The Advent Door Reading Plan: Preparing for Christmas 2012

Last year I spent the weeks before Christmas exploring my friend Jan Richardson’s e-book entitled Through the Advent Door: Entering a Contemplative Christmas [Kindle Edition]. It’s structured in the style of a classic Advent calendar, with twenty five scripture reflections, each with an original piece of art.

My goal was to set aside a few moments to read and reflect every day between December 1 and December 25. I read the entire book, but only blogged the first half of the readings. (The pressure of posting can hamper reflection. You will find links to last year’s posts below.) This year, the plan is to read it again and blog the last half of the book. (Yes, this is one of those book you want to read again. It’s that good.)

This is a book to savor, not just the words but also the art. Through it you will find space for blessing and centering. Consider this your invitation to join me and Jan on this journey. – Lisa <><

PS- You might be asking, where did these readings come from? Mary, Joseph and company don’t appear until Door 19.

First, it’s important to understand what Advent is. Advent is a deep season of preparation which helps us keep Christmas in the right perspective. Advent means coming, so its a time of reflection on the coming of Christ as the babe of Bethlehem and the coming of Christ in at the end of the age.

(Click here to learn more about Advent. For a Christmas Reading Plan, click here)

For her book, Jan uses the classic Advent readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. The Revised Common Lectionary is a three year cycle of weekly Bible readings. Each weekly reading contains four Scripture readings: one from the Old Testament, one from the Book of Psalms, one from the Gospels (the first four books of the New Testament), and one from the Epistles (basically the rest of the New Testament).

Door 1: Christ Will Come Again
Matthew 24:36-44

Door 2: New Creation
Mark 13:24-37

Door 3: Strength to Stand
Luke 21:25-36

Door 4: Yearning and Resistance
Isaiah 64:1-9

Door 5: Let Your Face Shine
Psalm 80:1-7; 17-19

Door 6: Extending Blessing
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Door 7: Threshold
Mark 1:1-8

Door 8: Reversal and Repentance
Luke 3:1-6

Door 9: Rubbernecking or Responding
Matthew 3:1-12

Door 10: The One Who Carries Us
Isaiah 40:1-11

Door 11: The Covenant Continues
Luke 1:68-79

Door 12: Two Simple Prayers
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Door 13: To Know and Be Known
1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Door 14: I Am Not, Therefore I Am
John 1:6-8, 19-28

Door 15: Preparing the Way
Luke 3:7-18

Door 16
Matthew 11:2-11

Door 17
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Door 18
Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7

Door 19
Luke 1:26-38

Door 20
Luke 1:39-56

Door 21
Isaiah 9:2-7

Door 22
Luke 2:1-20

Door 23
Luke 2:1-20

Door 24
John 1:1-14

Door 25
John 1:1-14

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