Advent 2019

This year, sign up for a daily email during Advent. 

If you’d like to gather to share thoughts and hopes with others, the St. Mary’s Advent discussion group will meet on Wednesdays at 7-8:30pm: December 4, 11, & 18. We will use the diocesan Advent daily emails as the basis of the group discussion.

So please sign-up for a daily email in Advent with meditations from Archbishop Melissa and spiritual directors in the diocese.

Each day will include a selected image, hymn, or poem that evokes the actions of Advent: waiting, longing, anticipating, expecting, and preparing. The art is a means for awakening our imaginations to renew our journey through Advent once more. Advent is usually the season to once again celebrate the coming birth of Jesus. Yet the scriptures and hymns also point us to the central event we are expecting in Advent: the future coming of Jesus Christ.

This is the time of fulfillment, the time of the kingdom in all its wholeness, the time of final judgement which brings justice and mercy to all. This is the event we await in Advent.

 If you want other resources PWRDF also offers daily emails…

Peace, Love, Joy & Hope 

This Advent, we've asked four specially selected writers and theologians to connect themes of Advent to PWRDF areas of work:

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Each writer delves into the scriptural readings for Advent and connects them to the weekly theme of Advent, and the work of PWRDF. Peace, Love, Joy & Hope will be available for download by November 28, 2019, or subscribe to receive a reflection in your inbox every day of Advent until Christmas morning. Go to pwrdf.org/Advent2019 to learn more.

The Witness of Prophets

Sunday, December 1st, 4:00pm

Sunday, December 1st, marks a New Church Year – we cycle back to the lections (readings) of Year A, based on St. Matthew’s Gospel. There is a very definite change in the sound of our worship as we begin the season of Advent;  at 9:15 our songs are of expectation and anticipation; our Eucharistic music is based on the hymn-tune Picardy.  At 11:15 the Eucharistic setting is of Missa Emmanuel, based on the classic Advent tune Veni Emmanuel, and our motets are based on text from Mary’s Song, the Magnificat.

In the world around us, the Christmas carols are ramping up, and if we didn’t know better, we’d think that the Nativity had already happened. But in the church, we are a people of expectation, and we have four blessed weeks of waiting in hope, with the words of the prophets as our guide.

On this First Sunday of Advent, we travel with the prophets through their call from wilderness to fullness, from darkness to light, with a service of readings, choral music and Advent hymns.  Mary has not yet begun her journey to Bethlehem, and with her, we await the one who will be Emmanuel – God With Us.

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