Advent is a time of expectation and preparation for the joy of Christmas, when we celebrate God-with-us, Immanuel. As we await the birth of the Christ, we also look for the fulfillment of God’s reign of love, and pray that we will be an active part of its unfolding. Advent and Christmas traditions at Augustana include the Swedish Sankta Lucia celebration in mid-December and a bilingual Spanish-English telling of the Christmas story.

Advent 1 – Sunday, December 2, 2018

  • 10:30 Eucharist
  • Advent Wreath making at the hospitality hour.
  • 2:00 Misa

Advent 2 – Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • 10:30 Eucharist
  • 8:30 Swedish Church Advent service
  • 2:00 Misa

Advent 3 – Sunday, December 16, 2018 – Gaudete Sunday

  • 10:30 Eucharist – with Sankta Lucia Celebration
  • Greening (decorating) of the church at 1:00
  • 2:00 Misa
  • Santa Maria holiday party after Misa

Advent 4 – Sunday, December 23, 2018

  • 10:30 Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
  • 2:00 Misa

Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24, 2018

  • 2:30 Nordic Christmas Vespers
  • 4:30 Bilingual Christmas Vespers – The Story Sung and Read with Children in Costume
  • 10:00 Lessons, Carols, and Christmas Eucharist

Christmas Day

  • 10:30 Eucharist—the “Christ Mass”