There is a post each day of Advent and for Christmas Day.
The Advent Wreath, like the Christmas tree, grew out of the legends surrounding St Boniface. St Boniface ministered to pagans in northern Germany He took the winter solstice wreaths of evergreen and adapted them to give a lesson through Advent and in preparation for Christmas.
An Advent wreath is a ring of evergreen foliage with 3 purple or blue candles and 1 pink candle on it. In the centre is a white or gold candle.
The ring represents the eternity of God and the evergreen signifies the continuity of life which Jesus gives.
There are several traditions about the meaning of each candle but the one which fits best with the Common Worship Principle Service Lectionary is
Advent 1 (blue) The Patriarchs: Abraham our father in faith, David the ancestor in whose city David was born.
Advent 2 (blue) The Prophets: those who foretold the birth of the Messiah.
Advent 3 (pink) John the Baptist: who proclaimed the Saviour.
Advent 4 (blue) The Virgin Mary: who gave birth to Jesus.
Christmas Day The Christ.
(gold or white)
At the beginning of each week you will find a worship page centred on an Advent Wreath. We suggest that you follow this worship as a family daily. But feel free also to have an imaginary wreath and we do not all have a family.
The daily bible readings and meditation are on the pages following the worship page
14 December 2018
13 December 2018
Ludwig- Maximilians-Universität, München|
12 December 2018
David, ca. 1408–10, by Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni), Italian, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gwynne Andrews and Marquand Funds, and Gift of Mrs. Ralph J. Hines, by exchange, 1965, www.metmuseum.org.
11 December 2018
10 December 2018
Psaume 44 Esaie 45.14-25 1 Thessaloniciens 1 Matthieu 14.1-12
Psalmen 44 Jesaja 45.14-25 1 Thessalonicenzen 1 Mattheus 14.1-12
When I read this Psalm it was around the time of Armistice Day and so I immediately thought of the poor soldiers fighting in World War I. Is this what they were thinking and going through? Did they feel like God had abandoned them whilst they were knee-deep in the mud of Flanders and France? Did they beg for their lives or had they lost all hope and feel like a sacrifice to save the world? A more recent event that came to mind was the forest fires of California. Did the people living in those parishes also feel abandoned and demand that God should come to their rescue? We need to try and find the beauty of God in the little things. Like a story I read about the Thanksgiving celebrations in California where the pre-fire homeless people were sharing their meal with the post-fire homeless. Try today to search for the beauty of God in your daily life (sunrise, a kind word of someone, a smile on the bus …) Probeer vandaag om de schoonheid van God in jouw dagelijks leven terug te vinden (zonsopgang, een vriendelijk woord van iemand, een glimlach op de bus ...)
over the bay, Little Gasparilla Island, Florida.|
09 December 2018
08 December 2018
Sommes-nous prêts à lui dire ‘oui’ aujourd’hui ?