[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Resources for observing the Advent season through spiritual avenues are now available from The Episcopal Church here.
Advent is the liturgical season that occurs four weeks prior to Christmas, beginning on Sunday, November 30. Advent is a time of reflection and preparation.
The resources are ideal for personal, congregational and community planning and scheduling of Advent observances.
Devotions from leaders
The leaders of The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared devotions for each of the four weeks of Advent.
Downloadable devotions are available here.
Advent 1 (November 30) Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Advent 2 (December 7) The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church
Advent 3 (December 14) Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Advent 4 (December 21) The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada
Following the Star
Daily online devotions take on a seasonal theme beginning with first Sunday in Advent on November 30. Following the Star is written for teenage youth and the adults who work with them. Subscribe to the website to receive a daily reminder or download the mobile app; d365 Daily Devotions by Passport, Inc. This service is a collaborative initiative of the Youth Ministries offices of The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Advent Lectionary Reflection
The Episcopal Church Formation Missioners invite all to embark on a photo meditation throughout the Season of Advent. Each day will feature a word taken from the Sunday Lectionary readings that will be posted on social media sites for reflection. The goal is to meditate on that word throughout the day and, if you find a photo that captures that word for you, post it to your social media sites with the hashtag #episcopaladvent as well as a hashtag for the word for the day (for example: #joy). Posts will begin posting on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30 and will conclude on Christmas Day. For a preview of all the daily meditations, go here.
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