Advent Book: O Radiant Dawn by Lisa Hendey

O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent WreathO Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath by Lisa M. Hendey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very handy book that I recommend to anyone who wants to get in the habit of regular reflection during Advent. Lisa Hendey has written a series of 5-minute prayers designed for daily use by individuals or families, even those with young children.

The family gathers round the Advent wreath, lighting the candle, a song is sung, and a scripture reading is provided to be read aloud for prayer and contemplation. There are reflection and conversation prompts, both for adults and for children. A closing prayer provides more food for thought as it sums up the daily readings.

It is a simple enough formula but Hendey has put it together with obvious care. It is nice to have something structured yet brief enough to include in busy daily schedules. This will also be a good opportunity to reflect upon the O Antiphons, which are included as part of the prayer reflections during the appropriate days immediately before Christmas.

This is a good book that I could see becoming a family tradition from year to year. I’m looking forward to using it myself beginning Sunday when Advent is finally here.

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