October 12 - 18, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
5th Sunday after the Feast of the Holy Cross
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Isaiah 19:1-11, Galatians 2:1-10, Mark 12:35-44


Hokehankisd - Requiem Service

For the souls of:


Jirayr Balian (40 days) requested by Mr. and Mrs. Garo Evran and Mr. and Mrs. Sarkis Balian, Mrs. Elizabeth Kassabian


Lyova Rshtuni (10 years) requested by Robert Rshtuni


Feast of the Evangelists Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

Saint Matthew - Son of Alphaeus, lived at Capernaum on Lake Genesareth. He was a Roman tax collector, a position equated with collaboration with the enemy by those from whom he collected taxes. Jesus' contemporaries were surprised to see the Christ with a traitor, but Jesus explained that he had come "not to call the just, but the sinners." Matthew's Gospel holds a proud place in the canon of the New Testament, and was written to convince Jewish readers that their anticipated Messiah had come in the person of Jesus. Preached among the Jews for 15 years; his audiences may have included the Jewish enclave in Ethiopia, and places in the East. His name means "gift of God." Matthew is also known as Levi; Apostle of Ethiopia.


Saint Mark - Believed to be the young man who ran away when Jesus was arrested (Mark 14:51-52), and the "John whose other name was Mark" (Acts 12:25). Disciple of Saint Peter who travelled with him to Rome, and was referred to as "my son Mark" by the first bishop of Rome. Author of the earliest canonical Gospel. Traveled with his cousin Saint Barnabas, and with Saint Paul through Cyprus. Evangelized in Alexandria, established the Church there, and founded the fist famous Christian school. Martyred April 25, 68 at Alexandria. His relics are at Venice, Italy.


Saint Luke - Possibly born a slave to a pagan parents, and one of the earliest converts. Physician. Legend has that he was also a painter who may have done portraits of Jesus and Mary, but none have ever been correctly attributed to him; this story, and the inspiration his Gospel has always given artists, let to his patronage of them. Traveled and evangelized with Saint Paul in Greece and Rome, present for the shipwreck and other perils of the voyage to Rome. Wrote the Gospel According to Luke, much of which was based on the teachings and writings of Paul, and his own experiences. Wrote a history of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles. Martyr. Born at Antioch and martyred in Greece.


Saint John - Son of Zebedee and Salome. Fisherman. Brother of Saint James the Great. Called one of the Sons of Thunder. Disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Friend of Saint Peter. Called by Jesus during the first year of His ministry, and traveled everywhere with Him, becoming so close as to be known as the beloved disciple. Took part in the Last Supper. The only one of the Twelve not to forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion, standing at the foot of the cross. Made guardian of the Theotokos (Mary) by Jesus, he took her into his home. Upon hearing of the Resurrection, he was the first to reach the tomb; when he met the risen Lord at the lake of Tiberias, he was the first to recognize Him. During the era of the new Church, he worked in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. During Jesus' ministry, he tried to block a Samaritan from their group, but Jesus explained the open nature of the new Way, and he worked on that principle to found churches in Asia Minor and baptized converts in Samaria. Imprisoned with Peter for preaching after Pentecost. Wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and possibly the Book of Ephesus; a church was built over his tomb, which was later converted to mosque. His name means 'God is gracious'. Also known as John the Evangelist; John the Divine; Beloved Apostle; Apostle of Charity; called the beloved disciple.   

Prayer of the Week
Grantor of mercy, grant me to come to You in Orthodox faith, through good works and the communion of Your Holy Body and Blood. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.
Clergy Liturgical Vestments

VAKAS (Suprhumeral or Amice)

VAKAS (Superhumeral or Amice) is a hard flexible piece four inches wide and eighteen inches long, covered with the same material as that of the cope, or of a color to match with the cope or the crown. It has a linen piece, eighteen inches long and thirty inches wide, of which one end is attached to the top edge of the vakas from inside. There are two strings or ribbons, each three feet long, attached at one end to either of the lower corners of the vakas. Vakas is placed on the shoulders behind the neck and held in place by passing the two strings in front across the breast and tying them together at the back, while the linen hangs down the back. The cope is put on this hanging piece of linen, so that the vakas is kept well in place. 


Vakas can be ornamented with embroidery or medallions of different materials to match the other vestments. It symbolizes righteousness in obedience to Christ as against the "stiffness of the neck." 


Although the vakas is worn as part of the shurjar it is in actual fact part of the saghavart (Crown). For this reason the prayer of vesting for the vakas and saghavart are the same. 



SHAPIK (alb) is of the same shape as the shapik (dalmatic), with the difference that it does not have sewn-on shoulder piece, the cuff and hem bands, and is always of plain white linen. 
"The Clebrant's Shapik" is worn by the celbebrant of the Divine Liturgy as the first vestment to be put on beneath the others. It shows the gladness of spirit with which the priest must approach the Lord's Table. 

From "Vestments and Vessels Used During the Divine Liturgy" 
by Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan


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:  

StJames Sketch

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.

FALL FOOD BAZAAR: The cuisine of Georgian Armenians

SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014 (12:00 noon to 8:00 PM)

This event is sponsored and organized by St. James Cultural Committee as part of its Celebrating Our Diaspora initiative. Each year, the Cultural Committee will host a Fall Food Bazaar featuring the cuisine of various corners of the Armenian diaspora. Future years will feature the Turkish, Iraqi, and Iranian Armenian communities. The Fall Food Bazaar is but one taste of celebrating the diversity of our St James parish community.


Volunteers are needed !!!
We need help with setup, grocery shopping, food prep, cooking, serving and cleanup. All parishioners are welcome to lend a hand, but we would love to see new volunteers who are not already involved with our annual Street Fair. Please sign up in the church hall or email Gevik and Varya Anbarchian at and

We hope to see you there!
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:


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) .

Photo of the Week

Calendar of worship services and events at St. James

October 12

October 23

October 25

October 25

October 26

November 1

November 1 November 5

November 6

November 8

November 15

November 20


December 3

December 4

December 13

December 14

December 18

Celebrating Armenian Cultural Month. Michael Menendian

Bible Study

Fall Food Bazaar 

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamatits (5:00 PM) 
Celebrating Armenian Cultural Month. Gagik Aroutiunian 


All Saints Costume Party

ACYOA Jr meeting

Midday Hour (11:30 AM)

Bible Study

Planning and Strategy Meeting

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 . Pledged.

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.


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October 13 - Feast of Discovery of Relics of Catholicos St. Grigoris of Aghvank, Commemoration of St. Fathers Tatoul, Varos, Toumas, Anton, Kronides and the Seven Herbivorous Hermits Martyred in the Innaknya Monastery


October 14 - Commemoration of the Apostles Anania, Matthias, Barnabas, Philip, John and Silas


October 16 - Commemoration of St. Dionysius of Areopagus, the Apostles Timothy and Titus


October 18 - Feast of the Evangelists Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John


In Celebration of 

the Armenian Cultural Month

The Cultural Committee of

St. James Armenian Apostolic Church


Invites you to meet



Co-founder and Artistic Director 

of Raven Theatre



at 12:30 PM


Click here to read 

about Michael Menendian.


SUNDAY, October 19, 2014

In Celebration of 

the Armenian Cultural Month

The Cultural Committee of

St. James Armenian Apostolic Church


Invites you to meet


 Renown artist




After Divine Liturgy



Gospel of Mark

October 23
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

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
October 25, November 15, December 14
6:00 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