Advent Reflections

Love

December 15, 2015

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 up to be the Jesus who teaches some difficult truths about love. He preaches that feeling and showing love is easy toward family or friends or those with whom we […]

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

December 14, 2015

Charles Wesley, one of the co-founders of the 18th century Methodist movement, wrote well over 6,000 hymns including seasonal favorites “Come, Thou Long- Expected Jesus,” “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending,” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” Wesley’s hymns can be found in the hymnals of most Christian denominations. Writing during a time of great […]

Gaudete Sunday / Rejoice!

December 13, 2015

The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday. The term is derived from the Latin opening words of the introit antiphon, “Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always.” The theme of the day expresses the joy of anticipation at the approach of the Christmas celebration. This theme reflects a lightening of the tone of […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2015

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12, when people from across Mexico and other countries make a pilgrimage to see an image of Mary (Virgen Morena), believed to be authentic, in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. According to legend, a man named Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary […]

St. Lucia

December 11, 2015

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 saint’s honor. St. Lucia was an early Christian martyr killed by the Romans in 304 because of her religious beliefs. Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in […]

Joy

December 10, 2015

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 to wait for something hoped for. Joy comes from preparing our hearts for the Light which will be given to us. Joy comes from knowing that the longing for the […]

Lessons & Carols

December 9, 2015

Lessons & Carols services in the Anglican tradition began in 1878 and was formalized as a Christmas service in 1880 by the Bishop of Truro, later Archbishop of Canterbury, Edward Benson. An Advent version of the service – normally carried out as a procession with lessons and carols – developed slightly later at King’s College […]

The Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8, 2015

During Advent, we wait with Mary for the birth of her son. We share her anticipation and honor her as Christ’s mother. The traditional western liturgical calendar celebrates December 8 at the feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and she is – along with John the Baptist – a towering theological figure […]

St. Nicholas

December 7, 2015

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 a festive opportunity to focus more on giving than receiving. Nicholas, the 3rd century Bishop of Myra, serves as an example of living out service to Jesus Christ by showing […]

The Prophets

December 6, 2015

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 call for repentance and warn of retribution if people do not turn back to God, but they also give comfort, foretelling of the Messiah and the salvation he will bring. […]

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