Church Drunk has you covered with a Christmas Countdown unlike any other. Throughout the season, Dizzy & Ges will be posting our favorite Adventy quotes, songs, musings, and literary adventures, along with a weekly challenge designed to make your Advent overflow with hope, peace, joy, and love…and possibly (hopefully) bourbon!
Week 1: Nov. 29-Dec. 5
Sunday, November 29
Ges’s Weekly Challenge: Read the readings of the day…every day.
Dizzy’s Weekly Challenge: Look for a MIRACLE!
Monday, November 30
Let’s get this Advent party started off right: “Pass Me a Pint” by Johnnyswim
Tuesday, December 1
Watch for the Light – “Could that thy soul, O Man, become a silent night!”
Wednesday, December 2
While rummaging through those boxes of Christmas decorations, remember to do a bit of spiritual rummaging, as well. If you need somewhere to start, give the Ignatian Examen a try!
Thursday, December 3
Let us not forget during this season of Advent, that the whole dang story started with the birth of a child. Let’s remember the many gifts of the young and young at heart. If you haven’t checked out Paul Rogers’ artistic interpretation of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” then now is the time!
Friday, December 4
“Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” Mk. 13:33
Saturday, December 5
Say a prayer (and if possible a “thank you”) for our first responders who give us HOPE in these challenging times! “They are the antibodies to the virus of indifference. They remind us that our lives are a gift and we grow by giving of ourselves: not preserving ourselves but losing ourselves in service.” – Pope Francis, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future
Week 2: Dec. 6-Dec. 12
Sunday, December 6
Ges’s Weekly Challenge: Find a new favorite Christmas (or Advent) song about peace!
Dizzy’s Weekly Challenge: Work for justice! Find a local organization to support with a donation or some volunteer hours
Tuesday, December 8
In the words of St. Maximillian Kolbe, “Who are you, O Immaculate Conception?”
Wednesday, December 9
When all else fails…read Karl Rahner.
“Behold you come. And your coming is neither past nor future, but the present, which has only to reach its fulfillment. Now it is still the one single hour of your Advent, at the end of which we too shall have found out that you have really come.” (excerpt from “Divine Dawning”)
Thursday, December 10
In labor all creation groans…for the perfect song about peace and watchful hope! “In Labor All Creation Groans” by Bifrost Arts
Friday, December 11
“We are your people, walking in darkness yet seeking the light.” -Henri Nouwen, “Advent Prayer”
Saturday, December 12
As we focus on hope, peace, joy, and love during this Advent season, let us stand with those who speak out for the hopeless, the desperate, and the unloved. Join your voice with Sr. Helen Prejean, and pray for a transformation within our justice system.
Week 3: Dec. 13-Dec. 19
Sunday, December 13
Ges’s Weekly Challenge: Reach out to someone each day just to drop some joy into their lives!
Dizzy’s Weekly Challenge: Spend time each day practicing gratitude with Br. David Steindl-Rast
Monday, December 14
It’s Joy Week! Turn up the happy with Rend Collective’s rendition of “Good King Wenceslaus”.
Tuesday, December 15
During this most festive week, we light the rose candle (that’s the pink one for those of you keeping track at home), and join the good Rev. James Martin, S.J. in celebrating the joy that the Roses of Schitt’s Creek can bring into our lives!
Thursday, December 17
Virtual Posadas? Virtual Posadas! Over the next few days, join the Ignatian Solidarity Network to do a bit of Advent spiritual journeying.
Friday, December 18
“O Holy Night” – perhaps a bit tired and certainly too long and slow and solemn for Joy Week, right? Well, The Hunts say otherwise! Let us not forget in the long, dark days of winter that one holy night can change everything.
Saturday, December 19
It’s Advent 2020…be the bell! “Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower” by Ranier Maria Rilke
Week 4: Dec. 20-Dec. 24
Sunday, December 20
Ges’s Weekly Challenge: Watch a beloved Christmas movie or special…without distractions!
Dizzy’s Weekly Challenge: Practice love through the 2020 version of hospitality.
Monday, December 21
Advent really is the best time for reconnecting with music that moves us. But you don’t have to take our word for it…just ask Matt Maher!
Tuesday, December 22
“I don’t care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It’s enough to know that for some people they exist, and that they dance.” -Mary Oliver, “Angels”
Wednesday, December 23
It’s getting to be crunch time. Settle in with an old favorite, and try to listen with new ears and an open heart!
Thursday, December 24
We all have our Christmas Eve traditions. Here at Church Drunk, ours is The Pogues (and a tumbler of Jameson).
Friday, December 25