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Published this week is a new book for Advent, with prayers and beautiful artwork to help us journey mindfully through those weeks. Also we give a reminder of some more resources for Advent and Christmas.

Photo: Just after sunrise © David Coleman


New book for Advent

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Open Our Eyes

Daily prayers for Advent

(Book & e-book)

Ann Gerondelis

A welcome accompaniment to the Advent days of anticipating Christ’s birth. Follow its invitation of prophetic prayers and vibrant artwork to watch and wait for the coming of the Holy One. Open your eyes and heart to the wideness of God, and God’s gentle but persistent call for justice and mercy. Prayers and images are sequenced into weekly themes:

  • I am near, so near
  • I will lead you
  • I am yours
  • I am with you always

Return to the book during other seasons as well, to be immersed in God’s presence and to hear God’s call anew.

Ann Gerondelis is an author, architect and design educator in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the founder of Sketch Prayers Studio, which explores questions of the role of sacred communities, and the power of images in shaping perceptions of God’s holy imagination. Ann is a Friend of the Iona Community.

‘Ann’s gorgeous art carries me to the intersection of love and justice, where the Word gives birth to new incarnations of peace. This book will stir up our hearts to welcome the Holy One.’
Rev. Bradley Schmeling
Senior Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
St. Paul, Minnesota 

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


More resources for Advent & Christmas

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Going Home Another Way

Daily readings and resources for Christmastide

(Book & e-book)

Neil Paynter

Bible readings, reflections and worship resources for Christmastide from Iona Community members and associates to help you hear God’s Word through the commercialism of the season, the propaganda of the times; and to glimpse the sacred in the secular.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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Hay & Stardust

Resources for Christmas to Candlemas

(Book and e-book)

Ruth Burgess

A collection of worship and meditation resources for the season of Christmastide – including Christmas Day, Holy Innocents’ Day, Winter and New Year, Epiphany, Homelessness Sunday and Candlemas. It also contains eight Christmas plays.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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Advent Signs (PDF download)

Prayers, reflections and symbolic actions

Glendon Macaulay

Digital download: A series of prayers, reflections and symbolic actions for Advent that can be led by several voices. Three sections, focusing on John the Baptist, Mary and Jesus. 12 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

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Coming In from the Cold (PDF download)

Advent & Christmas resources for remembering the Bible with children and young people

Janet Lees

Digital download: A resource for Advent and Christmas especially for those working with young people or children in a school, community or church setting – but also full of lively prayers, scripts and ideas for anyone looking to break out of a rut by using ‘the remembered Bible’.

For more information and to see a sample

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God’s Family First (PDF download)

All-age worship for the first Sunday of Advent

Nancy Cocks

Digital download: An all-age service for Advent centred on light. It incorporates another of Nancy's ‘Fergie the Frog’ stories as a script. 14 pages.

For more information and to see a sample


Coming soon

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Liturgical resources for November,
December and January

(Book – advance orders being taken)

Ruth Burgess

Another magnificent collection of seasonal resources from Ruth Burgess is on its way. Winter covers the months of November, December and January. It includes prayers, stories, responses, songs, poems, reflections and meditations, written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others, and the major Christian festivals of All Saints’, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, as well as material for Remembrance, Blue Christmas, Christingle, New Year and Christian Unity.

Resource books for spring, autumn and winter will follow.

This book does not yet appear on our website and probably won't be available until mid-November (apologies!), but if you would like to order it in advance, you can do so by phone to our office – +44 (0)141 429 7281 – and it will be sent out to you as soon as it is published. Price £14.99 plus p&p.


Browse our Advent, Christmas & Epiphany resources

– Books

– E-books

– Downloads/e-liturgies

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