Looking Forward to Christ

An Instant Pageant for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Reverend Donnel O'Flynn


ISBN-13: 9781606741351



An Advent pageant that tells of the forthcoming birth of Christ beginning with stories and prophecies from the Old Testament (Isaiah, Miriam, Abraham), John the Baptist, and concluding with the Annunciation.

It can easily be performed with little rehearsal on the Sunday before Christmas (Advent 4) during the Liturgy of the Word. Complete rehearsals can take place in less than two hours and the cast can expand and contract as necessary, by using or not using some of the minor roles. By reserving all the speaking parts for older children who narrate and by having the congregation sing carols during scene changes, this is a very effective model. For this pageant, hymns are chosen from The Hymnal 1982.  

Time length: 20 minutes

Age Level: All ages

Audiences: All ages

Pages: 7

Cast: 11 characters +/-:

John the Baptist

Residents of Judea and Jerusalem

Isaiah the Prophet

Miriam the Prophetess

Dancing Women


The Camel (2 persons needed – fore and aft)



Narrators (4)

Donnel O’Flynn retired in 2015 after 30 years of parish ministry in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Central New York. With his wife, Janet, he lived in Haiti for a year as an Episcopal Volunteer in Mission, and now resides in his home state of Montana, where he is part-time rector at Christ Church in Kalispell. A Clergy Refresher Leave grant from the Lilly Foundation in 2010 allowed him to see the splendid carved crosses of Ireland and Armenia in person. His quest to understand their iconography eventually led him to an encounter with the Cross as the Tree of Life, and the desire to share this vision with others.


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