Advent is upon us! As St. Augustine supposedly said, “Singing is praying twice.” We are happy to offer you this compilation of the First Things staff’s favorite advent hymns and songs to help stir up your heart as we await Christ’s coming. These songs anticipate both the flight of St. Nick and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ—with a heavy emphasis on the latter. The playlist features a hearty helping of choral performances as well as contemporary pieces, with a smattering of compositions by Palestrina, Mendelssohn, Sufjan Stevens, Handel, and Straight No Chaser.
We hope you enjoy!