Candles & Conifers: Resources for All Saints' and Advent

Book, 263pp
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A collection of seasonal resources - prayers, liturgies, poems, reflections, sermons, meditations, stories and responses, written by Iona Community members, associates, friends and others.

It offers resources for groups and individuals covering the weeks from All Saints' Day to Christmas Eve, including saint's days, Remembrance Day, World AID's Day and Advent. There are liturgies for an outdoor celebration with fireworks, a Christingle service and a longest night service, as well as Advent candle ceremonies, personal prayer practices, a series of responses and blessings and a cats' Advent calendar.

A companion resource book Hay & Stardust covers the season of Christmastide, from Christmas Eve to Candlemas.

Contents include:

Saints and souls

  • 13 readings, 1 response, 5 prayers, 5 songs, 2 liturgies, 1 story

Christ the King

  • 1 response, 1 liturgy, 1 reading, 1 song

World AIDS Day

  • 1 response, 1 story, 2 prayers

Responses and blessings for the Sundays of Advent

The cats' Advent calendar

Advent candle ceremonies

  • 2 liturgies, 1 response, 2 prayers, 3 songs

Liturgies and prayer practices for Advent

  • 2 liturgies, 1 prayer

The Jesse Tree

  • 1 reading, 1 prayer, 1 song

Last Things: death, judgement, heaven and hell

  • 10 readings, 1 script, 2 prayers, 1 story

Watching and waiting

  • 8 readings, 6 prayers

Light and darkness

  • 1 sermon, 3 liturgies, 5 readings, 2 prayers, 3 songs

Journeying through Advent

  • 5 readings, 9 prayers, 1 story


  • 3 prayers, 1 sermon, 1 reading, 1 Biblical reflections

Enter the angels

  • 3 readings, 5 Biblical reflections, 1 prayer, 1 liturgy

Christingle service

  • 1 liturgy, 1 song

The Longest Night

Christmas Eve

  • 3 responses, 2 songs, 7 readings, 6 prayers, 1 story

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