St. Mary’s would like to set you and your family on a brighter and lighter path towards Advent and Christmas. With the flurry of activities from parties to holiday shopping to preparing our homes and getting ready for family visits, the time of Advent too easily becomes about stressing, planning and buying. Take the time to explore these resources and incorporate them into your own daily or weekly practices throughout the season of Advent.
Resources from St. Mary’s:
Advent Brochure – Want to know what’s a happening at St. Mary’s this season? Need inspiration on how to incorporate this season into your life? Looking for new practices? Download a PDF version or pick up a hard copy in Dover Lounge.
Advent Wreath Service – This service includes readings and prayers for when you and your family gather around the Advent Wreath at home.
Online Devotionals and Readings:
Make Ready the Feast. The Episcopal Church is offering resources focusing on Make Ready The Feast. Daily from Advent 1 (November 27) through Christmas Day (December 25), Make Ready The Feast will highlight one scripture citation and one recipe with background information.
Advent for You – The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia gives weekly offerings to you in the hopes that they may inspire you to be still and know Christ’s presence in your life- during, before and after Advent.
2017 Household Advent Devotionals from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and Forma – offers simple Advent devotionals for individuals and families. You will find a brief overview of the Scriptural themes for each week, ideas for deepening your experience, and some short prayers and rituals to make your Advent experience complete.
“Liberated by God’s Grace” – Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in preparing Advent Devotions for the upcoming liturgical season.
Online Advent Calendar created by the world – Christians across the world are being invited to celebrate the season of Advent through an interactive, multilingual online calendar. It allows people around the globe to create together an advent calendar with images shared by their mobile phones.
Advent Videos to Watch:
Advent in 2 Minutes – Not quite sure how to explain what exactly Advent is? This video by Busted Halo can help.
Advent Video – “Advent is coming (and we saved you a seat)” St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cypress, Texas invites people to slow down and rediscover the meaning of Advent and Christmas.
The Episcopal Church has a number of videos featuring messages from the Presiding Bishop and examples of ways to celebrate Lessons & Carols.
At-Home Practices: Advent Calendars, Traditions and Activities
Advent Activities for Families and Kids – One of a variety of resource and activity lists available from Mustard Seed Associates, including, Celebrate with Simplicity This Christmas and Advent Candle Light Liturgy.
Tired of your Elf on a Shelf? Here are some alternative ideas…
Learn about the Kindness Elves.
Advent Books to Read:
Advent with Evelyn Underhill edited by Christopher L. Webber
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (Plough Publishing House)
Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas: God With Us Edited By Greg Pennoyer & Gregory Wolfe
Light Upon Light Compiled by Sarah Arthur
Love Came Down: Anglican Readings for Advent and Christmas compiled by Christopher L. Webber
Toddler Board Books:
If you are Missing Baby Jesus by Jean Gietzen
Clown of God by Tomie de Paola (All of Tomie de Paola’s Christmas books are wonderful reads!)