I’m happy to announce that Volume II of the Advent Art Devotions I offered last year is now available! To give you a little background, I had the desire for several years to put together something that would allow me to incorporate art into our yearly Advent traditions. In the past, our homeschool co-op had the practice of picking an extra print from one of our artists with the theme of the nativity or some other holiday-related subject, and I enjoyed having these pieces to display in our home over the holidays. There is so much beautiful Christmas-related art available from well-known artists as well as the more obscure, that I thought it would be nice to curate a few pieces along with Bible verses, hymns, and poetry that we could use to pause during the time of waiting and contemplate what this season is truly about. Last year, I finally put together a little devotional guide and I was happy to be able to offer it as a product on my website as well.
I had such a positive response to the guide last year (the prints sold out in less than two days!), that I decided I want to make this an annual tradition, thus I’m offering a new set of prints and hymns and poetry for this year!
These guides do differ from the picture study aids in that I have not also included information about the paintings themselves. My vision for adding art into our Advent traditions was not to include more academic opportunities, but rather more possibilities for contemplation and meditation during a season that tends to be overwhelming with busy-ness and distractions.
Also, while the hymns and poems are different than last year, the Bible passages listed are similar though I did make minor changes so there are no readings that overlap as they did last year. I will keep these the same in the future as I feel that part of the Advent tradition is reflecting on the same passages each year. Also, per many requests I received, I included a page at the end with links to both the sheet music and online audio versions of each of the hymns so it’s easier to incorporate that music into your devotional time. And, this year instead of just a PDF download, I am also offering saddle-stitch, professionally-printed versions of the guide as well!
You can find this year’s version at the link below, or if you missed out on last year’s, Volume I is also still available in the shop here! I hope you will find these helpful in adding opportunities for contemplation during your holiday season!