December 2, 2013 by mattfradd
Holding back the tide is impossible. How impossible? Well, to use an analogy, it’d be like not hearing Christmas music during advent.
Am I right? I’m right.
This year my wife and I decided we’d implement some changes, some rituals which we hope will help us and our children be more cognizant of the season we’re in—advent.
We’ve decorated the house in purple (we’ll decorate it with Christmas colors on Christmas eve), we aren’t eating desert after meals (it’s a season of penance), we’ve got a sweet Advent wreath going on, and we’re going to try and pray the five joyful mysteries of the rosary with the kids (without killing them) each night before bed.
Apart from that I’ve been looking for some beautiful Advent songs to play during meals. It’s harder than I expected.
Here are ten which I found particularly beautiful:
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Come Divine Messiah
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come Thou Fount
Rorate Caeli Desuper
Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding
Veni Veni Emmanuel (Latin version)