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

www.stjamesevanston.org

March 4-10, 2018
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Sunday of the Steward                          
Տնտեսի
 կիրակի
Penitential Hymns: 8:30 AM
Night Service: 9:00 AM
Confession: 10:00 AM
Sunrise Service
Divine Liturgy
Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 56:1-57:21
Ephesians 4:17-5:14
Luke 16:1-31 
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ՀՈԳԵՀԱՆԳԻՍՏHOKEHANKEESD - REQUIEM SERVICE
For the souls of: for the souls of the fallen soldiers
and the victims of Baku and Sumgait pogroms 
ACYOA JUNIORS MEMBERSHIP MEETING
 
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018
12:30 PM



Review of past events
Upcoming projects
Elections
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.

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.

WORSHIP AND
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

JOURNEY TO PASCHA
2018 Great Lent
Schedule of Worship Services

Wednesday
March 7, 14, 21
7:00 PM
Peace and Rest Services
Lenten potluck supper and spiritual discussion

Friday
March 2, 9, 16, 23
Sunrise Service – 8:30 AM

Sunday
Penitential Hymns – 8:30 AM
Night Service – 9:00 AM
Sunrise Service - 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:30 AM

3rd Wednesday of the month
February 21 and March 21
9:00 PM
Prayer of Intercession of the Holy Martyrs

1st Saturday of the month
March 3
5:00 PM
Vespers- Kirakamteets

HOLY WEEK
March 25 – April 1, 2018
 
EASTER
April 1, 2018

ԴԵՊԻ ԶԱՏԻԿ
Ժամանակացոյց 
2018 Մեծ Պահքի Արարողութիւններու
 
Չորեքշաբթի
Մարտ 7, 14, 21
Երեկոյեան ժ. 7-ին
Խաղաղական  եւ Հանգստեան Ժամ
Պահոց ընթրիք եւ հոգեւոր զրոյց

Ուրբաթ
Մարտ 2, 9, 16, 23
Արեւագալի ժամ – առաւոտեան 8:30-ին


Կիրակի
Գիշերային ժամ - առաւոտեան 9:00-ին
Արեւագալի ժամ- առաւոտեան 10:00-ին
Սուրբ Պատարագ- առաւոտեան 10:30-ին

3րդ Չորեքշաբթի
Փետրուար 21 եւ Մարտ 21
Երեկոյեան ժ. 9-ին
Սուրբ Նահատակներու Բարեխօսութեան Աղօթք
 
1ին Շաբաթ
Մարտ 3 
Երեկոյեան ժ. 5-ին
Կիրակամտից

ԱՒԱԳ ՇԱԲԱԹ
Մարտ 25 – Ապրիլ 1, 2018

ՍՈՒՐԲ ԶԱՏԻԿ
Ապրիլ 1, 2018

SAINTLY WOMEN'S DAY 2018
Saturday, March 10th, 11am
Remembering Sts. Phoebe and Priscilla


Worship Service
One Woman Play
Lenten Luncheon

Saints Joachim and Anne Armenian Church
Palos Heights, IL

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LENTEN RETREAT
Saturday, March 17, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm




Sponsored by St. James Armenian Church
Facilitated by Elise Antreassian

To register contact Church office
at (847) 864-6263 or e-mail to office@stjamesevanston.org

Levy Center
300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

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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

March 3, April 7, June 2

FEASTS AND FASTS

March 4 - 10              
Fourth Week of Great Lent. Fast

March 7                    
Median Day of Great Lent (Meejeenk)

March 10                   
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: Mardiros, Martik, Manoug (March 10)
OUTREACH

HELP NEEDED

An elderly parishioner, recovering from heart surgery, is in need of a caregiver in the Lisle/Naperville area. The parishioner is searching for someone who can drive and preferable work full-time. The caregiver may be live-in or live nearby. If you are interested, please contact Linda Althoff, lealthoff@aol.com.

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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