Churches begin observing the season of Advent on Sunday, Dec. 3, leading up to the celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth on Christmas, Dec. 25, which falls on Monday this year.
At Cathedral Church of the Advent, which is named for the season of preparation for Christmas, there will be two services of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The services feature alternating biblical lessons and Christmas carols.
With Christmas music getting a full embrace starting this weekend, AL.com asked some music ministers to name their favorite songs of the season.
The Rev. Zac Hicks, the Canon for Worship and Liturgy at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, quickly sent us his picks.
1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
2. Joy to the World
3. What Child is This
4. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
5. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
6. O Little Town of Bethlehem
7. O Come, All Ye Faithful
8. Angels from the Realms of Glory
9. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
10. O Holy Night
Philip Copeland, Director of Music Ministries at South Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, also sent us his choices:
1. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming)
2. Pifa, the pastoral symphony, from the Messiah by G.F. Handel
3. This Little Babe, Benjamin Britten
4. Sing we now of Christmas
5. What is this lovely fragrance?
6. Riu riu chiu
7. Christmastime is here (Charlie Brown Christmas)
8. Carol of the Bells
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
10. The Christmas Song
And Rick Phillips, organist and Director of Music at Highlands United Methodist Church in Birmingham, broke his into hymns, major choral works and choral anthems.
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Once in Royal David's City
In the Bleak Midwinter
Major choral works:
by G. F. Handel
Magnificat in D
by J. S. Bach
What Sweeter Music-John Rutter
The Three Kings-Healey Willan
A Spotless Rose - Herbert Howells
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