October 5- 11, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Fourth Sunday after the Feast of the Holy Cross
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Isaiah 17:7-14; 2 Corinthians 13:5-13; Mark 11:27-33

Feast of the Holy Translators Sts. Mesrob, Yeghishe, Moses of Khoronk, philosopher Davit Anhaght, Gregory of Narek and Nerses the Gracious (Nerses of Kla)


For the Armenian people, the Feast of the Holy Translators is one of the most popular and beloved national ecclesiastical feasts. In celebrating this feast, the Armenian Apostolic Church pays special tribute to the blessed memory of Sts. Mesrob Mashtots, Yeghishe, Moses of Khoronk and the Philosopher Davit Anhaght, whose sacred work and mission was continued by Sts. Gregory of Narek and Nerses the Gracious. In addition, nearly two hundred disciples of Sts. Mesrob Mashtots and Sahak are known as "Junior Translators."

As the word "translator" means "interpreter," our Holy Translators had to consider the precise context of word meanings in rendering sacred works into Armenian. They created the Armenian alphabet and gave the language its first literature. Through the strength of their faith, they dispersed the darkness and warmed human souls. Thanks to the Holy Translators, the Holy Bible was translated into Armenian, thereby allowing Armenians to read the Holy Book in their native tongue. Through this sacred work, the Holy Translators contributed to the spiritual and cultural awakening of the Armenian nation.

After the translation of the Holy Bible, many books by Church Fathers were also
translated into Armenian, and thanks to these translations, the original copies of which have not been preserved, there presently exists only the translated versions of these invaluable works. In a sense, these translations have actually obtained the value of the originals.

Prayer of the Week
Fountain of immortality, cause the tears of repentance to flow from my heart, as from Mary Magdalene, that I may wash away the sins of my soul, before I depart this world. 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:  

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.

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.

Clergy Liturgical Vestments

P'ORURAR (Stole) 
P'orurar (Stole) is about nine inches wide and four feet six inches long. it is of the same material as the cope. At one end it has an opening for the neck, and it hangs sown in front over the shapik. It is in fact the deacon's stole worn round the neck with the two stripes, often attached, hanging down in front. 

P'ourar is one of the liturgical vestments of the celebrant of the Divine Liturgy. It symbolizes righteousness, with which the Christian must brace himself in resisting sin, or the yoke which the servant of God must carry around his neck.

 SAGHAVART (Crown or Helmet) 

Saghavart (Crown or Helmet) is a tall bulbous headdress of any hard material, covered with fine rich silk or velvet cloth. It has twelve pieces shaped like pointed arches sewn together at the sides and to the edge of the crown at the base. There is a small metal cross on top of the crown. Round or oval medallions of metal or enamel or embroidery are often attached to the front of the upper part of the crown, representing pictures of holy figures or symbols. 


The crown is worn by the Celebrant a certain times during the Liturgy. it symbolizes the salvation of the soul from the bondage of the spiritual enemy and the royal attribute of Christ the King, whom the priest represents, enabling the Christian to fight against the Evil One. 

From "Vestments and Vessels Used During the Divine Liturgy" 

by Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan
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:

կերէք, կերակուր 
gerek, geragur
one, one another

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

St. James Armenian School Opens Its Doors for Joyful Students

On September 14, St. James held its annual Sunday School Open House and Home Blessing to inaugurate the new school year. The Parish Council, Sunday School Administrator and Der Hovhan would would like to thank all those who contributed to the recent renovations to our Sunday School classrooms (click here to see photos): an anonymous donor and Mrs. Libby Baronian for monetary donations; Mrs. Libby Baronian for donating two bookcases; Mr. Gentre Vartan for furniture refinishing; Mr. Hovsep Babayan and Mrs. Anna Baghdasarian for repainting and carpet cleaning; Mr. Alen Babayan for fixing lights and doing other electrical maintenance; Yn. Narine and ACYOA Jrs. for organizing nursery; Oscar Tatosian for donating rugs, and Meg Kamajian for replenishing all of the supplies in the Sunday School First Aid cabinet. 

New this year, starting October 5, our Sunday School will begin offering Armenian language lessons for young parishioners immediately following Divine Liturgy/Sunday School. Ask Der Hayr for more details.

Please support one of the most important ministries at St. James. Bring your children and grandchildren and give them a gift of learning about the history, practice, and structure of the Armenian Church while building strong friendships and having fun!

Click here to see the flyer.

Click here to read Fr. Hovhan's letter.

Click here to download the registration  form.


Photo of the Week

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Video of the Week

Would You Help A Freezing Child?
Would You Help A Freezing Child?

Altar Guild's Wish List

1.  Two jajanch radiances (ostensorium). $300-600 each . Pledged.

2.  Painting of St. Taddeus. $1000. Not pledged.

3. Painting of St. Bartholomew. $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.


Calendar of worship services and events at St. James

October 5

October 9

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

Soup Kitchen Fundraising

Bible Study 

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

Parish Council and Church organizations 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

St James steeple
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October 6 - Commemoration of Pontiff St. Pokas and St. Yeranos

October 7 - Commemoration of the Virgins St. Tekegh, St Varva and St. Peghigea

October 9 - Commemoration of Sts. Pandaleon the Physician, Yermoghayos the Priest and the Virgin Eupraxia

October 11 - Feast of the Holy Translators - Sts. Mesrob, Yeghishe, Moses of Khoronk, philosopher Davit Anhaght, Gregory of Narek and Nerses the Gracious (Nerses of Kla)



invites you to attend its annual




Following Divine Liturgy


Vartan Mamigonian

Proceeds from this Soup Kitchen will benefit many organizations including the Bay Area Friends of Armenia BAFA), 

School Projects, Armenia Eye Care Project, Armenia Wellness Center, the Armenian-American Medical Society of California (Juvenile Diabetes Project) and Hye Camp.

Suggested Donation - Adults - $10.00   Children under 10 - $5.00

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



After Divine Liturgy


Click here to read 

about Michael Menendian.

St. James Armenian Church (Evanston)


The cuisine of Georgian Armenians


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.


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



October 9 and 23
November 6 and 20
December 4 and 18

8:00 PM

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. 


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