Put in those earbuds, take a deep breath, and wait for it – because Christmas is most definitely not here yet.
Sufjan Stevens’ wacky and wonderful Christmas album Silver & Gold has its hits and misses, but this contemplative song about the world’s pomp and impermanence is an Advent bullseye.
Marcy Priest’s rousing cover of this 18th century Advent hymn will wake you right up with its marching snare, anthemic vocal
s, and twist of post-rock intensity.
This classic from Handel’s Messiah is what Advent is all about; Isaiah’s prophecy points toward the great revolt launched in the Christmas manger, where the King of kings is born among the poor and outcast. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it: “For this is where thrones shake, the mighty fall, the prominent perish, because God is with the lowly.”
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