SUNDAY, May 19, 2013
Feast of Pentecost
Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM
HOKEHANKISD- Requiem Service
May 19, 2013
For the souls of:
Apcar and Margaret Simon
Hovaness and Verkine' Kafafian
Mugurditch and Vartouhi Saatjian
Hagop and Baidzar Kherdian
|Requested by: |
Mr. Simon Simon
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simon and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Simon and Family
Mr. and Mrs Charles Hardy
Mr. and Mrs. James Hardy and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simon and Family
Mrs. Hermine Kholamian and Family
FEAST OF PENTECOST
The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons in the Holy Trinity coexisting with, and equal to, the Holy Father and the Holy Son. During His earthly life and ministry Christ spoke to the Apostles about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Recording the words of Christ, St. John writes, "The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you." (John 14:26).
The descent of the Holy Spirit is described in the Acts of the Apostles: "When the day of the Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. (Acts 2:1-4).
In the book of Acts, St. Luke further records the names of various countries, and that men from those countries were surprised, when each of them heard his native language. Among the mentioned places are Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia (Acts 2:9). Two of the saints of the Universal Church, both of Roman origin, Tertullian and Augustine, have written that the word "Armenia" should possibly be substituted instead of "Judea", as it is more logical that Armenia would be mentioned among those as a "foreign" country, as the apostles were living in Judea. Moreover, with regards to geographical position, Armenia was situated between Mesopotamia and Cappadocia. Therefore, the people living in Armenia may have been among the first witnesses of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Among the Armenian Church songs and hymns, two are dedicated to the Feast of Pentecost: "The Sent Dove" (referring to the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove that descended upon Christ during His Baptism) and "Indivisible Trinity". These are sung during the Morning Service on the feast day. Also, during the Evening Service, "Andastan" rite of the blessing of the four corners of the world is conducted. It is during this service that a prayer written by 12th century Armenian Church father Nerses of Lambron is read.
In the Christian Church the teaching of divine grace is related to the Holy Spirit. According to that instruction, each virtue is a divine grace granted to the faithful by the Holy Spirit. Thus, ascribing any virtue to one's own self, and not to God, is a grave sin and can be manifested in another, which is pride. Hence, commemoration of Pentecost is also an appeal to the faithful to avoid pride and instead, use the divine graces in life for righteous purposes and moral goals.
One of the four season fasting periods defined by the Armenian Apostolic Church is the fasting period preceding the beginning of summer. This fasting period, as well as the other ones preceding the other seasons of the year, is not preparation for any feast, and according to the tradition is called Elijah's fast, as coincides the feast of commemoration the Prophet Elijah the next Sunday.
This fasting period preceding the beginning of summer starts the day following the feast of Pentecost (the flesh day preceding the fast is the Sunday, when the feast of Pentecost is celebrated). With the change of the Easter Feast day the beginning of the fasting period may be during the period May 11-June 14. Like the other fasting periods preceding the other seasons of the year, this one also lasts five days - from Monday till Friday.
Ancient Ceremony of Genuflexion
One characteristic of the Feast of Pentecost in the Armenian Church and all other ancient eastern churches is a ceremony of "Genuflexion" or kneeling down. After the festivities of Easter are completed on Pentecost Sunday, the church resumes its normal cycle of fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, the prohibition against kneeling down in prayer and penance is lifted. In fact, the churches celebrate this by ceremonially inviting the faithful to bend the knee for the first time since Easter.
In the Armenian tradition, this ceremony takes place during the Badarak (Divine Liturgy). The priest celebrating the Divine Liturgy interrupts the Eucharistic Prayer (after the words, Arek, gerek... (Take, eat...) and reads three prayers which come to us from the ancient liturgy of Jerusalem. Each prayer is addressed to one member of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
CULTURAL COMMITTEE OF ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH
Invites You to the Book Presentation and Signing Series
This Sunday, May 19, 2013
"Raffi: The Prophet from Payajuk"
Copies of the book are available prior the Event. Ask Der Hovhan
Sunday, June 30, 2013
David LuhrssenAuthor of
"Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen"
Following Divine Liturgy - 12:30 PM
FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
EPISCOPAL LITURGY AND ORDINATION OF ACOLYTES AND DEACONS
SUNDAY, July 7, 2013
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
2013 DIOCESAN SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS
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 www.armenianchurch-ed.net
For more information, contact:
Jennifer E. Morris, Youth Outreach Coordinator
Please note that registration deadlines are rapidly approaching,
and medical forms signed by a doctor are required.
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)
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.
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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.
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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.
Commemoration of Prophet Elijah
ST. JAMES VIDEO
This video was produced by St. James parish to feature our various ministries, programs and outreach efforts.
Click above to watch the video.
2013 MEMBERSHIP DUES
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 July 1 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?
Forms are available in the church office.
ST. JAMES PARISH
TOWN HALL MEETING
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
after Divine Liturgy
Parish's delegates will share an information about the recent Diocesan Assembly.
CLASS OF 2013 GRADUATES
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.
JOHN AZARIAN MEMORIAL ARMENIAN YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND
is accepting applications for the year 2013 -2014 academic year.
Application dead line May 31, 2013.
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.
The HOLY BIBLE
Armenian Church Edition
is now in the church pews.
If you would like to purchase your personal copy, please contact the Church office.
CALL FOR PHOTOS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-864-6263.
Your photos will be scanned and immediately returned.
Help us Celebrate the Parish 70 year anniversary!
PAREV MONTHLY AND
Present new movie
Saturday, June 8, 2013
A.G.B.U. Onnig Norhad Community Center (7248 N. Harlem)
$15 General Admission
For tickets call Missak Galian
2013 ACYOA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND SPORTS WEEKEND
Hosted by ACYOA Chapter of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Gregory Armenian Church
May 23-27, 2013
2013 ST. NERSESS SUMMER CONFERENCES FOR YOUTH
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.
PARKING ON SUNDAYS
Parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays at the large condominium building at Clark & Benson (Quartet Copies). Enter the garage from Benson street.