November 2- 8, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Eighth Sunday after the Holy Cross
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:

Guest Celebrant:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Isaiah 22:15- 24; Ephesians 1:1-14: Luke 8:17-21

Very Rev. Fr. Vatche Mkrtchyan
15th Anniversary Of The Enthronement of Karekin II, Catholicos Of All Armenians
Thanksgiving Prayer

O Lord our God, benevolent and merciful, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by the intercession of the holy Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus, who enlightened the land of Armenia from the darkness of pagan idolatry, and by the intercession of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the follower of the apostles, accept the supplications of your people, and keep the Lord Karekin II, our Catholicos, whom you chose as patriarch and leader of the Armenian people, firm in his great calling for a long time. Let him lead your people with humility and orthodoxy. Exalt throughout the universe the horn of your anointed one. Make him worthy of becoming a faithful and wise steward of your new covenant. Look with sweetness at your people who have been entrusted to him and keep them spotless from all evil, so that rejecting from themselves the worldly desires, they may live in righteousness, clad with Your Christ's holiness, and let them be one flock and one pastor, together becoming worthy of reaching the eternal bliss in company with all of Your saints, through the grace of Your Only Begotten, our Lord Jesus Christ, with whom glory, power and honor is befitting to the Almighty Father and the coexistent Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever and ever. Amen.

Commemoration of Archangels Gabriel and Michael and the Entire Heavenly Class

According to the Angelology of the Armenian Church the angels are unfleshly, spiritual, independent, always moving, asexual, immortal creatures and God's servants. According to Church Fathers, the angels, as luminous creatures, have been created the first day of Creation, together with the light. By the God's order they are servants, they have been created to serve the human being. Therefore, they are servants who despite their being dyophysite, participate in the earthly life, act together with the human being living in time and space, they act for the human being. The angels are called the messengers and agents of God, who realize God's will. According to Dionysius of Areopagus (Areopagite), there are nine orders of angels - Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominations, Throne, Cherubim and Seraphim.

Archangel Gabriel, whose name means "God's man", is God's direct servant, who is granted the grace to evangelize the Lord's mysteries. It was Archangel Gabriel, who was sent by the Lord to bring the good news to the Virgin about the birth of the Savior, and to Zechariah - to bring the good news about the birth of John the Baptist.


Archangel Michael, whose name means "Who is like God?", is the advocate for the Heavenly King's glory and His people's protection, who is granted the virtue to govern and rule. The name of Archangel Michael is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures for four times (The Book of Daniel,10:13, 12:1, The Letter from Jude 1:9, The Revelation to John 11:7).

Prayer of the Week
O Christ, who is the true Light, make my soul worthy to behold the Light of Your Glory with joy, in that day when You call me; and also to rest in the hope of good men, in the mansion of the Just, until the Great Day of Your Coming. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.
The 70 Years, 70 Facts Project

Fact 3

The building of the community hall was a twelve -year dream of the members of the St. James Church. 

On Sunday February 10, 1957 Archbishop Mampre Calfayan, Primate of North America presided at the dedication ceremonies and officially named it Nishan Hall, in memory of Nishan Hagopian the beloved father of Mrs. Walter H Vartan.

In 1957 Mr. Walter H Vartan wrote: "Today we have a community hall where we can meet for social affairs, a modern kitchen, and last but not least, class rooms for our children. I have faith in our generation, for if I did not, we would never have started our new building with our limited resources, and would not have succeeded in attaining our present status."

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
St. James Planning and Strategy Meeting 

To All St. James Leadership and Interested Members:  

Please join the Parish Council in a planning and strategy meeting on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM. The agenda is as follows:
1. Briefly review accomplishments and events of 2014, 
2. Determine measurable goals for 2015,   
3. Develop and finalize 2015 event calendar and coordinate events with all intra-church organizations.

2015 promises to be a year full of meaningful observances including the 100th Anniversary of the Genocide, Canonization of our Holy Martyrs, and the 70th Anniversary of the Consecration of St. James.


We cannot stress enough the importance that each organization be present to ensure the coordination and ultimate success of each event and of our year.  Please come prepared with a list of events and dates that your organization is planning for 2015. 


Thank you in advance for your participation and leadership!  


St. James Parish Council


N.B. Dinner will be served and childcare will be provided to ensure full participation.

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

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:

in midst, as in

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), փառք ի բարցունս (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, կեալ (yegir, yegyal), կեանց, կեցո (gyank, getso), կերէք, կերակուր (gerek, geragur), միայն (miayn), ամենայն (amenayn), ընդ (unt), մեղայ (megha), եկեղեցի (yegeghetsi), արբէք (arpek), մեռելոց (merelots).

Instructional Divine Liturgy


On Sunday, November 9, we will have an instructional Divine Liturgy. During the celebration of Badarak, 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 a lack of understanding. To make the most of the instruction, it is essential that you be present from the beginning of mass (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 by having their children present.

Fall Food Bazaar - Thank you!


As co-chairs of St. James' first Fall Food Bazaar, we want to thank all those who helped make this event a success. This being the first year of what will hopefully become an annual event; there were many unknowns, missteps and last minute decisions and changes. But members of the Parish Council and Women's Guild and other dedicated parishioners stepped up to ensure the event's success. A special thank you to Gary Rejebian for designing the postcard and social media advertising and to Debbie DerAsadourian and Mariam Tatosian for being with us every step of the way as the date approached and of course day of. We also want to thank all those who came out to support the event and told friends and relatives to do likewise. Though the Parish's financial profit was modest (around $600), we profited in many more meaningful ways: fellowship, community building and cultural understanding. Inspired by these positive results, we would like to do an encore event next fall. This year we featured the cuisine of Georgian Armenians. Next year save room for Persian Armenian favorites like ghormeh sabzi (black eyed pea beef stew), sabzi-kuku (spinach quiche) and perok (apricot marmalade cake). Food is a great way for our Armenian people to preserve their heritage, and an annual Fall Food Bazaar is one small way to help do so.

Varya and Gevik Anbarchian

Photo of the Week

"Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:14)


Calendar of worship services and events at St. James

November 1

November 1 November 5

November 6

November 8

November 9

November 15

November 20


December 3

December 4

December 13

December 14

December 18
All Saints Costume Party

ACYOA Jr meeting

Midday Hour (11:30 AM)

Bible Study

Planning and Strategy Meeting

Presentation on Mediacre

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamatits (5:00 PM) 
Bible Study


Midday Hour (11:30 AM)

Bible Study

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
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Daylight Saving Ends
Remember to turn clock BACK one hour on Saturday evening, November 1, 2014, as we return to Central Standard Time the next day.



November 3 - Commemoration of Sts. Pontiff of Rome St. Stepannos, the Priests, the Deacons and the people


November 4 - Commemoration of Sts. Bishop Akipsimos, Priest Hovsep (Joseph), Deacon Ayitala and Martyr Platon.


November 6 - Commemoration of Sts. Pontiffs Metropanos, Alexandros and Paul the Confessor, and the Scribes Markianos and Martyron

November 8Commemoration of Archangels Gabriel and Michael and the Entire Heavenly Class


Gospel of Mark


November 6 and 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. 



Saturday, November 1, 2014
6:00 PM

Saturday, November 1, 2014
6:00 PM

Click here for details.

"What you know and what you don't know about Medicare.
Home Health ad Patients' Rights"

November 9, 2014
After Divine Liturgy

"Watchers of the Sky" DOCUMENTARY



Friday, November 7 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, November  8 at 2:00  pm 7:00 pm


3733 N. Southport Ave

Chicago, IL 60613

Tel: 773-871-6604


Watchers of the Sky interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin - the man who created the word "genocide," and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, Watchers of the Skytakes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.

"Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections"

Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago

Saturday, September 27, 2014-
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Click here for details and 
to read about the exhibition.


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.

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 2, 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.

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)
November 5, December 3, January 7
11:30 AM

Vespers (Saturdays) Kirakamtits
November 15, December 14
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