The 20 Best Religious Songs for Advent

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A few days ago, I gave you “12 Secular Christmas Songs that are Actually About Advent.”

But while I have overcome some of my Advent Purist tendencies by lightening up on some secular Christmas/Advent Music, I mostly listen to religious Advent Music.

These songs need no explanation, as they are about the first coming or the second coming of Christ. And I can guarantee that they will do more to spiritually prepare you for Christmas than the secular ones about shopping.

The first half are traditional Advent hymns, and the second half are contemporary Advent songs.


[See also: 12 Secular Christmas Songs that are Actually About Advent]

First, here are 10 traditional Advent hymns:

1) O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Translated from the  9th century Latin hymn Veni, Veni, Emmanual

2) O Come Divine Messiah

Translated from the 16th century French Carol.

3) Maria Walks Amid the Thorn

Translated from the German Carol.

4) Gabriel’s Message

Translated from the Basque carol.

5) Creator of the Starts of Night

Translated from 9th century Latin hymn.

6) Savior of the Nations Come

Arranged by J.S. Bach. There is a chant version as well.

7) Lo! He comes, with clouds descending

By Charles Wesley

8) Wake, awake, for night is flying

A 16th century German hymn.

9) Rorate caeli

A traditional latin hymn.

10) Alma Redemptoris Mater

Traditional Latin text arranged by Palestrina. There is a chant version as well.

Next, here are 10 Contemporary Advent Songs:

11) You’ll Come by Brooke Fraser

12) Glory Be by Sojourn

13) The Fall by Gungor

14) Love Comes Down by Matt Maher

15) Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant

16) Holy is His Name by John Michael Talbot

17) The Cherry Tree Carol sung by Peter, Paul and Mary

While the song dates to 15th century, I grew up with this version so I am including it in the contemporary list.

18) Song of Zecheriah by the Gospel Coalition

19) Days of Elijah by Robin Mark

20) Soon and Very Soon by Andraé Crouch

[See also: The Secret Message Hidden in the Ancient “O Antiphons” of Advent]

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Susanna, after earning her MA in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband and four children. She spends her time going to beautiful liturgies, cooking, reading literature, home schooling her children, and writing all about it at her blog Living With Lady Philosophy.