God With Us: Advent Art Devotions and Prints Volume III

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Included in this 12-page Advent Art Devotion guide are:

  • four carefully curated paintings from the 17th century to add art contemplation to your Advent traditions. Artist, title, medium, size, and current location information is printed next to the painting.
  • a Bible passage, hymn, and poem to accompany each painting.
  • a resource section at the end with links and QR codes to sheet music, a recording or video of a live performance, and an instrumental recording.
  • printable versions of each piece if you’d like to print at home are included in an accompanying file for the PDF version.
  • the printed book is saddle-stitched with high-quality, 100-lb., smooth paper and full color

(Please note that the guide does not include information about the paintings themselves and is not meant to be used as a traditional picture study. My vision for this was not to offer more academic opportunities, but rather more possibilities for contemplation and meditation during a season that tends to be overwhelming with busyness and distractions.)

A set of art prints of each piece comes with the book or these can be ordered separately as well. They are printed on durable, thick, smooth finish cardstock and display beautifully. Please note that the prints do not include the Advent Art Devotions PDF download – this is a separate purchase.

The pieces offered are:

  • Adriaen van de Velde – The Annunciation to the Virgin (1667)
  • Gerard van Honthorst – Adoration of the Shepherds (ca. 1622)
  • Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem – The Annunciation to the Shepherds (1649)
  • Jean Jouvenet – Adoration of the Magi (ca. 1700-1710)

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Advent is a time of waiting.

While life rushes around us at break-neck speed attempting to get in all the things we “need” to do to have a magical holiday, Advent quietly reminds us that the busy-ness, the rushing, the shopping, the chores, all of it, are not how it’s supposed to be. Advent beckons us to a simpler way. Advent asks us to pause. To be quiet. To listen. To wait.

We take it for granted that the Messiah has already come. His human story here on earth has been told, and we know it by heart. There is no anticipation of something that will happen because it is already past. And because of this, we lose sight of the wonder of Advent. But those who came before us watched and waited for hundreds of years for the Messiah. The deliverer. The one who would save them. And the Nativity was all the more amazing for what they finally received: God in infant form.

Advent is about anticipating God being with us. God coming to earth to save us. The manifestation of God in human form. Each week during Advent, we pause to contemplate the mysteries of this sacred event. The wonder of the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God of the universe stepping down from his holy throne to be with us. To be one of us and yet not like us. To save us. To love us.

Art can have a way of allowing us to pause and be silent. To notice details and immerse ourselves in a story. To make that story ours. If you so choose, from this guide and the accompanying prints, feel free to display an individual print during each week of Advent and present it with the readings provided. Or, feel at liberty to explore other ways to include the art in your Advent traditions.

May these Advent art devotions allow you to pause and contemplate the true wonder of the season. To anticipate the sacred and divine arrival of God with us.

18 reviews for God With Us: Advent Art Devotions and Prints Volume III

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  1. beautiful art

  2. Such a lovely resource to lead us deeper into advent.

  3. These prints are wonderful. Very high quality for the price. I used them in my class last week when I had a few minutes at the end of class. I gave one print to each table and had students observe for three minutes and try to remember all the details. Then, turn over the print and recall all the details. Then, look at the print again and discuss. I was surprised at how engaged all my students were (8-9th graders). I’ll be doing this again next week before Christmas break!

  4. This is the second set of Advent prints I have purchased. They are wonderful! Thank you!

  5. I have ordered several sets of prints over the years (digital downloads). They have all been lovely and I am thankful for this resource!

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