Over time, several people have asked me what they might do to intentionally mark the time of Advent. So I thought I would share a couple of ideas with you. If you have practices that you have found useful, please share them on the St. Matthew’s FaceBook page.
Watch for the Light: a series of 50 devotional readings for Advent and Christmas from noted authors, including Henri Nouwen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Kathleen Norris, St. Thomas Aquinas, Karl Rahner, Edith Stein, Karl Barth, Oscar Romero, Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Brennan Manning, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Annie Dillard, Martin Luther, St. John Chrysostom, and C. S. Lewis. I have used this book for several years and never tire of it.
Another option is the use of prayer beads. Last year around this time, we made Anglican rosaries for Chaplain Donna Mote to pass out to travelers at Atlanta Airport and some of those involved began praying the rosary. The Anglican (Episcopal) rosary is quite flexible in the prayers you use, so their use in Advent can have specific Advent prayers. There is a wonderful book, titled, “Praying with Beads”, by Nan Lewis Doerr and Virginia Stem Owens, that offers rosary prayers for each liturgical season of the year. In our next e-letter, I will offer some prayers and scriptures you might find useful.