Here are some advent related items that have been published or promoted around the Episcopal blogosphere or otherwise brought to my attention this week that I thought I would share:
Daily Episcopalian has a nice piece by a former Benedictine Monk about how to think about the Christmas season as Christians.
Living in a Benedictine monastery taught me many valuable lessons. One of those was how to celebrate the Nativity of Jesus Christ in a way that does not insult the homeless Child of Bethlehem nor supports the lie that our lives have meaning only in terms of the national economy. The only real excess at Christmas need be the recognition of God’s extravagant love for us in giving Jesus to a broken world so that it might be made whole again. Click here for the entire thing
This Thursday was St. Nicholas day - click here to learn more about the real St. Nick.
Advent in a time of AIDS: here is a link to an online advent calendar by the Ecumenical Advocay Alliance, with a devotion for each day of Advent.
The 37 reflections in this devotional calendar demonstrate the leadership of Christians around the world who are engaged at all levels of the response to the HIV pandemic. They are prophets and pastors, leaders and lay people, women and men, HIV positive and HIV negative – all united in the conviction that by keeping our personal and collective promises, we can reach the goal of universal access to treatment, care and prevention and work towards a future without AIDS.
And finally - our wonderful webmaster, Barb, found this lovely blog which offers the Daily Office online each day.
As you all explore the world wide web, feel free to send links my way that you think others in our parish might find interesting!