Advent song

Advent songs (German: Adventslieder) are songs and hymns intended for Advent, the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Topics of the time of expectation are the hope for a Messiah, prophecies, and the symbolism of light, among others. Several of the songs are part of hymnals such as the German Catholic Gotteslob (GL) and the Protestant Evangelisches Gesangbuch (EG).

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness.

4th century

  • Veni redemptor gentium

6th century

12th century

  • Veni, veni, Emmanuel (the most common setting in the Anglophone world dates to the 19th century)

13th century

  • Angelus ad virginem
  • Gabriel's Message

14th century

15th century

16th century

17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

Secular Advent songs


  • Gerhard Engelsberger: Bilder vom Kommen Gottes. Dichter, Bilder und Botschaft der Adventslieder. Evangelischer Presseverband für Baden, Karlsruhe [1992], ISBN 3-87210-341-5.

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Cantatas and other music
  • Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186a
  • Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132
  • Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147a
  • Handel's Messiah (Part I)
  • Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Böhm)
  • Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61
  • Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62
  • This Is the Record of John
  • Unser lieben Frauen Traum
  • Virga Jesse (Bruckner)
  • Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
  • Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! BWV 70a
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