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


September 22 - 28,  2013
SUNDAY, September 22, 2013
Barekendan Of The Feast Of The Holy Cross of Varak

Morning Service - 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM
Order of Thanksgiving Prayer of the Republic of Armenia

Scripture readings:
Divine Liturgy: Isaiah 14:3-17; Corinthians 10:18-11:10; Mark 10:1-12 


Celebrating Armenian Independence 
Armenian Flag and Coat of Arms

Saturday, September 21, marks the 22nd 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.

On the occasion of the 21st anniversary, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, issued a directive instructing parishes of the Eastern Diocese to conduct the "Order of Thanksgiving Prayer of the Republic of Armenia" on Sunday, September 22.

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.

Commemoration of Sts. Mamas, Piliktimon and Simeon Stylite 

St. Mamas was born in the town Gangra, of the Province of Paplagonia, in a poor Christian family. During persecutions against Christians his parents are imprisoned and exiled to Caesaria. While giving birth to her son, his mother passes away. A pious Christian woman adopts Mamas and brings him up. Already at the age of 15 he is imprisoned and subjected to severe torments for being a devout Christian and brave preacher. Overcoming the hardships he lives an isolated life on the Mountain Argos. St. Mamas devotes all his life to serving the poor, but is betrayed and handed over to the judge. After severe torments St. Mamas is killed by means of trident in 273 A. D.


St. Piliktimon (Philomenos), known in Greek and Latin sources also by the name Filomenos, was a grain trader. For being Christian he is imprisoned during the period of persecutions by the King Avrelios. He is subjected to torments and is finally martyred in 274 A. D. 



St. Simeon the Stylite was born in 390 A. D. in Caesaria. He has been a shepherd. One day he goes to the church and, not understanding the meaning of the Gospel passage read that day, asks about it an old man standing beside him. The old man explains him the meaning of the Gospel passage saying that the passage is about abstinence, that is, it is by means of ascetic way of life, deprivations and fasting that the people should deserve the heavenly kingdom. Thinking over the old man's words Simeon leaves for the Hata Province, of Syria, where he is isolated in a monastery for three years, after which he asks God to grant him the grace to preach and heal. Seeing that the visitors and the sick cause too much trouble to him, Simeon digs a deep dungeon, from where only his head was seen while preaching, and later he climbs up a high column. He lives without a shelter, only standing or kneeling during the day, and only taking Holy Communion as food once a week. For many years he stays on the column and preaches and heals many sick people by means of prayers.

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

St. Gevorg the Captain (St. George the Warrior) 

was from Cappadocia. He was born in a pious Christian family. Becoming a soldier of the Roman Army in a short period he deserves the honor of becoming Captain thanks to his courage and devotion. During the council convened by the Roman Emperor Dioklethianos he opposes to his plans on Christians' execution, and thus the fact that he is Christian, is revealed. The King, becoming surprised and astonished, orders to imprison the Captain and subjects him to severe torments. Many people, among them the Queen Alexandria, become Christians thanks to the preaching of St. George. A magician is ordered to prepare two kinds of remedies for trying the saint and changing his faith. By the first cup the saint should change his mind, and drinking the second cup, he should die. St. Gevorg drinks both cups, but thanks to the power of his faith towards God he remains alive. He also raises a man from the dead. 


After the King's repeated requests St. Gevorg finally agrees to offer sacrifice to the idols. However, reaching the heathen church he breaks all idols one by one. For this act the King orders to behead St. Gevorg and he is martyred in about 303 A. D.

Living the Gospel of Christ: Who Do You Say I Am?
A Six-Session Bible Study
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.
Click here to see the flyer and the letter to parents

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 "Sanctuary of Hope" Turns 45

During an inspirational day on Sunday, September 15, more than 200 faithful friends gathered at the Diocesan Center in New York to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the consecration of St. Vartan Cathedral.

Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian celebrated the badarak on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. During a special requiem service, the names of more than 150 departed St. Vartan godfathers and Cathedral Project committee members were read aloud.
A procession led by members of the Knights of Vartan brought the relic of St. Vartan the Brave into the cathedral. A gift of His Holiness Karekin II to the Eastern Diocese, the 1500-year-old relic was unveiled to the American public for the first time during the service.
Click on the following links to read more about the celebration, read Prof. Movsesian's keynote speech, view a photo gallery, and view a video on St. Vartan Cathedral. 

Holy Transfiguration Cathedral Consecrated in Moscow
His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over the consecration of the newly-built Cathedral of the Holy Transfiguration, located in Moscow, Russia, on September 17. The occasion included opening ceremonies for the cathedral's adjacent cultural complex.
The mammoth cathedral and its surrounding buildings will serve as the seat of the Armenian Church Diocese of New Nakhichevan and Russia, whose Primate Bishop Yezras Nersisyan led the seven-year construction effort, and played a prominent role in the consecration service. Catholicos Karekin II raised Bishop Yezras to the rank of "archbishop" on the occasion.
Click on the following links to read more about the consecration, view a gallery of photos, or visit the new website of the Armenian Church's Russian Diocese. 

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.

Video of the Week
Giving is the best communication.
Giving is the best communication

Photo of the Week 

Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Church 
on Akhtamar Island
September 8, 2013
St James steeple
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September 22 - Eve of the Fast of the Holy Cross of Varak

September 23 - Commemoration of Sts. Mamas, Piliktimon and Simeon Stylite

September 24 - Commemoration of Sts. Peprone, Mariane and Shoushan, daughter of Vartan the Great

September 26 - Commemoration of Sts. Pontiffs Baragham, Antimos and Yeranos

September 28 - Commemoration of Sts. Gevorg the Captain, Adoktos and Romanos the Singer


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 (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) 
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.

Celebrate Parev Monthly's 18th year anniversary with Onnik Dinkjian, John Berberian, Ara Dinkjian, Mal Barsamian, and Jason Naroian LIVE in concert! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Assyrian Community Center
9131 Niles Center Rd
Skokie, IL

General Admission: $35*
Age 6-15 Admission: $15*
*Admission tickets do not include dinner. Dinner sold separately. 

For tickets call: 847 965 4537 


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!



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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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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.