Here you can find a variety of resources for keeping a holy Advent in 2018.
Online Advent Calendars
- Full Homely Divinity This one features longish Scripture readings, art work, and a classical/sacred musical selection (not auto-play)
- A really ambitious one from Creighton University in Omaha, Praying Advent includes pages of prayers and material for instruction and reflection for every day.
- A really brief one from St. Mary Margaret Catholic parish in Naperville, Illinois: just an image and a snippet of Scripture.
- The Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Anglican monastery in Massachusetts, is once again sponsoring its #AdventWord program. Each day people across social media post pictures and meditations on the word of the day. Well worth checking out.
- Busted Halo’s contribution to the on-line Advent calendar category.
The Great ‘O Antiphons’
- Summary of the Great O Antiphons by Derek Olson, originally (2007) published in Speaking to the Soul at EpiscopalCafe.
- A more recent article from EpiscopalCafe, with a performance, is here.
- A series of recordings and brief video meditations on each one by monks of the Society of St John the Evangelist.
- There are many performances out there–one with some pretty pictures and appealingly non-commercial production is this one from a Dominican abbey in Ireland. More polished is one from the Dominicans in Oxford. A straightforward one that has the words and the notation so you can follow along is found here. Fans of Taize music will want to listen to this from the Community of Taize.
- And if your life wouldn’t be complete without exploring the O antiphons in Middle English you’ll want to read and listen to this.
Other resources of seasonal interest:
- ‘Advent Calendar,’ a poem by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams
- A nice set of practices and ways to honor the season, from the blog, “The religious imagineer” by Jim Friedrich, an Episcopal priest on Bainbridge Island in Washington.
- Probably the most complete compendium of seasonal resources comes from Anglicans Online
- An exhibit of The Art of Advent at EpiscopalCafe.
- A nicely curated collection of Advent resources from Ignatian Spirituality
- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ 10-minute Advent meditation from 2011.
- Patrick Comerford is an Anglican priest in Ireland whose award-winning blog often has Advent series. For example, he highlighted 10 different Christmas poems during Advent 2011. In 2013, he selected a piece of Art for Advent each day. In 2012, he did a series on saints. He has done different series each year since 2007. Note that the links take you to the final post for each season; you must scroll way down to get to the beginning of the season.
- Another blog: Love Blooms Bright. From Scotland, contributions by a different writer each day. This blog has closed up shop, but posts from previous Advents are still available at the link above.
Daily Scripture Readings for Advent (including elements of a Jesse Tree)
- These Bible readings have been selected for each day of Advent. By reading them in order all the way through Advent you will be treated to a condensed version of the story of God’s relationship with his people from Creation to Incarnation.
- If you want to make a Jesse Tree, the internet teems with sets of the symbols that can be colored, cut out, and hung on a tree or ribbon. (Just search for “Jesse Tree images to color”.) You might find it more fun to draw your own each day. The chart of readings lists the symbol for each day.
- Another option for a daily scripture practice is this set of short readings from the prophet Isaiah, compiled by Creighton University’s online ministries. They are beautiful, brief, and rich with images to stir up prayer.
Advent Offerings from the Church:
- The Episcopal Church’s page of Advent Resources
- Episcopal News Service has a page of Advent resources from The Episcopal Church.
- The Presiding Bishop’s Advent Message, 2013
- The Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Practices has a page of Advent resources.
- The World Council of Churches also has a page of resources.