Advent at St. David’s


In the holy season of Advent, we prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus. This time of hopeful anticipation marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. Below you will find events, classes, and worship to help you prepare.

During the Season of Advent, we will use Rite 1 for our services in the Historic Church. We are doing so to expose the whole congregation to the breadth of options in the Book of Common Prayer. We want to allow the beautiful traditional language of this Rite to enhance our worship during this time. Rite 1 has a penitential disposition, appropriate for the work of preparation in Advent.

Learn to Pray the Anglican Rosary

Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 210
Learn about the history of the Anglican Rosary, how to pray it, and write rosary prayers for the season of Advent. Rosaries will be provided.

  • REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THIS EVENT

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ADVENT CLASSES

Join a small group or event focusing on a single topic presented by knowledgeable specialists.

  • Waiting for God
  • Study of Henri Nouwen’s essay, Waiting for God.

  • Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics
  • In this interactive journey group participants will practice engaging strategies to interpret the Bible critically in the interest of women.

    HELP THE CURATE CRAFT THE CHRISTMAS SERMON

    Monday, Dec. 13, 6-7:15 p.m. on Zoom

    Father Santi Rodriguez invites you to an exercise in collaborative sermon preparation.

    This will be a prayerful communal reflection on the Gospel with the goal of crafting together a sermon for Christmas Eve. The reflection will be based on Ignatian contemplation (imaginative prayer). REGISTER FOP LINKS

    MIDDAY MUSIC

    Thursdays at Noon, Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23

    Midday Music, a series of public half-hour concerts by distinguished musicians, is St. David’s gift to the community. Our Advent series is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Order a boxed to-go lunch from Café Divine and pick it up after the concert.

    December 2
    Organ Omnibus

    Gregory Eaton, Lecturer in Organ & Harpsichord, UT Butler School of Music
    Organist/Choirmaster, All Saints’ Episcopal Church

    December 9
    Advent A Cappella

    The Voices of St David’s
    Professional A Cappella ensemble

    December 16
    Heavenly Harpsichord

    Eric Mellenbruch
    Organist & Associate Music Director, St David’s Episcopal Church

    December 23
    Christmas Carol Sing

    Your Name Here! 
    a singalong for all ages, with Eric Mellenbruch, organist

    DAILY PRAYER

    Morning Prayer

    Advent is the perfect time to make daily prayer a part of your spiritual life. Daily Morning Prayer is the first service in the Book of Common Prayer and the ideal beginning to every day and every week. St. David’s offers Morning Prayer for each Sunday, sung by a cantor to traditional chant, as a podcast for you to listen to and pray with on Sunday or at any time during the week. 

    Office of Compline

    Moves to Bethell Hall on Nov. 28, 8 p.m.
    Watch livestream: stdave.org/worship. Compline is the last of the daily Offices (the round of services of psalmody and prayer in the traditional liturgy of the Western Church), sung before retiring for the evening.

    OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

    Dec. 12, 9 a.m., Historic Church

    We will honor the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the third Sunday of Advent with roses and blessings. This service will include special musical guests and treats at coffee hour provided by our Hispanic outreach, worship support, and education ministry (HOME). Learn more about this ministry.

    ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS

    Dec. 12, 11:15 a.m., Historic Church

    This livestreamed service on the third Sunday of Advent includes a compilation of readings, anthems, and hymns. There will be no Holy Communion at this service. Learn more about our Sunday worship schedule.

    ORDER HOLIDAY DESSERTS

    Chef Ray and his elves are baking delicious treats for your holiday celebrations. Chocolate Pecan Pie ($18) and our selection of Bundt cakes (Bourbon Eggnog, Classic Rum, Chocolate Toffee, and Chocolate Raspberry $20). We will also be offering assorted cookie platters (2 doz $30, 3 doz $40, and 4 doz $50, cranberry walnut, heath bar, chocolate chip & pecan, and M&M. Pre-order online or contact Chef Ray by noon, Sunday, Dec. 19.

    BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE

    Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., Bethell Hall

    All are welcome to St. David’s Blue Christmas Service, which will be a time of quiet reflection, prayer, and worship, accepting where we really are in life, while we seek healing and hope. This service will be livestreamed. Learn more about our Sunday worship schedule.

    DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

    Our parish tradition in Advent is to offer donations as holiday gifts. All are encouraged to share their gifts of time, resources, or talent with our family of outreach entities. Please give generously to these wonderful organizations in honor or memory of a friend or loved one this Christmas!

    DEWEY WINBURNE FUND

    The Dewey Winburne Fund helps parishioners in need with HEB gift cards or rent assistance. This need has increased during COVID. To donate follow the GIVE link and specify “Dewey Winburne Fund” in the notes.

    TRINITY CENTER

    We all know how important the work of Trinity Center is in providing hospitality and services to our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and this need has only increased during COVID. 

    WARM HEART INTERNATIONAL

    Donations to Warm Heart will support microloans, scholarships, and feeding programs in Southern Malawi.