June 9 - 15, 2013
SUNDAY, June 9, 2013
Third Sunday After Pentecost

Morning Service - 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM

Scripture readings:
Isaiah 1:1-15
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 12:1-8
Requiem Services for deceased Women's Guild Members 
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Divine Liturgy
Requiem Services for deceased Women's Guild Members
Join us in honoring the members of St. James Women's Guild 
Eve (Paregentan) of the Fast of St. Gregory the Enlightener

This is the Sunday preceding the week prior to the feast of Discovery of St. Gregory the Enlightener's relic, in the 5th century, lasting from Monday to Friday. But there shall be feasts.

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


King Kostandianos (born in the city Nish, in Yugoslavia), is one of the most prominent figures of the Roman Empire. It was he who officially released the Church from persecutions lasting more than 250 years and in 313 A.D., by the Encyclical of Milan, proclaimed Christianity to be a permitted religion. It was during the period of his reign that the first Ecumenical Council of 325 A.D. was convened, which 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 has supported the construction of magnificent Churches and Cathedrals in the Holy Sites of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
King Kostandianos was also a renowned captain, who always won in the battles.According to the tradition, while at war with the impostor King Maxentios, before the decisive battle,
he had the vision of the Holy Cross. With the sign of the Holy Cross he faced the battle and won. King Kostandianos passed away in 337 A.D., and at death's door he was baptized according to the Christian rite.
Queen Helen, mother of the King Kostandianos, was the supporter of the king's pious activity. The discovery of the wooden Holy Cross in 327 A.D. is ascribed to the Queen. A man named Judah, pointed out the Queen the site, where the wooden crosses of Christ and the two brigands could be. According to the tradition, for finding the Lord's Holy Cross the pious queen approached the corpse of a young man to the crosses. The magic power of Christ's Holy Cross raised the man from the dead and he revived. After the discovery of the Holy Cross the Pontiff Kyouregh (Cyril) of Jerusalem rose the cross for the faithful to see. Queen Helene has ordered to build numerous churches and nunneries in Jerusalem and around the city and brought her services there. Queen Helene passed away in 330 A.D.
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 Enlightener is one of the three significant 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 the Mountain named Sepuh where he died in 326 A.D.  Shepherds, finding his body, buried him not recognizing the Armenian Pontiff.  One of his students, Garnik from Basen sees a vision, where Gregory identifies the location of his relics.  The relics were thereupon transferred to the village of Tordan, in the province of Daranagh, and buried there. 

The relics of St. Gregory the Enlightener  are one of our most revered within the Armenian Church, as well as all Christian Churches.  Following their discovery, some were taken to various 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 sanctities of the Armenian Church, and is used by the Catholicos of All Armenians during the blessing of the Holy Chrism (Muron). To commemorate the day, Divine Liturgy is celebrated in our Churches. 

You are cordially invited to

St. James Armenian Church of Evanston's 


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 Book Presentation by Vardges Goorji

Tavloo Tournament

Songs of our Homeland

Potluck Dinner 



*For more information and or RSVP, please contact

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



**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 Shcool Session "A"  

July 5-13, 2013


High School Session "B"

July 29 - August 6, 2013


Post High-Shcool 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 9 - Eve of the Fast of St. Gregory the Enlightener

June 10 - Commemoration of Sts. Epiphanius the Cypriot, (Bishop of            Cyprus) Babylas the Patriarch and his three Disciples

June 11 - Commemoration of Sts. Constantine (Kostandianos) the Emperor and his mother Helen

June 13 - Commemoration of Sts. Theodotus of Galatia, Thalelaus the Physician and seven martyred Virgins of Ancyra

June 15 - Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Enlightener



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 $23,5K. 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. 


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.



Present new movie



Saturday, June 8, 2013

7:00 PM


A.G.B.U. Onnig Norhad Community Center (7248 N. Harlem)


$15 General Admission

For tickets call Missak Galian 

at 847/965-4537



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 16.   

Call or e-mail the Church office  before June 12.

The Eastern Diocese is proud to introduce the first-ever Armenian Church iBook designed for the iPad. Hagop Nersoyan's "The Story of Sts. Vartanants" is brought to life on your iPad with interactive features, including photo galleries, video and audio, an interactive map, and more.

This compelling digital book invites readers to revisit St. Vartan's stand against the Persian army in defense of Armenia's continued existence as a Christian nation. The book is free and available on iTunes and the iBookstore. 
Download it, and begin your adventure today.



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 9             


June 16

June 29

June 30

July 7

August 25

September 21

Women's Guild Sunday

Sunday School end-of-the-year program  

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

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St. Mesrob Armenian Church, Racine, WI

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, Chicago

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St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, IL

Knights of Vartan (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.