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April 2 - 8, 2017

SUNDAY, April 2, 2017
Sunday of the Advent
Գալստեան Կիրակի

Psalms: 8:30 AM
Morning Service: 9:00 AM 
Sunrise Srvice: 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy 10:30 AM
Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 66:1-24, Colossians 2:8-3:17,
Matthew 22:34-23:39
Click here to read Sunday Scriptures

For the souls of:
Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian - 1 year
The fallen soldiers of the Army of Artsakh - 1 year
Kegham Tcholakian - 7 days
For the soul of
Manoug Bedros Lousinian
(Max Lousin) – 25 years
Requested by: 
Ann  Lousin
Leona Lousin Mirza
Sara Anoush Gourley
Elizabeth Ann Al-Dajani


The Sunday of the Advent, the Last Sunday of Lent, reminds us of the end of the present order of the world, the Second Coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment and the creation of a new heaven and earth. According to St. Mark, the Gospel for Matins articulates Jesus' prophecy about future end times. Jesus gave His followers a prophetic picture of end times, including certain events leading up to it. He also talked about future events connected with His return to earth to judge all people. Jesus predicted both near and distant events without putting them in chronological order. Jesus warns His followers about the future to provide them a guide for how to live a life glorifying God in the present age in order to prepare for the future fulfillment of His Kingdom. Many predictions Jesus made in this passage have not yet been fulfilled, but they were made to help the faithful remain spiritually alert and prepared at all times as the Church eagerly awaits His Second Coming.

The Midday Gospel reading from Matthew further demonstrates Jesus' disdain for religious leaders’ adherence to the hypocritical attitudes of His day, whom He exposed through a pronouncement of judgment.


On April 7, the Armenian Church celebrates one of her greatest feasts - the Annunciation to St. Mary. In the Gospel of Luke, we learn that the Angel Gabriel brings the good news of the birth of our Savior to the Virgin (1:26-38). According to Holy Tradition and Luke the Evangelist, the Angel Gabriel appears to St. Mary while reading a passage from the prophecy of Isaiah, in which is written about the birth of the Emmanuel from a Virgin. The Angel greets Mary, telling her, “Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. And behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His Name JESUS.”

The Angel Gabriel further explains to Mary, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the Power of the Highest shall overshadow you. Therefore, that which is Holy that shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.” St. Mary could foresee the torments and sufferings that she would endure. However, in order to provide mankind an excellent example of obedience to Divine Will, she said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it happen to me as you have said.” Beginning from the moment when the Holy Virgin expressed these words, she was with child.

This Gospel story is one example of why the Armenian Church accords high honor to motherhood and appreciates the role of women in family life and the experience of mankind.

Upon the Pontifical order of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, the Feast of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary is proclaimed as a day of “Blessing of Motherhood and Beauty.” On that day, a special blessing service is conducted in the Armenian Churches.


On the 41st day of Great Lent, the Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates Lazarus being raised from the dead. This miracle comes to us in the Gospel of John (11:11-46). Lazarus was from a family with whom Jesus had a close connection and whom he loved very much. Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha, who often received Jesus as a guest in their home. Lazarus died after succumbing to an illness, and upon hearing that His friend had died, Christ went to visit the family and said to Martha, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies…” Christ asked Martha if she believed Him, to which she replied, “Yes, Lord.  I do believe that you are the Messiah, who was to come into the world.” Christ, standing before the grave, then commanded Lazarus to come forth, and he rose and appeared before them fully restored to life. By performing this miracle, Christ proved that He was in fact “the Life and the Resurrection.”

The miracle of the raising of Lazarus also contains the passage, “Jesus wept.” The Jews, seeing Jesus expressing grief, said, “See how much he loved him!” The raising of Lazarus is an example of the coming resurrection of all those who have fallen asleep in Christ, and Christ’s weeping is a demonstration of His great love for mankind.


 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

Ապրիլ 5
Երեկոյեան 7:00-ին
Խաղաղական  եւ Հանգստեան Ժամ
Պահոց ընթրիք
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

April 5
7:00 PM
Night Service – 9:00 AM
Sunrise Service - 10:00 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:30 AM


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.

Northwestern men’s basketball may have made history this year by making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament, but its swim team also made history this March with its first national champion on the women’s side. Sophomore Olivia Rosendahl (coach Alik Sarkisian) won the platform diving title. 
What is even more impressive? Northwestern doesn’t even have a platform. Rosendahl said in her on deck interview that she has to commute to a different pool once a week to train platform.

Congratulation to our own Alik and his diver Olivia for winning their first ever platform national title for Northwestern!


April 2 - 8   Sixth Week of Great Lent. Fast
April 7        Announciation of the Virgin Mary
April 8        Commemoration of the Raising of Lazarus

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: Mariam, Mary, Mariana, Marie (April 7), Lazar, Ghazaros, Ghazar (April 8)

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

Next meeting is on
Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30 pm

Come to hear about the saints, feasts, and seasons of the upcoming month, to ask questions while enjoying a cup of tea with Der Hovhan.


Daniel 7:2-27, Corinthians 12:1-7

Corinthians 12:8-27

Exodus 4:24-5:3, Zechariah 9:9-16

Ezekiel 37:1-14, Timothy 3:14-16

Wisdom of Solomon 1:2-11;
Proverbs 11:30-12:4; Isaiah 52:7-10;
Zechariah 2:10-13; Malachi 3:1-2;
2 Corinthians 6:16-17:1;
Luke 1:26-38

Wisdom 10:9-20; Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 11:1-24; Proverbs 14:27-35;
John 11:55-12:1


Sunday, April 2 
Monthly Catechism meeting

Wednesday, April 5
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

Sundat, April 9
Palm Sunday. Youth Day

Sunday, April 16
Sunday, April 23
Divine Liturgy at All Saints Armenian Chruch

Monday, April 24
Prayer of Intercession to the Holy Martyrs

Sunday, April 30
Soup Kitchen Fundraiser

Sunday, April 30
Diocesan Summer Programs (presentation)


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  or


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.


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.


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
Tel: (847) 864-6263


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