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.
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.
Further, 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.
Celebrate Advent at Georgetown:
Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Friday, December 8, Dahlgren Chapel
Masses offered at 12:10pm, 5:00pm, and 7:30pm
University Advent Mass - Sunday, December 10, 8pm
Please join us in Dahlgren Quad for opening prayer and singing, followed by a procession to and Mass in Gaston Hall. Afterwards, return to the Quad for refreshments.
Taize Prayer - Monday, December 11, 7:30pm, Dahlgren Chapel
An ecumenical Christian worship service that incorporates candlelight, short repeated songs, and intentional silence.
Looking for more? Here are some past Devotional Booklets: