It’s been seemingly forever since I (Karen) have been anywhere near Lent & Beyond… Bad internet connections and a very very busy season of work and ministry have pushed blogging far off my radar screen.
But I find the beginning of Advent has me itching to blog! I’m honestly not likely to contribute much, but I may try to post once or twice a week…
For this morning, I want to post three songs that have come up in my Advent playlist this morning… the first is a CCM classic, the second is a beautiful French worship song that I was introduced to at a retreat earlier this year, and the third is a lovely contemporary adaptation of the traditional O Come Divine Messiah. I’ll post the songs first, and then post purchase information for all three at the end.
Michael Card’s The Promise – it captures well the hope and expectation of Advent as we review the prophecies and promises made about Messiah’s coming. How wonderful that we who live in an A.D. word can look back and see that all the promises were true!
The second song is the beautiful, stirring Eveille-toi, mon âme (Awake my Soul) by the Canadian worship group Collectif Cieux Ouverts. The words make a very apt Advent prayer (there is an English translation that appears on the video).
Finally, last year, Redeemer Downtown (the downtown congregation of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC), put out an Advent / Christmas worship album which contains a wonderful adaptation of the classical O Come Divine Messiah. It’s called In Silence and it’s quickly become one of my Advent favorites:
Here are the lyrics:
o come, divine messiah,
the world in silence waits the day
when hope shall sing its triumph,
and sadness flee away.
o come desired of nations,
whom priest and prophet long foretold,
will break the captive fetters,
redeem the long-lost fold.
o come in peace and meekness,
for lowly will your cradle be:
though clothed in human weakness
we shall your god-head see.
Here are links to purchase each song:
- Michael Card’s The Promise, from his 1987 album The Final Word. (iTunes US store)
- Eveille-toi Mon Ame – the title track on the 2014 album by Collectif Cieux Ouverts (iTunes US store)
- Redeemer Downtown’s In Silence, from their 2015 album Permanent City (via Bandcamp)
Note: to find other Advent music I’ve posted over the years, use our Advent Music tag.