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

www.stjamesevanston.org

HOLY WEEK 2017
THE EASTER MESSAGE OF ARCHBISHOP KHAJAG BARSAMIAN
Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

Who Do Men Say That I Am?

 
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!

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 16. 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.

  HOLY THURSDAY (MAUNDY) - APRIL 13, 2017
 

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 latest 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 - APRIL 14, 2017
 

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 - APRIL 15, 2017
 

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 16, 2017
 

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).

SUNDAY, April 16, 2017
Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Psalms: 8:30 AM
Morning Service: 9:00 AM 
Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
Scripture Readings:
Acts 1:15-26    Mark 16:2-8
Click here to read Sunday Scriptures

FEASTS AND FASTS

April 13     Holy Thursday
April 14     Holy Friday
April 15     Holy Saturday
April 16     Easter
                 There are no days of fasting until after the Feast of the Ascension (May 25).
April 17     Day of Remembrance (Merelotz)
April 22     Commemoration of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

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), 
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK

Monday          
Acts 2:22-41; Luke 24:1-12

Tuesday         
Acts 2:42-3:21; Luke 24:13-35

Wednesday    
Acts 3:22-4:12; James 1:1-12;
Luke 24:36-40

Thursday       
Acts 4:13-31; James 1:13-27;
Matthew 5:1-12 

Friday            
Acts 4:32-5:11; James 2:1-13; John 21:1-14

Saturday        
Acts 5:12-33; James 2:14-26; John 21:15-25

CALENDAR OF SERVICES AND EVENTS AT ST. JAMES

Sunday, April 16
Easter bake sale

Sunday, April 23
Divine Liturgy at All Saints Armenian Church
Monday, April 24
Prayer of Intercession to the Holy Martyrs

Sunday, April 30
Diocesan summer programs (presentation)
SUNDAY SCHOOL LENTEN DRIVE

This year’s Diocesan Sunday School Lenten Drive will benefit Syrian Armenian refugees who have fled to Armenia. How can you help?? In Nishan Hall there are many colorful envelopes attached to the wall which our Sunday School students have decorated. Each envelope has a number on it which corresponds to the amount of a donation you would like to make. Please insert cash or a check payable to “St. James Sunday School” and these donations will all be forwarded to the Diocese and then to those in need. During this Lenten season let’s remember our brothers and sisters whose lives have been shaken. Thank you for your support.
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 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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