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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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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus by Sara Groves – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 3

Another Advent-mode choice.
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus by Sara Groves; it’s more or less the title track from her newly released album Joy Of Every Longing Heart.

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A Wassailer’s Guide To Christmas Carols by Sara Groves

Sara Groves has a /christmas album out as well.
These videos A Wassailer’s Guide To Christmas Carols examine some of th more esoteric aspects of seasonal song.
1. Moving punctuation.

2. On traditional texts and regional tunes. (with some weird lyrics being sung to a traditional tune)

3. Antiphons. O Antiphons. (The secret origin of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel)

4. The secret origin of Come, O Long Expected Jesus. (which will feature on Christmas songs tomorrow.)

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Jesus, See The Traveler (via Sara Groves)

A lovely simple prayer of a song.
Jesus, See The Traveler by Sara Groves.

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The Love Of God – Sunday Songs

The Love Of God is a hymn by Frederick Martin Lehman.
Here is a version by Sara Groves from her album that features the first and third verses.
The third verse has an interesting provenance, as Lehman supposedly derived them from lines written on a wall in an asylum, those lines based on a translation of an Aramaic poem which itself seems to reflect a phrase found in the Koran.

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

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For The Beauty Of The Earth by Sara Groves

Sara Groves joins the list of musicians recording hymns albums. ( called Abide With Me)
For The Beauty Of The Earth is a brief and reflective introduction to that project.