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AdventWord 2019 begins Sunday

AdventWord combines word and image, hashtag and meditation in a 24-day digital journey through Advent, sharing out an official reflection each day in three languages as well as inviting and collecting reflections from around the world. Participants can sign up to receive daily meditations at AdventWord.org, and can contribute to the “global Advent calendar” by sharing images and words with hashtags – #AdventWord, and a hashtag for each particular day’s theme (see below).

AdventWord launched in 2014 as a project of […]

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Digital Advent! Materials now available from the Episcopal Church

From The Episcopal Church:

[October 30, 2019] New and updated Advent resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith are now available: Way of Love Digital Invitation Kit, updated Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar and curriculum, AdventWord 2019, Sermons That Work compilation of Advent and Christmas selections, Advent reflections from Episcopal Migration Ministries, and bulletin inserts. All are available here.

Also offered again this year are digital Christmas Eve services.

 

Digital Invitation Kit for Advent (available […]

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Look up and raise your heads

I did feel better after my encounter with the leaf collectors. The physical exercise no doubt helped, and the fresh air, but also it reminded me that it is almost impossible to calculate or to know what the smallest notice, the most minor kindness, done deliberately and without ceremony, can do to lift the spirits of one who might need it more than we imagine.

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2FAB Advent Special #4

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Luci and Jordan on the Magnificat for the fourth Sunday of Advent

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The Music of Advent

The sound of the choir of men and boys, the words of the scriptures leading up to the birth of Jesus, all the sounds echoing off the vaulted arches of a historic place – it’s the most wonderful thing I can think of.

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The “proper” observation of Advent and gender and class roles

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes has written an insightful blog post on the kerfuffle over the “proper” observation of Advent. While Advent is supposed to be a season of fasting and introspection, “Christmas creep” has taken it over, with luxury Advent calendars and office parties crowding out the quiet. There have been discussions of this phenomenon, and calls to resist, to focus on meditation and contemplation. Threfall-Holmes points out though, that in order to have the feasting season of Christmas, someone must prepare […]

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O Christmas Tree

Each year I look at the Christmas tree and see the memories of Christmas’ past. I remember the songs sung around the tree. I remember the hugs shared. I remember the gifts given.

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