Stay Awake! O Come O Come Emmanuel is not the only Advent Hymn?

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As we prepare for the coming of our Savior this Christmas, we journey through the season of Advent. Bishop Murry had great insight to the Advent season in a past Bishop’s Corner program. It has been fun listening to co-workers and others talk about the music of the Advent Season that we will hear at Mass for the next few weeks. For the most part the conversation begins with “well I know what song we will sing for the opening hymn this week”, or something to that effect. If you look in the hymn book at your church, you will see several Advent hymns that you may not have heard before. Parishes blessed with a choir and music director may have the opportunity to hear more of these fine Advent hymns on a more regular basis. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, People Look East, and anything with the word Maranatha, come to mind. May I suggest one of the local Lessons and Carols events that we have promoted on the radio to broaden your Advent listening pleasure. Remember, He is coming no matter what we sing, or how well we sing it!

At my home parish of St Francis DeSales in Akron, I have had the pleasure each year to enjoy our childrens choir and their rendition of Stay Awake, with hand claps and all. It’s funny to watch the heads pop up at the entrance of the song as most parishioners are startled by claps, getting chuckles from the children. Anyhow, here is the simple version of the lyrics. A blessed Advent to you all.

 

Stay awake, be ready, you do not know the hour that the Lord is coming, stay awake, be ready, the Lord is coming soon. Alleluia, Alleluia, the Lord is coming soon.