October 25 - November 1, 2014
Sunday, October 16, 2014
Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:

9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Wisdom 14:1-8; Isaiah 33:22-34:1                                       1 Corinthians 1:18-24; Matthew 24:27-36
Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross is one of the four feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross. In 327 AD, Heghineh (Helena), the Mother of the Byzantine King Kostandianos (Constantine), visited Jerusalem with the aim to search the Holy Cross of the Lord. A Jew named Judas helped the King's mother search the site where Christ was crucified, Golgotha. As a result of the search, the wooden crosses of Christ and the two criminals crucified together with him were found. In order to identify our Lord's Cross, the remains of a young man were put on each of the three crosses. On one of the crosses the young man arose, and thus the Lord's Cross was identified. After that miracle, Judas, the Jew, converted to Christianity and later became Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem. After the discovery of the Holy Cross, Heghineh renovated the Holy Places of Jerusalem and built the Church of the Holy Resurrection of Golgotha, where later our Lord's Cross was installed. 

Feast of All Saints - the Old and the New, the Known and the Unknown

With this feast, the Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates the memory of all those saints whose names are not included in the Church Calendar but whose names are registered in the sacred book of God's Heavenly Kingdom.

Many people have been subjected to severe torments and have been martyred for our faith. Unfortunately, we do not know their names.

So the Church established this feast in order to commemorate their martyrdom. They are people who shed their blood for the sake of Christ and His Church.

Prayer of the Week
Guard us O Christ our God under the shadow of Thy Holy and Precious Cross in peace. Deliver us from enemies visible and invisible. Make us worthy to give thanks to Thee and to glorify Thee with the Father and with the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
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.

Last week we launched 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.

Fact 2

The first pastor of the St. James Church was the Rev. Fr. Vartan Megherian. He was still an archdeacon when he arrived from the St. James Convent in Jerusalem. After completing his theological studies at the Seabury-Western Seminary, he was ordained a priest, on February 28 and 29, 1948, in solemn and impressive ceremonies in St. Luke Episcopal Church, by Bishop Tiran Nerosyan and Bishop Sion Manoogian, in the presence of many Armenian church dignitaries.

Rev. Fr. Vartan Megherian served at St. James from 1947 to 1954.

Click here for more pictures: Pic. 1, Pic. 2, Pic. 3

The Cuisine of Georgian Armenians
THIS 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:


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).

Video of the Week

The Father - An animation short film
The Father - An animation short film

Photo of the Week

Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan


Calendar of worship services and events at St. James

October 25

October 25

October 26

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

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

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.


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October 27 - Commemoration of the Priest St. Anastas, Sts. Varos, Theoditeh and her Sons

October 28 - Commemoration of Sts. Severianos (Severianus) of Sebastia and the old man Babelas, Sts. Hipirikians, Martyred in Samosat

October 30 - Commemoration of Pontiff St. John the Chrysostom

November 1 - Feast of All Saints - the old and the new, the known and the unknown.



In Celebration of 

the Armenian Cultural Month

The Cultural Committee of

St. James Armenian Apostolic Church


Invites you to meet


 Renowned artist




After Divine Liturgy



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"

November 9, 2014
After Divine Liturgy



The New York Times distributes a special 4-page insert about Armenia. Titled "Armenia: An ancient nation; a modern republic," it provides an overview of Armenia's past and present, the US-Armenia relations, the country's priorities and much more. It also presents an interview with Serzh Sargsyan, President of teh Republic of Armenia.

 Click here to see the insert.

"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
October 25, 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