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THE E-BULLETIN OF ST. JAMES ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH
(EVANSTON, IL)

www.stjamesevanston.org

HOLY WEEK 2018
THE EASTER MESSAGE OF ARCHBISHOP KHAJAG BARSAMIAN
Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

You Will Live … and You Will Know

 
St. Mark's Gospel invites us to eavesdrop on a very human scene involving Jesus and his companions. We find them on a long walk, bantering as young men do when they’re traveling between destinations. At a lull in the conversation, the teacher seizes the opportunity to turn his disciples’ thoughts to more serious matters. “Who do men say that I am?” he asks.

The disciples, a bit embarrassed to be suddenly put on the spot, offer a few “approved” answers they had heard from people on the street. But Jesus sees through them—sees that they are evading the point of his question. No, no, he says, perhaps shaking his head: “Who do you say that I am?”

This question—appearing at the midpoint of Mark’s gospel—is in fact the central question of the Christian faith. It’s a question directed at us, too—and at no time more urgently than at Easter. “Who do you say that Jesus is?”

Click here to  continue reading Primate's 2016 Easter message in English and Armenian.

 
Krisdos haryav ee merelotz! Orhnyal eh harootiunun Krisdosee!
Christ is risen from the dead! Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!

Easter Blessings from Abp. Khajag Barsamian

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER AT ST. JAMES
 

St .  James  Armenian Church will observe Holy Week  with a series of special services, culminating in the Easter Sunday celebration on April 1. A special liturgical schedule will be in effect for these services; please make a note of the times.



Click here  for a complete schedule of services at St. James.

PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS
 

The theme of the parable of the Ten Virgins is the wisdom of the wise virgins who, unlike their foolish sisters were prepared for the Lord when he came. The reading- Matthew 25:1-13- clarifies what it means to be ready for Christ's return (Second Coming) and how we should live until He comes again.

The message is clearly identified at the end of the passage wherein Matthew records: "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour" ... when the Lord shall come.

  HOLY THURSDAY (MAUNDY) - MARCH 29, 2018
 

This is the day of Passover. It is one of the three major feasts dating from early times. It commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from over 400 years of slavery in Egypt. Maundy Thursday is the day when Jesus held the Last Supper in an upper room. The word "Maundy" means literally "command", and so it signifies the New Commandment. The symbol for this command was the foot washing ceremony which Jesus did just before the supper.

The supper was the Passover meal for the disciples, and there Jesus told them that His hour was at hand, and that one of them would betray Him. By sharing of the bread and wine as His body and blood, He instituted the Holy Liturgy (Soorp Badarak). That was the first celebration of Badarak before the real one which was offered on the cross.

The “Washing of Feet” service, performed in the evening on Holy Thursday, re-enacts Christ’s act of humility, service, and love, performed for his disciples at the Last Supper.

Click here to watch the episode of the Diocese’s “Bread & Salt” video series examines the significance of a special Holy Week service in the Armenian Church.

The betrayal happened in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus has gone to pray after the supper was over. Judas' betrayal and Jesus' arrest took place quickly that evening of Maundy Thursday. The church commemorates this with the Service of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ (Khavaroum).

  HOLY FRIDAY - MARCH 30, 2018
 

The mockery continued before the council, before Pilate, then before Herod, and finally before Pilate again. The crowd, giving way to a blood-thirsty mob spirit, shouted out: "Crucify, crucify him!"

And when Jesus was hanging on the cross, the rulers scoffed Him, the soldiers mocked Him and one of the criminals who were hanged alongside railed at Him... Now... "It is finished", it is done, mission accomplished.

  HOLY SATURDAY - MARCH 31, 2018
 

His body was taken by Joseph of Aremathea, the rich ruler, who was influenced by Christ, to be buried in the garden tomb nearby. Joseph, Nicodemus, and Maries prepared him for burial. The church, in anticipation of the Feast of all Feasts, begins the celebration with a Candlelight Service (Jrakalooyts).

  EASTER SUNDAY - APRIL 1, 2018
 

His body was taken by Joseph of Aremathea, the rich ruler, who was influenced by Christ, to be buried in the garden tomb nearby. Joseph, Nicodemus, and Maries prepared him for burial. The church, in anticipation of the Feast of all Feasts, begins the celebration with a Candlelight Service (Jrakalooyts).

NAME DAY CELEBRATION
 
Whenever you know a friend or loved one whose Name Day/Feast Day is soon to be celebrated, honor the person by presenting them with a lit candle saying, "Anoonovut abrees" or "Anoonovut dzeranas" ("May you grow old with your name"). Or you can simply say, “Happy Name Day!”

NAME DAYS celebrated this week: Harut, Harutyun, Artin, Zadig, Anastasia (April 16), 

CALENDAR OF SERVICES AND EVENTS AT ST. JAMES

Sunday, April 1
Easter bake saled

Sunday, April 8
Merelotz Hokehankeesd

Sunday, April 22
Divine Liturgy at All Saints Armenian Church
Tuesday, April 24
Prayer of Intercession to the Holy Martyrs

Sunday, April 29
Children's Sunday
Diocesan summer programs (presentation)
 MERELOTZ - ՄԵՌԵԼՈՑ - DAY OF REMEMBRANCE 
 
It is a solemn tradition that on the day following the 5 major feast days of the Armenian Church, a day is observed in memory of those who have passed away, and are asleep in Jesus Christ. On this day, the faithful will visit the grave sides of their dearly departed, and the priest will offer requiem prayers for their souls. According to tradition, a special Divine Liturgy is also held on these days, when the faithful can remember the names of all of the faithful for whom we pray for eternal life. These Divine Liturgies are not typically celebrated in the Diaspora, because of  people’s work schedules, but the faithful are invited to offer the names of the faithful to be prayed for during the Divine Liturgy celebrated the following Sunday.
 
If you would like to observe this tradition on the Sunday following a major feast day, which includes Christmas, Easter, Feast of the Transfiguration, Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary, and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, please contact the Church Office or Der Hovhan. The next MerelotzHokehankisd will be offered on April 8th.
EASTER YUGHAKIN
 
In the Holy Season of Easter, it has become tradition in our church to donate Easter Yughakins as gifts of love in memory or in honor of our loved ones.
 
The Yughakin tradition is an ancient custom that goes back to the Old Testament. The faithful would bring oil to the temple of God so that His servants would have enough to eat. Later on, this custom entered Christianity when the faithful would bring oil to church in order to illuminate it by lighting the lamps in the church. Yughakin in Armenian means "price of oil."
 
In our churches today, we obviously do not burn oil in order to illuminate the sanctuary, but rather gas and electricity. Thus, Yughakin now is simply a donation made to cover operating expenses. Let us continue the custom of Yughakin to keep the lights of St. James forever burning! 
 
Click here to make your Yughakin donation online through our secure website.
HOME BLESSING
 
Holiday season is the time when homes are blessed by the Pastor. All parishioners who wish to have their homes blessed on the occasion of the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ should call Der Hovhan (847) 644-7389 to make arrangements. Have a piece of bread, dish of salt and glass of water available for the blessing.


Click here to read more about home blessing.
Click here to watch new Episode of the Eastern Diocese's Video Series
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St. James Armenian Apostolic Church
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201

www.stjamesevanston.org
E-mail: office@stjamesevanston.org
Tel: (847) 864-6263

 






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