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  • Here, find Christmas and Advent musical CDs, chant CDs from both the Eastern and Western branches of Catholicism, contemporary music including hymns and popular contemporary Catholic music, sacred music - liturgical and non-liturgical, as well as instrumental.

    The ubiquitous "sounds of Christmas," in shops, elevators, and on radio and TV, are among the most powerful influences on us to think about Christmas, rather than Advent, from the middle of November on. As a parody once put it, "Hark, the herald angels cry,/ telling us, 'Go out and buy.'" Once a catchy tune (even, sometimes, a bad tune!) begins ringing in our ears and repeating again and again in our head, it is difficult to get it out. And the subconscious effect on our mood and our attitudes is substantial. Thus, one of the ways we can work on rediscovering Advent is to learn some of the rich hymnody that has been composed for the season. It is not likely to replace the music that is piped into public places, but iPods and other portable devices now make it possible to have our own musical backgrounds, no matter what is going on around us. We also have the ability to startle those around us by programming cell phone ring tones with short bursts of seasonal tunes. The truth is that modern technology has the potential to become the best defense (and revenge!) against the intrusions of modern culture. A selection of Advent CDs is available at our .

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    Dec 2, '11, 11:44 am
    buhlerc84
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    Re: Advent CDs?

    I am glad I'm not the only one searching for strictly Advent music. My search has led me to a few CDs.

    The first a great CD called "Advent Carols from St. John's" recorded by the St. John's College Choir at Cambridge. It includes lessons and carols, but if you want it with only the music and not the readings, you could simply burn a new copy with those removed. They sing some of my favourite Advent carols, including Adam Lay Ybounden, A Spotless Rose, There is No Rose, a nice setting of Ave Maria, the O Antiphons, which give root to O Come, O Come Emmanuel, and more.

    The Sixteen & Harry Christophers also have a recording called "A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection, Vol. II" that is primarily Advent music, as opposed to Volume I which is primarily Christmas music. It is recorded beautifully and I highly recommend it.

    Finally, there are a number of CDs which work their way from Advent to Christmas. The first half of many of these can be played until the third or fourth weeks of Advent and then transition into the entire CD. One beautiful example is "Carols from Advent to Christmas" by the Marlborough College Chapel Choir. Their version of 'Jesus Christ the Apple Tree' is particularly gorgeous.

    I hope that helps! Please respond if you find something else that's great.

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