From the Very Rev. Kristina Maulden

We are approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas at an amazing pace. In this peculiar year, the idea of celebrating Advent while physically distanced, is particularly difficult to contemplate. To counter that as much as possible, the clergy and staff at the Cathedral are developing ways for us to work and worship together as a community. There will be special musical offerings, different online worship experiences and intentional Advent formation opportunities. One of the ways to walk through Advent that I love is participating in Advent Word. This collaborative work of words, meditation and images is used across the world to bring intriguing depth to the days leading up to Christmas. We can do this as a congregation and be linked to that greater Christian experience.

So, what is Advent Word? Beginning Sunday, November 29, those who register will receive the daily AdventWord along with an image and a short meditation via email.  The meditations will also be available on and through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. It is absolutely free to join in.

After reading the daily meditation, share a photo or image that reflects the theme for the day, or write a response to it – and then post it to social media. If you are not on social media, email your reflections to me at [email protected] and I will post yours on the Cathedral social media pages. Not only can we read and pray over the daily emailed meditations on our own, but we can also view what other people are posting on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, and we can share our own personal visual meditations, too. I would love to see your visual interpretations and hear your thoughts!

You can share with everyone your images and ideas if you go to the AdventWord Facebook Page and write on the page using #adventword + the tag for the day, and #CathedralStJohnAbq.  For example, if the word for the day was “shine” you could tag your image with #adventword #shine #CathedralStJohnAbq. Sign up at