October 19 - 25, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
6th Sunday after the Feast of the Holy Cross
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:

9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Isaiah 20:2-21:6; Galatians 4:3-18; Luke 4:14-23

Feast of Sts. Captain Lukianos, who believed in Christ's Crucifixion, Joseph the Godfather, Joseph of Arimathea and Friends of Christ Lazarus and his two sisters Martha and Mary

Lazarus, Martha and Mary lived in the period of the earthly life of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the village of Bethany not far from Jerusalem. Christ had a special feeling of love towards them, and visiting Jerusalem He
stopped at their house. Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, thus making his sisters happy. Martha, the elder sister, was active and hardworking, and Mary, the younger sister, was a very pious woman. After the resurrection of Lazarus, Mary poured perfume on Our Lord's feet and wiped them with her hair. According to tradition, they went to Cyprus and lived there until their deaths.

According to tradition, Captain Lukianos (Longinus the Centurion), a Roman soldier from Cappadocia, witnessed the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the wonders that occurred after our Lord's death. Captain Lukianos believed in Christ's doctrine and converted to Christianity. Witnessing the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, he refused to bear false testimony and say  that the Lord's disciples had stolen His Body. He was then beheaded by Pontius Pilate.


Joseph the Godfather, is a descendant of David. He was the earthly father of Jesus Christ and the husband of St. Mary. The Evangelist St. Mathew characterized him as "a man who always did what was right" (Matthew 1:19). When Joseph found out that Mary, to whom he was engaged, was going to have a baby, he privately made plans to break the engagement. While he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary as his wife and that they would have a baby through the Holy Spirit. The angel also told Joseph to name the baby Jesus because he would save His people from their sins. Understanding the importance of the mission entrusted to him by God, Joseph protected Mary and took care of her. When Jesus was born and the time came, Joseph performed the ceremony of purification as the Law of Moses commanded, and took the forty-day-old child to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. And when a threat to the life of baby Jesus arose, Joseph took the child and His mother and escaped to Egypt and only after some time returned with them to Nazareth. St Joseph distinguished himself with his unshaken faith in God. He always tried to honor the Divine Commandments.


St. Joseph of Arimathea was one of the secret disciples of Jesus Christ. He was a rich, honest, pious and fair man waiting for the Kingdom of God. Learning of Our Lord's death on the cross, he daringly went to Pilate and asked for the body of Christ in order to properly bury Him. It is supposed that his tomb is near the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem in a small chapel belonging to the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Prayer of the Week
Bounteous Lord, commit me to a good angel, who may deliver up my soul in peace, and convey it undisturbed through the malice of wicked Spirits to heavenly places. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.
October- Armenian Cultural Month

Armenian Cultural Month Originated in the Easter Diocese under the leadership of Archbishop  Karekin Hovsepian, the late Primate of the Diocese (1939-1944). 

Archbishop Karekin Hovsepian officially designated October as the month for celebrating and embracing Armenian culture in his encyclical "To Our Faithful People and Diocesan Parish Organizations" dated August 14, 1942. In it he introduced the idea to the public and encouraged everyone in the community to participate in this special observance. He emphasized that "culture," broadly understood as literature, language, music and art, has always found a welcoming home in the Armenian Church, alongside the Church's ministry to preach the Gospel of Christ to God's people. Archbishop Hovsepian noted the Church's historic support of Armenian cultural and educational institutions and affirmed that the church itself has been a "school" to the nation, encouraging literacy among the people and broadening their awareness of history and the larger world.

The 70 Years, 70 Facts Project

StJames Sketch

2015 is a year of observance of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. It is also a year of celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Consecration of St. James Armenian Church. It will be a year full of community events and services.

You might be aware of THE 100 YEARS, 100 FACTS online project that educates and raises awareness about Armenian history and culture as a way to communicate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

This week we are launching our own THE 70 YEARS, 70 FACTS project with some well-known as lesser known facts about St. James Armenian Church and it's parishioners.

Starting this week and continuing through the entire 2015 "The 70 Years, 70 Facts Project" will publish facts once a week in the E-Bulletin and Sunday Bulletin, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. The number of facts will grow until the 70th and final fact of this collection is published on April 24th, 2015, to mark the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

Fact 1

Our building is 120 years old. The sanctuary of St. James Armenian Church was built in 1895 for the Norwegian-Danish congregation.

The Armenian community purchased the building in February 1944 from  Our Savior's Methodist congregation. The original name of the Church was North Shore Armenian Apostolic church. The Church was consecrated on February 26, 1945 by Bishop Tiran Nersoyan (then Dzayragooyn Vartabed) and named St. James, in memory of the late father of Walter Vartan, the gunkahayr (godfather) of the new church.


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 or sign up online (click here).

We hope to see you there!
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:

I have sinned

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).

Calendar of worship services and events at St. James

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

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 . 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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October 20 - Feast of Sts. Captain Lukianos, who believed in Christ's Crucifixion, Joseph - the Godfather, Joseph of Arimathea, and Friends of Christ - Lazarus and his two sisters - Martha and Mary 

October 21 - Feast of the Priest St. Theoditon, Sts. Soldiers Zenon, Makar, Eudoxios and Ramelas


October 23 - Commemoration of St. Aret and His Companions, Holy Martyrs Artemeos, Sts. Christopher and the Two Women - Kalinike and Akyouline 


October 25 - Commemoration of the Twelve Archimandrites - Sts. Retheos, Dionisios, Selbestros, Athanas, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ephrem Khourie Assyrian, Vasil (Barsegh) of Caesaria, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory the Theologian, Epiphan of Cyprus, John Chrysostom and Cyril  



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