Advent Music

Advent wreath

Music is such an important way to express mood and never more so than during Advent. Advent music gives voice to the yearning, longing, and waiting in hope of the season. It is a tangible way to be present in the season, somewhat over against the culture’s headlong rush into joyous celebratory Christmas music.

Each season has its own moods and there is value in marking the sights and sounds of each. Consider making a playlist of your favorite Advent music.

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Music for Advent II
Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle
MP3 downloads
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Redeemer of the Nations, Come
Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle
WLP CD 2406
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Gentle Night: Music for Advent and Christmas
St. Louis Jesuits
OCP CD 10128
MP3 downloads
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Winter’s Coming Home: Songs to Celebrate Winter and Christmas
Monks of Western Priory
CD 1080
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An Advent Procession based on The Great “O” Antiphons
Choirs of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, WA
LRCD 1020
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Come, Emmanuel: Advent and Christmas Hymns
Ron Rendek, Guitar
with some violin and flute
World Library Publications CD 2292
Amazon
GIA Publications
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O Come Rejoicing: Music for Advent and Christmas
Various Artists, vocal and instrumental
World Library Publications CD 3550
Amazon
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Music for Advent: Hymns, anthems and chants for the four weeks before Christmas Day
Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle

Count the Days
Ways to mark the passing of Advent days, some traditional, some less so
Create an Advent Environment

Ideas and examples of ways to enrich Advent using color, symbol and sound
Mike and Molly and Baby at Advent
Learn about Advent along with Mike, Molly and Baby; simple Advent cartoon for December 1 – 25 with Bible verse, short reflection and Christmas carol for each day; nice to use with Advent wreath or alone
O Antiphon Cookies
Patterns and recipe to make cookies for the O Antiphon days, December 17-23
Advent Music
A rich variety of Advent music enriches the season

Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Resource Books for Families
Jesse Tree Ideas
Christmas Books for Children

Tips for Starting Church Year Celebration in the Home
Church Year Resource Books

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