My favourite season is Advent.
I confess I love it best when not seen as a count down to Christmas but more a time of exploring themes not made much of in our Parish, The Second Coming, Repentance, Biblical Prophecies , the Church as the Bride etc.
So I will once again be reading the daily readings in
Delia Smiths ' A feast for Advent' (BRF ) still available from the online bookstore we love to hate.
There are no flowers in St Oswalds during Advent which is a nod to the penitential season.
"Today we begin to anticipate the joyful experience of the birth of Jesus. But in order to prepare for it we must pray for new birth within ourselves, pray that God will do something new in our lives and awaken us from complacent sleep. We live in a secular world shrouded in the darkness of unbelief, but we have accepted the light that enlightens all men (John 1v9) and we must allow it to penetrate our darkness, to heal and restore us so that we in turn can become a light in the world. When someone has a deep prayer life and is learning to move into more profound belief, repentance and more radical commitment, the grace of God in their lives can flow out very powerfully to others.
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than the watchman for daybreak........
Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption.(Ps130) " taken from Awakening to God .for Advent 1 from Delia
Some useful sites for Advent
Faith and Worship
Evangelical Alliance -a devotion and prayer for every day