Preparing for Advent — Advent 2008 Resources at Lent & Beyond

November 10, 2008

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Ok all, I admit it. This and a few other posts that will appear between now and the beginning of Advent are shameless advertisements and meant to help get people’s attention, whet people’s appetites, AND to get Lent & Beyond showing up in Advent search results!

Once upon a time we were known for our special Advent & Lent series, but with the problems with our old blog site, basically we are off the map. It’s time to get back on the map. Lent & Beyond has several hundred posts of excellent Advent materials archived, and I’ve spend a lot of time the past 24 hours salvaging them all. (And I do mean ALL! — I’ve got something like 150 pages of text all now saved as 3 Word documents with all Advent posts from 2004 – 2006.) There’s so much wonderful material in those archives we want to make widely available again!

Advent 2008 at Lent & Beyond will be a mix of our old favorites, plus lots of new materials we’re already gathering.

What will you find here for Advent this year?

1) An updated compilation of over 100 links to online Advent & Christmas resources — Lectionary links (i.e. Advent reading plans), devotional sites, music and art resources, commentaries, online Advent calendars, Advent crafts, etc. We’re making sure all the links work, and digging up a few new links to add.

2) Lots of excellent Advent devotionals and quotes, from sources ancient and modern, Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.

3) Many Advent Prayers including traditional Advent collects, and Advent Wreath lighting prayers, etc.

4) A special series of Advent Favorites — some of our favorite Advent posts from 2004 – 2006 which we’ve salavaged from our old archives.

5) A special series of Anglican Heritage posts. Brief biographies of key Anglican saints and leaders. Also, some classical Anglican prayers.

Is that enough to whet your appetites?!

Please keep checking back over the next few days.  We’ve already got 20 posts queued up set to begin appearing daily as of Nov. 30th. The excitement is building!

Pass the word. Lent & Beyond is back for Advent 2008!

Here is the category link where you’ll find all our 2008 Advent posts.

Here is the link for the Advent Favorites category we’ll be featuring this year.

If there’s something you’re trying to find, either from something we’ve posted in years’ past at our old site, or if you just need recommendations for good Advent resources, give us a shout in the comments. We’ll be glad to help.


Luke 14:12-14, Psalm 79:11,13 and Hebrews 13:3

November 10, 2008

Then he also said to him who invited him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to do this for our Thanksgiving feasts: show us who is without family or friends that we should invite into our homes.

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; (Psalm 79:11)
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From BCP 1928 )

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also. (Hebrews 13:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us remember them.

So we, your people and sheep of your pasture, will give you thanks forever; we will show forth your praise to all generations. (Psalm 79:13)
      Jesus, turn our hearts to praising you for all that you have done in our lives. Help us this Thanksgiving to be a people truly mindful of your great deeds and give thanks for what you have done.

Monday: 77, [79]; Joel 1:1-14; Revelation 18:15-24; Luke 14:12-24
Tuesday: 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11); Revelation 19:1-10; Luke 14:25-35

      Notes from the Front Line

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

      Please pray for President Bush and Laura daily.

Albany Intercessor


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