Tomorrow starts the new Church year. I have previously offered a collection of Advent/Christmas Readings (which has been updated for 2011), and which you can download HERE. Since some of you have used these readings in the past, I plan to offer a new set of daily readings this year on the blog. I will write some of them and others will be taken from noted writers like Chesterton, Lewis, Sayers, Muggeridge, etc. Each reading will begin with a devotional thought, followed by a Scripture reading, prayer and suggested advent action. I hope these will be useful to you and your family.
Advent is a period of great anticipatory joy—it’s a time of preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ arrival in Bethlehem as a helpless infant. In the Western liturgy, Advent begins four Sundays prior to December 25—the Sunday closest to November 30. Because Christmas falls on a different day of the week each year, the number of days varies from year-to-year. This year, since Christmas is on a Sunday, the Advent Season is at its longest (28 days).