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

www.stjamesevanston.org

March 19 - 25, 2017
SUNDAY, March 19, 2017
Sunday of the Steward
Տնտեսի Կիրակի
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY
Psalms: 8:30 AM
Morning Service: 9:00 AM     
Sunrise Service: 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:30 AM
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 56:1-57:21; Ephesians 4:17-5:14; Luke 16:1-31 

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SUNDAY OF THE STEWARD
 

The fourth Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Steward, and the message of the day comes from the Parable of the Unjust Steward. This Parable is mentioned only in the Gospel of St. Luke (16:1-13). In the Parable, a wealthy man learns that the steward of his house (the supervisor of his holdings) is squandering his possessions. The rich man, then, calls forth the steward and asks for an accounting of his possessions, having already decided to release him from employment.

The steward, realizing that he may soon be without work, begins to act properly so that in the near future, if he is indeed fired, others may accept him into their homes. He calls forth those men who are in debt to his employer and relieves them of certain portions of their debts. Upon learning of this ploy, the wealthy man praises the steward for his contrivance rather than chastising him for it.

At first glance, there appears a great contradiction in the master’s commendation. But the unjust steward grants back to the debtors only that which he had added to the original debt owed his master for his own gain. Thus, the wealthy man is not injured by the actions of his steward. The master praises the steward for foregoing the gains he would have otherwise realized through these improper transactions. Here, high praise is given not only for the steward’s just behavior but for his resignation and his abstaining from future sinful behavior, personal qualities that are at the heart of the self-sacrifice we make during Great Lent.

Thus, Lent teaches mankind about the ability we each have to resign ourselves from all forms of temptation, the beginning of which is self-control and self-denial, even if we have been living sinfully. Christ says, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). This parable reminds every one of us that the journey towards salvation must include self-control and resignation. The allegorical meaning of the parable involves the wealthy man symbolizing God and the unjust steward symbolizing the sinner. For an extended period of time, the sinner carelessly wastes the graces granted by God until God finally calls him forth for an accounting of his life. The unjust steward symbolizes all of us who, upon regretting our own actions, forgive those who have sinned against us and become true seekers of righteousness and justice.

MEDIAN DAY OF GREAT LENT (MEEJEENK)

As established by Archbishop Malachia Ormanian, the 24th day (or the fourth Wednesday) of Great Lent marks the halfway point of this most sacred season. From the halfway point forward, a number of hymns written by the composer Stegh are sung during the Peace Service held in the evenings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Another Meejeenk custom involves a folk tradition in which the housewife of every household bakes an unleavened cake and puts a coin in it while baking. The rest of the year will be successful for the family member who finds this coin in his/her portion of the cake.

COMMEMORATION OF THE FORTY HOLY MARTYRS

The Forty Holy Martyrs who perished c. 320 AD were Christians from various towns and cities of Lesser Armenia. They served as soldiers in the royal regiment of Sebastia. Upon the decree of the Roman Emperor Likianos, interrogations were organized by Lucias, Duke of Caesarea, to discover the Christian soldiers. Forty of the soldiers remained steadfast in their faith, defied the judges by their brave answers and were imprisoned. On a cold winter night, the soldiers were thrown into a lake near Sebastia to freeze them to death.

At dawn, halos are seen encircling the heads of the soldiers. One of the guards charged with the execution of the forty, upon witnessing the holy phenomenon, accepts Christ and throws himself into the lake to be martyred along with the others. In the morning, it becomes apparent that through a divine miracle, the forty soldiers have been saved from freezing. This infuriates their captors who execute them thus making them martyrs. (One of the forty soldiers, being unable to endure the torments, comes out of the water and finds refuge in a bathhouse built on the banks. The lone soldier dies and is deprived of both earthly and heavenly life.)

The martyrs’ remains are buried in Sebastia, where subsequently a forty-domed Cathedral is built. The Cathedral of Sebastia stood for nearly one thousand years until the invasion of Tamerlane and the Mongols at the end of the 14th Century. The name Forty Martyrs Cathedral has survived to this day.

ST. JAMES ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH
 

March 19, 2016

VISIT TO THE PARISH BY
 


 His Excellency Mr. Grigor Hovhannissian
Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United States of  America



“ARMENIA FUND: 25 YEARS OF NATION BUILDING"

 

Presentation by
the Executive Director of Armenia Fund Mr. Sarkis Kotanjian
SAINTLY WOMEN’S DAY 2017
The Saintly Women of Vartanantz
Worship Service and Luncheon



Saturday, March 18, 2017
St. Mesrob Armenian Church
11:00 am

 
RSVP by March 10, 2017
Click here for more details

ST. JAMES ARMENIAN CHURCH  WOMEN’S GUILD
invites you to its
 
MID-LENTEN LUNCHEON

 
March 19, 2017
following Divine Liturgy
  
Please join us for a variety of delicious Lenten foods and an afternoon of fellowship

ARMENIAN LENTEN SERVICES
 

 The Peace Service, the Rest Service, and the Sunrise Service are performed more often during Lent than at other times of the year.  (Often, peace and rest services are performed on Friday evenings.)  They are part of the Church's cycle of seven daily worship services, but are used especially during Lent because they are penitential in nature and remind us of the effort we are making to restore our pure and joyous relationship with God.
 
Peace Service, performed in the late evening, contains prayers for peace at the end of the day.  Its prayers remind us that God is with us even in the face of trial and temptation.
 
Rest Service, which comes just before retiring for the night, asks God's continuing care through the night.  It contains the prayer of St. Nersess.
 
Sunrise Service, performed first thing in the morning, reminds us that God is the giver of the light of the morning and the light of salvation.  Its beautiful prayers and hymns have the fresh and serene quality of the most beautiful time of day.  This service is done in our churches before or after Sunday morning liturgy.

Ժամանակացոյց 2017 Մեծ Պահքի Արարողութիւններու

Չորեքշաբթի
Մարտ  22, 29 եւ Ապրիլ 5
Երեկոյեան 7:00-ին
Խաղաղական  եւ Հանգստեան Ժամ
Պահոց ընթրիք
Կիրակի
Գիշերային ժամ - առաւոտեան 9:00-ին
Արեւագալի ժամ - առաւոտեան 10:00-ին
Սուրբ Պատարագ - առաւոտեան 10:30-ին

Schedule of Worship Services
2017 Great Lent

Wednesdays
March 22, 29, April 5
7:00 PM
PEACE AND REST SERVICES
LENTEN POTLUCK SUPPER
Sundays
Night Service – 9:00 AM
Sunrise Service - 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:30 AM

FEASTS AND FASTS

March 19 - 25  Fourth Week of Great Lent. Fast
March 22        Median Day of Great Lent (Meejeenk)
March 25        Commemoration of the Forty Holy Martyrs

NAME DAY CELEBRATIONS
 
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 DAY celebrated this week: Manoug (March 25)
SATURDAY VESPERS
KIRAKAMTITS

   

  
Every first Saturday of the month
at 5:00 pm


Conducted in English.
With full participation of the faithful

April 1, May 6, June 3

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
TO THE HOLY MARTYRS




Every third Wednesday of the month
at 8:00 pm


 Multi-language. 
With full participation of the faithful.

 April 24 (Monday), May 17, June 21

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK

Monday          
Jeremiah 32:19-44

Tuesday         
Job 38:1-39:36

Wednesday    
Exodus 3:16-22; Joel 3:1-8

Thursday       
1 Corinthians 8:5-9:23

Friday            
Deuteronomy 9:11-23; Job 16:1-17:16; Isaiah 43:22-44:8

Saturday        Wisdom 3:1-8; Nahum 2:1-4; Isiah 43:1-3; Ephesians 6:10-18 Mathew 13:43-52

CALENDAR OF SERVICES AND EVENTS AT ST. JAMES

Sunday, March 19
Mid-Lenten Luncheon (Meejeenk) (flyer)
Armenia Fund presentation
Honorable guest – Ambassador of the RA to US H.E. Mr. Grigor Hovhannissian

Wednesday, March 22
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

Wednesday, March 29
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

Saturday, April 1
Acolytes training (4-5 pm)
Vespers- Kirakamtits (flyer)
Sunday, April 2
Monthly Catechism meeting

Wednesday, April 5
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

April 9
Palm Sunday. Youth Day

Sunday, April 16
Easter

Monday, April 24
Prayer of Intercession to the Holy Martyrs (flyer)

OUTREACH COMMITTEE SUGGESTION

Have you ever had a desire to make an impact on others, but weren’t sure how?  Have you ever thought about hosting a Sunday Fellowship Table following a hokehankisd, but didn’t want to do all the preparation? 

The St. James Outreach Committee would like to suggest that you make a $100 donation to FAR.  That $100 would be used to serve a madagh (sacrificial) meal at the soup kitchen for underprivileged Armenians in Armenia. 

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Der Hovhan or check out  www.farusa.org  or www.weareayo.org.

COMMUNITY E-NEWSLETTER

Click here to access our new bi-weekly Community E-Newsletter featuring numerous events (community gatherings, concerts, presentations, community worship services, etc.) made available to you by various organizations of Chicagoland as well as a combined calendar of those events and Armenian summer festivals and picnics.

E-BULLETIN: YOUTH ISSUE

Click here to access our recent "E-bulletin: Youth Issue" featuring numerous programs (camps, retreats, training, scholarships, etc) made available to you by our parish, the Diocese, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, and the AGBU.

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ST. JAMES CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS

Over the past few years we have developed different ways of communicating with our parishioners. In addition to regular mailings of announcements, flyers, and letters we email the electronic version of our Sunday bulletin, as well as send Calling Post messages via telephone.

If you wish to be added to the mailing, emailing or Calling Post list of any of these services, please provide our office with your current contact information.

DIOCESAN E- NEWSLETTER


 

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St. James Armenian Apostolic Church
Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201

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