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The Advent season draws the hearts of the curious and the faithful into a time of special reflection and celebration. The volumes in this Advent collection facilitate worship during the Christmas season through poetry, music, drama, and other devotional literature. Take your family on an adventure through the Christmas story with the hymns of Charles Wesley. Meditate on the significance of Christ’s entrance into the world and the wonder of his humble origins. Access readings and lessons for Advent services that speak grace through the season. And reflect on the events of Christmas in new ways with poetry from some of the most gifted Christian poets of the past six centuries.

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  • Provides material for meditation and reflection during the Advent season
  • Collects season poetry from the greatest poets of the past 600 years
  • Facilitates worship during the Christmas season through poetry, music, and drama

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas with Charles Wesley

  • Author: Paul Wesley Chilcote
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 128

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This volume offers Advent and Christmas meditations based on the seasonal hymns of Charles Wesley—including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” Each daily meditation, keyed to the scripture reading for the day and portions of Wesley’s texts, concludes with a brief prayer based on the day’s theme. Reflective material places Wesley within his rich Anglican heritage. These Daily readings are between 500 and 600 words in length, and perfect for starting out or ending each day of Advent alone or with the family.

Paul Wesley Chilcote is president of the Charles Wesley Society and professor of Wesley studies at Duke University.

Let Every Heart Prepare: Meditations for Advent and Christmas

  • Author: Barbara Crawthorne Crafton
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 96

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For centuries the words and poetry of our hymns have spoken deeply to Christian hearts. Many people find that what is heard in poetry and music sinks deeper into the soul than ordinary prose. And so it is to Barbara Cawthorne Crafton and the seasonal hymns that turns for inspiration for daily meditations during the great devotional seasons of the church year: Advent and Lent.

Barbara Crafton, through the window of familiar hymns, touches the very depths of our lives. In a warm and caring manner these reflections seem to speak to the reader in an uncanny way—it is as though this ‘one’ was written for me, and that happens page after page. This collection of reflections on Advent and Christmas hymns offers the reader a real sense of hope and a source of inspiration.

—Edmond L. Browning, former primate, Episcopal Church

Lots of personal family stories and a warm narrative voice make this little book most appealing.

The Living Church

This collection of reflections on Advent and Christmas hymns invites us into new encounters with the great mystery of God becoming flesh in Jesus Christ.

—Youth & Family Institute of Augsburg College

Barbara Crawthorne Crafton is a popular preacher, retreat leader, and writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Episcopal Life. She is the author of many books, including Let Every Heart Prepare, Something Things You Just Have to Live With, and The Sewing Room.

Love Came Down: Anglican Readings for Advent and Christmas

  • Author: Christopher L. Webber
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 112

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“Easter day is the center and crown of the Christian year, but no season of that year provides us with richer material for meditation than Advent and the 12 days of Christmas.” So writes Christopher Webber in this thoughtful and inspiring collection of meditations from the most gifted Anglican writers of the past 600 years.

Love Came Down draws on the best sermons, books, poems, and hymns by these writers, with a reading for every day in Advent and for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Writers include Christina Rossetti, R.W. Church, F.D. Maurice, John Donne, Jeremy Taylor, Madeleine L’Engle, Phillips Brooks, John Keble, William Temple, Thomas Traherne, William Law, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many others. Brief biographies of the contributors are included.

Love Came Down: Anglican Readings for Advent and Christmas facilitates a daily quiet time for reflection during Advent, when everything seems to accelerate. . . . Good reason to follow this pilgrimage which is thoughtful and refreshing.

Anglican Journal

Webber’s collections of Anglican readings for Advent and the 12 days of Christmas is a feast for the mind and the heart.

Publishers Weekly

There is more than inspiration here, although there is that, and there is more than a nice friendly pat on the shoulder. Each reading has something for us to think about and digest and then turn into flesh, muscle, and deed. These are pithy, elegant, thoughtful readings. They call us to the great themes of advent: justice and mercy, death and hope, obedience and fidelity. They call us and coach us to look for the Incarnation in our individual lives and in all of life.

Episcopal New Yorker

Christopher L. Webber is an Episcopal priest who has led urban, rural, and overseas parishes. He is also the author of Welcome to Sunday, Welcome to the Episcopal Church, and coauthor of A Year with American Saints.

Songs in Waiting: Spiritual Reflections on Christ’s Birth

  • Author: Paul Gordon Chandler
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 112

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Inspiring reflection and a sense of wonder along the faith journey of Advent, Songs in Waiting is a book of spiritual meditations focusing on the ancient Middle Eastern songs celebrating the birth of Jesus: “The Song of Mary,” “The Song of Zecharias,” “The Song of the Angels,” and “The Song of Simeon.”

These four songs, full of hope, mystery, and divine purpose, have played an important role in Christian worship for 2,000 years, inspiring the work of artists and musicians over the centuries. Beautifully woven throughout this book, the inspirational paintings of artist Daniel Bonnell help capture and define the essence of these songs. Grounded in the original context of their Middle Eastern cultural settings, this literary and visual presentation breathes new life in to the scenes surrounding Christ’s coming.

An Episcopal priest who was raised in Senegal offers meditations on four songs that center on Jesus’ birth: the Magnificat, Benedictus, Gloria, and Nunc Dimittis. Each reflection places the canticle in its historical Middle Eastern context, then considers its implications for our own lives. Liturgical artist Daniel Bonnell’s contributions beautifully illustrate the heart of each song.

Living Church

Incarnation is about something local and particular. It is not a general principle about how God acts, but an affirmation that God has acted in a specific time and place—that God has spoken a particular language, met particular people, eaten particular food. This very moving little book brings home that particularity, reminding us about the actual realities of the Middle East at the time of Jesus—and then shows how that once-and-for-all incarnation opens up new insights not only about God’s involvement with the Middle East now, but about God’s involvement with us all as we try to make the gift of Jesus real for ourselves and our human neighbors today.

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Paul Gordon Chandler is rector of the Church of St. John the Baptist, an international English speaking Episcopal/Anglican church in southern Cairo, Egypt. Previously he served as the president and CEO of Partners International, an international ecumenical Christian non-profit that helps indigenous Christian NGOS in over 70 countries. He has also served as CEO of the International Bible Society and as director of SPCK.

The Womb of Advent

  • Author: Mark Bozzuti-Jones
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 125

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This talented and imaginative writer offers a unique perspective on the season of Advent. Along with Scripture readings and prayers, he offers four weeks of meditations that focus on the growth of Jesus in the womb of Mary as he approaches the day of his birth, learns his mother’s voice, responds to the presence of light and dark, and begins to position himself for birth. What does this teach us about our own spiritual journey through Advent? That waiting and preparation is essential to the Christian life. By reflecting on our own birth experiences and Jesus’ own progress through the womb, Christians learn how to remain intimate with God, how to approach the light, and how to get ready for new birth in Christ.

Mark Bozzuti-Jones is a former Jesuit who is now an Episcopal priest. He is associate rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.

Waiting for the Wonder: Voices of Advent

  • Author: Katerina Katsarka Whitley
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 112

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Imagine the hushed excitement and the vivid anticipation of a child on Christmas Eve. How much more intense that anticipation must have been for those who waited for the wonder of the very first Christmas. From the ancient prophets to the three kings, from the angel Gabriel to the stalwart Joseph, Katarina Katsarka Whitley imagines their astonishment and joy at the events unfolding around them.

In her inimitable style, Whitley places herself in the hearts and minds of the biblical characters—both real and imagined—who played a part in the Christmas narrative. She weaves stories, solidly based in Scripture, at once compelling and thought-provoking. The voices of her characters lead us closer to the Christ child and deepen the meaning of the season of Advent for twenty-first-century readers.

Katerina Katsarka Whitley is an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is the author of Speaking for Ourselves: Voices of Biblical Women, Seeing for Ourselves: Biblical Women Who Met Jesus, and Walking the Way of Sorrows.

Light to the Darkness: Lessons and Carols, Public and Private

  • Author: Katerina Katsarka Whitley
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 160

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Light to the Darkness is a fresh interpretation of the well-loved Advent tradition of Lessons and Carols. Replacing the usual scriptural readings from the Old and New Testaments are first-person monologues based on these and other passages of scripture. Special emphasis is given to the role of the prophets, pointing the way to the messiah and offering guidance to the Hebrew people, while providing very contemporary guidance for the twenty-first century.

With a reading for each day of Advent, churches can choose pieces for their services of lessons and carols, while individuals can use the book for private devotions. Suggested music for these services is also included, encompassing a broad range of selections to accommodate parishes’ needs and abilities.

Katerina Katsarka Whitley is an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is the author of Speaking for Ourselves: Voices of Biblical Women, Seeing for Ourselves: Biblical Women Who Met Jesus, and Walking the Way of Sorrows.

Run, Shepherds, Run: Poems for Advent and Christmas

  • Author: L. William Countryman
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 112

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The Advent season is filled with rich themes that have fascinated poets. In Run, Shepherds, Run, Bill Countryman presents a poem a day for devotional reading during Advent and the 12 days of Christmas. Readers will find classic poets they know and love, including George Herbert, John Donne, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, as well as contemporary poets, known and unknown.

Run, Shepherds, Run includes helpful hints for reading poetry, for those who have less experience reading it than others, as well as useful annotations to help readers with older language that may not have easily apparent meanings for today’s readers.

Here poet/priest William Countryman has forged his two passions into one remarkable volume. He has breathed into Christmastide, from Advent to the Epiphany, an aesthetic reverence that makes of them a sustained whole, a complete oneness of spiritual experience relieved of the emotional ups and downs that all too often distract the heart with the mind's seasonal busyness.

The Divine Hours

This volume contains such a wonderful collection of poems that you’re sure to find many to deepen your appreciation and understanding of the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

Episcopal Life

L. William Countryman is a biblical scholar, an Episcopal Priest, and retired professor at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He is known for spirituality works such as Living on the Border of the Holy, Forgiven and Forgiving, and The Mystical Way of the Fourth Gospel.

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