Advent Reflections

AdventWord 2019: 12. Harmony

Bringing people and cultures together. Singing hymns in the Navajo language. Gathering together in hózhó, in beauty, balance, and the love of Christ. This is what harmony means in the Episcopal…
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AdventWord: Peace

The Episcopal Church works to support peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and reconciliation in our churches, communities, nations, and around the world. We partner with provinces and…
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AdventWord: Persist

St. Augustine’s University (SAU) in Raleigh, N.C., one of the Episcopal Church’s two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), recently celebrated graduation and the 151st…
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AdventWord: Alert

Encouraging Episcopalians to engage in the political process through advocacy and voting is a key component of our work in the Office of Government Relations.…
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AdventWord: Focus

As one might imagine, humanitarians are prominent in the history of the Episcopal Church, and the Archives of the Episcopal Church works tirelessly to acquire…
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Intro

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God … Then the glory of the…
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Love

Advent gives us the opportunity to work on spiritual practices that may not come easy. The Christ Child that is to be born will grow…
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St. Lucia

The Feast of St. Lucia is a festival of lights celebrated in Sweden, Norway, and the Swedish-speaking areas of Finland on December 13 in the…
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Joy

Waiting isn’t often a joyful experience, but living in the true spirit of Advent can bring joy and lessen the anxiety frequently associated with having…
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St. Nicholas

While Advent is a time of waiting with hope and patience for the coming of the Christ Child, celebrating the life of St. Nicholas offers…
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The Prophets

The longings and the expectations of generations are revealed through the readings of the Old Testament prophets, particularly in the book of Isaiah. The prophets…
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Rorate Coeli

Known as The Advent Prose, Rorate Coeli are texts adapted from prophet Isaiah that speak to the longing of the prophets for the Messiah. “Drop…
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Simbang Gabi

“Simbang Gabi,” a Filipino Christmas tradition, is a series of nine dawn masses that begin on December 16 and end with midnight mass on Christmas…
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Patience

While Advent is a season of hope and expectation, it is also a time of patience as we anticipate the realization of our hopes in…
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Color

Advent, from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming,” is considered to be the beginning of the Church Year. A new season of the church…
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