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Saints of Advent

Faroe Island St Nikolaus stamp
St Nikolaus
Faroe Island St Lucy stamp
St Lucia
Knights of Malta John the Baptist
St John the Baptist
Faroe Island St Thomas stamp
St Thomas
Liechtenstein Nativity stamp
St Joseph
St Mary
Sweden Virgin Mary stamp
Immaculate Conception
Stamps: Faroe Islands, 1998; Knights of Malta, 1967; Sweden, 1992; Liechtenstein, 1981—St Nicholas Center Collection



Saints of Advent, Christmas joy,
Yours the message we employ
Waiting for our Saviour dear
As we sing that Christ is near.

Gifts and generosity,
Nicholas, the people see
In the stories of your fame,
Children, sailors hail your name.

Shine in darkness candles bright,
Lucy's image brings us light.
Martyred saint your name recalls
That Christ's light shines for us all.

John the Baptist herald's cry,
Gives a signal, Christ is nigh.
His are words that do compel
Hope in Christ, all shall be well.

Thomas, once with doubt did sigh,
Now, My Lord and God, he cries,
Christmas leads to Calvary,
Resurrection sets us free.

Holy Joseph, none compare,
your devotion, love and care,
Guardian of the Holy One,
shows that new life has begun.

Blessed Mary, full of grace
Chosen by the Lord's embrace,
Mother by whom God is born
On that wondrous Christmas morn.

Mary, Joseph, John, we pray
Lucy, Nicholas, we say,
Thomas leading songs of praise,
As our prayers to Christ we raise.


J M ROSENTHAL 2003
Tune: MONKLAND 77 77


Musical notation PDF


St Nicholas Day—December 6
Immaculate Conception BVM—December 8
St Lucy's Day—December 13
St Thomas—December 21
St John Baptist—Advent 2 and 3
St Mary and St Joseph—Advent 4


By the Lay Canon J M Rosenthal. Used by permission.

Mp3 file courtesy of Jennifer Wolfe and the Hope College Music Department.
Audio player from 1pixelout, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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