September 7- 13, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Eve (Paregentan) of the Fast of Exaltation        
Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:
9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Isaiah 13:1-11, 2 Corinthians 7:4-16, Mark 7:31-37  


For the soul of Ohannes Arakelian (1 year)

Requested by Arakelian and Sultanian Families

Feast of the Nativity of the Holy Mother-of-God

This Monday, September 8th, is the Feast of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God. The birth of Mary is not recorded in the Bible. The account of this event comes to us from other 

writings that are not part of the New Testament. According to tradition, Joachim and Anna were faithful and pious waiting for the promised Messiah. They were elderly and childless. They prayed to God for a child and were blessed with a daughter they named Mary who would later become the Mother of the Messiah.

Eve of the Fast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross

This Sunday, September 7th, is the Eve (Paregentan) of the weeklong fast leading to the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Khachveratz), which is next Sunday, September 15. Because the Exaltation is a Tabernacle Feast, it is preceded by a week (Monday to Friday) of fasting.

Prayer of the Week
O my God, who has opened your hand, and filled all creatures with Your bounty, unto You I commit my being; take charge of me, and provide all things needful for my soul and body, from this time forth for evermore. Have mercy on Your creatures and especially on me, a great sinner.
The last Armenians of Myanmar
By Andrew Whitehead
BBC World Service, Yangon

The Armenian church in Chennai

One of the oldest churches in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is struggling to keep going - its congregation only occasionally reaches double figures. But the opening up of the country to outside investment and tourism is offering new hope.


Reverend John Felix, priest at the Armenian church in Yangon, also known as Rangoon, can't speak Armenian - but then neither can his congregation. Not that there is much of a congregation these days - just seven, myself included, on a recent Sunday morning.


The 150-year-old church enjoys an imposing location, at a street corner in downtown Yangon. It's a beautiful building, a patch of calm in a bustling city. The Armenian Orthodox church of St John the Baptist - standing, suitably, on Merchant Street - is almost all that's left of what was one of the city's main trading communities.


Click here to read the full article.

Clergy Vestments

Habit (Sukem)
Everyday clerical garb, other then vestments worn when engaged in performing rites. Various parts of the habit are the cowl (veghar), pallium (pakegh), parekaud (barekod), phelonion (pilon). For celibate clergy and monks the color is black. However, married clergy may use other colors too.

Paragaud or Paragaudis or Paragaudion (Barekod)

A clerical vestment which covers the entire body, it is as a rule black, and also called gaba. In its earliest style, it was open in front from top to bottom, the two sides made overlap and held with a belt. On the most recent style, however, it is united below the waist, worn through the open part of the breast and collar. The barekod is more or less fitted to the shape of the body.

Phelonion (Pilon)

A vestment in the style of the cope, an enveloping cloak which is held on the chest with a clasp. Is is used during the services in the chancel. Usually it is of black woolen cloth. Phelonions made of black cloth or silk., with floral design, are awarded to priests and young celibate priests (alegha) as an honor. Black with floral designs is usual for vartabeds; however the colored floral, which unreservedly, are awarded as an honor to vartabeds.

From A Dictionary of the Armenian Church by Malachia Ormanian

Street Fair Wrap-Up meeting

Street LogoOn Sunday, September 21st there will be a Street Fair Wrap-Up meeting after church.  The meeting is not just for committee members, it is open to all parishioners who want to attend.  We want to give everyone a chance to voice their opinion on the event.  At that time we will present a preliminary profit & loss statement.  The meeting will take place after the Divine Liturgy and during coffee hour.

Street Fair Raffle Winners

Taste Of Armenia Logo
1st ($3,000) :  Levon & Anna Kirakosyan
2nd ($1,000) :  Armen Minasian
3rd ($1,000) :  Rose Boyian
4th ($500) : Sevan Krikorian
5th ($500) : Ed Simon

Charlotte Bader, Rick Gergerian, Joy Nazarian, Bea Green, Janet Tatevosian, 
Kary Valenziano, Janet Tatevosian, Kathy Green, Larissa Petrakias, 
Pat Antaramian, Lucy Dadourian, Bea Green, Robert Kaprielian, 
Hripsime Goshgarian. 

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).

Quote of the week

"When one reaches out to help another, he touches the face of God."

Walt Whitman

Photo of the Week

A photograph published in 1901 of 
Catholicos Mkrtich Khrimyan (Khrimyan Hayrig) 
being anointed with the Holy Muron.


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 7 September 14

September 14

September 15

September 20

September 21

September 28

October 5 

October 25

Choir Rehearsal
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
Parish Council and Church organizations meeting 
Fall Food Bazaar

St James steeple
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September 7 - Eve (Paregentan) of the Fast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross 

September 8 - Feast of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God


September 8-12 - Fast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross


September 13 - Feast of the Holy Church. Eve of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Parish Council asks that all committee leaders and anyone else interested be present for our annual defibrillator training on 
Sunday, September 7 
immediately after Badarak 
in the vestibule area. This is a very important skill to have in the unfortunate event of an emergency medical condition requiring the use of automated external defibrillator (AED)

Meg Kamajian, a registered nurse, will be leading the training.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Proesel Park
Lincolnwood, IL

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 here to download the registration  form.




after Badarak




Presented by Krikor Paylan





Presented by 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
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