Advent Links: the Lent & Beyond Advent Resources Compilation

November 14, 2008

Note as of 17 November 2014The listing of Advent resources below was first posted in 2008 (updated from previous compilations we’d done in 2004 – 2006).  We last checked the links to make sure they worked in 2012.  Obviously that’s an eternity ago in internet time, and there will be many obsolete links now.  We’ll try to create a new similar listing for 2014 very soon if at all possible.

For our latest posts of good advent resources, check out our Advent Resources category, our Advent 2014 index, or our Advent 2013 index.


(Links were last verified to be working as of mid-November 2012)

Last updated: December 1, 2008

Update: Here’s the 2008 Advent Carnival post at A Ten O’Clock Scholar. Head over there for some links to nice Advent meditations and ideas about how to celebrate Advent as a family. Don’t miss also Kerry’s posts on Celebrating Saint Nicholas Day, or Advent Book Ideas

Wishing all of our readers a truly blessed Advent! — KB


Some new links for 2008:

I’ll soon be adding more links and putting them in proper categories, but this is a start. Most of these are not new sites, just new to me.

TeachingMom’s Advent Calendar you MUST-VISIT!

Reformed Church in America’s Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Page — includes Daily Jesse Tree Family Devotions

An online Jesse Tree Advent calendar

O Night Divine blog, see especially the Preparing for Advent & Christmas post and the Celebrate with Crafts page

Center for Excellence in Preaching: Advent 2008 Resources

Prayer & Worship Resources for Advent

Holiday Cookie Recipes – over 600 cookie recipes! Scary… (for one’s waistline, that is!)

Subversive Influence blog – had a special Advent 2007 blog series. Some of the material looks like it might be very good, but I’ve not yet checked it out too carefully. Nor do I know if there will be a 2008 Advent series.

Our Grace Journey: Inductive Bible Studies for Advent (looks very good!)

American Bible Society Advent Resources page (includes short Advent devotional series for Matthew, Mark & Luke)

Full Homely Divinity: Advent

Advent 2008 blog — the entries will be focused on Isaiah

The Story-Formed calendar blog (Advent entries). I just discovered this blog devoted to resources for the liturgical year. There are some lovely Advent meditations and resources. Very worth a visit!


Here are some new L&B compilations posts that link to excellent Advent resources:

New Advent Links for 2008 #1 (this includes a number of the links above, plus some others)

Creative Advent Calendars

Advent Links & Resources: All About Jesse Trees

A Cool Family Advent Idea: An Advent Chain

David Ould’s meditations on Handel’s Messiah


ADVENT LINKS: the Lent & Beyond Advent Resources Compilation

This is a compilation of some of the best online Advent resources I’ve found in the past three years as well as some new discoveries in recent days. Enjoy! Please leave a comment or send an e-mail ( to let us know what you find helpful (or not), or especially if you have other resources to suggest.


Table of Contents

1. Lent & Beyond Links

2. Lectionary Resources, Advent Prayers & Liturgies

3. Online Advent Calendars

4. Advent Worship Resources and Online Devotionals

5. The Advent Antiphons

6. Other Advent Resource Compilations (lots more lists of links!)

7. Advent Resources for Children and Families

8. Articles about Advent

9. Blogs and Bloggers

10. Miscellaneous (especially music and art links)

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Advent 2008 at Lent & Beyond (*sticky*)

November 14, 2008


A few handy links:

ALL entries in our Advent Category
Index to all Advent posts from 2004 – 2006 from our old blog

Advent Resources Compilation (the link is fixed!)
New links for 2008 #1;
Advent Resources Category
Advent Devotionals;
Advent Prayers;
Advent Favorites
Advent Quotes

Also check out the Advent section of the sidebar for lots of links.

Index of ALL Advent entries from 2004 – 2006

November 14, 2008

Ok all you Advent-o-philes! Dig in! We’ve done it! We’ve gone back through the archives and cached versions of the old Lent & Beyond website, and we’ve put together a listing (with hopefully working links to archived versions of each post) of ALL of our Advent entries at Lent & Beyond in 2004, 2005, and 2006. (In 2007 due to the hacker problems at our old blog we posted very little Advent stuff, and all that’s already here on this version of the blog, just dig back through the Advent Category.)

There are about 200 blog entries in these 3 Advent indexes. Enjoy!

Index to 2004 Advent posts
Index to 2005 Advent posts
Index to 2006 Advent posts

(Some of these entries will be making a reappearance here this year as part of our Advent Favorites series…, but we wanted to make the old archived links available now to everyone who might be looking for Advent devotional material or Advent resources.)

Note: the updated version of our Advent Resources Compilation is now here on this blog. I’ve not included the archived version in the 2005 or 2006 index.

An Index of all of our 2006 Advent Posts (from our old blog)

November 14, 2008

Note, all of these links should be clickable. They point to the archived versions of posts at our old site. If you have problems reading something, give a shout in the comments. We have all of these posts saved in Word Format, so could repost something or forward it by e-mail as needed.

Some of these will be reposted on this blog coming days and weeks as part of our “Advent Favorites” series. The entries listed below are in chronological order as we posted them last year.

Preparing for Advent — Peter Toon: Stir up our wills — Today!

Zechariah 9:9-10

Favorite Advent Devotional Posts from 2004 – 2005

Preparing for Advent

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Index of 2005 Advent Posts (from our old site)

November 14, 2008

Our most significant Advent posts from 2005 (in chronological order as we posted them). Note, I’ve excluded posts with links to the daily Scripture readings unless there was commentary about the passages included. All of these links should be clickable and take you to archived versions of our old Advent entries. Leave a comment if you have trouble.

From Thanksgiving to Advent…

That Your name may be made holy in us

Advent 1

Henri Nouwen — An Advent Prayer

A table with Advent Readings for Year 2

Online Advent Resources: Advent Calendars

Welcome to Lent & Beyond’s Advent Devotional Series

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Lighting the Advent Wreath

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An Index of all our Advent posts from 2004 (from our old site)

November 14, 2008

All of the links below should take you to readable copies of the archive of our old blog. The entries are in chronological order as posted in 2004. If you have problems with any link, please leave a comment.

A meditation on the Advent Collect — Peter Toon

Leander Harding: Advent and Hope

Lord, Revive Us! (Charles Spurgeon)

Advent thoughts from Kendall Harmon

I Am No Longer My Own (St. Catherine of Genoa)

The Servant King (Graham Kendrick)

I Am Not Worthy… (St. John Chrysostom)

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James 1:19-27

November 14, 2008

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; (James 1:19)
      Father, you have told us that there is a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3: 1,7b); help us discern when to do each, give us listening ears and hearts.

for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20)
      Jesus, please help us lay aside wrath in the Episcopal Church and seek after your righteousness.

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21)
      Holy Spirit, cleanse the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church of their present support of evil and help us all receive your word into our souls.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)
      Father, help us live out and do your word; set us free from self-deception.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (James 1:23-24)
      Jesus, as we hear and do your word to us; graft into our hearts a true and lasting knowledge of ourselves and your love for us.

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)
      Holy Spirit, help us look into and continue in the perfect law of liberty that has been won for us by Jesus’ death and resurrection.

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. (James 1:26)
      LORD, we have a lot of useless religion in the Episcopal Church, bridle our tongues: help us be swift to hear and slow to speak and slow to wrath.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)
      Holy Spirit, guide and bless the prayer table ministry: help us visit the orphans and widows and those in trouble with your healing love as we pray with them. Thank you.

A word received: Turn to me and I will comfort you. Turn to me and I will revive you. Turn to me.

Friday: 91, 92; Joel 2:28-3:8; James 1:16-27; Luke 16:1-9
Saturday: 136; Joel 3:9-17; James 2:1-13; Luke 16:10-17(18 )

Albany Intercessor

Diocesan Conventions This Weekend

November 14, 2008

Today is an auspicious day, the 224th anniversary of the consecration of Samuel Seabury as the first bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church.  The dioceses of Fort Worth, Long Island, New York, and Northern California convene their annual conventions today.  Please pray for the bishops, the standing committees, and for the lay and clergy delegates to these important meetings.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing. If any one thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is vain. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

James 1: 16-27.

Father, we lift up in prayer the dioceses of Fort Worth, Long Island, New York, and Northern California.  Place your guiding hand on bishops Jack, Orris, Mark, Catherine, Don, and Barry, and on the standing committees, and lay and clergy delegates to these meetings.  May all be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.  May they receive your word with meekness.  May they be doers of your word.  May they look into your perfect law and persevere, and be blessed.  May they keep their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ pure and undefiled.  May they visit the least among us, and keep themselves unstained from the world.  May they receive your gifts from above, and worship you in your unchanging constant light. 

Father, please grant all who attend these conventions travel mercies.  And we pray, always, that thy will be done, no matter what cost to us.

Lord hear our prayer.


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