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

www.stjamesevanston.org

April 8, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Կիրակի, Ապրիլ 8, 2018
Octave of Easter - New Sunday
Կրկնազատիկ
Psalms: 8:30 AM
Morning Service: 9:00 AM 
Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
Scripture Readings:
Acts 5:34-6:7; James 3:1-12; John 1:1-17
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MERELOTZ REQUIEM SERVICE – HOKEHANKISD
For the souls of:
Archbishop Karekin Hovsepian (later Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia)
Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan
Very Reverend Father Varoujan Kabarajian
Reverend Father Vartan Megherian
Dn. Nishan and Angel Cherkezian
Dn. George Guldalian

For the soul of
Richard Callian (40 days)
 
Requested by:
Zaghig Callian
Christine Callian Hogan
Kaela Anoush Hogan

OCTAVE OF EASTER – NEW SUNDAY

The Sunday which follows Easter Sunday is called New Sunday because it is the first Sunday after the Resurrection [Easter]. Aside from the Resurrection of Christ, this day also reflects calling of and conversion of the pagans to Christianity; and, the growth and expansion of Christ’s Church. Hence, it falls into Church’s listing of holy days.

Analogically, New Sunday or Nor Giragi also reflects the new relationship of God’s People. The Christian Church had replaced the tribe of Judah as the new “Israel”. Israel means “people of the covenant”. The word Israel is not a geographical location, but rather the name or reference to a people in a special covenant or relationship with God. With their denial of Christ the Israel of the Old Testament [old covenant] relinquished their role as the “Israel” of God’s covenant. The “new” sons of Zion [Arm. Sioni Vortik], being the Body of Christ [the Church = Arm. Ecceghetsi = Grk. Ecclesia] is in fact the “new” Israel. Therefore, in its role of Israel, the people of the covenant [Christian Church] are the heirs to or recipients of the promise of salvation through Christ’s death and resurrection.

By virtue of its being the eighth day of Easter [octave] and a day similar to Easter it has been called Grgnazadig [Easter Repeated].

The Church has wisely chosen the Gospel of John’s prologue as its reading for “New Sunday” because it powerfully proclaims Jesus as the Son of God, the Word made flesh. Although Jesus took upon Himself full humanity and lived as a man, he never ceased to be the eternal God who has always existed, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and the source of eternal life. This is the foundation of all truth.

From Domar: the calendrical and liturgical cycle of the
Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, 2003 A.D.

Published by Armenian Orthodox Theological Research Institute.

EASTERTIDE - SACRED PERIOD THAT FOLLOWS EASTER SUNDAY
 
From Easter to the Sunday of Pentecost is a 50-day period called Eastertide (also known as Quinquagesima).  The first 40 days of Eastertide culminate with the Feast of the Ascension, celebrated on the Thursday of the sixth week.  This entire period is dedicated solely to the mystery of the resurrected Savior's encounters with His Apostles and followers, with the exception of four special remembrances that do not detract from the preeminence of the Resurrection.

It is not one day, but forty, filled with joy and gladness, with Alleluias for the Risen Lord who is with us now. The faithful of the Armenian Church greet each other with Krisdos Haryav ee Merelotz - Christ is Risen from the Dead: and answer with Ohrnyal eh Haroutiunun Krisdosee - Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ. May these words coming from our lips also radiate in our hearts.
ՄԵՌԵԼՈՑ – MERELOTZ - 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 Merelotz Hokehankisd will be offered on April 8th.

SUNDAY SCHOOL



Sundays
10:30 - 12 noon

Pre-K through 8th grade.  

SATURDAY VESPERS
KIRAKAMTITS



  Every first Saturday of the month
at 5:00 pm

Conducted in English.
With full participation of the faithful

April 7, June 2

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.

We gratefully acknowledge the following contributions made in the spirit of Easter. 
(Click here for the list)
We thank our parishioners who remember the church on such joyous occasions.

 
COMMUNITY
CHICAGOLAND ARMENIAN CHURCHES JOINT BADARAK
 

Sunday, April 22, 2018 10:00 AM
Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church
1701 North Greenwood Road 
Glenview, IL 60026

Please Note: There will be no services at the other churches on this day.
Additional parking available in main chapel parking lot of Chicago Covenant Presbyterian Church, northwest corner of Lake & Greenwood. Shuttle to church will be provided.
IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTIAN UNITY
Saturday, April 28, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 PM



PRAYER SERVICE AND SOCIAL GATHERING
St. Nick Parish and St. James Armenian Church
806 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
ST. JAMES’ 75th ANNIVERSARY
 
The year 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary - Diamond Jubilee - of St. James Armenian Church, Evanston.  In order to mark the historic milestone of our church, the Parish Council is seeking volunteers to form a committee to undertake the activities for a year-long celebration for our community.  Please see Der Hovhan or a Parish Council member to offer your support.  Thank you
PASTORAL
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.
OUTREACH

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.

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Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201

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