Reading Plan

Advent is a term that means “a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ.” In this 24-day plan, you will look at some of our favorite Christmas traditions and see how we can use each one to point back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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What is Advent?

Advent is a four-week season in the Church calendar dedicated to anticipating the arrival, or "advent," of Jesus of Nazareth, the long-awaited Messiah and King. Christians from many backgrounds celebrate this time with reflections on hope, peace, love, and joy. And while their practices may look different, all focus on the hope-filled arrival of Jesus.

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History of Advent

This is a brief summary of the history of Advent and how it has been practiced through the years.

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Advent Meditations

This PDF from Practicing the Way is a set of Advent meditations that will help you in your feeling, anticipating, listening, and ultimately receiving the wonder of this story, not only as an historical event 2,000 years ago, but as a perpetual, living invitation.

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Advent Message