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And, just like that, it’s Advent

Advent is a season of prayer and reflection — a time of waiting and preparation of our homes, our hearts and especially our worship spaces. Advent wreaths, special altar hangings, banners and candles where we name each candle we light:

Hope — Something that is promised and anticipated…something, and someone, profound and holy.

Peace — In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” Peace be with you.

Joy — The pink candle for Mary. Joyful preparation as Mary became aware of the gift she would soon give to the world. Choosing God’s promise over self-doubt.

Love — Bishop Michael Curry tells us about the redemptive power of love and invites us to practice “The Way of Love” as a rule of life.


Drawn Homeward

My parishioner, Ed, was an electrical engineer. During World War II he worked on a highly secret project involving long-wave radio technology. Later he learned the purpose…


The Season of Advent

“The function of Advent is to remind us what we’re waiting for as we go through life too busy with things that do not matter to remember the things that do…”


History of Vestments (Part III)

If you are purchasing new vestments, it is possible to duplicate your current ones, yet, increasingly, clergy want their own vestments…


History of NAGA

The National Association of Diocesan Altar Guilds had its beginnings over 50 years ago, when, at the 1919 Convention held in Detroit, the National Council of the Episcopal Church was formed…


Connect with NAGA  

Membership. NAGA depends on dues to produce the Epistle and provide speakers and workshops at our triennial meetings. If you aren’t already a member, learn more about NAGA and join us today.

Order your Epistle in living color. Send your e-mail address to Donna Anderson.

Invite NAGA to your next gathering. Please contact our President, Dianne Walters, if you would like her join you for a diocesan gathering or other event.

Share your insights with others. We are happy to share your altar guild newsletter on our website. Please send a PDF of the current issue to our webmaster Betty Hinchman.

Who’s Who? Who are your current Provincial and Diocesan Altar Guild Directors? Please send current contact information to Donna Anderson or Dianne Walters.