Tag Archive: Advent

Advent Wreath

Advent is the four-week season of preparing to celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas.  One practice for both individuals and families that can deepen this season of waiting and anticipation is the Advent Wreath.  While many churches use Advent Wreaths as a part of worship, it’s a great practice for the home as well.  Read here…

Advent: O Antiphons

Almost everyone has heard the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”  That carol is an adaptation of “the O antiphons”, a series of liturgical prayers for the eight days before Christmas that date back at least to around the year 600.  Originally in Latin, each verse begins with a messianic title for Jesus, refers to…

Celebrating Advent with Children

Christmas is a holiday for the child in all of us, and Advent (the season of preparation for celebrating Christmas) is a great time to lift up the spiritual themes of the season.  Here are some ideas for celebrating Advent with the children in your life.     

Simplify Advent & Christmas

What’s not to love about the holiday season? Joyous? Sure. But stressful, no doubt. Before the holiday rush takes your blood pressure up a few clicks, check out a few ways to make this season a little less frenetic and a little more meaningful.  

Nativity Sets at Advent & Beyond

Got a nativity set that you’re pulling out in preparation for Christmas? Use it as a tool for observing Advent, Christmas & Epiphany.  Families with children might especially enjoy these practices, but anyone can find them meaningful. Set up the barn area with only a few animals, and in the days leading up to Christmas,…

Advent Waiting

Living into a Spirituality of Waiting When we were children, Christmas never seemed to come soon enough.  As adults, all kinds of other things never come soon enough: results of tests, relationships resolving or deepening; cures for diseases, hunger or poverty; world peace.  “For most people,” writes Henri Nouwen, “waiting is an awful desert between…

Advent Hospitality

In the Christmas story, we hear about Joseph and a very pregnant Mary arriving in Bethlehem, seeking shelter and hospitality in an inn.  And in our Western telling of it, we look down on the inn-keeper who failed to provide it.  Marilyn Borst  writes that first century Middle Eastern ears probably heard a much different…

Advent: the Coming of Christ

Advent asks us to deal with the basics of our relationship to God through Jesus Christ.  Have I put my hope and trust in him? Do I see the future through the eyes of the one who came to redeem the world from the power of evil? Advent focuses us on the coming of Christ:…