When people think about prayer stations, also called walking liturgies, they may first think about the Stations of the Cross, often toured and prayed during the Easter season. Advent, though, offers opportunities to create of prayer. Prayer stations engage the whole prayer, with body moving, mind imagining and spirit lifting toward God. Advent observers can anticipate the Incarnation's approach by praying at Advent stations in their worship communities, in their homes or in youth ministry settings.
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Advent Candle Walking Liturgy
The chapel sanctuary provides a spiritually focused environment for a private or a community Advent stations experience. Set up Advent candle stations in the four corners of the sanctuary with purple and rose candles decorated with holly and ivy. As prayers visit each station, they are reminded with cards to meditate and to pray on the values of peace, love, hope and joy. Walkers pray from cards printed with prayer related to the virtue represent at the station. As station walkers leave the chapel, they pass by a large, lit white candle representing, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
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Advent Stations in the Park
Advent season is marked in many areas by crisp and cold weather. Local parks, with few late-fall and early-winter visitors, offer a way to pray Advent stations under God's cathedral of clouds and sky. Visit a local park to get an idea of how its layout permits an Advent walking liturgy. Predetermine four locations to visit. On the day of the walking Advent prayer, bring four candles -- three purple and one rose -- representing hope, peace, love and joy, respectively. Read from a book of Advent readings or from the Bible, including, for example, the Magnificat from Luke for the station of joy.
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O Antiphon Advent Stations
The "O Antiphons" praise the names of Jesus and are sung during the last week of Advent. Walk Advent stations singing or reciting the complete O Antiphons, which include, O Wisdom, O Ruler or Lord, O Root of Jesse, O Rising Dawn, O King and O God with us. Prayers follow the Advent prayer trail singing the Lord's names and silently reflecting on the Incarnation's meaning.
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Youth Ministry Advent Prayer Stations
Young people can reap spiritual benefit from slowing down their bodies and minds during a season in which material concerns can overwhelm the senses. Set up stations with images of the Nativity, Advent icons and symbols of hope, peace, joy and love. Youthful walkers and prayers can stop at each station and perform a different reflective activity. They can write a brief statement on provided index cards, for instance, listing three distractions they experience during Advent. Young visitors finish with prayers of gratitude and excitement for the approaching Christ child.