Images of Advent
Deacon Chris Yoder has been reflecting on icons of Advent and teaching the Twenties ministry to do this too. This particular image, a 12th-century icon from Novgorod, Russia, is called the “Ustyug Annunciation” and depicts the angel Gabriel informing Mary that she will conceive and give birth to a son and call him Jesus (Luke 1:26-38).
Beecherl-Corrigan Fellow and writer Julia Powers created this visual poem about John the Baptist as a reflection on an Advent lectionary reading (Mark 1:1-8). The poem was created by selecting words from a newspaper. “It’s about watching for good news emerging from the bad,” Powers explains, “which is a bit like Advent.”
Parishioner and photographer Ranjani Groth captured a photo that, she says, represents Advent at Incarnation. The snapshot shows Bishop Burton holding the hymnal, turned to number 66: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.” He is wearing the rose colored vestments, which are only worn twice a year, making this a rare and special sight.