The Advent of something wonderful

Welcome back from Thanksgiving, everyone! On Friday, Christmas shopping picked up in earnest, and on Sunday, the Christian year began with the season of Advent. The latter observance is a beautiful occasion in the parish of this blog’s authors, for we dust off timeless Advent classics. Not Christmas carols, mind you–those are reserved for our special Lessons and Carols service and otherwise for the season of Christmas, which begins December 25. No, I’m talking about Advent hymns: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.”

(May we also put in a good word for Catherine Winkworth’s beautiful translation of Johann Olearius’s hymn based on Isaiah 40, “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People“?)

Of course, this blog is nothing if not relentlessly misanthropic, so we cannot wax on about the beauty of Advent hymnody. However, it was hard to find a Christmas Spirit Fail that is actually about Advent. But fear not: your relentless team of bloggers has unearthed “21st Advent Hymn,” by a serendipitously named Dutch band “This Beautiful Mess.” (The last word of the name is the serendipitous part.) You can find it here. I think it’s fair to say this will not become part of the Advent canon.

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