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


May 5 - 11, 2013
SUNDAY, May 5, 2013
Sixth Sunday of Eastertide
Morning Service - 9:15 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM

Scripture readings:

Acts 20:17-38;

1 John 3:2-6;

John 9:39-10:10 


 May 5, 2013 
During the celebration of the Divine Liturgy we will stop to offer explanations of what is going on. This program is ideal for those who shy away from the Holy Badarak because of lack of understanding.

To receive the full teaching it's essential that you are present from the beginning at 10:00 AM, when we explain the vestments worn by the celebrant priest. 
We highly encourage our Sunday School parents to take advantage of this unique program. 

The Feast of Holy Ascension marks the ascent of our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven on the 40th day after His glorious Resurrection.  The timing is clearly specified in the Acts of the Apostles, where it is stated that Christ presented himself alive to the Apostles, "appearing to them during forty days and speaking of the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3).


On the 40th day, after he finished speaking to the Apostles, "as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sigh." (Acts 1:9).  The Gospel according to Mark sums up the same story as follows: "So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God" (Mark 16: 19). The same account is also in the Gospel according to Luke: "While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven" (Luke 24:51).  There are also several references to this event in some of the other books of the New Testament.  



The principal liturgical service of the Armenian Church is, as its name implies, the Divine Liturgy (in Armenian, Badarak). The Badarak is not merely one of the things the Church does. It is the most important expression of the Church's faith and identity.


In all of the ancient Churches, the Divine Liturgy consists of two large blocks: the Synaxis [Jashou Zham], and the Eucharist [Kohapanoutyoun]. In the Armenian Badarak these two parts are preceded by a preparatory introduction and end with a brief conclusion, both late additions to the ancient two-part structure.


The Synaxis, which means "Assembly," or "Gathering together," is often called the "Liturgy of the Word," because this part of the Divine Liturgy centers on the reading of passages from the Bible, especially the Holy Gospel. The Armenian Church fathers always emphasize that in the reading of the Gospel Jesus Christ himself is revealed. Around the turn of the eighth century, the Armenian theologian Stepanos of Siunik (735) wrote, "...It is not a delegate who pronounces the Gospel, or even an angel, but the Lord of heaven and earth himself, saying, 'I came from the Father and have come into the world' [Jn 16:28]." So Christ is reveled in the Gospel reading and this corresponds to his revelation by his body and blood in Holy Communion.


The second block of the Badarak is called the "Eucharist," a Greek word meaning "thanksgiving." We give thanks to the Lord because he has saved us and cares for us. The heart of the Eucharist in all ancient Christian traditions is called the Anaphora or Eucharistic Prayer [Khorhrtamadooyts or Kohoutyan Aghotk] . This long prayer is recited by the priest on behalf of all the people.


In the Divine Liturgy, the Church takes unleavened bread and wine and offers them to God. We ask that he sanctify them by his Holy Spirit and change them into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, a means for our communion with him. The Armenian Church believes that when we receive Holy Communion, we are not eating mere bread and wine. By the miraculous power of God, we are receiving Christ himself, in a manner, which we admit is beyond our comprehension.


We participate most fully in the Divine Liturgy when we receive Holy Communion. It is the greatest Christian privilege, and ideally, baptized members of the Armenian Church should receive communion whenever the Badarak is celebrated.


Church member
for his sixteen years of devoted service and leadership
to the Diocesan Council of the Armenian Church as
Member, Vice-chairman and Chairman

Sunday, May 12, 2013
12:30 PM

St. James Armenian Church

Reservations Required
RSVP by May 5, 2013
Invites You to the Book Presentation and Signing Series

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Murad Meneshian
Author of
"Raffi: The Prophet from Payajuk"

Copies of the book are available prior the Event. Ask Der Hovhan

Sunday, June 30, 2013
David Luhrssen
Author of
"Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen"


Following Divine Liturgy - 12:30 PM
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)

Opportunity to serve

St. James Armenian Church has recently created two new ministry initiatives. The first is the Christian Education Committee, the focus of which is to administer, promote, coordinate, and evaluate the parish's spiritual education program for all age groups (from toddlers to senior citizens).

The second is our Cultural Committee, intended to promote and celebrate Armenian culture and history and the contributions of Armenians and American-Armenians to the world community.

Also the Sunday School of St. James needs a third teacher to help with the younger ones during our Sunday meetings. Our Sunday School meets every Sunday at 10:15 am. Even if you think you cannot be there every Sunday, but can make a couple of times a month, this could be a very good opportunity for anyone seeking community involvement and meaning- ful connections with our little ones.

If you would like to share your talents and serve on either of these two committees or teach at Sunday School, please contact Der Hovhan at (847) 644-7389 or
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May 9
Feast of Holy Ascension

This video was produced by St. James parish to feature our various ministries,  programs and outreach efforts. 
Click above to watch the  video.

is accepting applications for the year 2013 -2014 academic year.
Application dead line May 31, 2013.



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.

Home Blessing Arrangements


Home blessing

All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed on the occasion of Easter 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.


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!

International Academic Conference at Holocaust Museum (Skokie, IL)
Theme: The Ottoman Turkish Genocide of Anatolian Christians:
A Common Case Study
  May 10 and 11, 2013
Registration is required



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


"Everyday Saints and 
Other Stories" 

More than a million copies and several million electronic versions of this book have sold in less than a year. Everyday Saints is the English translation of the work that has soared at the top of the bestseller lists in Russia since its publication in late 2011.

Parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays at the large condominium building at Clark & Benson (Quartet Copies). Enter the garage from Benson street.



May 5

May 7
May 12   
May 15

May 19         

May 21

May 29

June 9             


June 16

June 30

Instructed Divine Liturgy 

Armenian Language Class
Luncheon honoring Mr. Oscar Tatosian

Online Bible Study

Book presentation by Murad Meneshian

Armenian Language Class

Online Bible Study

Women's Guild Sunday.

Sunday School end-of-the-year program  

Celebrating Graduates   

Book presentation by David Luhrssen

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.