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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.
Archbishop of York's Advent Calendar
Pinterest Advent Calendar
Museums Liverpool Advent Calendar
Advientos: Make your own Advent calendar
Breaks: 'this year's multimedia countdown [from Trinity Church, Wall Street] comes with two significant, new features. In
addition to the entire calendar, individual days will be embeddable on other websites and sharable through social media. Also,
viewer reflections will be collected and displayed online, allowing them to become contributors.'
Online Video Advent Calendars:
'Create personalised video advent calendars'.
'An Advent Calendar for 2011 based on the Angelus'.
Surprise Calendar 2011. From bustedhalo.com.
In 2009, the Boston Globe posted a Hubble
Telescope Advent Calendar with daily updates.
Advent Traditions.com: Advent
calendars of all shapes, materials and sizes may be ordered through this site.
Interactive Advent Calendar. There is still time to make good use of this worthwhile online Advent calendar.
Why We Are Waiting:
The Church of England has its own online Advent calendar.
Advent Art calendar. 'Advent
Art is an online advent calendar showcasing the work of 24 Gloucestershire artists. The diversity of each of these digital treats
reflects the creativity of the arts community in our area. We have put this calendar
together as a tribute to the arts, the artists and the audiences that give meaning to our work. There is no theme, it is simply
art for art's sake.'
Advent Calendar: A
Advent Calendar for
Kids: From a 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
A Bach Christmas
Calendar. BBC Radio 3 provides this attractive online calendar for the month of December, which approximates Advent closely
enough that we've listed it here.
'click the date' Advent calendar, which leads to attractive art and graphics, along with a prayer and additional links.
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.
Interactive World Advent calendar. This is an eductional calendar and site from the
Woodlands Junior School in Tonbridge, Kent, UK.
Saint Patrick's Guild.
Online source for 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.
St Luke's Church (North Carolina,
Traditions' web pages seem to be written with youth in mind. Many good resources, including how to make an Advent wreath,
an Advent calendar, and how to print pages with line drawings to colour.
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.]
for Advent. Podcasts from the Church of England. Read more
about them here.
Is It Christmas?
The US Episcopal Church has a collection of Advent and Christmas multimedia
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. 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.
The Daily Service can
be heard on R4 LW at 09:45 every weekday during Advent on BBC radio.
Devo-to-Go Podcast. The Diocese of Texas provides
'daily Advent devotions produced by Casey Shobe (Christ Church Cathedral, Houston), Melody Shobe, (St Thomas, Nassau Bay) and Lonnie
Lacy (chaplain at Georgia Southern University). Listen on your computer or download to your MP3 player to go. Stories are about
the presence of God and a reminder of how near God is to us always.'
The End of
Advent. 'I have to pursue the sense of wonder, the taste in the air, and cling to it self-consciously.' Joseph Bottum writes
for First Things (New York).
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.'
Nicholas Tradition. Canon Jim Rosenthal, founder of the St Nicholas Society,
spoke on 19 December 2008 issue of the Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly programme about the sainted Bishop of Myra. Video and
text are available online.
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.
Quiet. It's Advent! We saw this and loved it, so thought we had to pass it on. From Morehouse Publishing this 'is a gentle—and
fun to read—reminder of the true meaning of the season. Sold in packs of 25 [US$10.00] for multiple placements around church,
in homes, or as gifts for the congregation. Illustrated by the Reverend Jay Sidebotham.'
Advent collects. From liturgy.co.nz.
of a Saviour: Sunday Worship series for Advent streamed live and on-demand at BBC Radio 4.
Why We Are Waiting: 'The
idea is for people accessing the lively online facility to take five minutes to change the world this Advent by following the 'tread
gently' challenges and video stories behind each door. In the launch Archbishop Tutu says: "Care for the world, it is the
only one we have."'
YuleLoveIt. Despite the horrid
title, this site claims to be the 'largest collection of free Christmas graphics on the web.' You may find these useful in your
printed materials for Christmas, especially for the young.
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
at St Paul's (Washington, DC) The highly-regarded choir at this Washington parish has produced a CD.
'Annunciation Song' is a text
for Advent IV and Christmastide set to the familiar tune 'Tempus Adest Floridum' by Fr Vincent Uher. [Midi
attack - make sure your computer speakers are soft.]
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 are publishing a series of reflections on the O Antiphons. So far, see O
Sapientia, O Adonai, O
Radix Jesse, and O Clavis David.
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
The Great O Antiphons from
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
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