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Happy Advent! Below is a list of some of the best sites for devotionals and prayers throughout Advent. Almost all the sites featured below will have new entries each day of Advent. We will update this list from time to time as we discover new websites. Resources marked “*(A)” are from the Anglican tradition.
A Special New Anglican Advent resource for 2014:
*(A) Advent Bible Study Video series on the Second Coming from ACNA Bishop Julian Dobbs. A really wonderful Advent teaching series. Don’t miss this!
Sites featuring Regular Advent Devotional Reflections & Prayers:
- Newly Added: *(A) If you read nothing else, we encourage you to start each day of Advent with Scripture! Here are each day’s readings according to the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer (ESV Bible online). Should you prefer to read the Daily Office Scriptures in another version, you can find a clear table with all the readings here.
- Our Advent Devotionals category here at Lent & Beyond.
- Emily Polis Gibson’s Barnstorming blog and her special Advent series for 2014 “Awaiting His Arrival” – Emily’s mix of poetry, photographs, and reflections on Scripture make her Advent series a truly special gift to all who read her blog. Highly recommended!
- Biola University’s online Advent calendar. The best new Advent resource from 2013 is back again for 2014. Truly EXCELLENT! Substantive reflections on Scripture, artwork, music… Again, this site is a special gift. Don’t miss it!
- *(A) Anglican Mainstream’s daily Advent devotionals: Anglican Mainstream is again posting daily Advent meditations from the Church of the Resurrection in Tampa, FL.
- *(A) Trinity School for Ministry’s daily Advent reflections, short daily reflections written by the faculty and students at the seminary.
- Godspace blog: Christine Sine posts wonderful original Advent prayers and meditations, podcasts, and tons of wonderful Advent resources. Christine encourages contemplation and application – ensuring we live out the Gospel in our lives, in care for those in need.
- *(A) The Rev. Patrick Comerford is featuring a Hymns of Advent series for Advent 2014. Very recommended for those who love to learn about history and liturgy. His entries are usually very rich in terms of their focus on Anglican heritage.
- *(A) The Cradle of Prayer – links to online services of Morning & Evening prayer for each day of Advent
- *(A) The Rev. James Gibson posts daily devotionals with reflections on the lectionary and worship songs (often great hymns) at his blog Vicar’s Versicles
- [corrected link] *(A) The Rev. Charles Erlandson’s Give us this Day blog also provides good, meaty daily devotionals focused on the lectionary readings throughout Advent and the Church year. (note: for some reason the home page does not always show the latest devotional post. In that case try the daily devotionals link.)
- *(A) Kendall Harmon’s Advent category at TitusOneNine Kendall posts prayers, poems and various reflections throughout Advent. (Not always daily). Of special note – the regular “Sunday Worship” links feature posted every Sunday at T19. Look for the current date, and click on the “Sunday Services, Talks and Resources” link. Throughout Advent, there will always be excellent Lessons & Carols services linked!
- *(A) Prydain blog Advent 2014: Prydain is always a good source of meaty Advent reflections – often from the Church Fathers – and selections from Handel’s Messiah.
- Methodist minister John Birch posts daily prayers at the Faith and Worship facebook page. He also has posted a collection of Advent-themed prayers at the Faith and Worship website.
- Expectantly Waiting is a blog I’ve never before linked, but just recently discovered. It looks like it will be a good source of Advent quotes and reflections.
- Pat Dague typically posts frequent Advent quotes and reflections throughout the season at her devotional blog “Incline Your Heart” (Pat is Anglican, but the material she posts comes from a broad spectrum of Christian authors)
- *(A) Fr. Dale Matson at Soundings Blog regularly posts Bishop Eric Menees’ reflections on the weekly Anglican collect prayers. The Anglican Advent collects are so rich, and Bp. Menees commentaries are very worth reading each week. (Usually posted on Friday each week).
- Needing some stillness and quiet prayer and reflection during Advent? The Irish Jesuits’ prayer site “Sacred Space” may be just the thing. Guided questions for prayer and reflection along with a Scripture passage from the daily lectionary.
- Newly Added: After several years of losing touch, it’s been a joy to be back in touch with a great friend of this blog, Lutheran pastor Eric Swensson. He continues to post excellent devotionals and prayers, accompanied by stunning photography, daily at his Awakenings blog. Also, he has a great collection of Advent reflections posted at his Sound Shore Media website.
- Newly Added: The British Catholic Aid society CAFOD (a branch of CARITAS) has a nice interactive online Advent Calendar
- Added 9 December: Oh Come Advent – a digital/ multimedia Advent calendar / blog. I haven’t been online enough in recent days to truly get a good feel for this site which I discovered via Twitter, but I love the creativity in the layout and the variety of material that’s been posted. I also like how you can click to each day’s Advent Scripture readings at Bible Gateway from each day’s entry.
- Added 9 December: The 24-7 Prayer blog (UK) has a good daily short Advent podcast video series: When God Comes Near. I’ve watched several and have found them of high quality. These could make good resources to share with coworkers, colleagues, friends who are wanting to learn more about Advent and faith in Christ. They remind me of Alpha videos. Friendly, winsome talk about what it means to seek God and encouraging growth in prayer.
A few other recommended sites with some Advent-themed material:
Ann Voskamp’s blog A Holy Experience. I greatly enjoyed Ann’s Advent devotional The Greatest Gift last year. Her blog is likely to feature some good Advent reflections in the coming days.
John Piper posts daily devotionals and I would expect his December entries to have an Advent focus.
May this be a season of treasuring Christ, pondering His Word in our hearts, and making time to be still to wait on Him in prayer that He will enlarge our hearts and fill our lives with more of His Spirit. A blessed Advent to all our readers and visitors.