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Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Tel: 847-864-6263


September 15 - 21,  2013
SUNDAY, September 15, 2013
Feast of The Exaltation of The Holy Cross  


Morning Service - 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM
Procession and Blessing of the Fields

Scripture readings:
Divine Liturgy: Isaiah 49:13-23; Galatians 6:14-18; John 3:13-21

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is the last one of the five major feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is the most important feast among the feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross, as it is dedicated to the history of the return of the Holy Cross from imprisonment, its elevation and glorification. In the Armenian Apostolic Church the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated on Sunday during the period between September 11-17. This year that date is September 17, and the Monday following the Feast is a Memorial Day. 

In 610 A. D, the Persian King Khosrov with a large army attacks the Byzantine Empire. Enthusiastic about the initial victory, in 614 A. D. the Persian army enters Jerusalem. Many people are killed and many are imprisoned. Pontiff Zakaria, the Patriarch of Jerusalem is imprisoned, too. However, the Persians are not satisfied and enter the Church of Holy Sepulcher and take the Holy Cross kept in the Church. The Holy Cross had been found and installed in the Church for the Christians to worship by Helen (Heghineh), the mother of the King Konstantin (Costandianos), in the beginning of the 4th century. 


In 628 A. D., the Byzantine army led by the King Herakles fight against the Persians to return the Holy Cross. The Armenian army regiment, led by Mzhezh Gnounie, supported the Persian army. With the Lord's help the Byzantine army wins the battle.

The Holy Cross is solemnly brought to the Armenian town Karin, from where it is carried to Constantinople, and then - to Jerusalem. On the way the Holy Cross was raised for the people to see and worship. 


For Christians the Cross is God's power and strength and pride of all prides, on which Christ's innocent blood was shed. By means of the Cross Jesus proved His love towards mankind, and the Cross became for us the symbol of hope, love and saving.

Living the Gospel of Christ: Who Do You Say I Am?
A Six-Session Bible Study
Bibile This year's Diocesan theme is Living the Gospel of Christ. The ultimate goal of this series of six Bible studies lies in knowing, understanding and doing as Christ prescribed through his actions and teaching as depicted in the Gospels. This series will  also   help us to understand both who Christ is and His Message. 

As always you can either join Der Hayr at St. James or participate online on the following Wednesdays: September 25, October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20, December 4 at 8 pm.
You need to download an application on your computer to be able to participate  online. 

Questions? Need help with Mac? Click here.

New Educational Program for Teenagers at St. James

The St. James Christian Education Committee would like to invite teenage parishioners between the ages of 13-19 to participate in a pilot educational program this fall. The program is a two-session seminar on September 28  and October 19 from 9:30-1:30 on Morality and Moral Choice and Mercy and Forgiveness. The seminar will be led by Parish Council member Gevik Anbarchian, a high school English teacher, and Der Hovhan. The focus of the program is to fuse Christian teaching with academics, including Armenian writers and artists,  in an effort to help impressionable youth critically examine their lives at a time when they are most unsure about religious and philosophical matters. Look for a formal invitation in your home mailbox.

St. James School of Cooking
Do you have a favorite Armenian dish that reminds you of Grandma or your mother? Do you wish you could make them? Well stop wishing and come join our classes and learn how to make them yourself and treat your family to your favorite dishes. It is your turn to make memories! Come join us!
When: Classes will meet on Saturday once a month.
September 28, 2013, October 12, 2013, November 2, 2013
December 7, 2013, January 4, 2014, February 2, 2014

Time: 10:30 Am - 1:30 PM

Where: St. James Armenian Church (816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL)

For more information call Kary Valenziano 847-687-2526
A Relic of St. Vartan the Brave Arrives in New York
The ornate cross containing a relic of St. Vartan the Brave, set into the square "eye" at the center of the reliquary.
This week, New York became the permanent home to a unique piece of Armenia's sacred history: a holy relic of St. Vartan the Brave.

The relic is the gracious gift of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, given to the Eastern Diocese in honor of the 45th anniversary of New York's St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian accepted the relic on behalf of the Diocese during his recent trip to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

The 1,500-year-old relic-a piece of stone encrusted with the blood of Armenia's 5th-century warrior saint-is encased in a beautiful, hand-crafted silver cross, which was sanctified in a special ceremony at the Holy See in late August.

In its cross-shaped reliquary, the relic of St. Vartan will be unveiled to the public on Sunday, September 15, as part of the official celebration of the 45th anniversary of St. Vartan Cathedral. Archbishop Barsamian will celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the cathedral sanctuary, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The badarak will conclude with ahokehankisd (requiem) service for the souls of the departed cathedral godfathers and cathedral project committee members.
Click here to view a gallery of photos showing the consecration of the reliquary. 

A Conference of Bishops at Holy Etchmiadzin, September 24-27

EtchmiadzinA conference of bishops of the worldwide Armenian Church will convene at Holy Etchmiadzin, from September 24 to 27.

All of the bishops of the Armenian Apostolic Church, including those belonging to the Great House of Cilicia, will participate in this first-of-its-kind gathering, which will go forward with the blessing and presence of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.

The purpose of the conference will be to discuss the most important issues and challenges facing our church and the Armenian people today. From The Eastern Diocese , Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Archbishop Vicken Aykazian will be taking part in the proceedings. 
Click here to watch a video.

Executive profile: Arsen Avakian
Co-founder of Argo Tea prepares to take on Starbucks' Teavana while savoring early success

When getting acquainted with Arsen Avakian, co-founder and CEO of Argo Tea, expect to be presented with a tray full of tea samples with such exotic names as green tea ginger twist and white tea acai squeeze.


The 38-year-old Armenian immigrant offers the spread with such boyish enthusiasm and European graciousness that the newly initiated nearly float away on a sea of fragrant sips - sampling teas gathered directly from growers in 14 countries and interlaced with fruits, flowers and natural spices.


To read the article click here.

Video of the Week
CNN International Explores the Secrets of Armenia's Stone Henge
CNN International Explores the Secrets of Armenia's Stone Henge

Photo of the Week 

New Armenian Cathedral in Moscow (Russia)
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In addition to Sunday Morning Service and Divine Liturgy there will be
Saturday Evening (Kirakamtits) Service every first Saturday of the month at 5 pm (Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7) and
Midday Service every third Thursday of the month (Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 20). Midday Service will be followed by the " Lunchtime at St. James" program.


Saturday, September 21, 2013


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Deacon Training
(For ordained acolytes and Altar servers) 
September 7th 4-5 pm
October 5th 4-5 pm
November 2nd 4-5 pm
December 7th 4-5 pm
 Acolyte Training
(For first time Altar servers, 9-13)


Dates will be announced as soon as the group is formed. 

If you have a son who would like to begin serving at the Altar 
please contact Der Hovhan at 847-644-7389 or

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Divine Liturgy

Come and make new friends 
at St. James!


Saturday, October 26- 
Sunday, October 27

Jennifer Morris (Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Diocese) will join us for a weekend of prayer, learning and fun.


That will cost you nothing. You do not need to spend extra money, yet you will make a contribution to your church.

Go to to learn 

more and to sign up. 

It's FREE. 


The Parish is looking for old photos for the website and archive.  
Anything historical having to do with the Parish, Church Building, Church organizations and events or Armenian community in Evanston. We are also looking for photos of our past pastors. If you can help contact or 847-864-6263.

Your photos will be scanned and immediately returned.
Help us Celebrate the Parish 70 year anniversary!


Saturday, October 19, 2013



Assyrian Community Center

9131 Niles Center Road, Skokie, IL


For tickets call: (847) 965- 4537 or email:



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Parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays at the large condominium building at Clark & Benson (Quartet Copies). Enter the garage from Benson street.


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Remembrance of the dead (Merelotz) 

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon) "Lunchtime at St. James"  

Church Annual Picnic at Harms Woods  

Bible Study

School of Cooking

Saturday Educational Program for Teenagers

College Students Welcome Sunday 

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm)

Bible Study

School of Cooking

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon) "Lunchtime at St. James"

Saturday Educational Program for Teenagers

Bible Study

ACYOA Jr.  "Lock-In"

School of Cooking

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm)

Bible Study

Instructed Liturgy

Bible Study

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon) "Lunchtime at St. James"

Thanksgiving gathering at St. James

Bibe Study

School of Cooking

Saturday Evening Service- Kirakamtits (5:00 pm)

Divine Liturgy- Feast of St. James of Nisibis (Saturday)

Midday Hour at (12:00 Noon) "Lunchtime at St. James"


Coffee hour tables can be simple or complex.  Sometimes when people do a coffee hour table they put out coffee cakes and doughnuts; sometimes they put out some fruits. Others put out entire lunch. We encourage you to sign up for coffee hour a couple of times each year. It can be simple or an entire meal - either is fine. The sign-up sheet is in the church hall.