Advent is that wondrously rich and mysterious season, during which time we prepare our hearts to once again receive the Christ Child at Christmas. It also reminds us that we wait in expectation for the final coming of Christ “in power and glory.” Since Advent is a time of waiting and preparation, over the centuries, various church traditions have developed that invite us to walk through the days and weeks of the season. The Advent Wreath, marking the 4 Sundays of Advent, and the Advent Calendar, marking the 24 days just prior to Christmas Day are amongst the most popular. I have prepared for you use, different resources to enrich your Advent.
The Advent Wreath and Candle Lighting Service for Each Sunday of Advent ~ for Families or Individuals
This set of four short services invites families to light a candle or candles, read a few verses of Scripture, and say a couple of prayers to mark each Sunday of Advent. You can use this with the Advent Wreath we make on Sunday, November 28 or with any other Advent Wreath, or even with 4 candles.
Advent Calendar ~ An action Calendar that invites thinking, praying, and doing for the first 25 days of December
This 2021 Advent calendar comes from Advent and Christmas Resources of the National Episcopal Church. The calendar is based upon “The Way of Love,” which was introduced by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It is a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. This Advent Calendar offers daily suggestions for engaging in one of the seven practices each day of Advent.
A set of meditations and scripture readings for each day of Advent, beginning December 1 and culminating on Christmas Day, December 25.
I collected and/or wrote a meditation to go along with scripture and prayer – one for each day. This is not a new set, but one I think you will find rewarding if you would like something for each day.