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As we prepare for the celebration of the arrival of the Christ Child
,  we though you might appreciate some resources for learning about the season, and bringing Advent more fully into your spiritual life.

ad·vent  (dvnt)n.

1. The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important.

a. The liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence.
b. Christianity The coming of Jesus at the Incarnation.

[Middle English, the Advent season, from Old French, from Latin adventus, arrival, from past participle of advenre, to come to : ad-, ad- + venre, to come; see gw- in Indo-European roots.]

Waiting Still: Meditations on Advent

Keep awake and wait. And wait. This is the discipline of Advent, and, in some ways in our modern culture of frenetic activity, it is more difficult even than the penitence and denial of Lent. Click for full blog-post by David Henson.

The Body of Christ - A Nice Chewy Texture.  By Heidi Mayor

A preview of revelations to come at the St. Margaret’s Advent Retreat, December 13-15.  Author and baker Heidi Mayor will lead a liturgy based on “what feeds us.” Drop a note to David Griswold, griswolddag@aol.com, to ask questions and reserve your spot.

From my first visit to St. Margaret's, our communion bread struck me as something special. It is a pleasant dark color, with a nicely chewy texture. It requires actual chewing, and has a pleasant flavor.

I was surprised to learn that parishioners bake it -- I thought that communion bread or wafers had to be prepared by nuns or holy people. When two people asked me to join the baking list, I was a bit afraid.

Now, let me tell you, I love to cook. I love to bake. As I type this, I am listening to my ice cream maker churn a batch of coconut gelato. But communion bread? Me? Aren't I too much of a heathen, too unholy? Florence said she was putting me on the schedule. That was that.

The recipe itself is very simple. It is no more complicated than making basic cookies, and since you only make two loaves, it's actually easier than cookies. And when I watch one of the priests bless the loaves that I have baked, I am infused with a feeling of deep connection with every parishioner, even those I've never met. I still don't see myself as holy, but, through the simple act of baking the communion bread, I find myself wholly one with the divine.

Advent Devotions for Families with Children Age 3rd-5th Grade can be found here.