We at CMF CURO have put together a Catholic Advent Playlist with our Top 10 favorite songs to help you get into the Advent season in anticipation of Christmas (all of which can be found on Spotify and iTunes).
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well—almost. As expected, many in our culture have forgottenAdvent; the season that comes before Christmas. In the year 2020, I don’t blame anyone for wanting Christmas to come a bit sooner, but missing out on the gift of Advent is a great loss! Celebrating Advent offers us the necessary and joyful preparation needed to receive the immense gift that is waiting for us in Christ – that’s why we created this Catholic Advent Playlist!
As you prepare to celebrate the first coming of our Savior, the CURO team has compiled a list of songs to help you reflect on the love story between God and man as evident in the Christ-child. We hope you enjoy CURO’s Catholic Advent playlist for 2020.
- How Many Kings by Downhere
This song by Downhere highlights the beautiful mystery of God’s love for us, his undeserving creation. Christianity is the only faith in which God not only created humanity, but so deeply desired to be in intimate relationship with his creation that he took the form of his creatures. While our human hierarchies notoriously give the weak and poor little to no attention, God Himself faced death for a mere creature whose source of dignity is bestowed through relationship with Him. This is indeed mysterious love.
- The King Pt. One by Sarah Sparks
Despite the love displayed for us through the Incarnation, we denied the heart of Christ and mocked his kingship with a crown of thorns. Despite his pursuit of our hearts we could not give Him ours. It is our duty now to rely on His grace to do just that, as our king still waits for us.
- Always Carry You by Matt Maher Feat. Amy Grant
Featuring 80’s pop star Amy Grant alongside modern worship music sensation, Matt Maher (a Catholic), this song brings to light how we are all called to imitate our Blessed Mother in carrying Christ to our wounded world. Through our faith, the Word lives among us and through us. We should not fear the knowledge that God has our good in mind and is within our very selves! We simply must trust in Him and allow Him in this Advent.
- O Come All Ye Faithful by Rend Collective
The celebration of the Incarnation is an invitation to worship God alongside the Heavenly hosts within our earthly life. The angels’ appearance at his birth together with the faithful and wise who flocked to the nativity in immense faith mirrors the eternal life that waits for us if we so chose it. Let us adore Him now that we may adore Him forever!
- Let All Mortal Flesh by Sarah Kroger
This version of a powerful classic by Sarah Kroger allows us to reflect on the power and majesty of God that rests in the simplicity of the Christ-child. This immortal being is the spiritual nourishment for all mortal flesh by the giving of His very body in the Eucharistic feast, “the source and summit of our Christian lives” (CCC, 1324).
- Born on that Day by Matt Maher
This hopeful tune reminds us all that the first Christmas was the beginning of a new era of Salvation history. We were no longer left waiting for our salvation—our salvation was born. Heaven had finally come to reconcile the world back into itself. There is no Christmas without Christ.
- Joy to the World by Phil Wickham
This reflective rendition of a traditionally fast-paced Christmas carol is a perfect companion for sipping hot cocoa beside the Christmas tree. Despite the current chaos of the world, there is much reason for joy as Christ’s invitation to be in full relationship with Him has not gone away! Our call to proclaim our joy remains because of this-celebrate it this Advent!
- Behold the Man Pt. One by Sarah Sparks
The very title of this song references the suffering that this baby, whom we currently wait for, would endure. It is in this suffering that our salvation would be attained. “Behold the man” whose innocence would save the world!
- Light of the World by Lauren Daigle
Christmas reminds us that we are not alone in our suffering. Christ’s very descent to Earth shows us that God accompanies us in all we endure. He longs for you to share your hurt, your pain, and your joy with Him, that He may be your hope. Let the Light of the World be the Light of your Life!
- Veni Veni by Mannheim Steamroller
This instrumental piece evokes awe and wonder in this great feast we prepare for and celebrate on Christmas. May it help you as you reflect on the implications of God becoming man and our desperate need for this to be so.
We hope this 2020 Advent Playlist brings you joy, comfort, and peace during this season of anticipation. And we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ with you in a few short weeks!
Mariah Buzza has been a victim of the sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church and uses her story to help others find healing through the teachings of the Church. Her writing reflects on why she is still Catholic despite the injustice she and others have suffered at the hands of priests and volunteers. She is employed by the Christ Medicus Foundation and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University and resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her family.