Each year Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers our free Advent and Lent devotionals as our gift to you! We invite you to read and listen to daily messages written by students in the Doctor of Ministry program. Scroll down to learn more about the various ways you can read the daily Advent devotionals.

Advent Resources

In addition to the daily devotionals below, you might also be interested in our resources for personal and corporate worship.

  • Big Book of Advent - Year 2 Multiple biblical passages from the daily lectionary, reflections based on those passages, and accompanying prayers based on each reflection NEW
  • Music Selections by Borys Hede Wassayle Quire NEW
  • Advent Litany NEW
  • A Pictorial Narrative of the Birth and Childhood of Jesus Slideshow containing historic lantern slides of Christmas-related scenes from the Holy Land NEW
  • Plus, the "What is Advent?" video, guitar sheet music perfect for the youth in your congregation, and a customizable PowerPoint presentation.


2017 Advent Devotionals

A special thanks to the Rev. Rebecca Jones '11, who recorded this year's Advent devotionals.


December 3, 2017 | The Rev. Dieuner Joseph | Online | Audio | PDF

December 4, 2017 | The Rev. Oghene’tega Swann | Online | Audio | PDF

December 5, 2017 | The Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Nnachette Maximos | Online | Audio | PDF

December 6, 2017 | The Rev. Katie Crowe | Online | Audio | PDF

December 7, 2017 | The Rev. Graeme R. Wilson | Online | Audio | PDF

December 8, 2017 | The Rev. Rebecca Kahnt | Online | Audio | PDF

December 9, 2017 | The Rev. Derek S. Marotta | Online | Audio | PDF

December 10, 2017 | The Rev. Tim Dooner | Online | Audio | PDF

December 11, 2017 | The Rev. Connie S. Weaver | Online | Audio | PDF

December 12, 2017 | Fr. Mark Basily | Online | Audio | PDF

December 13, 2017 | The Rev. Philomena Ofori-Nipaah | Online | Audio | PDF

December 14, 2017 | Fr. Paul Fanous | Online | Audio | PDF

December 15, 2017 | The Rev. Lezley J. Stewart | Online | Audio | PDF

December 16, 2017 | LaNita D. Butler | Online | Audio | PDF

December 17, 2017 | The Rev. Jennifer Young-Thompson | Online | Audio | PDF

December 18, 2017 | The Rev. Lou Nyiri | Online | Audio | PDF

December 19, 2017 | The Rev. Andrew Pomerville | Online | Audio | PDF

December 20, 2017 | The Rev. Kimberly Greway | Online | Audio | PDF

December 21, 2017 | The Rev. Wayland Coe | Online | Audio | PDF

December 22, 2017 | The Rev. James W. Kirk | Online | Audio | PDF

December 23, 2017 | The Rev. C. Mark Scott | Online | Audio | PDF

December 24, 2017 | The Rev. John Pickles | Online | Audio | PDF

December 25, 2017 | The Rev. Graham McWilliams | Online | Audio | PDF

Daily Devotionals Delivered to your E-mail

New Subscribers:

  1. Visit PTS News Sign Up.
  2. Complete the required information and select Devotionals (Advent and Lent). Please note that other e-newsletters are available.
  3. Click “Subscribe”.

Existing Subscribers:

If you received the Lenten or Advent devotional last year, nothing further is required.

If you already receive e-news from the Seminary (President’s Communiqué, Alumni News, WMI, MUI, CPI, Museum, or Continuing Education), but not the Devotional, you will need to

  1. Click "Preferences" at the end of a PTS e-mail.
  2. Select "Devotionals (Advent and Lent)" and click "Update."
  3. Please note, if you would like to subscribe to the Devotional using a different e-mail from which you receive other Seminary e-newsletters, you will need to sign up using the “New Subscriber” instructions listed above.

For those with further questions or having difficulty signing up, please e-mail David Keys at dkeys@pts.edu.

Devotionals App

The Seminary's Advent and Lenten Devotionals are available through a free app for your Android or Apple device. Visit the Google Play Store or iTunes Store and search for "Devotions - Advent & Lent" or follow these link from your mobile device: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.pts.devotions (Android) or https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/devotions-advent-lent/id945697533?ls=1&mt=8 (Apple).

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Devotionals to Print and Share

We also offer a printed version of the devotional that's great for sharing with your small church group. You can request a printed copy be mailed to you by e-mailing reception@pts.edu or calling 412-362-5610. DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE 2017 ADVENT DEVOTIONAL

Past Years

Lent Devotional 2017
Lent Devotional 2016
Lent Devotional 2015
Lent Devotional 2014

Advent Devotional 2016
Advent Devotional 2015
Advent Devotional 2014
Advent Devotional 2013
Advent Devotional 2012
Advent Devotional 2011
Advent Devotional 2010
Advent Devotional 2009
Advent Devotional 2008

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