You are invited to make a simple wreath that includes five candles: a white Christ candle in the centre, and four coloured candles in the circle of the wreath. Make the advent wreath from twigs and leaves, paper and tinsel, flowers and fabric – whatever is at hand.
Choose a carol, a Taizé chant or an aria or chorus from Handel’s Messiah to accompany you for each week of this Advent journey. Some suggestions are given on the first day of each week, or choose your own favourites. Sing or play the piece as you light the candle and become still, or during a pause in the meditation, or as a way to bring the time of prayer to a close.
The meditations are intended for individual use, but will readily adapt to group gatherings, household prayers, and for sharing with other faith traditions. Just ask someone to look ahead and prepare.
Be sure to give lots of time for reflection and silence – a great chance to be counter-cultural in our, oh so busy, festive season.
There are six meditations for each week. In the fourth week, adjust the other four daily meditations around those specifically for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
You can download all four weeks of meditations as pdf files for your own use, or download a complete pdf file of all four weeks in a printable booklet format.