March 6 - 12, 2016
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SUNDAY, March 6, 2016
Sunday of the Judge
Morning Service:          9:00 AM         
Sunrise Service:          10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy:            10:30 AM
Bible Readings:           Isaiah 65:8-25; Philippians 9; 3:1-4; Luke 17:20-18:14
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. The parable is mentioned in the Gospel of St. Luke (18:1-8) and tells the story of a widow who repeatedly came to a judge who neither feared God nor respected man to plead for her rights. For a long period of time the judge refused to act, but fearing that the woman would continue to return indefinitely, the judge finally granted her request. Thus, he put an end to her continuous appeals and was rid of her.  After telling this parable, the Lord assured everyone that if a man as corrupt and unfair as this judge acted in favor of the widow, then God surely would judge in favor of His 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 a just though cruel judgment instead of becoming the inheritors of the Kingdom of God.

Median Day of Great Lent (Meejeenk) 
As established by Archbishop Malachia Ormanian, the 24th day (or the fourth Wednesday) of Great Lent marks the halfway point of this most sacred season. From the halfway point forward, a number of hymns written by the composer Steghare sung during the Peace Service held in the evenings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Another Meejeenk custom involves a folk tradition in which the housewife of every household bakes an unleavened cake and puts a coin in it while baking. The rest of the year will be successful for the family member who finds this coin in his/her portion of the cake.
Commemoration of St. Gregory the Enlightener's Torments 
and Confinement to Khor Virap (DeepDungeon)
This feast is the first 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 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 was executed by the Armenians. His son, Gregory, lived and studied in Caesarea and was brought up as a pious Christian. Gregory returned to Armenia as an adult and becamesa member of the royal court. King Tiridates (Trdat), the son of King Khosrov and heir to the throne, appointed Gregory as the Chancellor of the Armenian Kingdom. Upon learning that Gregory was a Christian and the son of Anak, Tiridates subjected him to severe tortures and then sentenced Gregory to death by imprisoning him in a deep underground pit.
In 301 A.D., after spending thirteen years in the pit, St. Gregory the Enlightener was freed from the dungeon and emerged to spread the Light of Christ in Armenia. Thus, he became the first pontiff of the Armenian Church. He baptized the royal family and evangelized to the whole of the Armenian Nation. Armenia soon after became 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 churches.
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
Pilgrimages to the local Armenian Churches and to the Shrine of all Saints at St. Martha Catholic Church 
will  be organized on Fridays during the Great Lent. Please check the Parish Calendar.

Click here to see the flyer in Armenian and in English.

Arevagal: The Sunrise Service

By Fr. Zaven Arzumanian
The Structure of the Sunrise Service

This service has a particular order to it. It starts with songs, goes to a litany by the deacon, and a prayer by the priest, and that comprises one set. There are four of those sets. It is noticeable that the Sunrise Service does not include any Scriptural reading as such, particularly from the New Testament.

There are, instead, scattered verses from the Book of Psalms. Those four sets of Hymns, litanies and prayers are identified as follows:
The first set: is universal by nature: ''All the nations of the earth shall be blessed in Him... From the East to the West, from the North to the South all nations and peoples, bless the Creator.''

The second set: is intercession by nature: The martyred saints and the beloved of the heavenly Father are sought. Prayers are addressed to them and the key-word is Parekhosetsek (intercede ye, O Saints).

The third set: comprises the central theme itself, i.e. the light as the expression of the divinity through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The attributes of this light are righteousness, wisdom, mercy and peace.

The fourth set: comprises the conclusive theme, i.e. the way, coupled with the truth and the life, all three identified with our Lord Jesus Christ. Purely a spiritual journey, an ascension from the earth to heaven.  

( To be continued )
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.
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
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.

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Calendar of Worship Services and Events at St. James
March 4, Friday
March 5, Saturday

March 6, Sunday
March 6, Sunday
March 9, Wednesday
March 11, Friday

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

March 20, Sunday
March 20, Sunday
Lenten Vigil at All Saints Armenian Church
ACYOA Seniors Retreat at St. James

Sunday of the Judge
Meejeenk Luncheon
Lenten Vigil  at St. James
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


March 6 - 12               Fifth Week of Great Lent. Fast.

March 12        Commemoration of 
St. Gregory the Enlightener's torments and confinement to Khor Virap (Deep Dungeon)  


Jeremiah 32:19-44

Job 38:1-39:30

Exodus 3:16-22; Joel 3:1-8

1 Corinthians 8:5-9:23

Deuteronomy 9:11-23;
Job 16:1-17;
Isaiah 43:22-44

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-8; Nahum 2:1-4; Isaiah 43:1-3; Ephesians 6:10-18;
Matthew 13:43-52

NAME DAYS celebrated this week: 

Krikor, Kirkor, Grigor, Gregory, Virap.
invites you to its

March 6, 2016

following Divine Liturgy ~12:00 PM

Please join us for a variety of delicious Lenten foods
and an afternoon of fellowship
Suggested donation:
$15 - Adults,
 $7 -  Children under 10.


Asking for intercessory prayers from The Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos,  Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Service and Musical Program 
3:00-4:00 pm.  
Reception to follow
Place: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
601 S. Central Ave, 
Chicago, IL 60644 
Tel:  773-626-3144
Sponsored by the Joint Committee of the Armenian Churches of Greater Chicago and Wisconsin

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

7248 North Harlem Ave Chicago

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