Secret Santa Layaway

Editor’s note:  a Cathedral member who prefers to be anonymous sent us this blog for the Christmas season.  You may be sitting next to this Secret Santa on Sunday! In the last year or two, there has been a spontaneous surge of people acting as “Secret Santas”   for folks who have Christmas gifts on … READ MORE…

Your Family Advent Wreath

For us today, Advent is a time for us to explore the spiritual ideas of waiting, patience and delayed gratification.   We are counting the days until Christmas and allowing ourselves to hope for all of the best to come. The concept of the Advent wreath actually originated in pre-Christian times when people would gather … READ MORE…

Embracing Advent

The Rev. Marshall Scott is a hospital chaplain in the Diocese of West Missouri. He writes, After spending the better part of a year moving from the Nativity to the feast of Christ the King, in Advent we seem to reverse that process in four weeks. We return in our lessons to the unsettled time … READ MORE…

The Advent Conspiracy

Every year, it seems the commercialism of Christmas becomes more extreme: decorations up before Halloween, incessant carols on the radio (if I hear the Chipmunks singing one more time I think I shall go mad!) and of course, rampant consumerism. The Advent Conspiracy is a movement to try to reduce the consumption, and increase the … READ MORE…

Advent Online

In this internet age, there are a number of online Advent calendars with creative ways to acknowledge the season. The Diocese of Washington has a nice one, from which this graphic was taken. For a more traditional style, check out this one from Trinity Wall Street. Let us know what sites you find to mark … READ MORE…

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