March 13 - 19, 2016
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SUNDAY, March 13, 2016
Sunday of the Advent
Morning Service:          9:00 AM         
Sunrise Service:          10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy:           10:30 AM
Bible Readings:           Isaiah 66:1-24; Colossians 2:8-3:7; Matthew 22:34-23:39
Sunday of the Advent
The Sunday of the Advent, the Last Sunday of Lent, reminds us of the end of the present order of the world, the Second Coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment and the creation of a new heaven and earth. According to St. Mark, the Gospel for Matins articulates Jesus' prophecy about future end times. Jesus gave His followers a prophetic picture of end times, including certain events leading up to it. He also talked about future events connected with His return to earth to judge all people. Jesus predicted both near and distant events without putting them in chronological order. Jesus warns His followers about the future to provide them a guide for how to live a life glorifying God in the present age in order to prepare for the future fulfillment of His Kingdom. Many predictions Jesus made in this passage have not yet been fulfilled, but they were made to help the faithful remain spiritually alert and prepared at all times as the Church eagerly awaits His Second Coming.

The Midday Gospel reading from Matthew further demonstrates Jesus' disdain for religious leaders' adherence to the hypocritical attitudes of His day, whom He exposed through a pronouncement of judgment.
Commemoration of the Raising of Lazarus
On the 41st day of  Great Lent, the Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates Lazarus being raised from the dead. This miracle comes to us in the Gospel of John (11:11-46). Lazarus was from a family with whom Jesus had a close connection and whom he loved very much. Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha, who often received Jesus as a guest in their home. Lazarus died after succumbing to an illness, and upon hearing that His friend had died, Christ went to visit the family and said to Martha, "I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies..." Christ asked Martha if she believed Him, to which she replied, "Yes, Lord.  I do believe that you are the Messiah, who was to come into the world." Christ, standing before the grave, then commanded Lazarus to come forth, and he rose and appeared before them fully restored to life. By performing this miracle, Christ proved that He was in fact "the Life and the Resurrection."
The miracle of the raising of Lazarus also contains the passage, "Jesus wept." The Jews, seeing Jesus expressing grief, said, "See how much he loved him!" The raising of Lazarus is an example of the coming resurrection of all those who have fallen asleep in Christ, and Christ's weeping is a demonstration of His great love for mankind. 
Calendar of Worship Services during the Great Lent
February 10, 17, 24 March 2, 9, 16
7:00 PM
Morning Service- 9:00 AM
Sunrise Service - 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:30 AM
Click here  to see the flyer in Armenian and in English.

Arevagal: The Sunrise Service

By Fr. Zaven Arzumanian
Theology being the science of Christian religion and particularly the dealing with the knowledge of God as gained from his works through the Scriptures, the Sunrise Service is substantiated by the Theology of the Holy Trinity and by the intercession of the saints. Basically these two theological elements permeates the Sunrise Service. Let us outline each very briefly.
The Holy Trinity: the unity of deity in three persons as its three different ways of manifestation comprise the theology of the Trinity. At the scene of our Lord's baptism in Jordan all three were present at the same time: Jesus was being baptized, the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove, and the Father witnessed His Son's baptism.
In this specific service the three persons are individually mentioned and worshipped without however losing sight of the unity of the deity; in both cases, individually and in unison, the most Holy Trinity is identified as the source of the intelligible light for mankind.
The Father is addressed as the Creator of light and the primal light. The Son, born of the light., is identified as the righteous sun, whose name is praised with the Father before the sun. Hence, we have essential theological notion of Christ's pre-existence before the times. The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, is confessed as proceeded from the Father. And finally the one and indivisible Trinity is glorified by those born of earth.
The doctrines of the Incarnation, the coming of God in the human flesh, is mentioned in passing in the second half of the first prayer, where the infinite God is referred to who came into finitude for our sake.
A greater emphasis is put on the doctrine of the intercession of the Saints. Sainthood has a special significance in the ancient churches and consequently is an integral part of their Theology. In the Sunrise Service hermits of God, champions of faith, martyrs of the Christian churches are grouped as saints and are repeatedly praised as the ones baptized in their blood together with Christ into the death of the Cross.
Historically sainthood was the birth of the earliest persecutions of Christianity and of the subsequent defense of it, which resulted often in martyrdom. Although saints as such came out of the experience of the early church, as a historical and liturgical phenomenon, its roots can be found in the Holy Scriptures.
The following terms have to be considered first: The title itself: Saint, which is properly given to those human members recognized by the Church by canonization.
To honor a saint, is important to specify, not to worship a saint, since worship and adoration are offered to God alone. Saints are worthy of the glory of God for their faith and for their pious life. There is an explicit distinction made by the Church between worshipping, which belongs to God alone, and the honoring which belongs to the saints. Thirdly, saints are the intercessors, the mediators, between God and men, both for the living and for the departed. Through the intercession of the saints Christians benefit from God through Christ, the sole Redeemer. Intercession is limited to mediation, nothing else.

Armenian Lenten Services
The Peace Service, Rest Service and Sunrise Service are performed more often during Great Lent than at other times of the year.  (Usually, Peace and Rest Services are performed only on Friday evenings.)  These three services are part of the Church's cycle of seven daily worship services but are of particular significance during Great Lent because they are penitential in nature and remind us of the effort we are making to restore our pure and joyous relationship with God.
The evening Peace Service consists of prayers for peace to end each day.  These prayers remind us that God is with us even in the face of trial and temptation.
The Rest Service, which comes just before retiring for the night, asks God's continuing care through the night. It includes the prayer of St. Nersess.
The Sunrise Service, performed first thing in the morning, reminds us that God is the giver of the light of morning and the light of salvation. Its beautiful prayers and hymns reflect the fresh and serene quality of the most beautiful time of day. This service is performed in our churches before or after Sunday morning liturgy.
Scientist Stephen Hawking pays tribute to his Armenian teacher (Video)
Scientist Stephen Hawking has paid tribute to the teacher who inspired his early steps into scholarship.  He says Dikran Tahta at St Albans School opened his eyes to maths, which he describes as the "blueprint of the universe".

"My handwriting was bad, and I could be lazy. Many teachers were boring. Not Mr Tahta," said the physicist.

Prof Hawking was speaking ahead of this weekend's award of the Global Teacher Prize.  The award-winning scientist has  recorded a video commending his teacher , who died in 2006.

Click here to watch the video.

Click here to read BBC article.
Saturday Afternoon Worship Service
St. James Armenian Church cordially invites you and your family to  SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORSHIP SERVICE on March 19. Service will begin at 5:00 pm and will end at 5:45 pm sharp and will be conducted entirely in English. 

There will be no fellowship hour. 

Let us enjoy the gift of prayer with other families and our friends and share our worship time.
Diocese Opens Scholarship Application Process  
Each year the Eastern Diocese awards scholarships to college students throughout the Diocese. The Diocese seeks students who are active in their local parishes and have assumed leadership roles in their communities. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs.

The scholarship funding comes from various endowment funds, including the Adrina Movsesian Scholarship, the Armine Dikijian Journalism Scholarship, the Mabel Fenner Scholarship, and the George Holopigian Memorial Fund.

Click here to access the application form. The application deadline is May 20, 2016. For information, contact Maria Barsoumian at
A New Curriculum for St. Nersess Summer Conferences St. Nersess 
Armenian Seminary is pleased to announce a new four-year curriculum for its annual Summer Conferences. The curriculum will prepare Armenian students to become leaders in the Armenian Church, including future Sunday School teachers.
Participants will study such topics as early church history, the sacraments, Armenian religious art, Armenian language, and comparative Christian traditions. At the conclusion of the four-year curriculum, students will receive a certificate of completion from St. Nersess Seminary.
Below is the schedule of this year's summer conferences. For more information, visit .

Deacons' Training Program: June 25-July 3
Directed by Fr. Daniel Findikyan
High School Summer Conference A: July 15-24
Directed by Fr. Ghevond Ajamian
High School Summer Conference B: July 29- August 7
Directed by Fr. Shnork Souin
Post-High School Summer Conference: August 9-13
Directed by Fr. Samuel Rith-Najarian
Easter Yughakin
In the Holy Season of Easter, it has become tradition in our church to donate Easter  Yughakins  as gifts of love in memory or in honor of our loved ones.
The  Yughakin tradition is an ancient custom that goes back to the Old Testament. The faithful would bring oil to the temple of God so that His servants would have enough to eat. Later on, this custom entered Christianity when the faithful would bring oil to church in order to illuminate it by lighting the lamps in the church.  Yughakin in Armenian means "price of oil."
In our churches today, we obviously do not burn oil in order to illuminate the sanctuary, but rather gas and electricity. Thus,  Yughakin now is simply a donation made to cover operating expenses.  Let us continue the custom of Yughakin to keep the lights of St. James forever burning! 
Click here to make your  Yughakin donation online through our secure website.
Home Blessing
Holiday season is the time when homes are blessed by the Pastor. All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed on the occasion of the Feast of the Theophany and Nativity of Christ should 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.

Click here to read more about home blessing.
Click here to watch new Episode of the Eastern Diocese's Video Series
Calendar of Worship Services and Events at St. James
March 11, Friday

March 13, Sunday
March 16, Wednesday 
March 18, Friday
March 19, Saturday
March 19, Saturday

March 20, Sunday
March 20, Sunday
March 24, Thursday
March 25, Friday
March 26, Saturday

March 27, Sunday
April 2, Saturday
April 16, Saturday
April 23, Saturday
April 24, Sunday

Lenten Vigil at All Saints Armenian Church

Sunday of the Advent
Lenten Vigil at St. James
Family Lenten Dinner at AGBU
Acolyte Training
Saturday Afternoon Worship (in English)

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday Luncheon
Holy Thursday
Holy Friday
Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday
Book Presentation at AGBU Center
Ecumenical Service at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (Chicago)
Saturday Afternoon Worship (in English)
Chicagoland Armenian Church's Joint Badarak 


March 13-19          
Sixth Week of Great Lent. Fast

March 19                    Commemoration of the Raising of Lazarus


Hebrews 1:1-14

Isaiah 7:10-8:10

Exodus 4:1-21; Joel 3:9-21.

Isaiah 5; 53:1-54; 
1 Corinthians 15:1-28

Deuteronomy 10:1-15; 
Job 19:1-29; Isaiah 45:1-13

Wisdom of Solomon 1:15-2:22; Micah 7:7-10;
Philippians 1:12-21; 
Matthew 16:24-28

NAME DAYS celebrated this week: 

Lazar, Ghazar, Ghazaros.

This Sunday, March  13 
at  2:00:00 AM 
clocks are turned 
forward 1 hour to 
3:00:00 AM. 

The ACYOA of St. James Armenian Church
cordially invites you and your families to our annual
March 20, 2016
Immediately following church services

"The Pilgrimage of a Young Armenian-American Church Leader"
a reflection 
by Jonathan Pelaez 
on the occasion of ACYOA's 70th Anniversary


Click here for a complete schedule of services at St. James   
in Armenian and in English.


Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Service and Musical Program 
3:00 PM
Reception to follow
Place: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
601 S. Central Ave, 
Chicago, IL 60644 
Tel:  773-626-3144

Click here to see the flyer.

Sunday, April 24 
10:00 AM

Armenian All Saints 
Apostolic Church

1701 North Greenwood Road 
Glenview, IL 60026

Please Note: 
There will be no services at the other churches on this day.

All young adults ages 18 to 30 are welcomed to participate.

Register by March 20 to secure 
a discounted rate of $1975.00.

For more information visit or contact Jennifer Morris at 
or at 248-648-0702.

July 2-17, 2016

Click her for more details.

Click here  to access our recent 
E-bulletin: Youth Issue 
featuring numerous programs (camps, retreats, training, scholarships, etc) made available to you by our parish, the Diocese, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, and the AGBU.

Every Third Friday 

March 18, 2016
April 15, 2016
May 20, 2016

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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March 19
April 23
May 21

4:00 PM
Piano Forte Foundation Presents

"Folk Inspirations"
Works by  Grieg, Liszt, Komitas 
and Stravinsky.

Saturday March 12, 2016 
at 7:00 PM
Admission $20
1335 Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605


Click here  to read the  latest eNewsletter of the Eastern Diocese.
Please park on the street or in the Maple Street Parking Garage at the west end of Clark Street which is free on Sundays.  Thank you.

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