Advent 2017

It all began with a question: What if during Advent, we began with four lit candles and each week lit one less, quieting/stilling our way toward the center Christ candle? How could a question like that be imaged?


One person said it’s like a countdown… Yes, indeed! I’ve also suggested that it mirrors our physical experience (in the Northern Hemisphere) with light.

The image breaks into five vertical panels, from right to left: four lit candles, three, two, one, and the Christ candle with the Madonna and Child.

One of the things that delights me is that in the tradition of reading left to right, the image begins with Christ. God is with us all along. Becoming quieter can help us discern that. I had a conversation early on about my desire to have people move through the image from right to left, like coming back to the beginning. The person I was talking with told me about the “O, Antiphons.” Really, really interesting stuff… And although it can’t be proven, I choose to leave room for the mystery.

Download (free) this image in black and white using the link below. Add your own color this Advent!
Check out the liturgies that accompany the images… it’s all free here from LEAD –


5 thoughts on “Advent 2017

  1. Such a powerful concept, Vonda. I immediately thought of the Tenebrae service on Thursday of Holy Week, after celebrating together, and then, remembering Jesus being arrested in the Garden. The lights begin to dim in the church, and one by one, vases, candles, Bible, Prayer Book, linens, hangings, Communion dishes, the Altar Cross are removed from the Sanctuary, and the people silently leave – preparing for the stark focus of Good Friday and Jesus’ sacrificial crucifixion on our behalf.
    I want to try this Advent example this year, keeping focus. Really like the “O Antiphons.”
    Thank you!

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  2. Hi Vonda,
    You and your artwork is so inspirational! I spoke with you briefly at the WELCA Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis last year. As a Bethel Lutheran Church member in Madison, WI, and leader of the Bethel Fine Arts Committee we are planning an Art of The Word art exhibition in May-June, 2019 and invite you to participate. Please contact me to discuss this possibility further.


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