Thursday, November 30, 2006

Marian Songs for Advent

Revised and updated in November 2009 (particularly with YouTube videos) from my original post in 2006.

It seems to me that it would be appropriate to emphasize Our Lady during Advent and hymns about her fiat and her pregnancy are most appropriate. (I did notice that "Castle of the Immaculate" has a post about a Marian theme for Advent). Here are a few of our favorite songs (still hope to find a few more resources to make these more accessible, I'll add them when/if I find them)...

Maria Walks Amid the Thorn

Lyrics and a midi file can be found here.

Beautiful listening:

The Angel Gabriel

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 like 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:

More about Marian antiphons here

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


JennGM said...

Oh, I'm glad you can use the .jpg for the music from the Trapp book. I've been scanning and including them because those are the jewels missing from the .txt version online. I'm glad to see some people are using them!

Love2Learn Mom said...

Thanks! I do appreciate it! I hadn't realized it was in the Trapp Family repertoire.