#AdventWord, a Global Advent Calendar

A message from James Koester SSJE, Superior,
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Advent begins in five days.
If you would like to receive #AdventWord this year we invite you to click this linkwww.adventword.org/sign-up. #AdventWord – the Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar – begins on Sunday, 3 December, 2017, with images and meditations available via email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. During the 23 days of Advent, a daily email featuring the #AdventWord of the day will go out at 5 a.m. each day, and respondents are encouraged to share their responses to the meditations and images to the aggregated prayer walls within the advent calendar.

As monks we pray with images of Jesus in icons. #AdventWord helps teach everyone how to pray with images as we prepare for the coming of Emmanuel. We developed #AdventWord to bring joy. We have passed it on to Virginia Theological Seminary to work with the Anglican Communion Office and we are excited to see #AdventWord being offered to a wider world.


How to participate:
Go to http://adventword.org and sign up to receive a daily email. Each day of Advent, there will be an invitation to read a very short email reflection for that day’s assigned word, and to then share your own image or short reflection via social media using #AdventWord and a hashtag for the word of the day. Make sure there is a space between the tags, for example: #AdventWord #Celebrate.  On Facebook, go to the AdventWord page and post to the Timeline using #AdventWord and the tag of the day, making sure that your post is set to “public,” or we can’t see it! On Twitter, simply include the hashtags in your reflection or with your image.  On Instagram, post to the AdventWord feed.
Visit: instagram.com/adventword
Visit: twitter.com/AdventWord
Visit: facebook.com/AdventWordOrg

In Advance: 
If you want to get your images ready in advance, here’s a cheat sheet. Remember to share this with friends and family who would enjoy participating – Advent Word is an ecumenical project!  We welcome posts from all persons using images and phrases that resonate with #AdventWord and:

3 December #Awaken
4 December #Journey
5 December #Gather
6 December #Simplify
7 December #Heal
8 December #Mend
9 December #Focus
10 December #Prepare
11 December #Messenger
12 December #Watch
13 December #Voice
14 December #Wilderness
15 December #Trust
16 December #Among
17 December #Light
18 December #Dazzle
19 December #Open
20 December #Embrace
21 December #Renew
22 December #Greeting
23 December #Child
24 December #Believe
25 December #Celebrate
During each of the days of Advent, it is hoped that everyone who participates will deepen their understanding of the coming of Jesus into the world, and will come to know that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer.