This year, we will begin each day's devotional with instructions for a simple ritual.  We invite you to open your devotional time by lighting one purple candle on your wreath (if you’re not using a wreath, simply lighting a candle), playing a version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and praying the opening words.

Contemporary version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPHh3nMMu-I

Traditional Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHKo4NmmvRI

Instrumental Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmuKwBnf_6g

Let us pray together: God of light and healing, we prepare in this season for the promise of new life and seek cracks in the darkness where your hope can break through. With pregnant expectation we pray, Amen.

On this first day of Advent, please enjoy this video that reminds all of us what Advent is and what Advent isn't...

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