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Story Behind the Song: Imagine

Imagine by Nancy Krebs Looking at a newborn baby, nestled in your arms; you can’t believe how perfect she is, you can’t believe her charms. Imagine that this child you hold would someday grow to be the Mother of your God, the Lord of you and me. That’s what happened long ago in a country far away. Two people watched their little girl at work, at home, at play. She always did her best, she did what she was told; a child so very perfect, they never had to scold. They never imagined, how could they imagine what her future was to be, the glories she would see. They never imagined, really imagined that all hope would begin with their child who was born without sin. As she was growing up, her kindness knew no bound The room just seemed to light up whenever she was around. There was no single virtue that she did not possess; there was no single sin that she would need to confess. When she was fully grown an angel came to her. Bringing her the message and the honor God would confer. She would be the Mother of the Son of God no less. The plan would unfold with her simple answer “yes”. She never imagined, how could she imagine? What her future was to be, the glories she would see. We never imagined, really imagined; our salvation would begin with this child who was born without sin. What a life she did begin this child who was born without sin.

Gretchen Harris' Sing of Mary

As a way of honoring Mary, this iMix is made up of songs from the CD Sing of Mary by Gretchen Harris. The selections are part traditional, part contemporary, but all are a heart-felt tribute to the Blessed Mother!

Merry Christmas, New York City!

The Coming of Our God

Just found this in one of my older hymnals. They just don't craft songs like this anymore. The Coming of Our God C. Coffin, 1676-1749. Tr R. Campbell, 1814-1868, and compilers The coming of our God Our thoughts must now employ Then let us meet Him on the road With songs of holy joy. The co-eternal Son A Maiden's offspring see; A servant's form Christ putteth on To set His people free Daughter of Sion, rise To greet thine infant King; Nor let thy stubborn heart despise The pardon he doth bring. In glory from His throne Again will Christ descend And summon all that are His own To joys that never end. Let deeds of darkness fly Before the approaching morn, For unto sin 'tis ours to die And serve the Virgin-born. Our joyful praises sing To Christ, that set us free; Like tribute to the Father bring, And Holy Ghost, to Thee.

Story Behind the Song: Wait With Me

Susan Bailey writes:

Wait with Me is based on readings from a book detailing the locutions received by Fr. Don Stefano Gobbi, the founder of the Marian Movement of Priests from the Blessed Mother. In these readings, Mary speaks about her waiting for the Christ Child to be born. I found these readings to be a wonderful way to reflect upon Advent, a beautiful season of joyful expectation that is so overshadowed by the noise and chaos of the commercial Christmas of the world. Written in the first person and arranged and performed in a simple and peaceful manner, you can imagine the Blessed Mother sharing her reflections with you on the coming of Christ Jesus as a baby into the world. This song is available on through iTunes, and is on two albums: Wait with Me: Advent of the Promised Son and Mater Dei. Visit my website to see how you can purchase the albums. You can listen to the song in its entirety here (or here for dial-up users).

Wait with Me based on #462, #484 and #508 of To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons by Don Stefano Gobbi Beloved child, enter in this mystery This blessed time as we wait for the Holy Son Come inside of my immaculate heart And wait with me, oh wait for Him to come! Come feel my sigh of expectation The spark of love, the moan of desire As I wait now in labor With a love that burns like fire The nightime comes and darkness swallows The fading light, the end of day And yet His light envelopes me In His ecstasy, His way Prepare your hearts now for this moment In quiet solitude and song And let the tranquil peace of soul Mark the passage of night to dawn

Advent Top Songs

Here are the top Advent songs as voted upon by the TopCatholicSongs community. We had nominated Advent-oriented songs from our own repertoires, and then instituted a vote as to which songs were the best.

These artists represent the best that Catholic music has to offer:

  1. Promised Messiah by Gretchen Harris
  2. O Come O Come Emmanuel by Kitty Cleveland, (a medley with Coventry Carol)
  3. Comfort Comfort by Maureen and Bill Hayes
  4. Holy Is His Name by Lynn Geyer
  5. A Child Shall Lead by Lynn Geyer
  6. Something's Gonna Come by Joel Stein
  7. Waiting for the Christ Child by Nancy Krebs
  8. Magnificat by Trish Foti Genco
  9. In the Stillness by Trish Foti Genco
  10. Day of the Lord by Deacon Chuck Stevens.
  11. Wait With Me by Susan Bailey.

Advent is a joyous, hope-filled, incredible Season, that makes participating in the Christmas Season all the more precious. I cannot reccommend these songs highly enough, and see these songs as a helpful reminder that Christ's coming to us, first as a baby in the manger, and second from the clouds.

Hymn for Christ the King

I just rediscovered this hymn in my Westminster Hymnal. Enjoy!

Hail Redeemer, King Divine

Hail Redeemer King divine! Priest and Lamb, the throne is thine, King, whose reign shall never cease, Prince of everlasting peace. Angels, saints and nations sing "Praised be Jesus Christ, our King; Lord of life, earth sky and sea, King of love on Calvary." King, whose name creation thrills Rule our minds, our hearts our wills Till in peace each nation rings With thy praises, King of Kings. (to chorus...) King most holy, King of Truth, Guide the lowly, guide the youth Christ thou King of glory bright Be to us eternal light.(to chorus...) Shepherd King, o'er mountains steep Homeward bring the wandering sheep; Shelter in one royal fold States and kingdoms, new and old. (to chorus...) WERDE MUNTER, J. Schop, c. 1664.

ServantSong's Favorite Praise Songs

Here is a list of favorite songs of Dave Gawron, of the band, ServantSong.

Says Dave:
Man, I LOVE those songs! Hopefully some fellow musicians will hear some of them for the first time and love them too.

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