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Advent Readings

posted Nov 5, 2015, 9:03 AM by Tim Isbell   [ updated Nov 8, 2015, 8:36 AM ]

For months, I saved a Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote for this post on Advent. It's from one of his letters, written during World War II, from his German prison cell to a special woman in his life: "A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, does various non-essential things, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside is not a bad picture of Advent."

The Advent season begins four Sundays before Christmas and culminates on Christmas Day. This year these four Sundays are November 28, December 5, 12, 19.

Even if you or your church is not liturgical, Advent is the one season of the year worth adding a little liturgy because it helps make Christmas distinct from the rest of the year. Especially if you are a worship leader or pastor, and also if you are a parishioner wanting to build Advent into your family's Christmas, you can find some original readings for this season by clicking on Advent Readings.