Wes Crawford

Worship Leader. Musician. Songwriter. Coach.

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Songs to Celebrate the Birth of Our Lord

Man owes to God for his sin something which he is incapable of paying back, and cannot be saved unless he repays it… If, therefore, as is agreed, it is necessary that the heavenly city should have its full complement made up by members of the human race, and this cannot be the case if the recompense of which we have spoken is not paid, which no one can pay except God, and no one ought to pay except man: it is necessary that a God-man should pay it.
— St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109)
You must understand why it is that the Word of the Father, so great and so high, has been manifest in bodily form… he has been manifested in a human body for this reason only, out of the love and goodness of his Father, for the salvation of us men. We will begin, then, with the creation of the world and with God its maker, for the first fact that you must grasp is this: the renewal of creation has been wrought by the self-same Word who made it in the beginning… he became what we are that he might make us what he is.
— St. Athanasius of Alexandria (293-373)
Man’s maker was made man that he, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at his mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witness, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die… the first coming of Christ the Lord, God’s Son and our God, was in obscurity; the second will be in the sight of the whole world. When he came in obscurity no one recognized him but his own servants; when he comes openly he will be known by both good people and bad. When he came in obscurity, it was to be judged; when he comes openly it will be to judge.
— St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Did you know the Twelve Days of Christmas refers, not to the 12 days leading up to Christmas Day, but rather to a 12-day feast celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus that starts on Christmas Day (December 25th) and goes through January 5th? Here is a playlist of 70 songs to sing as you feast and celebrate the Incarnation of the Son of God.

Songs for Advent

We are currently in the 4th week of Advent. Advent reminds us that the birth of our Lord Jesus, which we celebrate at Christmas, wasn't an unexpected event that came out of nowhere, but rather was the long-awaited fulfillment of a promise to God's people. During this season we look at the ways that the Old Testament people of God longed for and expected the coming of the Messiah, and we let that train our hearts to long for his promised second coming, when he will come to make all things new.

Here are 53 songs to sing during Advent.