Celebrating Advent

Sunday, Dec 2 – Monday, Dec 24

Advent is a time of spiritual preparation beginning four weeks before Christmas. It’s a time of focus and devotion that includes prayer, scripture reading centered on the birth of Jesus.

This year, Advent begins Sunday, Dec 2 and ends on Monday, Dec 24.

 

Interested in starting a family tradition?

Here are some simple steps to help you celebrate Advent in your own home:

1) Buy an advent wreath with four candles (or just four candles) – purple and rose (available on Amazon)

2) Set aside 10-15 minutes daily for a time of devotion and candle lighting in the following order:

Week 1 = Hope (purple candle)
Week 2 = Peace (purple candle)
Week 3 = Joy (rose candle)
Week 4 = Love (purple candle)

Note: Light candles in consecutive order. (e.g. light 3 candles for week 3)

3) Opening prayer – Focus on candle theme (i.e. Hope, Peace, etc.)

4) Scripture reading – See below (readings will also be provided on the back of Sunday worksheets)

5) Closing Prayer – Focus on specific reading

6) Optional: Sing the song O Come O Come Emmanuel

 

Scripture Readings

Week 1 – Hope

  1. Psalm 80:1-7 (12/3)
  2. Isaiah 40:1-11 (12/4)
  3. Psalm 130:1-8, 146:5-10 (12/5)
  4. Jer. 31:31-34, Lam 3:24-26 (12/6)
  5. Luke 1:68-79, James 5:7-10 (12/7)
  6. Mat 24:36-44, Rev. 7:9-17 (12/8)

Week 2 – Peace

  1. Ps 122 & 126 (12/10)
  2. Is 9:1-7, 55:1-2 (12/11)
  3. Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 (12/12)
  4. Psalm 23 (12/13)
  5. Micah 5:1-5, John 14:27 (12/14)
  6. Romans 1:1-7, 5:1-10 (12/15)

Week 3 – Joy

  1. Is 9:2-7, 35:1-10 (12/17)
  2. Zeph 3:14-20 (12/18)
  3. Psalm 20, 96:1-13 (12/19)
  4. Luke 1:47-55, 2:1-20 (12/20)
  5. Romans 15:4-13 (12/21)
  6. Phil 4:4-7 (12/22)

Week 4 – Love

  1. John 3:16-18, 1 John 4:9-14 (12/24)

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