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Pave Every Road by Caroline Cobb – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 11

Continuing the journey toward Christmas with Pave Every Road (Isaiah) from Caroline Cobb’s album A Home and A Hunger: Songs Of Kingdom Hope.

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Yes I Knew by Sister Sinjin – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 10

Sister Sinjin are a duo (once a trio) who have released songs that Advent themed.
A newly released EP Face Of The Deep, features lyrics inspired by a book of poems by Christina Rossetti that shares the same title.
The track Yes I Knew expresses the doubt of Mary and the assurance of God about his purpose in choosing her to be the mother of Jesus.

The lyrics:
Oh Lord, when you called me did you know
My heart was dejected thro’ and thro’?
Still longing for my captor’s land
Where vineyards and melons grow
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I called you still, and I called you child
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I call you now, precious child

But Lord, when you chose me did you know
How marred I was and withered too?
No rose for sweetness, no virtue in me
Timid and rash, hasty, slow
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I chose you still, and I chose you child
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I choose you now, precious child

My Lord, when you loved me did you know
How weak were my efforts and how few?
Tepid to love and helpless to do
Jealous to reap, slack to sow
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I loved you still, and I loved you child
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I love you now, precious child

Good Lord, who knows all that I cannot know
You dare to know my false my true
My new, my old; good Lord how could you
Love if you’ve known me so?
Yes I knew, yes I knew
Oh I knew you then, yes, I knew you child
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I know you now, precious child

Lyrics by Christina Rossetti
Additional lyrics and music by Kaitlyn Ferry
(C) 2019 all rights reserved

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Watchmen Tell Us Of The Night by Nadia Birkenstock – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 9

I’m still looking for seasonal hymns that I’m not really familiar with, and have discovered Watchmen Tell Us Of The Night.
It’s from a Lutheran background.
Here’s a version with Celtic stylings and harp accompaniment.

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Sara Groves – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 8

I’ve featured O Come, O Come Emmanuel lots and lots of times as part of Christmas Songs.
This recently released version by Sara Groves has a new tune and setting for the lyrics.
It’s very tasteful, and singable I think, though fans of the words themselves would probably prefer the old tune, and those who prefer newer tunes might find the lyrics not appealing.

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Saviour Of The Nations Come by Koiné- Christmas Songs 2019 Day 7

Saviour Of The Nations is an old hymn, based on even older words.
This rendition by a group named Koiné actually uses the traditional melody in a comptemporary rendition, and does capture some of the sense of desire and anticipation the hymn expresses.

The lyrics:
Saviour of the nations, come;
Virgin’s Son, make here your home.
Marvel now, O heav’n and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.
Not by human flesh and blood,
By the Spirit of our God
Was the Word of God made flesh,
Woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.
Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
Of the virgin undefiled,
Though by all the world disowned,
Yet to be in heav’n enthroned!
From the Father’s throne he came
And ascended to the same,
Captive leading death and hell —
High the song of triumph swell!
Praise to God the Father sing,
Praise to God the Son, our King,
Praise to God the Spirit be
Ever and eternally.

Text: Ambrose, 340-97, abr.; German version, Martin Luther, 1483-1546, abr,; tr. William M. Reynolds, 1812-76, alt.
Text and Tune: public domain. *Setting: (C) 1993 Kermit G. Moldenhauer. Used by permission. Arr. Koiné

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Justice Will Roll Down by Sandra McCracken – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 6

Justice Will Roll Down, by Sandra McCracken.
This recording is from her Steadfast Live album.
A light shines in the darkness.
The light will return, creation will be renewed, the darkness will be gone forever.

The lyrics:
Verse 1.
Oh my love, you have grown so cold
To the world outside, to the house next door
She who has been loved much, has so much to give
Mercy is the fragrance, of the broken
Justice will roll down, oh justice will roll down
From high upon those mountains with a mighty river sound
It will roll down
It will roll down
Verse 2.
Oh my child, I will be your light
In your secret pain, in the dark of night
No enemy, no conqueror, will steal your life from me
I am your salvation, and your victory
Verse 3.
Soon oh soon, when the trumpet sounds
Every knee shall bend, every heart will pound
I have made a new world, where the servant is the King
Oppression will be over, and the slave set free

Words & Music: Sandra McCracken

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Mary’s Song by Ordinary Time – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 5

Mary’s Song, by Ordinary Time.
Another song which is a reflection on the Magnificat, Mary’s song of praise in Luke’s Gospel.
This is from their first release, In The Town Of David.
Great harmonies in this rendition. Their music grows more accomplished in their later releases.