The Arts In Advent Worship

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Advent is a season for seeing, hearing, touching, imagining. Advent Scripture readings are filled with evocative images and Advent anticipation has inspired some of the most cherished music in the Christian church. Every tradition of Christian worship has developed meaningful ways of leading Advent worship through the arts. This section presents several ideas for incorporating the arts into Advent worship.

Perspectives On The Environment For Advent Worship

Advent worship involves both penitence and joy, moods that can be conveyed by the visual environment of the worship space. Adapt the following suggestions to local custom.

A Sample Advent Banner

Since the Scripture readings for Advent are filled with so many images, Advent banners are helpful in portraying their message in a colorful and powerful symbolic way. Always begin preparations for Advent by considering the Scripture lessons that will be read. The following description is one example of a visual image that is based on an appropriate Scripture reading.

The Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath, which hangs at the front of the church with its five candles, symbolizes the coming of Christ. Sample texts that can accompany the lighting of the candles are printed ealier in this chapter.

An Anthology Of Hymns And Songs For Advent

Advent symbolizes three distinct historical events of Scripture:

An Advent Dance

The dance below is an Entrance dance that may be used with the prayers centering around the Advent wreath. It is based on the well-known hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel. "