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.
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.