Irenic Thoughts

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Seven Weeks of Advent?

Liturgist Bill Peterson proposes that we expand the tradition four weeks of Advent which lead into Christmas to be a seven-week season. Click on the artwork here to read a journal article making this proposal. This is not some out-of-the-blue idea as Advent was once seven weeks long and remains so for the Orthodox Church (Russian and Greek Orthodox, etc.).

The goal is to reclaim the time for preaching and teaching about the second coming as was traditionally part of the season and remains so in truncated form now. I am intrigued by the suggestion. I know how how counter-cultural Advent already is and find the expansion back to its historic length to be something worth considering, especially as the Revised Common Lectionary readings fit this without making any change. Take a look at the article and let me know what you think.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor



  • At 8/27/2009 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Celtic tradition still has seven weeks in advent, equal to Lent. I think it is a good idea, we need more time to prepare.


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