According to musician and composer Daniel Kantor, wintertime images of clear, cold darkness and stark landscapes blanketed in snow are “the perfect canvas for expressing a lot of the ritual experiences that come through the season of Advent.”
A single female voice, along with the brand new Sebastian Gluck pipe organ, sang “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name.” Soon after, the entire space was filled with brass, timpani, choir, and the congregation praising God.
Shortly after Labor Day, when the only signs of Christmas are at retail outlets and drug stores, Fr. Frank Uter takes a seat at his kitchen table of his rectory and pens personal tidings in Christmas cards to his parishioners.
The Advent calendar with one tab or box to open each day for 24 or 25 days taps into something people really like: countdowns. It also highlights the anticipation that is at the heart of the four-week liturgical season of Advent.