“Manger Scene” (c) Kyle Ragsdale

I’ve had the privilege of working in a number of churches that attempt to walk a thin line between contemporary and liturgical.  And because of this balance the Advent and Christmas seasons have always been particularly full of the glory of the incarnation.

Here are a number of great advent and christmas songs that are either original, arranged, or neglected.  (at the bottom is a pdf of traditional carols and hymns)

*Advent Music*

Our All-Star List of Advent Songs and Texts


*Christmas Music*

| Traditional |

O Come, O Come Emmanuel (6/8 arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
*multiple versions

Go, Tell it On the Mountain 
mp3 | leadsheet

In the Bleak Mid-Winter
mp3 | leadsheet | blog

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Red Mountain arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | hymnary

Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (benedict arr.)
– multiple versions

O Come All Ye Faithful
mp3 | leadsheet

Of The Father’s Love Begotten (Ordinary Time Arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | hymnary

Once in Royal David’s City 
mp3 leadsheet

Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor (Ordinary Time Arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | info

: Retune :

All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord (Partain arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

Come Lord and Tarry Not (Partain arr.)
mp3 | chordchart | leadsheet

Gathered Round Your Table (Lord’s Supper Hymn for Xmas eve Service)
mp3 | leadsheet (Partain arr.)

Hail to the Lord’s Annointed (The Welcome Wagon)
mp3 | leadsheet (link to buy)

The Son Forsook the Father’s Home (benedict arr.)
mp3 | chord chart | leadsheet

To Us A Child of Hope is Born (benedict arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

Who is This, So Weak and Helpless 
mp3 leadsheet


Joy Has Dawned (Getty,Townend)


| Rare and New Songs for Advent and Christmas |

Post with 17 additional songs


Songs for the Incarnation Series

Zechariahs Song | Marys Song | Angels Song | Simeons Song


| Sacred Harp Christmas Music

Sherburne – While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
mp3 | choral arr | midi | info

Milford – If Angels Sung a Savior’s Birth
mp3 | leadsheet (4pt) Midi

Star in the East – Brightest and Best
mp3 | leadsheet | capo | Southern Harmony Image | midi

Consolation – Lord Bid Your Servant (Simeon’s Song)
mp3 | leadsheet (c) info

Judea – A Virgin Unspotted
mp3 | leadsheet – 4part | info

Text Collections & History

Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord(PDF) – John Wesley

Traditional Hymns for Advent and Christmas – pdf of charts

The New Oxford Book of Carols – book

Hymn and Carols of Christmas Website

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