ADVENT DEVOTION: Tuesday, December 1, 2020


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Finding Sanctuary Through Music

By Kathryn Oliver

When I think of finding the spiritual escape of Sanctuary, music immediately comes to my mind. Music permeates all throughout my life and at times will speak for me when I don’t have the words to say. The music of the Christmas season is no exception. My actual Christmas playlist is quite extensive, but I have managed to cull about an hour of songs that express different parts of what Christmas means to me. Some songs are on my list because I learned them in my children’s choir days. They have stuck with me through the years (particularly the German carols on the list), while some choir pieces are more recent. Some songs represent the carols I would sing to my children as lullabies at bedtime when they were little. There’s a tuba/euphonium ensemble that brings back memories of Tuba Christmases and a New Orleans jazz trombonist feature in honor of my husband. There’s even a song just to bring a little humor. Inside these songs you can find elements of hope, kindness, joy, and love. I hope you enjoy this list and that it brings you a small taste of auditory Sanctuary.

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.
O Holy Night by Jewel
In the Bleak Midwinter by Holst, performed by The King’s Singers
Warmer in the Winter by Lindsey Stirling featuring Trombone Shorty
Still, Still, Still performed by The King’s Singers
This Little Babe by Benjamin Britten
A Spotless Rose by Paul Mealor
Christmas Time Is Here by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
The Holly and the Ivy by Stephen Paulus
The First Noel by Pentatonix
The 12 Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht by The King’s Singers
Carol of the Bells by Pentatonix
Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Sleigh Ride from Christmas Tubas
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach

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