November 9- 15, 2014
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Sunday, November 9, 2014
Ninth Sunday after the Holy Cross      
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:

9:15 AM
10:00 AM

Isaiah 24:1-12; Ephesians 5:15-33; Luke 8:49-56



  For the souls of:

Requested by:

Anton Kedjidjian (30years)

Deceased members of Kedjidjian, Shahinian, Elekjian and Manougian Families


Mrs. Zarouhi Kedjidjian and Family,

Mr. and Mrs. Ohan and Catherine Kedjidjian and Family,

Mr. and Mrs. Vicken and Taline Kedjidjian and Family,

Mr. Ara Kedjidjian

Instructional Divine Liturgy


This Sunday, November 9, we will have an instructional Divine Liturgy. During the celebration of Badarak, we will stop to offer explanations of the most common terms, as well as the significance of the different portions (in English). 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. 
Commemoration of the Apostles Andrew and Phillip

Before becoming one of Christ's disciples, Apostle Andrew was 

a disciple of St. John the Baptist. He was the brother of the Apostle Peter and a fisherman. After the Ascension of the Lord and the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Apostle Andrew preached in Northern Greece and Scythe.


Apostle Phillip was from the town of Bethsaida. It is believed that 

he too was a disciple of St. John the Baptist. He preached in 

Asia Minor and was martyred (crucified) in the town of Heliople. 


Prayer of the Week
All merciful Lord, have mercy on all believers in You, those who are close to me and those whom I know, those whom I dont know, those who are living and whose who are dead. Forgive my enemies and those who hate me the offenses they have committed against me, and turn them away from the malice they hold toward me, that they too may be worthy of Your mercy. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.

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 this 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.

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), 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), նոր (nor), մէջ (mech) .

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, Margaret Stepanian 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

The 70 Years, 70 Facts Project

Fact 4 

In 1954 St. James Parish hosted the delegates of the Eastern Orthodox churches attending the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, as well as a dozen or more Armenian clergymen, headed by Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, who had come as observers to the historic gathering which was held in Evanston between August 15 and 31.

Video of the Week

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Calendar of worship services and events at St. James


November 8

November 9

November 9

November 15

November 16

November 20


December 3

December 4

December 7

December 13

December 14

December 18

Planning and Strategy Meeting

Instructional Divine Liturgy

Presentation on Mediacre

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamatits (5:00 PM) 
Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser sponsored by KOV
Bible Study


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 10 - Commemoration of St. Pontiff Melitos of Antioch, St. Minas of Egypt, Bishop Melitos, the Priest Bouras and the Deacon Shinou

November 11 - Commemoration of St. Martyr Demetrios and the Priest St. Basilikos

November 13 - Commemoration of St. Gurias, St. Samunas, St. Romanos the Hermit, St. Child the Confessor, the Soldier Husikos and the Deacon Abib

November 15 - Commemoration of the Apostles Andrew and Phillip


Rani Youzefsai- Arzoumanian's presentation



This Sunday, November 9, 2014
After Divine Liturgy
St. James Armenian Apostolic Church

All choir members and altar servers are invite.

Sunday, November 16
after Divine Liturgy
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. 

"Watchers of the Sky" DOCUMENTARY



Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, Nov.  8 at 2:00 pm 7:00 pm

Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2:00 pm 7:00 pm

Monday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, Nov.11 at 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Wednesday, at 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Thursday, at 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm



Sunday, November 9th

at 7:00 pm

followed by Q/A with

Kenneth V. Hachikian

ANCA National Chairman



3733 N. Southport Ave

Chicago, IL 60613

Tel: 773-871-6604


to read about the documentary.



to benefit St. James Armenian Church

and Knights of Vartan charities

sponsored by The Knights of Vartan


Vartan Mamigonian

Sunday, November 16

after Divine Liturgy


St. James Armenian Apostolic Church 



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 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)
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