By ACNS staff
Members of Anglican Communion Churches worldwide are being invited to celebrate Advent through prayer, meditation and by contributing to a global Advent calendar on Instagram.
Advent—from November 30 to December 24—is the season when Christians observe a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
The Anglican Communion Office and the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) are teaming up to offer Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world a daily word, meditation and beautiful image sent to their email inboxes.
Playing around with time.
Cleverly the Brothers use technology that allows their daily Advent email to arrive in people’s inboxes at 5am wherever in the world the recipient is.
“5am is about the time we get up to pray,” said SSJE’s Brother Jim Woodrum. “Of course you can look at your email after 5am, but we want to make sure it’s there when you wake up.”
Though people are used to the idea of monks involved in prayer and meditation, they might be surprised to know that monks have camera phones too.
“We are hoping that people will join us in praying with their phone this Advent,” said Br Jim. “After reading the meditation, we’d love for people to snap a picture that reflects the theme or their response to it and post it to Instagram.”
Participants are invited to take a photo with their phone or tablet to share their interpretation of the word for that day – these include #Abide, #Thrive, #Become, #Imagine – and post the picture to Instagram adding the day’s tag plus #Adventword.
“People need help with their daily spiritual practice,” said Brother Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE, Superior. “During Advent, we anticipate the coming of Christ, an event that awakens our deepest desires and longings. This Advent, we are inviting you to join us in looking clearly and honestly at our lives and taking action.”
Director for Communications at the Anglican Communion Office, Jan Butter, said, “It’s all too easy for Christians to be consumers in today’s world—especially during the Advent season. Here we have a chance to not only receive during Advent, but also take part in a global action; to give back to other Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide by sharing our photos with each other.
“This is also a chance for people who might never have connected with an Anglican religious community before to benefit from the deep thought, meditation and prayer that emanates from such communities all around the world.” (Visit http://communities.anglicancommunion.org/ for a list of other Anglican Communion religious communities.)
To be part of this global Advent initiative, sign up at http://www.aco.org/adventword.cfm. The initiative starts on November 30. To learn more about SSJE visit www.ssje.org/adventword