Advent opportunities

UPDATED: see below

There are many offerings online for celebrating and meditating on Advent. The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs notes some:

Observing Advent in spiritual, faithful avenues via social media are being conducted by the Episcopal Church Office of Communication.

Advent is the liturgical season that occurs four weeks prior to Christmas, beginning on Sunday, December 2. Advent is a time of reflection and preparation.

• The Episcopal Church Facebook page and Twitter feature special Advent and Christmas elements such as conversation-starting inquiries, a word of the day, and videos.

• On December 2, an Advent Calendar goes live on the Episcopal Church IAmEpiscopalian Pinterest board. The Office of Communication has partnered with the Brothers of the religious order The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) to create the Advent Calendar. Each day of Advent a new image will appear on Pinterest linked to a meditation from the Brothers’ brief daily devotional “Brother, Give Us A Word.”

• To engage children in a more active role during worship this Advent, the Episcopal Church is offering a four-week series of lectionary-based children's sermons at no fee, providing clergy and lay leaders with step-by-step instructions on how to help the children lead the adults in worship: here. The sermons are also available in Spanish on the Sermones que Iluminan website: here

• Episcopal Church Young Adult Ministries is offering Advent Meditation Blogs here

• Youth ministries Office is offering the d365 daily devotional, for Advent through the Feast of the Epiphany in January. Named “Following the Star”, the devotions are presented through an ecumenical partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Presbyterian Church USA. Available here
More information here.

The Anglican Church of Canada offers 6 podcasts. Listen here.

Let General Synod's Advent podcasts be your companion this season. Take them for a morning walk. Listen while you do the dishes. They are designed as devotional anchors during a time often stuffed with tinsel and parties.

The Rev. Dr. Arthur Boers is the writer and presenter of Fully Present, the series of six Advent podcasts. Dr. Boers is a professor, Benedictine oblate, and author of many books including Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions (Brazos, 2012) and The Way is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago (InterVarsity, 2007)

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From Church Publishing - some free ideas.

An Advent Calendar from Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC.

UPDATE:
An Advent Calendar from Trinity Wall Street

From Sharon Pearson of CPG - Advent Calendars and other ideas

Churches for Middle East Peace daily reflections.

Episcopal Relief and Development Advent Calendar

Add your favorite sites for Advent in the comments.

Comments (4)

Last year I had the good fortune to sign up for the daily Advent meditation from St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Evanston, IL:

Saint Luke's Episcopal Church

The mini-service arrives in my email inbox every morning each day of Advent and I light the candle on my Advent wreath and then sit and listen to the reading, the meditation, the prayers, and the hymn before I start my day. Several of my friends and family also signed up.

I was delighted to find that I automatically received the first meditation for this year automatically since I was signed up last year. Talk about convenience! This is a lovely, hassle-free daily ministry that makes keeping Advent easy and yet profoundly holy for me.

The meditation is always thoughtful and challenging, the music is sublime, and because of the ease of reception I am very faithful to the observance, never missing a day since I can listen and pray whenever it is convenient for me.

Thank you, St. Luke's!

Diana Butler Bass is offering a daily memory for her Calendar

I find I have trouble finding blue candles for our home Advent wreath. Does their scarcity explain why so many parishes that have switched to blue vestments and trappings for Advent still fire up three purple and one rose candle?
Or is that all Almy offers?

Seminary of the Southwest has added Advent meditations to its web site.

Torey Lightcap

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