November 16 - 22, 2014
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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Eve (Paregentan) of the Fast of Advent
Tenth Sunday after the Holy Cross

Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM

Isaiah 25:9-26:7; Philippians 1:1-11Luke 9:44-50.


Eve (Paregentan) of the Fast of Advent

Today is the Eve (Paregentan) of the Fast of Advent (Hisnag). This is a weeklong fast (Monday to Friday) leading up to the first Sunday of Advent, which is next Sunday, November 25.


Advent is the period that guides us up to the birth and baptism of Christ. It begins fifty days before January 6. Advent is intended to be a solemn and quiet time for prayer, reflection and meditation in preparation for the mystery of the incarnation of Our Savior.


Traditionally, the entire fifty-day period of Advent was a period of fasting. Now, there are three week-long fasts during Advent (along with the regular fasting days of Wednesday and Friday). The three week-long fasts are known as the Fast of Advent (Hisnagats Bahk), the Fast of St. James (Sourp Hagopah Bahk) and the Fast of the Nativity (Dznuntyan Bahk). 

The Feast of the Presentation of the Holy Mother of God to the Temple

According to the Holy Tradition of the Church, after turning three, the parents of the Holy Virgin, Joachim and Anna, fulfilling their promise, brought Mary to the temple and presented her to God. Mary remained in the temple until her engagement. One of the feasts dedicated to the Holy Virgin is her presentation to the temple. All Christian Churches celebrate this feast on November 21.

Establishment of the Feast of the Presentation of the Holy Mother of God to the Temple began with King Justinianos' building of a cathedral in honor of the Holy Mother in place of the old Jewish temple on the hill of Moria. The cathedral was consecrated on November 21, 543 AD. After 638 AD, when the cathedral was converted into a mosque, the celebration of the Feast spread throughout the entire Christian world. The Feast has been included in the Armenian Apostolic Church Calendar since the nineteenth century.

Prayer of the Week
O Glorious Lord, receive the prayers of Your servant, and fulfill my petitions for my good, through the intercession of the Holy Mother of God, and John the Baptist, and the first martyr St. Stephen, and St. Gregory our Illuminator, and the Holy Apostles, Prophets, Martyrs, Patriarchs, Hermits, Virgins, and all Your Saints in Heaven and on Earth. Unto You, o indivisible Holy Trinity, be Glory and worship for ever and ever. AMEN.
Second Bishops Synod Convenes at Holy Etchmiadzin 

Armenian bishops and archbishops from around the word, representing the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the See of the Great House of Cilicia, gathered at Holy Etchmiadzin this week for the second Bishops Synod. His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, presided over the meeting from November 11 to 13.

The 134 church leaders reviewed the process for the canonization of the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. They also discussed the ongoing work on standardizing the baptism service and the preparations for the 100th year of remembrance of the Genocide.

"The church is fortified by her saints," His Holiness Karekin II said. "The enlightened example of their lives and their intercession on our behalf strengthens our faith. The canonization next spring will revive a tradition that will continue as the Armenian Church enters the next chapter of history."

In a statement released at the conclusion of the Bishops Synod, the church leaders encouraged Armenians worldwide to take part in remembrance events throughout 2015, and called on world leaders to work toward the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. They also stressed that "the canonization of our martyrs will bring spiritual renewal and consolation to our people." Click here to read the statement in Armenian.  

Prior to the start of the meetings, the bishops visited the Dzidzernagapert memorial, where a requiem service was held. Catholicos Karekin II and Catholicos Aram I laid wreaths at the memorial.

From the Eastern Diocese, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and ecumenical director Archbishop Vicken Aykazian have been taking part in the proceedings.

New Outreach Ministry at St. James

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The sending of greeting cards to friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances and neighbors is an age-old tradition in America. Now, rather than buying a generic greeting card, you can have a Saint James Armenian Church prayer card sent on your behalf. Prayer cards for bereavement, healing or a special occasion (Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, graduations, etc.) can be sent by the church on your behalf. The cards will have the name of the person for whom prayers are offered, your name and a brief message from you expressing your sentiments. Prayer cards can be requested from our office, on Sundays during social hour or online. All you need to do is fill out the request form, which is available in the vestibule and on-line. It's that simple!

I believe this new ministry will serve as a great outreach to the people we know to show them that they and their loved ones are in the thoughts and prayers of the St. James family.

May you be remembered before the Holy and Immortal Lamb of God.
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan
Loving Hearts- Serving Hands
New Ministry at St. James

Volunteers are needed for the newly established St. James Loving Hearts- Serving Hands initiative.  The goal of our Parish Council is to provide assistance to parishioners in need due to illness, accidents, or other dilemmas.  The Pastor and Parish Council would like to lead the parish by reaching out and helping in any way possible.  Volunteers can help in many ways including reading, visiting, mending, repairing, driving a parishioner to an appointment, preparing a meal for a shut-in or assisting in some other way.

As needs arise and are brought to the attention of Der Hovhan or the Parish Council, we will need an established list of volunteers whom we may contact to assist these parishioners. 

Volunteering your time and talents will ease the burden of others.  Please contact Debbie DerAsadourian ( or 847-259-6053), Outreach Coordinator, or sign up in the church hall, if you are able to help.

Let's Learn Armenian
Last session

The Badarak, not counting the priest's prayers, is about 4,700 words long but has only 1,400 different roots, of which 200 constitute approximately 80% of the text. Եւ (Yev (and) is the most common word; it occurs 438 times and constitutes  nearly 10% of the text. This means that if you knew only the word եւ, you'd \already  understand 1 out of every 10 words of the Mass. Moreover, if you knew 199 other words and their variants, you would understand 8 out of every 10. 

Over the next few months, each week you can learn 2 of the 50 most commonly used words in the Badarak here:


Here are the words you have already learned: եւ (yev), սուրբ (soorp),  ի (ee), Տէր (der), Աստուած (Asdvadz), օրհնեա, օրհնեալ (օrhnya, orhnyal), ես, է (es, e), իմ (im), Քո, քեզ, դու (ko, kez, tu.), Ինք, իւր (ink, yur), մեր, մեք, մեզ (mer, mek, mez), հայր (hayr), որդի (vorti), հոգի (hoki), թող (togh), փորձութիւն (portsutyun), փրկեա, փրկիչ (prgya, prgich), արարիչ (araritch), չար (char), փառքիբարցունս (park i partsuns), տուր, տայ (dur, da),  խաչ (khach), մարմին (marmin), հաց (hats), արիւն (aryun), գինի (kini), գառն (karn), լույս (luys), որ, ով (vor, ov), գովեմք (kovemk), լի, լցաք (li, ltsak), մատիք (madik), հաւատ (havad), յոյս (huys), սէր (ser), շնորհք (shnork), եկիր, եկեալ (yegir, yegyal), կեանց, կեցո (gyank, getso), կերէք, կերակուր (gerek, geragur), միայն (miayn), ամենայն (amenayn),  ընդ (unt), մեղայ (megha), եկեղեցի (yegeghetsi, արբէք (arpek), մեռելոց (merelots), նոր (nor), մէջ (mech), Վեր (ver), Դուռ (tur).

The 70 Years, 70 Facts Project

Fact 5 


The ACYOA (Armenian Churchh Youth Organization of America) Chapter of St. James was established (organized) in 1947. The first officers were: Wally Sarkisian (President), Mary Kaylegian (Vice-President), Lucy Kurnalian (Vice-President), and Alice Omartian (Secretary).

In 1949 the St. James Chapter had 26 active members.

In 1050 St. James Parish hosted the ACYOA Fourth Annual Assembly. 


Click here to see more pictures.

Quote of the Week

Calendar of worship services and events at St. James


November 15

November 16

November 16

November 16

November 20

November 23


December 3

December 4

December 7

December 13

December 14

December 18

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamatits (5:00 PM) 
Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser sponsored by KOV
Church Choir Meeting
Women's Guild Meeting
Bible Study

Presentation on Medicare (NEW DATE)


Midday Hour (11:30 AM)

Bible Study

Annual Diocesan Appeal Reception

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamatits (5:00 PM) 
St. James Church Name Day
Bible Study

Altar Guild's Wish List

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

2.  Painting of St. Taddeus the Apostle. $1000. Not pledged.

3. Painting of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. $1000. Not pledged.

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

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

6.  Censer stand. $400. 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.


St James steeple



November 16Eve of the Fast of Advent


November 20 - Feast of the Presentation of the Holy Mother of God to the Temple


November 22 - Commemoration of St. Gregory the Thaumaturge, Pontiff Nikoghayos and Bishop Muron



to benefit St. James Armenian Church

and Knights of Vartan charities

sponsored by The Knights of Vartan


Vartan Mamigonian

This Sunday, November 16

after Divine Liturgy


St. James Armenian Apostolic Church 

St. James Armenian Apostolic Church

All choir members and altar servers are invite.

This Sunday, November 16
after Divine Liturgy
St. James Armenian Apostolic Church


This Sunday, November 16, 2014

After Badarak


Rani Youzefsai- Arzoumanian's presentation



Sunday, November 23, 2014
After Divine Liturgy

Please join our parish 
as we make the holiday season happier for families in need

Can Food Drive

Canned food items and gift cards will be accepted at St. James on the following Sundays:
November 9, 16, 23, 30 
and December 7, 14, and 21,
for distribution to needy parishioners and a local food bank.

Please be sure expiration dates are current.
Gospel of Mark

November 20, December 4 and 18
8:00 PM
to join the study group on Thursdays.

If you prefer face-to-face Bible study, please join Der Hovhan at St. James 

at that time. He will be leading the Bible study from his office. 



Sunday, November 23, 2014
3:30 pm

Unitarian Church
1330 Ridge, Evanston, IL 60201

Click here for the program.
Click here to visit Sofya's website.
Armenian Pizza Co. Lahmejun
There are still several dozen frozen dumplings left over from the recent Fall Food Bazaar, $10/dozen. 

Also we have some lahmajoon left for sale, $20/dozen.

Please see any Women's Guild or Parish Council Member to purchase.

Thank You!

January 12-22, 2015

The Eastern Diocese will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from January 12 to 22, 2015. It will coincide with the celebration of Christmas in Bethlehem-which is observed on January 18-19 (according to the Julian Calendar).

Click here to download the flyer.
Click here to access the online registration form.

Divine Liturgy
10:00 AM on Sundays

Morning Services
9:15 AM on Sundays

Midday Hour (Wednesdays)
December 3, January 7
11:30 AM

Vespers (Saturdays) Kirakamtits
November 15, December 13
5:00 PM



Please consider donating flowers to adorn the Holy Altar. You may either bring flowers or make a monetary donation towards the purchase.

Sign-up sheet is in the Nishan Hall.


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Parking is FREE on Sundays at the parking garage on Maple street. Main entrance on Maple Avenue & Clark Street.

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