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10 Advent Songs to Cure the Christmas Craziness

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Put in those earbuds, take a deep breath, and wait for it – because Christmas is most definitely not here yet.

4. Sufjan Stevens – “Justice Delivers its Death”

https://youtu.be/dEoiM-ZQC2I

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.

3. Dale Warland Singers – “O Magnum Mysterium”

https://youtu.be/289pDILID0M

The beauty of this Latin chorale about Mary and the Incarnation – written in 1994 by Morten Lauridsen and sung here by the Dale Warland Singers – is unutterable.

2. Marcy Priest – “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”

https://youtu.be/9TedBbU71Qc

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.

https://youtu.be/OZ-twN2aDxE

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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