Advent

20 Songs and Carols for Advent

Although 20 is a little controversial…

I’ve tried to include a mixture of classic carols and more modern songs in this list. Hopefully there will be old and new family favourites.

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1. Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.

2. The People That Walked in Darkness Have Seen A Great Light

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.

3. The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came

“For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honor thee;
Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
Most highly favored lady.” Gloria!

4. My Soul Glorifies the Lord

My soul glorifies the Lord, for he has done great things.

5. Glory (Let There Be Peace)

One star burns in the darkness
Shines with the promise Emmanuel
One child born in the stillness
Living within us Emmanuel
We’re singing glory, glory
Let there be peace, let there be peace

6. O Come Divine Messiah

 O come, divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

7. Savior of the Nations Come

Savior of the nations, come, 
Show yourself, the virgin’s son. 
Marvel heaven, wonder earth, 
That our God chose such a birth. 

8. Breath of Heaven 

Do you wonder as you watch my face,
If a wiser one should have had my place,
But i offer all i am
For the mercy of your plan.
Help me be strong.
Help me be.
Help me.

9. Soon and Very Soon

Oh so soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King,
Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King.
Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King,
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
We are going to see the King.

10. What A Beautiful Name

What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

11. Awake, O Sleeper – Ike Ndolo

In the darkest times of life
When our lights refuse to shine
You are there, you are there
When our hearts become like stone

12. Looking for a Savior

I am looking for a savior
I can see and know and touch
One who dwells within the midst of us
May a broken God be known
in the earth beneath our feet
may our souls behold humility
may our souls behold humility

13. Restless

Oh, speak now for my soul is listening
Say that You have saved me, whisper in the dark, the dark.
‘Cause I know You’re more than my salvation
Without you I am hopeless, tell me who You are
You are the keeper of my heart
You are the keeper of my heart

14. Even the Winter

Even the winter won’t last forever
We’ll see the morning, we’ll feel the sun
We’ll wake up in April, ready and able
Sowing the seeds in the soil
of our love
of our love

15. Hearts Waiting

Hearts waiting, waiting on a Saviour
Come, O come, Emmanuel
Hear the prophets, speaking of the promise
Come, O come, Emmanuel
A light of glory filled the sky
And we heard the angel choir

16. Come Thou Long Awaited Jesus

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

17. O Come Divine Messiah

O come, divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

18. Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus

Come Lord Jesus, Maranatha
Come Lord Jesus, do not delay.
Come Lord Jesus, Lighten our darkness
Come Lord Jesus, do not delay.

19. Ave Maria – Schubert

Ave maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictu
Et benedictus frutcus ventris, ventris tu jesus


As I said, this last song doesn’t exactly subscribe to Catholic teaching due to Mary being saved from sin. However, its beautiful, and how it was written is beautiful too; see below this for that story.

20. Mary Did You Know

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby you kiss the face of God.

In including this, I thought I’d add this little titbit from Mark Lowry, who co-wrote the song, as to why he wrote it. It’s well worth a read.

Lowry said, “As I wrote the ‘speaking parts’ I began to think about Mary. I have always been fascinated with the concept that God came to earth. In a conversation with my mother, I remember she said, ‘If anyone on earth knew for sure that Jesus was virgin born — Mary knew!’ That was a profound statement that stuck with me. One thing they couldn’t take from Mary was that she knew her Child was not ordinary.”
Lowry went on to say, “At the cross on Mount Calvary, while Jesus was dying, her silence was a great testimony to the fact of who he was and is. He said to them, ‘When you have seen me, you have seen the Father.’ Of course, for this they nailed him to a cross, and his mother never said a word.”
Lowry described how the song came into existance, “As my mind went back to the manger scene, I began to think about the power, authority and majesty she cradled in her arms. Those little lips were the same lips that had spoken worlds into existence. All of those things were contained in the young child lying quietly on her bosom. Even now, he was the very one who had given life to his mother, Mary. I began writing a list of questions I would like to ask Mary if I could sit down with her — questions such as, ‘Mary, do you know who is in your arms?’”

Mark Lowry

As always, I’d love to hear any feedback or comments. In the meantime….

God Bless

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