This morning it occurred to me that Advent begins tomorrow, and unlike last year, I am not prepared. Also, my children are looking very old to me these days; they are now twelve and nine. It occurs to me that they not only need more responsibilities around the house, they are also ready for a more robust devotional life.
In past years our family Advent devotions have been limited to lighting an Advent wreath and singing an Advent grace. Since we usually have a simple sung grace at meals, this has not been all that extraordinary.
This year I would like to add a simple prayer ritual to our Advent family wreath tradition. I went looking for inspiration via the internet and found myself headed back to one of my favorite sites, Full Homely Divinity. The Advent section is full of ideas and inspiration. However, I noticed that it was not precisely user-friendly.
I definitely liked their prayers for the Advent wreath, and found myself wondering how I would be able to use them in my home. I did not want to hold a laptop in one hand and a match in the other. So I adapted them slightly and created a PDF that can be printed. It’s been a long, long time since I did much graphic design (hello, 1989) so this is very simple to print and use; it’s just straight-up 8.5 x 11 pages. You can view and download it here:
In case you are looking for something simple enough to use with children, but also meaningful enough that adults can be spiritually nourished, here’s what we’re trying this year. Will it work? Who knows. I’ll keep you posted.
A few notes:
In every case, “Light the candles, singing” means this song courtesy of Elizabeth Foss. Of course, you don’t have to sing, but “he who sings, prays twice.” This is a great time of year to make a joyful noise.
The “A passage from Scripture may be read” means this can go along with any Bible-based devotion you may already be using. Or, look up today’s Daily Readings via Forward Movement.
If you have questions or concerns please share them via the comment section below!
And oh yes, the site looks different. Expect more changes as Advent progresses.