Advent Reflections

Advent is a grace-filled season – a time to reflect on our Christian journey thus far; a time to focus our eyes on Christ as we prepare for his coming, both his birth in that lowly stable in Bethlehem and at the end of the age.

The short readings and reflections below focus on four common Advent themes: Patriarchs, Prophets, St John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Bishop of Lewes, + Will Hazelwood, has also recorded a video to introduce the theme of each week.

During this season churches display an Advent Wreath, which has four candles in a ring around a central white candle. The first candle is lit on the First Sunday of Advent, additional ones are lit, one on each Sunday, and the central white candle is lit on Christmas Day. Perhaps you might like to create one for your own home to accompany these devotions.

Begin each devotion by making the sign of the cross and saying:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Then read the short scripture passage and reflection for the relevant day.

You might like to keep a short time of silent contemplation before finishing with this prayer:

Almighty God,
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you
in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Week One: The Patriarchs

Week Two: The Prophets

Week Three: St John the Baptist

Week Four: The Blessed Virgin Mary