Advent lyrics for common Christmas carols

Some churches wait until Christmas Eve to sing any carols, while others sing them all Advent long. I have taken some very common carols and written Advent lyrics, to let the tunes out early (in a sacred setting — I know they will be playing in the mall). We will use them as introits before Advent candle lighting, but they are gladly given for any use. AA022283

“Silent Night” First Sunday of Advent – Hope

Silent night, waiting night –
prophets claim distant sight.
Valleys lifted and mountains brought low,
promised to us in words long ago.
Comfort, comfort my children;
comfort, all of the world.

Silent night, waiting night –
dark we dwell, trusting light.
Unto us shall a child be born,
off’ring hope to a people forlorn –
Come, Emmanuel, come.
Come, Emmanuel, come!

Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy has added a third verse to this carol — I am very grateful,

Silent night, waiting night –
From angels we withdraw in fright.
Prayers deemed hopeless, by God brought to life
Spirit among us, to recall us from strife.
Hope reborn in the world,
Hope reborn in the world.

You want to sing the second line “Fr’m angels …”

Tune: STILLE NACHT (Franz Gruber) original lyrics Joseph Mohr

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” Second Sunday of Advent – Peace

Hush! the herald angel flies —
bending low beneath the skies,
seeking one the world ignores
one whose “yes” all hope restores,
meeting Joseph in a dream,
guiding them to Bethlehem —
then returns to learn the song
we’ve been singing for so long:

“Glory to the Savior’s birth!
Peace to all who dwell on earth!”

Magi wondered at the star,
gathered gifts and traveled far.
Mary felt the baby move –
sang of justice, sang of love.
In a stable straw brought fresh,
creatures frame a waiting crèche.
In the winds are rustling wings
and good tidings angels bring:

“Glory to the Savior’s birth!
Peace to all who dwell on earth!”

Tune: MENDELSSOHN (Felix Mendelssohn) original lyrics Charles Wesley

“Joy to the World” Third Sunday – Joy

World waits for joy,
in deep and sky,
and earth for healing ways.
Let hearts and hopes and grace
prepare a holy place –
let ocean and ozone sing,
let mountain and river sing,
let human and heav’n and nature sing!

Earth longs for joy,
creation weeps
a manger sadly bare.
But still the Savior comes
and calls this planet home –
in sun and rain and snow,
field, forest, winds that blow –
good tidings, good tidings – here below.

Tune: ANTIOCH (George Frideric Handel) original lyrics Isaac Watts

O Come, All Ye Faithful Fourth Sunday – Love

Hush! choirs of angels
in anticipation –
watching this Advent month
for glory born small.
Not with a fanfare,
not with wealth or dignity,
does love come among us,
does love come among us.
For love is born among us
in manger and stall.

O Come, poor and faithful,
outcast and neglected —
Come not to festival,
but Bethlehem.
Christ still is waiting
for our simple promise ––
that no child will be hungry,
and no child will be frightened.
For every child is welcome –
Emmanuel.

Tune: ADESTE FIDELES (John F. Wades Cantus Diversa) original lyrics John F. Wade

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4 Responses to Advent lyrics for common Christmas carols

  1. mbmankin says:

    Maren, These are awesome! I will use these in our women’s small group. Thank you!

  2. Maren says:

    Delighted you like them — enjoy!

  3. nancyros2013 says:

    Thanks so much for these. I am using some of them. Below are some words I wrote several years ago for O Come All Ye Faithful. Feel free to share and use.

    Nancy Duncan

    O Come all you wounded, hurting and despairing;
    O come you, O come you to Bethlehem
    Come and see Jesus; ask him for healing.
    O Come let us adore him, O Come let us adore him,
    O Come let us adore him, Jesus Christ.

    O come all you angry, vengeful and resentful.
    O Come you, O come you to Bethlehem.
    Come and give thanks, Come and ask forgiveness.
    O Come let us adore him, O Come let us adore him,
    O Come let us adore him, Jesus Christ.

    O come all you doubters, hostile and unyielding;
    O come you, O come you to Bethlehem.
    Come with your questions, Jesus hears your doubts.
    O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him,
    O come let us adore him, Jesus Christ.

    O come all you seekers, curious and hopeful
    O come you; O come you to Bethlehem.
    Come rock the baby, Listen for God voice.
    O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him,
    O come let us adore him, Jesus Christ.

    • Maren says:

      Nancy — these are wonderful lyrics. Obviously they are very helpful for a Blue Christmas or Longest Night service. Thank you so much for sharing them with others.

      Let me see whether they are read in this reply format. If not, with your permission I will send them out as a post.Thank you so much.

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