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When I posed the question “What song bubbles up within your heart at this season?” I got a number of responses. Most of them were Christmas rather than Advent songs, so I thought I would list some of my favorites for Advent.
This selection focuses on Advent themes rather than the Christmas carols that the secular culture grabs onto before Christmas is seen vaguely on the horizon. These songs really help me to keep my spiritual focus in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Then when Christmas arrives (or at least gets close) I can enjoy the carols fully. I love Advent chants, especially Gregorian chants, and also contemplative music so obviously this is the focus of my suggestions here.
Everyone - Favorite - O - Come - O
Everyone’s favorite is O Come O Come Emmanuel which is often used in the days leading up to Christmas so I thought it was a good one to start with.
Gregorian Chants to Inspire Us.
Chants - Advent - Way - Soul - Spirit
Gregorian chants especially during Advent are a wonderful way to calm my soul and rest my spirit.
I also highly recommend acquiring is a set of Advent chants recorded by The Benedictines of Mary “Advent at Ephesus” These hit the top of the classic music lists a couple of years ago and it is easy to see why.
Favourite - Mine - Hour - Music - Hildegard
And another favourite of mine an hour of contemplative music from Hildegard of Bingen Voice of the Living Light
Advent Songs from the Black Gospel Tradition.
Paul - Neeley - Global - Christian - Worship
Paul Neeley at Global Christian Worship posted a link to this wonderful collection of inspirational African American gospel songs that are appropriate to Advent. It included this inspirational recording.
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