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An advent stole depicting stars above aurora borealis. Photo 2008, Matthew Griffin. CC-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

I love Advent. I love it as the blue frontals and vestments–that come out for such a short time, each year–are draped on altar and are worn atop albs. I love the hymns–from “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” to “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Calling” to “How the Word Longs for Your Birth” and beyond. I love the waiting and the anticipation, the eager longing for the fulfillment of God’s reign. I love the challenge of preaching on the difficult eschatological lections that we hear. I love being in a community where we sing the litany in procession on the first Sunday of Advent.

I love Advent. And I love all the traditions that are a part of Advent. So here’s my question: what do you look forward to, as we prepare to dive into a new Church year this coming Sunday? What part of Advent is your favourite? Are you getting out blue vestments or purple vestments? What excites you about this season?


Matthew Griffin

About Matthew Griffin

I'm a priest serving in the Diocese of Niagara, with both a pastoral and an academic interest in the relationship between liturgy and theology. I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my beloved and our young son.
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