Reading Plan

Advent 2023

Sunday, Nov. 26 • John 1:1-5
Monday, Nov. 27 • Genesis 3
Tuesday, Nov. 28 • Psalm 13
Wednesday, Nov. 29 • Psalm 130
Thursday, Nov. 30 • Leviticus 16
Friday, Dec. 1 • Jeremiah 31:31-34
Saturday, Dec. 2 • Hebrews 8
Sunday, Dec. 3 | Isaiah 11:1-10 • The Candle of Hope
Monday, Dec. 4 • Micah 5:2-5
Tuesday, Dec. 5 • Zechariah 9:9-13
Wednesday, Dec. 6 • John 15:9-13
Thursday, Dec. 7 • Ezekiel 34:11-16
Friday, Dec. 8 • Isaiah 9:2-7
Saturday, Dec. 9 • Isaiah 53
Sunday, Dec. 10 | 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 • The Candle of Love
Monday, Dec. 11 • Colossians 1:15-22
Tuesday, Dec. 12 • Philippians 2:1-11
Wednesday, Dec. 13 • 2 Corinthians 6:3-10
Thursday, Dec. 14 • Luke 1:26-38
Friday, Dec. 15 • Luke 1:39-80
Saturday, Dec. 16 • Luke 2:1-7
Sunday, Dec. 17 | Matthew 2:1-12 • The Candle of Joy
Monday, Dec. 18 • Luke 2:8-20
Tuesday, Dec. 19 • Ephesians 4:1-6
Wednesday, Dec. 20 • Luke 4:16-21
Thursday, Dec. 21 • Revelation 21:1-5
Friday, Dec. 22 • Galatians 4:4-7
Saturday, Dec. 23 • Colossians 2:13-15
Sunday, Dec. 24 | Romans 5:1-11 • The Candle of Peace (morning), The Christ Candle (evening)
Monday, Dec. 25 • 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

What Is Advent?

What Does Advent Mean?
Advent means “arrival” and signifies the start of an event or the arrival of a person. In Christian communities around the world, Advent refers to a four-week season of remembering and celebrating the arrival of Jesus on Earth. It’s a time to reflect on the unexpected nature of Jesus’ humble birth and join in the anticipation of when he will come again to reunite Heaven and Earth once and for all.

Why Is Advent Important?
Advent can be a simple and fun tradition of counting down to Christmas. But for others—particularly those who believe Jesus to be the incarnation of God and the long-awaited Messiah—Advent is a shared experience of meditation and prayer that celebrates the arrival of Jesus.

How Is Advent Typically Celebrated?
In some traditions, followers of Jesus devote the first two weeks of Advent to remembering Jesus’ promise to return and renew Heaven and Earth. Then, during the last two weeks of Advent, these communities focus on the birth of Jesus.

In other traditions, people reflect on the concepts of hope, peace, love, and joy—one for each week leading up to Christmas. People may light Advent candles, prepare unique wreaths, hold special church services, or read specific Scriptures each day to reflect on the arrival of Jesus on Earth.

What Parts of the Bible Inform Our Understanding of Advent?
From the first story to the last, the Bible is full of narratives, poetry, prophecy, biographies, and personal letters that inform our understanding of Advent. When the Bible talks about humans waiting for the promised anointed King who would deliver them, it can help us connect with their anticipation (Amos 9:11-13). When we read about people choosing joy and hope in God’s promises despite their circumstances, the meaning of Advent can take on a deeper meaning (Isa. 9:6-7, 11:1-5; Luke 1:26-2:20). And when the New Testament talks about a second advent, the return of Jesus, we can join in that time of waiting, shared by Christians throughout history (Rev. 21:1-5).

Reading plan adapted from
Explanation of Advent written by the BibleProject