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

January 29 - February 4, 2017
SUNDAY, February 12, 2017
Fifth Sunday after the Octave of the Theophany
Ե Կիրակի զկնի Ծննդեան Ութօրեքի
Psalms: 8:30 AM
Morning Service: 9:00 AM     
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 61:10-62:9;
2 Timothy 2:15-26; John 6:15-21
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ՀՈԳԵՀԱՆԳԻՍՏ HOKEHANKISD - REQUIEM SERVICE

For the soul of Margaret Kemian
Requested by Armin and Annette Abajian; Aaron and Roula Abajian, Margaret and Peter; Adam and Rachel Abajian, Nissa, Ani, and Zabelle.

FEAST OF ST. SARKIS THE CAPTAIN, PATRON OF LOVE AND YOUTH,
HIS SON MARDIROS AND HIS 14 SOLDIERS/COMPANIONS

During the reign of King Kostandianos the Great (285-337), St. Sarkis, being very courageous, was appointed Prince and General-in-Chief of the region of Cappadocia bordering Armenia. Then, during the period of reign of King Julianos the Betrayer (360-363) when Christians were being harshly persecuted, by God’s will St. Sarkis and his only son, Mardiros, came to live in Armenia, and the Armenian ruler, King Tiran, grandson of Tiridates, received them very well.

From Armenia St. Sarkis and his son went on to Persia to serve as the captain of a regiment in King Shapouh’s army. However, when he became aware that Sarkis was Christian, King Shapouh ordered him to worship fire and offer sacrifice to heathen gods. But Captain Sarkis refused to obey the order, saying, “We should worship one God—the Holy Trinity—which created both heaven and earth, for fire and idols are not gods since any human may destroy them.”

After these words St. Sarkis destroyed the temple. The annoyed crowd then fell on him and his son, Mardiros. Mardiros was martyred, and St. Sarkis was put into prison, where, remaining unshaken in his faith, he was eventually beheaded. After the martyrdom of the saint, light appeared over his body.  Fourteen of his soldiers/companions were also martyred for their Christian faith.

For the Armenian nation, St. Sarkis is one of the most beloved saints. Many miracles are attributed to his intercession. In fact, St. Mesrop Mashtots brought relics of the saint to the village of Karbi in the Ashtarak Region and built the Church of St. Sarkis over them. In Armenia, it is accepted to celebrate the Feast of St. Sarkis not only according to the rites and prayers of the Church, but also according to various folk traditions. St. Sarkis the Captain is considered the patron saint of youth. On the day of his feast, young people pray to the saint asking him to make their prayers audible to God, in particular their prayers for a happy marriage.

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD TO THE TEMPLE (DYARNUNTARACH)

When Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple, he was seen by Simeon, an elderly and devoutly religious Jew who had prayed to God to keep him alive so he would see the Savior promised to mankind. When he saw Mary and her baby, Simeon suddenly sensed God’s presence and said: “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Thy people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32).

On February 14 each year (40 days after Armenian Christmas), the Armenian Church celebrates this glorious occasion in a ceremony called Dyarnuntarach, literally “the bringing forward of the Lord.” (Another name for the Feast is Derendas (possibly a contraction of Dyarnuntarach). In English the Feast is called Candlemas.

For Armenians, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple has traditionally included a number of rituals. The night before the feast, Armenians light candles during an evening church service that concludes with parishioners carrying the candles out into the darkness to symbolize bringing light into the void. They then take these candles home to light their lamps. Another tradition is borrowed from Armenians’ pre-Christian paganism: Parishioners dance around a bonfire in the church courtyard and young men leap over the flames.

CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF ST. SARKIS, THE WARRIOR, HIS SON MARDIROS AND HIS 14 SOLDIERS WITH THE ARMENIAN DANCE COMPANY OF CHICAGO
 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Armenian Dance Company of Chicago (ADCC) will be hosting a bake sale fundraiser on Sunday, February 12 after Divine Liturgy to raise money to help cover their 2017 operating expenses. They will also be showcasing a few of their latest dances to entertain parishioners during coffee hour.

Please come and support the ADCC.
VALET PARKING
 
For the convenience of our parishioners, valet service will be available on Sundays through February.  Beginning at 9:45 a.m. professional drivers will be available in front of St. James to park your car at no charge.  Drivers will also be available until 1:45 p.m. to retrieve your car. We hope this service will help make your trip to St. James easier during the cold and snow.
PART-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE
 
The St. James Parish Council is seeking a Youth Director/Administrative Assistant for a part-time (20 hours per week) paid position beginning immediately.

The responsibilities of the Youth Director include overseeing, managing and developing Christian youth programs including our parish’s local chapters of the Diocese’s Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) for both Juniors (ages12 to 17) and Seniors (ages 18 to 30).  The responsibilities of the Administrative Assistant would include various office duties at the direction of the pastor.

The candidate should possess good communication and interpersonal skills and be proficient in basic computer applications.  Knowledge of the Armenian language would be helpful, but not required. 

A full job description is available upon request. If you would like to be considered for this position, please contact the church office at (847) 864-6263 or office@stjamesevanston.org.
SATURDAY VESPERS
KIRAKAMTITS

   

  
Every first Saturday of the month
at 5:00 pm


Conducted in English.
With full participation of the faithful

February 25,  March 4, April 1, May 6, 
June 3 2017

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.

February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21 2017

13TH ANNUAL POON PAREGENTAN DINNER AND DANCE!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2017


 
at Avalon Banquet Hall
1905 E Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
6:30 pm– cocktails * 7:30 pm – dinner * 9:00 pm – dance

Kef the night away with the Karoon Band.
Take home timeless memories with our photobooth.
 
Adult Dinner (w/open bar) - $45 | Children (ages 4-12) - $20
Teens (ages 13-20) - $30 | Children 3 & under – free
Dance Only (w/open bar) - $35
 
Discount Tickets available until February 5th.
Price will then increase $10 for adults & $5 for teens and children.
Deadline for dinner tickets is February 12th.
No dinner tickets will be sold after the deadline or at the door.
 
For additional information and tickets contact:
Christina Markarian 847-826-6275 christina1@lmkinc.com

Click here to see the flyer.
NEW WINDOWS FOR NISHAN HALL

Through the generous donation of In Lieu of Flowers funds in memory of their departed loved ones, the families of the dearly departed chose to use the funds to replace the windows on the east side of Nishan Hall, the window above the water cooler and the window in the choir room.  

We, the parishioners of St. James Armenian Church of Evanston thank the families for their generosity in Memory of Sona Artinyan, Arshaluis Elmayian, Vartkez Tokat,  and Mari Yegiyayan.

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 Theophany and Nativity of 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 a video about home blessing.

FEASTS AND FASTS

Monday, February 13   
Commemoration of St. Adom and his Soldiers and the Holy Soukiasian Martyrs.        

Tuesday, February 14   
Feast of the Presentation of Christ to the Temple on the Fortieth Day (Dyarnuntarach)

Wednesday, February 15   
Fast



Thursday, February 16   
Commemoration of the Holy Voskian priests   

Friday, February 17   
Fast

Saturday, February 18   
Commemoration of the Pontiff St. Sahak Bartev our Patriarch
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: Adom, Atom, Sukias, Voski, Oski, Sahak, Partev.

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK

Monday          
Wisdom 6:11-20; Isaiah 18:7-19:7;
2 Corinthians 4:10-5:5; John 16:1-4

Tuesday         
Proverbs 22:1-12; Isaiah 56:6-7;
Hebrews 11:32-40; Luke 12:4-9

Wednesday    
2 Timothy 3:16-4:8; John 7:1-13




Thursday       
Proverbs 24:1-12; Jeremiah 30:18-22;
2 Timothy 3:10-12; Matthew 5:1-12

Friday            
2 Timothy 4:9-22; John 7:14-23

Saturday       
Wisdom 7:12-18; Isaiah 61:3-7;
Hebrews 13:17-21; John 10:11-16

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND SERVICES

Sunday, February 12
Celebrating the Feast of St. Sarkis (flyer)
Armenian Dance Company bake sale 

Wednesday, February 15
Prayer of Intercession to the Holy Martyrs (flyer)

Friday, February 17
Family Dinner Night at AGBU

Saturday, February 25
Vespers- Kirakamtits (flyer)
Poon Paregentan Dance (flyer)

Sunday, February 26
Poon Paregentan Sunday
Monthly catechism meeting (flyer)

Monday, February 27
Great Lent begins

Wednesday, February 29
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

Saturday, March 4
Acolytes training (4-5 pm)
Vespers- Kirakamtits (flyer)

Sunday, March 5
Vartanantz Program at AGBU Center (flyer)
Wednesday, March 8
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

Sunday, March 12
Meejeenk Luncheon 

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

Saturday, March 18
Midwest Regional Saintly Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 22
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

Wednesday, March 29
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

April 1
Film Screening at North Park University

Wednesday, April 5
Lenten Vigil at 7 pm

April 9
Palm Sunday. Youth Day

Sunday, April 16
Easter
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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.

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

www.stjamesevanston.org
office@stjamesevanston.org

 






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