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March 30 - April 5, 2014
SUNDAY, March 30, 2014

Sunday of the Judge                                                       

Morning Service            9:15 AM

Sunrise Service:            10:00 AM        

Divine Liturgy:              10:30 AM

Scripture readings:

Isaiah 65:8-25

Philippians 3:1-4:9

Luke 17:20-18:14 



For the soul of Mariam Der Minasian. 

Requested by Christina Markarian.

Sunday of the Judge 

The fifth Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Judge. The message of the day comes from the parable of the widow and the Judge. This parable is mentioned in the Gospel of St. Luke (18:1-8). The parable tells the story of a widow who repeatedly came to a judge, who neither feared God nor respected man, and plead for her rights. For a long period of time the judge refused to act, but in the end, he fulfilled her request, to put an end to her continuous appeals. Otherwise, he feared that she would continue to return indefinitely. 

After telling this parable, the Lord assures everyone, that if a man as corrupt and unfair as this judge decided in favor of the widow, then God surely would judge in favor of his own people and grant the requests of all those who submit to Him through prayer. This parable exhorts us to always and continually pray, as prayer symbolizes the soul's eternal striving and thirst for God. The parable also contains an appeal from Christ. After telling the parable, Christ says: "But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when He comes?" In His words, Jesus gives a reference to the Second Coming, and sadness and anguish are felt in the Lord's remark. It is truly painful for the Savior that many people may be subject to just, yet cruel judgment, instead of becoming the inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
Prayers for Kessab
Primate's Directive

The Armenian town of Kessab, in Syria, has been invaded by armed rebels affiliated with international terrorist organizations. The attacks-which began on Friday, March 21-are reported to originate from across the border in Turkey (Kessab lies in Syria's northwestern corner, near the Turkish border).

An estimated 670 Armenian Christian families-the majority of Kessab's population-have been evacuated by the local Armenian community, and have taken refuge in the nearby towns of Basit and Latakia.  But a number of Kessabtsi Armenian families have remained in their homes, to care for elderly members too old to move.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, issued a Directive that calls on parishioners to pray for and support the Armenians of Kessab. 

Click here to read the Directive.

Eastern Diocese continues to accept donations on behalf of Syrian relief, which are distributed to our people through the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. There will be special plate collections for this purpose on the next three Sundays-March 30, April 6, and April 13 (Palm Sunday)-with proceeds to be sent to the Diocese for the Aid and Relief of Armenians displaced from Kessab. Individuals may also make secure online contributions on the Diocesan website (please select the "Syrian Relief" item in the relevant drop-down menu).

Commemoration of St. GregoryThe 
Torments and Commitment to the Pit


This feast is the first one among the three commemoration days dedicated to the memory of St. Gregory the Enlightener, the first Catholicos of All Armenians. According to the Armenian Church Calendar, it is celebrated on the eve of the Fifth Sunday during the period of Great Lent. The feast is dedicated to the torments which St. Gregory suffered during his imprisonment.


According to historical sources, St. Gregory the Enlightener was the son of Anak Partev, a knight and nobleman, who killed the Armenian King Khosrov Arshakouni. In retaliation, Anak is executed by the Armenians. His son, Gregory, lived and studied in Caesarea, and was brought up as a pious Christian. Gregory returns to Armenia as an adult and becomes a member of the royal court. King Tiridates (Trdat), the son of King Khosrov and heir to the throne, appoints Gregory as the Chancellor of the Armenian Kingdom. Tiridates, learning that Gregory is a Christian and the son of Anak, subjects him to severe tortures and commits Gregory to death, by imprisoning him in a deep underground pit.


In 301 A.D., after spending 13 years in the pit, St. Gregory the Enlightener is freed from the dungeon and emerges to spread the Light of Christ in Armenia. He thus becomes the first pontiff of the Armenian Church, baptizes the royal family, and evangelizes the whole of the Armenian Nation. Armenia becomes the first nation in the world to officially proclaim Christianity as her state religion. St. Gregory the Enlightener is recognized by all of Christendom as a Saint, and he is commemorated in all traditional Christian Churches.

Lenten Worship Schedule

The 2014 Lenten Series will begin on Wednesday, March 5, and continue through subsequent Wednesdays during Lent. Wednesday vigil will begin with a worship service following by a spiritual discussion. The theme of the discussions will be "I Confess with Faith", Nersess Shnorhali's prayer consisting of twenty-four verses. As always we will conclude the evening with our traditional potluck supper.  

We encourage you to download the prayer on your iPhone, iPad, and a Kindle or to purchase for $5 a copy of the book from church's office.

In addition to Wednesday vigils prayers will be offered on Friday morning- Sunrise Service will begin at 10:00 AM. (Note: there will be no Sunrise Service on Friday, March 7th).

Sunday worship services will begin at 10:00 AM with Sunrise Service followed by "Veiled" Divine Liturgy.

Click here for the flyer.


We invite all talented children and youth to participate in 2nd ANNUAL YOUNG TALENTS' COMMEMORATIIVE CONCERT on April 27, 2014 organized by ACYOA of St. James.

Please submit your name by calling the church office at 847-864-6263 or by e-mail

 We encourage all to respond by April 15, 2014.

"Ayo" to Helping Soup Kitchens in Armenia

The Fund for Armenian Relief's crowd funding platform "Ayo!" is raising funds to purchase kitchenware for three soup kitchens in Armenia.

The facilities in Berd, Gyumri, and Yerevan serve 500 elderly residents. They are in need of new plates, cups, utensils, and tablecloths. In addition, the campaign is raising funds for an electric oven for the Berd soup kitchen.

Click on the following links to learn more about this Ayo! campaign, and to read about one soup kitchen beneficiary.


Video of the Week
Just because it isn't happening here, doesn't mean it isn't happening
Just because it isn't happening here, 
doesn't mean it isn't happening

Altar Guild's Wish List

1.  Two jajanch radiances (ostensorium). $300-600 each . Pledged.

2.  Painting for the main altar. $5,400. Pledged.

3. Painting of St. James of Nisibis. $1000. Not pledged.

5.  Painting of St. Stephen the Protodeacon. $1000. Not pledged.

6. Priest's 'half-vestments'. $500. Not pledged.

8.  Censer stand- $400, not 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.


March 29

March 30

April 2

April 4-6

April 5

April 6

April 9

April 13

April 20
April 24
April 27
May 4

ACYOA Sr. Regional Retreat 

Youth Choir Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 
Lenten Vigil (Wednesday)   

ACYOA Jr. Lenten Retreat at Camp Hickory

Women's Retreat (Racine, WI)

Youth Choir Rehearsal (12:30 PM) 

Lenten Vigil (Wednesday) 

Palm Sunday. ACYOA Day

Easter Sunday

Martyr's Day Commemoration  (Sts. Joachim & Anne) 

Commemorative Concert hosted by ACYOA of St. James

Instructional Divine Liturgy

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April 5Commemoration of St. Gregory the Enlightener's torments and commitment to the pit 





Saturday, April 5, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Siena Retreat Center

5637 Erie Street

Racine, Wisconsin


Sponsored by 

the Women's Guild Central Council

Registration Fee: $20

Morning refreshments and lunch included


Click here to see the flyer.
Click here for the schedule.





View his 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative Collection

and the Atelier Collection



Thursday, April 3

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Gift Galleries, Fourth Floor


Host Committee:

Gloria Hachikian, Mary Hoogasian, Mark Hoplamazian, Carrie Nahabedian, Michael Nahabedian and Oscar Tatosian.   


Reservations are limited.


Please reply to 

or call (312)694-4072


A Percentage of the Sales will be donated to Save the ArQ, a non-profit mission to help save the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem.


Click here to see the invitation



Film screening
organized by Parev Monthly Newspaper


with special guest speaker
Writer and Director 
David Deranian

Saturday, April 12, 2014
7:00 PM
AGBU Onnig Norehad Center
7248 N. Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 

Click here to watch the trailer
April 24, 2014
7:30 PM
Saints Joachim and Anne 
Armenian Apostolic Church
12600 S. Ridgeland Avenue
 Palos Heights, IL 

Click here for the flyer.


 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. 


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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.

Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201