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Marian Songs for Advent

November 18, 2010

(November 28, 2009, updated from November 30, 2006)

Advent is a wonderful time to emphasize Our Lady (a great read about Our Lady for Advent is The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander) and hymns about her fiat (which means “yes”) and her pregnancy are beautifully appropriate. Here are a few of our favorite songs for the season…

Maria Walks Amid the Thorn

Lyrics and a midi file can be found here.

Beautiful listening:

The Angel Gabriel (a.k.a. Gabriel’s Message)

Lyrics and a midi file can be found here.

This is the version Sting performed about 20 years ago which re-popularized the song. I was first introduced to the song via this rendition (on the popular album, A Very Special Christmas) when I was in high school. I love the music, but not so much the video:

A more traditional rendition:


Alma Redemptoris Mater
(Marian antiphon for Advent)

Click to enlarge the music to this chant:
Here’s a decent way to learn the traditional chant:


Palestrina’s gorgeous polyphonic version:

You may find this article from First Things interesting and relevant.

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