In early December each year, students on campus are intently focused on preparing for final exams. This idea of intentional preparation is central to the Christian spiritual traditions of Advent, providing a reflective theme in our programming. For many years, an Advent Day of Recollection has been offered on the main campus for students, faculty, staff and local alumni to step out of the normal rhythm of their lives and spend a day in quiet reflection and prayer led by a Jesuit, faculty member or skilled retreat director from outside the University.
As an aid to individual spiritual preparation for Christmas, the Advent Daily Devotional presents brief reflections and prayers written by students, faculty, staff, and alumni drawn from the University's Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian communities. Each morning, an email is sent to subscribers containing the day's reflection and prayer, and links to daily scripture readings. Thousands of members of the Georgetown community around the world participate in this digital retreat.
Special liturgies throughout Advent bring our campus community together, including an annual ecumenical Lessons and Carols service held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and the festive Advent Mass held on the last Sunday before students depart for the winter break. All members of the Georgetown community regardless of faith tradition are invited to join us in these Advent activities.