Advent: What you may have missed

Now that the last night of Advent is here and we close out the season of Advent for this liturgical year, I offer two podcasts that I have listened to over the last four weeks. I have found them very good and wanted to share them.

The first is from Grace Matters, the radio ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The host, Rev. Peter Marty normally invites live guest to join him, but for the four weeks of Advent he has explored the lives of four saints and ‘interviews’ them: Maximilian Kolbe, the polish priest who gave his life for another in Auschwitz Concentration Camp; Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval female mystic; Juliana of Norwich, another female medieival mystic known for calling Jesus ‘mother’; and Benedict of Nursia, author of the Rule of St. Benedict.

Another podcast is the sermon series by Adam Hamilton, pastor of Church of the Resurrection in Kansas. His four-part sermon series reflects on Christmas through the eyes of Mary, the Mother of our Lord. He takes a fascinating tact with this, even staying with the flow of Advent starting with the end of Marys life looking at the resurrection/return of Christ to the birth of Christ on the final Sunday.  Video can be found on the Church website: Beginning with the End: Mary’s Story; The Piercing of Mary’s Soul; Amazed, Astounded and Astonished; and Mary, Full of Grace.

Both of these podcasts can be found through iTunes. If you have some time over the Christmas holidays, I encourange you to check them out.

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