The Oxford Dictionary defines splendor as "The beautiful and impressive features or qualities of something.” What could be more splendid than the Kingdom of God? Theologian Alexander Schmemann states "As long as Christians will love the Kingdom of God, and not only discuss it, they will represent it and signify it, in art and beauty…[specifically in the liturgy]". It's true the liturgy certainly can be resplendent. But in Advent when quiet anticipation abounds, an early nativity scene expectantly emerges and a rustic carved image of a babe resting on a pile of hay whispers God's intent. Splendor can be pure innocence and everlasting love that stirs our hearts.
—Mary Dianish, a member of Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, Pawleys Island, and Secretary of the Standing Committee
As part of this effort to create a global, online advent calendar -- led by Forward Movement -- we will share a new word each day from November 28-December 25, 2021, with meditations from people around the diocese. Each day, the meditation will be accompanied by an image relating to the word of the day as well.