As Advent launches us into a new church year, it becomes hard to resist the celebratory songs of Christmas. Yet we must wait. We must wait, pregnant with the longing of the Virgin Mary. We must wait, looking for a Savior with the people of God. Our hearts must sing, “O Come, O come" before we can rejoice that the Lord is come. Here are the songs on my Advent playlist:
- Heard You Were a King
- From the Squalor of a Borrowed Stable (Not entirely "Advent-y," but our former Anglican parish reserved song for Advent season, so I associate it that way.)
- Exodus 15 (I love the refrain, "And I will prepare him my heart.")
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel (After sampling far too many breathy, borderline-sensual versions of this song, I settled for this arrangement.)
- On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry (This is a decent arrangement if you're looking for a more contemporary version of this hymn. Of course, there are also many beautiful choral arrangements.)
- People Look East
Any additional recommendations?