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Beautiful Advent music,
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This is a beautiful recording of Advent songs and carols, by a convent in the US.
Over the last couple of years, I have slowly begun to "reclaim" Advent for myself; I now spend this time in waiting, and preparing my heart for the coming of our Saviour, instead of "living like it's Christmas" for a month, building up rapidly to the big Christmas Rush for a climax. Not beginning Christmas celebrations until Advent is over, on Christmas Eve, I am now loathe to start listening to Christmas carols until Christmas Eve. But what to listen to instead? Advent carols, of course!
Advent carols and songs have very much gone out of fashion over recent years, and many people are not even aware of the difference between Advent carols and Christmas carols (some of the albums on Amazon purporting to be "Advent carols" contain Christmas carols as well); but Advent carols are beautiful in their own right, containing all the longing and hope of mankind for its Saviour.
On "Advent at Ephesus" the nuns sing unaccompanied, which brings a freshness to the music, and immediately gives a very different feel from the joyous, rousing organ accompaniments of Christmas carols. These songs also have their joy, but it is a different kind of joy: a quieter, as-yet unfulfilled joy, but full of hope and expectation. Sit back, relax, and let it wash over you. Christmas is coming soon...