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Begin the Advent season with a commitment to reading the Bible every day. Learn the ancient practice oflectio divina or “divine reading.” Lectio divina was developed by the early monks to make reading the Bible an attractive experience.

A common method is:

• Read the Scripture passage out loud (or read it silently if done individually).

• Highlight any words or phrases that strike you.

• Read the passage again and expand your reflection from focus on a word or phrase to an idea that you find in the passage.

• Read the passage a third time. Briefly describe how the passage speaks to you and how it throws light on some aspect of your life.

Also:

Make or purchase an Advent wreath for your family.   Many parishes and religious gift stores offer Advent wreaths for sale, but it is fun to make one from fresh greens you gather.

Learn about the tradition and significance of Advent wreaths.

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