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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.
Please feel free to share recommendations for Advent links & resources in the comments!
Don’t forget our Advent Devotionals category here at Lent & Beyond.
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Sites featuring Regular Advent Devotional Reflections & Prayers:
- *(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.
- Emily Polis Gibson’s Barnstorming blog and her special Advent series for 2015 “Anticipating God Among Us” – 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. This WONDERFUL Advent resource that began 2013 is back again for 2015. Truly EXCELLENT! Substantive reflections on Scripture, artwork, music… Again, this site is a special gift. Don’t miss it!
- *(A) New for 2015: One of the best sites I’ve discovered since last Advent is Malcolm Guite’s blog. Malcolm Guite is (in his own words) “a poet-priest and Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge” His liturgically-themed poetry is wonderful. For Advent 2015 he will be offering series of posts with a reading of each day’s poem from his Advent Anthology from Canterbury Press Waiting on the Word. DON’T MISS THIS!
- New for 2015: related to the daily Advent poetry readings by Malcolm Guite, artist Lancia Smith has created a daily Advent image that illustrates each poem. These are beautiful Advent visuals! I’m excited about this resource!
- New for 2015: Tamara Murphy, who blogs at This Sacramental life, is once again posting a daily Advent Daybook series for 2015. (I’ve linked Tamara’s blog in the past, but somehow never got her blog included in my 2014 Advent links list.) Each day’s post includes a photo, a Scripture reading, a prayer, a musical selection, and a suggested activity. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. You can browse through her 2014 Advent Daybook entries here.
- *(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.
- *(A) The Rev. Patrick Comerford’s Advent series for 2015 is entitled “Waiting in Advent with Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” His entries are usually very rich in terms of their focus on Anglican heritage.
- *(A) Kendall Harmon’s Advent category at TitusOneNine Kendall posts prayers, poems and various reflections throughout Advent. (Not always daily).
- *(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
- 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) Prydain blog Advent 2015: 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.
- Pat Dague typically posts frequent Advent quotes and reflections throughout the season at her devotional blog “Incline Your Heart” Here’s her Advent category. (Pat is Anglican, but the material she posts comes from a broad spectrum of Christian authors)
- *(A) The Cradle of Prayer – links to online services of Morning & Evening prayer for each day of Advent
- New for 2015: The site of the Irish Jesuits, Pray as You Go, has a lot of good Advent reflections and resources each year. I’m not sure of the best link to post. One of the easiest ways to keep up with what they post is to follow their Twitter account.
- *(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.)
- Expectantly Listening is a blog I discovered and enjoyed during Advent 2014. Victoria plans a daily Advent devotional series in 2015.
- 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.
- A great friend of this blog, Lutheran pastor Eric Swensson continues to post devotionals and prayers, accompanied by stunning photography, daily at his Awakenings blog.
- The British Catholic Aid society CAFOD (a branch of CARITAS) has a nice interactive online Advent Calendar
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.
Looking for a link from last year that’s missing this year? Here is our 2014 list of Recommended Advent Devotional Sites.