September 21 - 27, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Eve of the Fast of the Holy Cross of Varak 
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Isaiah 14:3-17; 2 Corinthians 10:18-11:10; 
Mark 10:1-12


Order of Thanksgiving Prayer of the Republic of Armenia 

Order of Thanksgiving Prayer of the Republic of Armenia

Sunday, September 21, marks the 23rd  anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Armenia. Celebrations are planned in the homeland and in Armenian communities across the Diaspora.


The rebirth of the Armenian homeland is one of the most momentous developments in the history of the Armenian people. Armenian people voted for independence from the Soviet Union on September 21, 1991, and became a member of the United Nations on March 2, 1992.

 May our risen Lord bestow his grace on our homeland, keep it under his loving protection, and guide all its citizens-our brothers and sisters-in their heroic work to build a decent, prosperous, and just society.


Armenian Flag and Coat of Arms


(The law 'On the State Flag of the Republic of Armenia", Article 2)


The Flag of the Republic of Armenia is one of the state symbols of the Republic of Armenia.

The Flag of the Republic of Armenia is tricolored, red, blue and orange horizontal equal stripes from top to bottom. The red color symbolizesthe Armenian highland, and the constant fight of the Armenian people for longevity, the Christian religion, and the independence and freedom of Armenia. The blue color symbolizes the will of the Armenian people to live peacefully under a blue sky. The orange color symbolizes the creative talent and diligence of the Armenian people.

Eve of the Fast of the Holy Cross of Varak

Being hidden from enemies of Christianity by St. Hripisime on Mount Varak, the relic of Our Lord's Wooden Cross was miraculously found in the 7th century. Soon afterwards, the Armenian Apostolic Church established the Feast of the Appearance of the Holy Cross on Mount Varak-a feast unique to our national church. Today is the Sunday that precedes the week of fasting (Monday to Friday) leading up to the Feast.

Commemoration of St. Gevorg the Captain

St. Gevorg the Captain (St. George the Warrior) was from Cappadocia. He was born to a pious Christian family. Starting off as an enlisted soldier in the Roman Army, St. Gevorg, in a short period of time, rose to the rank of captain thanks to his courage and devotion. During the council convened by the Roman Emperor Dioklethianos, St. Gevorg opposed the Emperor's plans to execute Christians, thereby revealing his own Christian beliefs. Dioklethianos, surprised and astonished, ordered the imprisonment of the Captain and subjected him to severe torments. A magician was ordered to prepare two kinds of remedies for trying the saint and changing his faith. With the first cup the saint was to change his mind, with the second he was to die. St. Gevorg, however, drank both cups, but thanks to the power of his faith in God, he survived. He also raised a man from the dead. As a result of these miraculous events, many people, among them Queen Alexandria, converted to Christianity. But the King would not relent. After his repeated requests, St. Gevorg finally agreed to offer sacrifice to the idols. However, upon reaching the heathen temple, St. Gevorg  broke all the idols in it one by one. For this act the King ordered St. Gevorg to be beheaded, and he was martyred in 303 A. D.


Prayer of the Week
O Benevolent God, preserve from misfortune the peace that you have given us, save from evil the freedom that you have granted us, and direct all of our lives towards good works. Remember in your mercy the souls of our many martyrs, who have placed themselves on the altar of our nation's liberation, and make them worthy of the luminous, immortal and heavenly crown. Have mercy on all those who have worked and labored for the liberation of our nation and the building of our fatherland. Preserve the Republic of Armenia and aid all of our ministers and generals, troops and soldiers, by keeping them in peace. O Lord our God, preserve in peace the Catholicoi of our nation and all of the clergy of your Holy Church.
Clergy Liturgical Vestments

BAZPAN (Maniple) 
Bazpan (Maniple or Cuff or Epimanikia) is about five or six inches wide and long enough to go around the forepart of the forearm, over the sleeves of the alb (shapik). It is of the same material as the cope. Bazpans are worn by the celebrant during the Divine Liturgy. 

Bazpans symbolize moral cleanliness as well as strength which enables Christian to serve the Lord. 

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:


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), հաւատ (havad), յոյս (huys) .

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
Photo of the Week

Presenting the flags and the coats of arms of Armenia and Armenian Kingdoms.

Quote of the Week

"Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don't live in a world all of your own."
Albert Scheweitzer

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 20

September 21

September 28

October 1

October 5

October 12

October 25

October 25

November 5

November 8

November 15

December 3

December 13

Annual Church Picnic

Street Fair Wrap-Up Meeting

"Holy Land Pilgrimages" presentation

Midday Hour (12:00 Noon)

Soup Kitchen Fundraising

Celebrating Armenian Cultural Month

Fall Food Bazaar

Saturday Evening Service - Kirakamatits (5:00 PM)  

Midday Hour (12:00 Noon)

Parish Council and Church organizations meeting 

Saturday Evening Service - Kirakamatits (5:00 PM)  

Midday Hour (12:00 Noon)

Saturday Evening Service - Kirakamatits (5:00 PM) 

St James steeple
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September 21 - Eve of the Fast of the Holy Cross of Varak

September 22 - Commemoration of Sts. Mamas, Piliktimon and Simeon Stylite

September 23 - Commemoration of Sts. Peprone, Mariane and Shoushan, daughter of Vartan the Great

September 25 Commemoration of Sts. Pontiffs Baragham, Antimos and Yeranos

September 27 - Commemoration of Sts. Gevorg the Captain, Adoktos and Romanos the Singer

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

September 21, 2014

Learn more 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.

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. 



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.



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

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.




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