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Interested in what's available in print related to Advent? You might
try searching Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or one of the other
online bookshops. Out of curiosity we did a subject search for 'Advent' at Amazon and were rewarded with many mostly relevant titles.
AdventWord. 'Pray through Advent. Pray through your phone camera. Create a Global Advent Calendar.' From the Society of St John the Evangelist.
It's a Shape Christmas. 'an Interactive Advent Calendar produced by Shape Design Studio'.
Pinterest Advent Calendar
Museums Liverpool Advent Calendar
Advientos: Make your own Advent calendar
Online Video Advent Calendars:
'Create personalised video advent calendars'.
Surprise Calendar 2014. From bustedhalo.com.
Advent Traditions.com: Advent
calendars of all shapes, materials and sizes may be ordered through this site.
Why We Are Waiting:
The Church of England has its own online Advent calendar.
Advent Calendar: A
good one from Scotland On Line.
Advent Calendar for
Kids: From a US homeschooling site comes a rich resource for children.
Homely Divinity Advent calendar
History of the Advent Calendar: To some,
advent calendars may seem like either an excuse to eat chocolate or just another thing that companies can sell to us in the run-up
to Christmas. However, the humble advent calendar has a long history and was in fact invented by the same people who brought us
Christmas cookies and the practice of decorating Christmas trees.
Love Blooms Bright:
An Advent blog from the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Paperless Christmas Advent
calendar from, of course, Paperless Christmas
Premium Whisky Advent Calendar for 2014 from Master of Malt. Yes, you will find a dram of premium whisky from Scotland and Japan for each day of Advent.
St Margaret Mary Parish, a Roman Catholic church in suburban Chicago,
has a good Advent calendar.
See also Sellmer-Verlag's 'History
of the Advent Calendar' including that company's online museum of past Advent calendars.
Candles, Wreaths (also see the
young people sites below)
How to make and
use an Advent wreath. The site is much fuller than just the 'how-to'
make and use Advent wreaths.
Children and young people
Advent paper chain.
This year try an advent calendar with a difference - an advent paper chain. It is fun for the kids to make themselves and is
an economical - as well as decorative, alternative to the shop-bought advent calendars.
Faith at Home: Advent
ideas and resources for families and church school teachers
Art: fun family-centred activities designed to bring liturgical life of church into the home, and teach children about living
the Catholic faith. [Note: Heavily Roman Catholic in emphasis.]
CPSA Advent reflections. 'Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is to broadcast a series of Advent reflections over the internet in the pilot programme of a planned audio ministry for the Church of the Province of South Africa.'
Sealed in the Spirit. Advent podcast series from the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Anglican Church of Canada has posted new Advent resources for 2014.
for Advent. Podcasts from the Church of England.
Is It Christmas? You can find out by clicking
Advent and Christmas Seasons.
This informative page from the United States Conference of [Roman] Catholic Bishops provides some useful material.
Advent Conspiracy. 'Worship
fully. Spend less. Give more. Love all.' Highly recommended.
An Advent page from
King of Peace Episcopal Church (Georgia, USA) with explanations, dates, traditions, the text of a wreath service, and so forth.
A fine page.
The Advent Project. 'A Seminar
of the North American Academy of Liturgy. We seek to restore and re-image an expanded Advent for the life and mission of the Church.'
1885, by Richard William Church (1901 edition). R.W. Church, dean of St Paul's from 1871-1890, preached these four sermons
on 'Faith amid Changes,' 'The Kingdom of God' and 'Hope' on the four Sundays of Advent, 1885.
Advent Carnival. A weblog called A Ten O'Clock Scholar rounds up Anglican Advent traditions and links. The author's
essay on the Advent that almost wasn't is
worth your time.
on Advent. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams reflects on YouTube about calendars, self-examination, chocolate, hope, repentance, quiet, and
Buy Nothing Christmas:
'This Christmas we'll be swamped with offers, ads and invitations to buy more stuff. But now there's a way to say enough and join
a movement dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas giving'. A national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites,
it's 'open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.'
The Center for Excellence in Preaching offers a
collection of Advent resources, including lectionary material, sample sermons, and basic information. Although compiled from
a specifically Reformed perspective, it looks useful to all Christians.
Full Homely Divinity is
a 'website for the Anglican at the Altar and especially for the Anglican in the pew.' It has expanded its offering of Advent material,
and has a new page on the Saints of Advent, as well as another
called Rediscovering Advent.
In days to come.... 'a series of six devotional podcasts from the Anglican Church of Canada and St Benedict's Table'.
Love Blooms Bright:
This Advent blog from the Scottish Episcopal Church, launched in 2007, returns again each year.
Advent. 'We often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of secular Christmas parties and preparations
for Christmas. Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares
us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning. This site offers simple ways to enter into this Advent season, week
by week, in the midst of our everyday lives.' From Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
St Nicholas: Discovering
the Truth about Santa Claus. A wonderful website. 'St. Nicholas Center is a virtual center, a website, where people can learn
about St. Nicholas; it provides resources for families, churches,
and schools.' 'St. Nicholas, lover of the poor and patron saint of children, is a model of how Christians are meant to live.
As priest and bishop, Nicholas put Jesus Christ at the center of his life and ministry. His concern for children and others in
need or danger expressed a love for God which points toward Jesus, the source of true caring and compassion. Embracing St. Nicholas
customs can help recover the true center of Christmas—the birth of Jesus.'
The Season of Advent
- Anticipation and Hope: A good overview of the of the
history, spirit and celebration of Advent. It includes a variety of links to other sites.
Advent collects. From liturgy.co.nz.
Festival of Lessons and Carols. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Public
Broadcasting Service) has a fine collection of audio and video about
this wonderful service. See especially the interviews with Victoria
Sirota and William
Edwards. And do have a look at Anglicans Online's 2013 exploration of the history of the Festival of Lessons and Carols.
at St Paul's (Washington, DC) The highly-regarded choir at this Washington parish has produced a CD and offers it for sale.
'Annunciation Song' is a text
for Advent IV and Christmastide set to the familiar tune 'Tempus Adest Floridum' by Fr Vincent Uher.
Psalms for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphanytide of Year B . [PDF download] Full Homely Divinity and Don Kerr have produced
this set of gradual psalms in a format that provides a simple congregational refrain to be sung at intervals while the verses
are sung to traditional plainchant by cantors. This document uses the Coverdale Psalter and the 1979 American BCP lectionary.
The 'O' Antiphons
Keeping His Os: V.K. McCarty of the General Theological Seminary (New York) writes on the O Antiphons in parish usage.
The 'O Antiphons' —
starting December 17. In seven short videos, the SSJE Brothers teach about the ancient,
ever new 'O Antiphons: O Wisdom; O Lord; O Root of Jesse; O Key of David; O Dayspring;
O Ruler of the Nations; O Emmanuel.
Antiphons. Our friends at Thinking Anglicans published a series of reflections on the O Antiphons. Find O
Sapientia, O Adonai, O
Radix Jesse, O Clavis David, O Rex Gentium, and O Emmanuel.
for the last days of Advent from Full Homely Divinity. 'We offer here another
way of using the Great O’s. One may use as much or as little of this devotion as is appropriate. It could be used at any
time of day, but the beginning or the end of a meal is suggested. The simplest use would be to say the antiphon, or to sing the
verse of the hymn. Then, say the Lord’s Prayer and conclude the devotion with a prayer appropriate for the season. If the
devotion is used before a meal, the usual mealtime grace would be said in place of, or in addition to, the seasonal prayer.'
Crossroads Initiative O Antiphons of Advent
Liturgy: Worship that works — spirtuality that connects: O
Praising the Names of Jesus: The Antiphons of
Antiphons. You can open the Antiphons in your browser or download a PDF file.
Julian of Norwich opens her Westminster
Cathedral Manuscript text of the Showing of Love with a Great O, an Omega, rather than an Alpha, invoking the Great O Antiphon
of Advent, 'O Sapientia', said by Mary worshiping her not-yet-born Child, tenting within her.
Other collections of links that somewhat parallel our own.
Advent resources page at