The Songs of Advent - New! (Plus, Free Handout)

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As familiar as we are with the songs of Christmas, there are four songs recorded in the Bible to celebrate the birth of Jesus that most of us aren’t familiar with. The angels sang a song to the shepherds. Mary sang a song to God after she had time to get over the shocking news that she was going to be the mother of the Savior. Simeon also had a song. Then there’s Zechariah’s song. Zechariah was an elderly priest who sang after being visited by an angel.

This wasn’t like a Broadway musical — these people didn’t suddenly burst into song. But the ancient church captured their words and created songs known as canticles.

Session One

Zechariah: A Song of Faith
Even in silence, God is at work.
Luke 1:67–79

Session Two

Angels: A Song of Peace
This is a peace that passes our understanding.
Luke 2:13–14

Session Three

Mary: A Song of Trust
Like Mary, we can move from anxiety to adoration.
Luke 1:46–55

Session Four

Simeon: A Song of Hope
The reward is worth the wait.
Luke 2:29–32
This Study Through the Bible Course is based on the sermon series called “Songs for the Not-So-Holly-Jolly,” by Ed Rowell.

Total number of pages - 34 pages

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Click to enlargeThe Songs of Advent - Free PDF Handout
As familiar as we are with the songs of Christmas, Zechariah, Mary, the angels, and Simeon sang Songs of Advent celebrating Jesus that we may not be familiar with. This colorful one-page PDF handout is a great way to share the meaning behind of the songs.