Adventus: Ancient Practices for an Advent at Home includes five lessons: one for each week of Advent plus an extra lesson for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Each session of Adventus (Latin for "coming" and the origin for the word Advent) follows the ancient monastic practice of Lectio Divina.
There are so many published Bible studies available at our fingertips. The most common studies requested from the conference Resource Center feature an “expert” teaching about the Bible while we follow along with a study guide or small group discussion. Through Adventus, we invite you into the ancient practice of Lectio Divina and ask you to invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you through meditative reading of scripture.
Lectio Divina is Latin for “divine reading.” This ancient practice was established in the 6th century by Saint Benedict of Nursia and provides a guided format for reading scripture. As you read each scripture lesson, you'll practice the following five steps or movements:
Each lesson also includes an Ad Libitum Actio, or optional activity. These are additional ancient practices that can enhance your spiritual life throughout the Advent season.
This study was designed to be utilized in a variety of settings:
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One of the spiritual practices in Adventus is about music, so we've created these Spotify playlists with songs to accompany you on the journey this Advent and Christmas.