Saint Lucy’s Day: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Flickering candles, hot coffee, and saffron buns. This Scandinavian Advent tradition has its roots in the story of a 3rd-century martyr who brought light and aid to Christian saints in hiding. Celebrated on December 13 (one week after St Nicholas day), the feast day of St. Lucy is one of warmth, light, abundance, and generosity—pointing towards the coming of the [...]

By |2019-12-12T12:17:52-06:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Go to the Nearby Wilderness This Advent

In the middle of Advent, we encounter John the Baptist in the desert. In fact, every year, Anglicans devote half of Advent to the prophet of the wilderness, John the Baptist. Yes, Lent is the most obvious wilderness season of the Church’s year—a full 40 days and then some to seek the Lord in the desert with prayer and fasting. [...]

By |2019-12-12T11:41:05-06:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

What is Advent? (Excerpt from “A Thrill of Hope” by Ashley Wallace)

The following is an excerpt from A Thrill of Hope: Celebrating Advent at Home by Ashley Wallace. What is Advent? All of Scripture is a sacred love story, the love of God the Father for His people. It is a story filled with expectation, longing and fulfillment. From the beginning, God has lovingly walked with us, called to us, searched for [...]

By |2019-11-29T13:55:27-06:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

What They Are Saying about “A Thrill of Hope” by Ashley Wallace!

The following is Tai French's review of A Thrill of Hope: Celebrating Advent at Home by Ashley Wallace. If you, like Tai, enjoy A Thrill of Hope, would you please leave a 5-star review on Amazon? It's the best, easiest way to get the word out about Anglican Pastor's very first book! A brief and delightful read, A Thrill of [...]

By |2019-11-27T08:03:10-06:00November 27th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

5 Practical Suggestions for Doing Advent Devotions with Your Children

I had an idea, and it was a great idea! My family was going to do something new that year. Every night, we were going to sit down at the dining room table and do Advent devotions together. I could already see how the night was going to go in my mind’s eye. It was going to be amazing. It [...]

By |2019-11-26T12:41:03-06:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Church Year, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |2 Comments

Advent for Exiles: When the Holidays Aren’t Happy

The American Dream In the American imagination, the “holiday season”—that stretch of weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas—is a magical one. It calls to mind beautifully decorated tables and the nearness of loved ones. It is shrouded in soft light and comes with the promise of fulfilled longing. Whether we carry childish hope for the ultimate gift from Santa— like the [...]

By |2019-11-25T11:41:51-06:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |1 Comment

Try These 3 “Las Posadas” Recipes This Advent!

Want more Advent recipes, devotions, and traditions to try at home? Check out A Thrill of Hope: Celebrating Advent at Home! Picture this. Every evening during the last nine days before Christmas, a great crowd forms in the village streets. A small child dressed as an angel leads the figures of Joseph, Mary, and the donkey. Behind the figures, a procession [...]

By |2019-11-21T14:45:11-06:00November 21st, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

My Top 4 Favorite Family Advent Traditions

Advent is one of my favorite seasons. As a person who did not grow up celebrating Advent, I have absolutely fallen in love with it. Advent is beautiful and holy and full of hope! (If you’d like to read more why you should follow the Church calendar in your home this Advent, you can read my previous post here.) At [...]

By |2019-11-11T16:26:12-06:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |6 Comments

Why You Should Follow the Church Calendar with Your Family at Home This Advent

“For everything there is a season” (Ecclesiastes 3:10)—I am sure you know the verse well. We are all familiar with it, and yet it is so often misused. People will often quote the verse in response to a bad thing that has happened or a hard time that you are going through. But if you look back at the verses [...]

By |2019-11-06T11:37:29-06:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |2 Comments

Restoring the Twelve Days of Christmas

Almost everyone seems to feel the letdown after Christmas Day. After six weeks of singing Christmas carols, shopping, and partying, it all comes to a grinding halt at 8:30am on Christmas morning. Another year till next Christmas. And as much as people complain about commercialization and hectic holidays, etc, we still keep on doing the same things and expecting different [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:10:42-06:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |1 Comment

How to Practice an Advent “Calendar Fast”

“I’m sorry, I won’t be able to make it. I have other plans on the calendar.” It’s an ordinary exchange between friends throughout the year, a response that occurs more frequently in December given holiday parties, concerts, and family gatherings. Most people understand and respect the need for boundaries with personal and family calendars, especially in December. But what if [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:10:44-06:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

The Key Difference Between the Similar Seasons of Advent and Lent

Purple Seasons of Preparation About ten Sundays a year, purple vestments and altar hangings adorn sanctuaries in Anglican churches. Purple signals the season of Advent and the beginning of a new Christian year, either the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday in December. Then follow the seasons of Christmastide, Epiphany, and the season after Epiphany. Purple returns on [...]

By |2019-01-13T17:59:55-06:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

The War on Advent

You have heard of the supposed War on Christmas. But the real war is not about whether retailers use the word Christmas during December or not. In fact, it is not even the Christmas season until Christmas day anyway. The real war is happening in many American churches. It's not a war on Christmas, its a war on Advent, and [...]

By |2020-01-14T10:22:00-06:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |23 Comments

What They Are Saying About Advent

No doubt, you have plenty of resources for your church during Advent. Still, I thought you might benefit from this little quote collection I compiled during sermon preparation and study over the years. I wish you a blessed beginning to this season of expectancy. Enjoy! For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:12-06:00December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |6 Comments

Advent: A Rookie Anglican Guide (UPDATED 2019)

(Note: Anglican Pastor has published a book about Advent! Check out A Thrill of Hope: Celebrating Advent at Home, by Ashley Wallace!) What is Advent? Advent is the first season of the Church year. It lasts for four weeks leading up to Christmas Day on December 25: (To learn more about what the Church year is and how it’s different [...]

By |2019-11-22T17:50:13-06:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Is The Christ Candle?

The "Christ Candle" is the large white candle in the middle of an Advent wreath. On the four Sundays of Advent, you'll see the Advent wreath at the Anglican Church. Around it will be four candles, three purple, and one pink. And in its center is a large white candle. That's the Christ Candle. Each Sunday of Advent a new [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:20:50-05:00December 24th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Fourth Sunday in Advent; Annunciation, A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent Stir up your power, [...]

The Third Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Advent By now, if you’ve been following the collect reflections, you’ve [...]

The Second Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent Blessed Lord, who caused [...]

Giving Even When You Receive

Last week, I talked about how to encourage generosity at the end of the year by making  Growing generosity is a part of your teaching ministry, and teachers need to be creative. We've talked about getting creative by making a Christmas Wish List for your church. It’s a way to engage the people directly with the needs of the church [...]

Slow Down This Advent

Advent is a time of waiting. As one who didn’t grow up but had to grow into the church calendar, the movement from increasing anxiety as Christmas approached to cultivating patient anticipation refreshed my hectic heart. December is a hard time for church leaders to slow down. But the always-on, always-connected world we built with blind optimism in progress is [...]

By |2019-11-22T11:21:04-06:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The First Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Collect for the First Sunday in Advent Almighty God, give us [...]

What’s on Your Christmas Wish List?

At LeaderWorks, we are all about helping church leaders do their work. To that end, we posted a new idea for helping your church give in the final month of the year: make a Christmas Wish List for your church! Still, you deserve more than a lump of coal, so take a break and write your Christmas wish list. Some [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:52:17-06:00November 30th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Announcing: New Daily Office Booklet! Advent 2017

It's finally here! I've finished work on the latest edition of the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet. You can find out more, as well as access the booklet, at https://anglicancompass.com/rookieanglican/dailyofficebooklet/. (To keep things more stable from here on out, that URL will be the home for all future editions of the Daily Office Booklet.) I hope you enjoy the booklet! ~Josh [...]

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