September 14- 20, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross  
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
Isaiah 49:13-23; Galatians 6:14-18; John 3:13-21         

Processional and Adoration of the Holy Cross 

Sunday School Home Blessing


ZADIG Youth Choir of St. James  under the direction of Dn. Kavork Hagopian will be joining St. James Church Choir in singing this Sunday's festive Badarak.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

In 610 A. D, the Persian King Khosrov with his large army attacked the Byzantine Empire, and in 614 Khosrov's army entered Jerusalem and killed or imprisoned many of its residents. Pontiff Zakaria, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, was among those imprisoned. The Persians, however, were not satisfied with their pillaging and thus entered the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to plunder the Holy Cross that was kept there. (The Holy Cross had been found and installed in the Church for Christian worship by Heghineh (Helen), mother of Emperor Costandianos (Constantin) in the beginning of the 4th century.)

But in 628, with the Lord's help, the Byzantine army, led by King Herakles and assisted by an Armenian regiment marshalled by Mzhezh Gnounie, fought back against the Persians and returned the Holy Cross to its rightful place. The Holy Cross was brought first to the Armenian town of Karin and from there to Constantinople and finally to Jerusalem. On its long return journey, the Holy Cross was raised for villagers and townspeople to see and worship. For Christians, the Cross on which Christ's innocent blood was shed, symbolizes God's power and strength. By means of the Cross, Christ proved His love for mankind, and thus the Cross became a symbol of hope, love and salvation.

In the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated on the Sunday between September 11-17. This year that Sunday falls on September 17. It is the last of the five major feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Church and is also the most important of the feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross as it commemorates its return, elevation and glorification after a long period of exile. On this Feast Day, the Divine Liturgy will conclude with the Antasdan service (blessing of the fields), during which the processional cross is adorned with basil (a symbol of royalty), and the four corners of the church are blessed as a sign of the sanctification of the world.
Prayer of the Week
You that bring back the wandering, convert me from me from my evil thoughts to good ones; and imprint on my soul the dreadful day of death, the fear of hell, and the love of Your Kingdom, that I may repent my sins, and do righteousness. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.
Historic Armenian Liturgy held at the Akdamar Church unites Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Participates for the first time together with Syriac and Armenian Orthodox Prelates
by Prakash Varghese

The fifth annual Armenian Orthodox Liturgy was held at the historic at the Cathedral of Holy Cross located on the Akdamar Island on 7th September 2014. This year it was a very special and historic due the presence of His All Holiness Bartholomew I- Ecumenical Patriarch and His Eminence Mor Filiksinos Yusuf ´┐Żetin - Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Istanbul and Ankara.


The liturgy was presided by His Beatitude Archbishop Aram Ateshian - Co-Patriarch of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople. It was for the first time that the Orthodox prelates in Turkey attend liturgy Together. Large number of faithful from different part of turkey and abroad witnessed the historic event.

In his speech, Co-Patriarch Aram Ateshian stated that the Liturgy has turned out to be historic for the Armenian Orthodox Community, as it was the first time that the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople the spiritual leader of worldwide Eastern orthodox Churches attended an Oriental Orthodox Liturgy at the Armenian Church on the Akdamar Island since its foundation in the 10th century.


Thus the Liturgical Service turned out to be a great occasion of Pan-Orthodox unity between the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches.


Special prayers were observed for peace in Middle East particularly for the suffering population in Iraq, Syria and Palestine. A special lunch of Peace was hosted by His Excellency Sinan Hakan - Mayor Gevas after the Liturgical Services. 


The legendary Armenian Orthodox church on Lake Van was restored by the Turkish authorities between 2005 and 2007 before opening it as a museum. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated there for the first in 2010 after a long gap of 95 years.

Greek Parliament Adopts Measure Criminalizing Genocide Denial

ATHENS-The Parliament of Greece on Tuesday adopted a bill that criminalizes the denial of the Armenian Genocide and other crimes against humanity.

Greece becomes the third European country after Switzerland and Slovakia to adopt such a measure.


The bill known as "Fight against Xenophobia" envisions bringing criminal charges for denial of the genocides of not only Jews, but also Armenians and Pontus Greeks. The bill stipulates heavy fines and imprisonment terms for individuals who publicly deny genocides and other crimes against humanity that are recognized by the Greek Parliament and international courts.


The vote passed by 54 to 42 with three abstentions.

Clergy Liturgical Vestments

Cope (
The principal vestment of the priest's rank. It is semi-circular in shape; the straight side is placed on the shoulder and the ends are brought together and clasped on the breast. The two ends of the Greek cope are permanently united forming a round opening for the head to pass through. When the wearer wishes to free his hands, he must gather the cope on his arms. The Latin cope, known as the pluvial is, as ours, open in front, but the small cope used during high mass, which is called chasuble in French, is open on both sides and extends from the shoulder to the knees. All the various styles of the cope are supported to have been derived from garments indicative of princely rank.

The length of the cope in our church depends on the height the wearer. The material generally is fine and rich appearance, depending on the relative means of the donor or of the people. There exist many fine copes woven by Indian silver thread or covered with heavy embroidery, which are used according to the wearer's rank. Since we have no canon regarding colors, copes are made of all colors to suit any taste. In the back of the cope there used to be a representation if a large cross, but this is rarely seen now.

From A Dictionary of the Armenian Church by Malachia Ormanian

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:

լի, լցաք
li, ltsak
full, we are full
approach (meet)

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, ;tsak),  մատիք (madik).

Hit the Road: India
Friday, September 19 at 6:30pm 
Showplace ICON Theatre, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago 

The North American premiere of Hit The Road India will screen at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) on September 19th. The film is produced by Chicago resident Ric Gazarian, and directed by film phenoms and brothers, Gor and Moosh Baghdasaryan, the founders of Manana Films in Yerevan.


Hit The Road India traces two friends as they race a 7hp auto-rickshaw across India from Mumbai to Chennai. The rally takes place over two weeks and covers over 2000 km. Many challenges were faced during the two weeks: detention by the police, battling the monsoons, food sickness, Indian traffic and roads, and setting the record for running out of gas.


In English. Running time: 80 minutes. Conversation with Ric Gazarian following the screening.

Click here for trailer. 
Click here to purchase tickets.

The Thompson Gallery Is Honored To Present:
Gagik Aroutiunian-Kiss the Ground

Kiss the Ground is a three part exhibition series that examines and celebrates contemporary Armenian art, one hundred years after the 1915 Armenian Diaspora and Genocide. The first exhibition in the series showcases the art of Armenian born, Chicago-based Gagik Aroutiunian, whose art centers on issues of identity, memory and the displacement of family after the Genocide. Works on display include multi-media assemblage sculptures, paintings and video projections.
September 5 - November 15, 2014
The Thompson Gallery
The Cambridge School of Weston
45 Georgian Road, Weston, MA 02493
Video of the Week

Akhtamar Takes a Deep Spiritual Breath
Akhtamar Takes a Deep Spiritual Breath

Altar Guild's Wish List

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

2.  Painting of St. James of Nisibis. $1000. Donated.

3.  Painting of St. Stephen the Protodeacon. $1000. Not pledged.

4.  Priest's 'half-vestments'. $500. Not pledged.

5.  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

September 14

September 14

September 15

September 20

September 21

September 28

October 5 

October 25

November 8

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Sunday School Open House
Remembrance of the dead (Merelotz)
Annual Church Picnic
Street Fair Wrap-Up Meeting
"Holy Land Pilgrimages" presentation
Soup Kitchen Fundraising 
Fall Food Bazaar
Parish Council and Church organizations meeting 

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St. James Armenian Church (Evanston)


Proudly welcoming students for the

2014-2015 academic year!

Open House & Registration: 

September 14


Click here to see the flyer.

Click here to read Fr. Hovhan's letter.

 Click hereto download the registration  form.


cordially invites you and your family to a series of short presentations





after Divine Liturgy



Krikor Paylan



Deacon Arie Zakarian



Krikor Paylan was one of 29 youth to make a 10-day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Primate, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.

Dn. Arie Zakarian was among the select group of twelve deacons who traveled to the Holy Land for our Church's first ever Deacons Training Retreat in Jerusalem.

St. James Armenian Church (Evanston)


Saturday, September 20, 2014

12:00 noon -5:00 PM 


Flick Park

3600 Glenview Rd

Glenview, IL 60025

Adults: $15; Children: 5-12 $10, under 5: FREE

Donation covers rental fee, lunch, non-alcoholic beverages,

& clown for children

Catering by Siunik Armenian Restaurant


For more information and to RSVP by September 15, please contact


Parish Council Chair Gevik Anbarchian (773) 490-6490 or
invites you to a


Street Logo


Sunday, September 21, 2014

During the Coffee Hour


The meeting is not just for committee members, it is open to all parishioners who want to attend in order to voice their opinion on the event. At this meeting, we will present a preliminary profit/loss statement. 


Thank you!
2014 Street Fair sponsors

Level 1
Donnellan Funeral Homes
Goshgarian Orthodontics
Hagopian & Boghosian Dentistry
Liposuction & Cosmetic surgery institute
Dr. Armen Kelikian

Level 2
Abt Electronics
Argo Tea
The Autobarn of Evanston
Dental Technologies
First Bank & Trust
Oscar Isberian Rugs
Sayat Nova Armenian Restaurant
Shahan Inc. General Contractors
Siunik Armenian Restaurant
Wilmette Auto Care
Xalent Construction Plus Inc.



invites you to attend its annual




Following Divine Liturgy


Vartan Mamigonian

A humble meal of a variety of soups, salad and cookies will be served to simulate what a simple soup kitchen meal would be like served in Armenia.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

St. James Armenian Church (Evanston)


The cuisine of Georgian Armenians


12:00 noon to 8:00 PM

his 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.




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