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

www.stjamesevanston.org

March 12 - 18, 2017
SUNDAY, March 12, 2017
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Անառակի Կիրակի
Psalms: 8:30 AM
Morning Service: 9:00 AM     
Sunrise Service: 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:30 AM
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 54:11-55:13;
2 Corinthians 6:1-7:1; Luke 15:1-32

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SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
 

The third Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of the Prodigal Son based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son told in the Gospel of Luke (15:15-32).  There was once a man who had two sons. Upon the request of the younger son, the man divided his property between his two sons. After a few days, the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away where he wasted his money in reckless living. Soon, he had spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country and he was left with nothing to his name.

In that time of trouble he remembered his father’s house, began to regret his reckless living and soon returned to his father’s home. Seeing that his younger son was repentant, the father received him joyfully. Seeing this warm homecoming, the elder son began to complain, saying that during all those years he had worked for his father like a slave and had never disobeyed his orders yet had never deserved such honor.

His father answered him, “My son, you are always here with me, and everything I have is yours. But we have to celebrate and be happy for your brother was dead but now lives, he was lost but now he is found.” The elder and the younger sons allegorically represent our simultaneously righteous and sinful souls, and the father’s receiving of his lost son represents God’s acceptance of us as repentant sinners. Furthermore, in telling this story, Christ reminds us to guard against self-righteousness, and the Parable admonishes our self-conceitedness.

Click here to view the inaugural episode of the Diocesan new video series where Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian reflects on the “Parable of the Prodigal Son”.

THE LITURGICAL STRUCTURE OF LENT
 

Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when catechumens were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism.  By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days and rededicates himself to the church through prayer, fasting and learning (Matt. 4:2).

To understand the various liturgical particularities of the Lenten period, we must remember that they express and convey to us the spiritual meaning of Lent and are related to the central idea of Lent, to its function in the liturgical life of the Church it is the ideal of repentance.  In the teaching of the Armenian Church however, repentance means much more then a mere enumeration of sins and transgressions to the priests. Confession and absolution are but the result, the fruit, the “climax” of true repentance.  And, before this result can be reached, becoming truly valid the meaningful, one must make a spiritual effort, - go through a long period of preparation and purification.  Repentance means a deep, radical reevaluation of our whole life, of all our ideas, judgments, worries, mutual relations, etc.  It applies not only to some “bad action,” but also to the whole of life.  At every moment of life, but especially during Great Lent, the Church invites the penitent to concentrate attention on the ultimate values and goals, to measure life by the criteria of Christian teaching, to contemplate human existence in its relation to God.  This is repentance and it consists therefore, before everything else, in the acquisition of the Spirit of repentance, i.e., of a special state of mind, a special disposition of our conscience and spiritual vision. 

The Lenten worship is thus a school of repentance.  It teaches us what repentance is and how to acquire the spirit of repentance.  It prepares us for and leads us to the spiritual regeneration, with which “absolution” remains meaningless.  It is, in short, both teaching about repentance and the way of repentance.  And, since there can be no real Christian life without repentance, without this constant “reevaluation” of life, the Lenten worship is an essential part of the liturgical tradition of the Church.  The neglect of it, its reduction to a few purely formal obligations and customs, and the deformation of its basic rules constitute one of the major deficiencies of Church life today.  

Ժամանակացոյց 2017 Մեծ Պահքի Արարողութիւններու

Չորեքշաբթի
Մարտ 15, 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 15, 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

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.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 12




Don't forget to set clocks ahead one hour ahead.

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

FEASTS AND FASTS

March 12 - 18             Third Weekof Great Lent. Fast
March 18                    Saints John the Patriarch of Jerusalem, John of Otzun the Patriarch of
                                  Armenia, John of Vorotan and Gregory of Tatev

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: John, Hovhaness, Hovhan, Ohannes, Datev, Tatev (March 18)
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.

March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK

Monday          
Colossians 2:8-3:4

Tuesday         
Hebrews 11:1-31

Wednesday    
Exodus 2:23-3:15; Joel 2:21-32

Thursday       
Isaiah 45:17-26; Ephesians 3:14-4:13

Friday            
Deuteronomy 8:11-9:10; Job 21:1-13:6; Isaiah 42:1-8

Saturday        
Proverbs 20:6-22; Baruch 4:21-24 ; 2 Corinthians 4:1-11; John 9:39-10:10

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND SERVICES

Wednesday, March 15
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm
Prayer of Intercession to the Holy Martyrs (flyer)

Friday- Sunday, March 17-19
WI/IL ACYOA Jr Lenten Retreat

Friday, March 17
Family Dinner Night at AGBU

Saturday, March 18
Midwest Regional Saintly Women’s Day (flyer)

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

Saturday, March 25
Armenian Bar Association Scholarship Fundraiser (flyer)

Sunday, March 26
Choir rehearsal
Wednesday, March 29
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

Saturday, April 1
Acolytes training (4-5 pm)
Vespers- Kirakamtits (flyer)
Film Screening at North Park
University (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

Wednesday, April 19
Prayer of Intercession to the Holy Martyrs (flyer)

Sunday, April 23
Joint Badarak at All Saints Armenian Church

Thursday, April 27                      
Sergei Babayan (piano) at NU

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.

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.

MISSED PREVIOUS E-BULLETINS

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SUNDAY BULLETIN (pdf) 

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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.

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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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