Here you can find a variety of resources for keeping a holy Advent in 2015.
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, has a slightly different offering this year. They are co-sponsoring the Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar. It’s quite a project, well worth a visit.
- Busted Halo’s contribution to the on-line Advent calendar category.
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.
- Summary of the Great O Antiphons from Speaking to the Soul at EpiscopalCafe. Brief meditations on each one, along with a link to a recording of it being sung, are also available: O Sapientia, O Adonai, O Radix Jesse, O Clavis David, O Oriens, O Rex Gentium, O Emmanuel, O Virgin of Virgins.
- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ 10-minute Advent meditation from 2011.
- For those of you who enjoy blogs, this award-winning blog by an Anglican priest in Ireland highlighted 10 different poems during Advent 2011. A fairly full account of the author and thoughts on each poem are included. 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.
- This page from the Episcopal Cafe points to a variety of liturgical resources, including links to some Blue Christmas/ Longest Night liturgies. More are found here.
Daily Scripture Readings for Advent 2015 (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 Presiding Bishop’s Advent Message, 2013
- The Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Practices has a page of Advent resources.
- A series of weekly devotions compiled jointly by the presiding bishops of The Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and The Anglican Church of Canada.
- The World Council of Churches also has a page of resources.