10 Advent Songs to Remind You It’s Not Yet Christmas


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

Ave Maria

Come Thou Fount

Rorate Caeli Desuper

Every Valley Shall Be Exalted

Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding

Gabriel’s Message

Veni Veni Emmanuel (Latin version)

7 thoughts on “10 Advent Songs to Remind You It’s Not Yet Christmas

  1. Kevin says:

    Matt, this is a great post and an awesome list. I would also check out Sufjan Stevens for some additional Advent tunes. He has several Christmas albums with Advent songs on them.

  2. Monica says:

    “Advent At Ephesus” by Benedictines Of Mary, Queen Of Apostles is also really good.

  3. Thank you! 10 beautiful songs–as we wait in joyful hope… all ready to go. God bless.

  4. hinojosa03 says:

    And the Marian antiphon for Advent Alma Redemptoris Mater!

  5. Emly says:

    Comfort, Comfort, O My People; Creator of the Stars of Night; Wake, O Wake, and Sleep No Longer.

  6. busymomof2 says:

    Wonderful ideas, Matt! Some great food for thought on how we can help our families to focus on the Lord’s second coming — Thank you! Just wondering, when do you put up your Christmas tree? Do you set it up during advent and decorate with purple and then redecorate with Christmas colours on Christmas Eve (I’m thinking with little ones that would be a lot of work doing eveyrhing twice!) Do you have a Christmas tree? Or do you do Jesse tree ornaments? Just looking for some helpful hints! 🙂 Thanks!

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