“Be patient; keep your heart stable. For the Lord is coming, and he is at hand.” (Epistle of St. James 5:8)

Most Christian churches lead up to Christmas with a period called Advent. Advent means “coming,” and refers to the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Armenian we call this lead-up period Hisnag—from the word for “fifty”—referring to the 50-day period of preparation anticipating the Nativity and Theophany of Christ (celebrated on January 6 in the Armenian Church).

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St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, IL

On Sunday, November 19, St. James Church of Evanston, IL, consecrated a new entry portal for the church during the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate.

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The Eastern Diocese’s annual “ACYOA Leadership Conference” brought together young adults from 20 parishes on November 17-19. Some 43 young adults—almost half of whom were first-time participants—gathered at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI, for the conference organized by the ACYOA Central Council.

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Oscar Tatosian

The Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to the U.S. announced in late November that it will soon have a new consular post in the city of Chicago, whose jurisdiction will cover the American Midwest. The office represents the third such consular post in the U.S., following offices established in in Fresno (in 2014) and Las Vegas (2015).

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George Avakian

Life cast George Avakian in many roles: record producer, critic, educator, talent scout, manager, impresario. When he passed away last week at the age of 98, the entire music world—especially jazz artists and the recording industry—mourned the loss of true visionary, who blazed a pioneering trail through American music, but never lost touch with the gentlemanly virtues of his Old-World heritage.

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