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December 4, 2015

"Simbang Gabi,” a Filipino Christmas tradition, is a series of nine dawn masses that begin on December 16 and end with midnight mass on Christmas Eve in spiritual preparation for Christmas. After the daily mass traditional delicacies await church goers, including bibingka, puto (rice cakes),...

December 3, 2015

“Stir up,” from the Latin “excita,” reminds us of God’s power moving in the world, but the stirring up also connects Advent to preparing time-honored recipes for the season. In older versions of the Book of Common Prayer, the collect for the final Sunday before Advent asked God to “stir...

December 2, 2015

While Advent is a season of hope and expectation, it is also a time of patience as we anticipate the realization of our hopes in the birth of Jesus. We are called to wait for God to come in his own way in his own time, admitting our weaknesses and need for Him. It takes patience to be watchful...

December 1, 2015

John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus Christ as the Son of God, calling for a return to God and repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. He calls for a rejection of worldliness and uses baptism as an act of purification.  John the Baptist’s message of atonement and preparation...

November 30, 2015

By: The Public Affairs Office

The liturgical season of Advent began on Sunday November 29, and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is offering a myriad of opportunities to observe the season in spiritual, faithful avenues. The resources are ideal for personal, congregational and community planning and scheduling of...

November 30, 2015

Advent is a season of hope: for the coming of the Christ Child, for a light in dark days, for peace that passes all understanding. It is a time to remember the longing of the Jews for a Messiah    and the lineage and events leading to the birth of Jesus. Christian hope calls us to live with...

November 29, 2015

Advent, from the Latin word adventus, which means "coming,” is considered to be the beginning of the Church Year. A new season of the church brings with it a change of liturgical color. The long green season after Pentecost gives way to either purple for repentance, introspection, and renewal,...

November 25, 2014

[Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices] Links to free Advent resources, calendars and devotions, reflections, St. Nicholas Day, and preparing for Christmas visitors at your church.

Calendars and Devotions2014 Advent Devotional Calendar – A beautiful, simple, and low tech...

November 17, 2014

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba is to “broadcast” a series of Advent reflections over the internet in the pilot program of a planned audio ministry for the Anglican Church in Southern Africa.

The reflections will be available online on his blog,...

November 12, 2014

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Resources for observing the Advent season through spiritual avenues are now available from The Episcopal Church here.

Advent is the liturgical season that occurs four weeks prior to Christmas, beginning on Sunday, November 30. ...

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