Advent “Killjoys”?

by The Rev'd Dane E. Boston

I wrote this late last Advent, and so I thought I’d share it again…

That Blessed Dependancy

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light now in the time of this mortal life (in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility;) that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

–Thomas Cranmer’s Advent Collect

Advent is controversial. It’s a short season that can raise long hackles, especially among clergy. The Rev’d John Ohmer, Rector of The Falls Church Episcopal in Falls Church, Virginia, recently wrote a blog post with the provocative title, “Advent Purists are well-intentioned Killjoys.” You can find the full post here. I came across it through the Diocese of Connecticut’s…

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