What is ‘Advent Doors’?
Usually as soon as we hit Advent we, or our kids, start opening little doors in calendars which lead up to Christmas time. Each door usually comes with something behind it, a picture from the story of the birth of Jesus, a festive scene, or even if you are very lucky a piece of candy (usually chocolate!)
At St John the Divine we wondered how we might offer some doors to open this Advent time. How can we consider again the Christmas story over the coming weeks? How can we be challenged to consider what it means to say that “Christ is coming” this Christmas time?
There are lots of doors around Victoria, some open, some closed. Some are full of hope, others not so much. As we look around this city we at St John the Divine are asking questions about these doors as we prepare for Christmas. Behind every door there will be a surprise, a thought, a meditation, a verse from the Bible, perhaps? Some days might have a video link, others a link to a piece of music. All of them will offer something of the diversity, challenge, joy and hope that is Victoria at Christmas time. Some will be celebratory, some disturbing, all of them we hope will be thought provoking.
Come back every day for a new picture, see #AdventDoorsVictoria on twitter for a daily link, try and guess where they are and consider why they may be important.
Have a blessed Advent!
Some questions, a meditation for Advent Doors:
To what are we opening doors? And where from?
- Which doors are we closing and which are closed to us?
- Who says which doors are to be kept shut, and who opens doors to us and for us?
- Which doors inspire us? Which doors challenge us? Which doors are we afraid of?