Presbyterians Today’s Advent devotional embraces the observance of the Celtic Advent, which begins November 15 (earlier than our traditional Advent), encompassing a full 40-days which mirrors the season of Lent.
“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. In its historical origins, the season of Advent was patterned after the season of Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter. Similarly, the four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ’s return.
The YouTube services of neighboring Princeton University are live each Sunday at 11 a.m. Also, the following are free and open to the public:
WEDNESDAY, December 6, 7:30 p.m. — Candlelight Lessons and Carols — A service of readings and music for Advent and Christmas. Featuring the Chapel Choir, Early Music Princeton Singers, and PU a cappella groups. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
MONDAY, December 11, 7:30 p.m. — Annual Messiah Sing — Community sing-along with organ, strings, and trumpet, featuring soloists from the Chapel Choir. Bring a score or borrow one at the door. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Includes readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols led by the Princeton Seminary Choir and international students and staff of the Seminary. Text for readings and songs in other languages can be found in the Carols of Many Nations program. Visit ptsem.edu/carolsprogram to view the program.
The time-honored Christmas tradition features the Chapel Choir; Michael Gittens, accompanist; as well as alumni from various locations around the world reading special selections. Princeton Seminary PhD candidate Noah Buchholz offers a lesson in American Sign Language.