Please share with the diocese any plans for special services or celebrations your church is hosting.Whether it's a virtual Christmas pageant or Zoom candlelight service, please post the information to the diocesan calendar hereusing the category "Advent & Christmas".
Find Advent events and a list of Christmas services in the diocese here.
A Christmas Message from Bishop Thomas Brown
"My prayer is that we the people of God called to be the Diocese of Maine… will embrace the pause, join together in prayer, and proclaim the glad news of our Savior's birth," Bishop Thomas J. Brown said in his Christmas Message 2020. Watch the video message below.
Christmas Eve Virtual Candlelight Service with the Cathedral of St. Luke
Watch the YouTube video release of a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service from St. Luke’s with the Bishop Thomas Brown preaching! This pre-recorded service will be available for viewing HERE beginning at 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Find more Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve services around The Church HERE on our web calendar.
An Advent Moment: Messages of Hope from Our Clergy
Clergy of the diocese are sharing short messages of hope with us this season. Take a moment to listen to these on the Faith in Maine podcast by clicking on the graphic below or dialing 207-223-6402. View video by visiting Facebook here periodically to see new videos throughout Advent. Clergy who wish to participate should record a one to two minute video. Email it to Katie Clark.
A new wonderful collaborative project provides an 'Advent Online' Calendar and a rich library of resources for all churches and Christians to draw from and share with their people.
The Advent Online Library covers the themes of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy through the lenses of scripture, music, visual art, tradition, and creative writing. Pieces have been specially created for this project and with the particular and extraordinary context of this year in mind.
How can I use it?
1) You can browse the library and make use of the pieces that would be relevant to your context.
2) You might share the selection for each day with your church congregations for them to use.
3) You might share individual elements to your own social media or web channels, choosing what will be appropriate for your church.
4) You might download and use the materials within your own services or study groups.
Christmas Season Pass from The National Cathedral
Get your Christmas Season Pass today! Join a wondrous Christmas season at The National Cathedral. Register with your email address and they'll deliver every Christmas concert and service directly to your inbox! Register here.
Advent and Christmas Resources from The Episcopal Church
Advent in 2 Minutes - Not quite sure how to explain what exactly Advent is? This video by Busted Halo can help. Advent: Taking it to the Streets - Our church brings ashes to the street on Ash Wednesday; how might we bring Advent to the streets during this hectic season?
Creating Christmas Video Messages
Christmas Messages - Short, simple, and powerful. Create a video message or ad for Christmas that’s easy to produce.