Songs of Advent

Here are the titles of Advent songs enjoyed by Christians throughout the ages. Some are nearly 1,700 years old. Nearly all can be found on YouTube.

If you want to maximize this Advent so that Christ may be born anew in your heart, these songs offer an excellent means by which to do so. 

Adjuvabit eam

Advent är mörker och kyla

Advent Matins Responsory (Richard Marlow)


Alma Redemptoris Mater (Reichenau)

Angelus Ad Virginem

Behold a Rose of Judah

Behold a Virgin Bearing Him

Behold the Bridegroom Cometh

Benedicamus Domino (Warlock)

Benedixisti Domine

Bereden väg för Herran

Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht (Bach – Break forth, O beautiful morning light)

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth

 Conditor Alme Siderum

Creator of the Stars of Night

Der Morgenstern ist aufgedrungen

Det är advent

Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen (de)

Dieu parmi nous (Messiaen)

E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come

Ejhle, Hospodin přijde (Lo, the Lord will come) (Czech)

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen

Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen

Excita, Domine (Gradual for the Third Sunday of Advent)

Gabriel’s Message

Glory Be (by Sojourn) (contemporary)

God Promised a Son (Wexford Carol)

Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding

Hayl Mary, ful of grace

Hear the Herald Voice Resounding

Hosianna, Davids son

Je voue salue Marie

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

Like The Dawning (Faber)

Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending

Macht hoch die Tür

Maria Durch Ein’ Dornwald Ging

Maria Walks Amid The Thorn

Mit Ernst, o Menschenkinder (de)

Night of Silence

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

O Come Divine Messiah

O come, O come, Emmanuel

O Emmanuel (Ešenvalds)

O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf

Of the Father’s heart begotten

On Jordan’s Bank

Once There Was a Garden (NOEL NOUVELET) Advent Hymn

Praeparate Corda Vestra

Praeparate Corda Vestra (Rossini)

Puer natus est (Plainsong)

Puer Nobis Nascitur

Qui Sedes Domine (Third Sunday of Advent, Gradual)

Regnantem Sempiterna

Rorate Caeli

Salve Regina (Poulenc)

Savior of the Nations Come

Sei uns willkommen, Herre Christ

Song of Zecheriah by the Gospel Coalition (contemporary)

Tauet, Himmel, den Gerechten (de)

The Cherry Tree Carol

The Coming of Our God

The King of Glory Comes

The Word in the Beginning

There is a Flower (John Rutter)

There is no rose

Tochter Zion, freue dich (de)

Un Germoglio Spunterà (Italian)

Und unser lieben Frauen

Veni Domine Jesu

Vi tänder ett ljus i advent

Vox Clara Ecce Intonat

Wachet auf! (Sleepers, wake!)

Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying

Wake, Awake, the Night Is Dying


What Wondrous Love

Wie soll ich dich empfangen


One thought on “Songs of Advent

  1. Patrick says:

    Excellent list. One small observation regarding “Angelus ad Virginem” – it actually appears more likely that it was written by Irish Franciscans, possibly in the thirteenth century, contrary to what the YouTube link claims! In fact, the late Sir David Willcocks’ arrangement – which is performed in the YouTube link – acknowledges the Irish origins of the hymn.


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