I have a couple of Christmas playlists to share — one faith-themed and one full of fun ones we always play at our house. I hope you enjoy them for the whole Christmas season…which starts in 2 days! Happy listening, and Merry Christmas!
Last year I created an Advent playlist that was a mix of genres/styles…but it grew to over 50 titles. It wasn’t working for me this year, and I had found even more fantastic songs to add. So I have cut some tracks that weren’t my favorites and added some beautiful ones that I can’t believe I didn’t have on there already. Most importantly, I split it into two playlists — traditional and contemporary. (Psstt…the contemporary list features some new Advent music from Matt Maher. So good!)
I’m happy to share these with you. I hope you enjoy them for the next couple of weeks of Advent!
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Happy Easter! And happy Easter for the next 45 days! Remember that the Easter season is the longest liturgical season in the Church year. It lasts for 50 days, ending on Pentecost Sunday. I love the Church tradition and theological significance behind the liturgical calendar, and I found a helpful summary article for those who want to understand better the calculation of the Easter season and its impact on the rest of the liturgical year.
Obviously, Easter is everything for us Christians. Easter is the reason for our faith and the fulfillment of every promise throughout salvation history. We need to keep celebrating the joy of the Resurrection in intentional ways throughout this season. I find that one of the best ways to sustain the focus and meaning of a liturgical season is through music. Well-selected playlists help to create an atmosphere in my home that reflects the current liturgical season; so I have made an Easter playlist, and I’m sharing it with you!
I created the list on Spotify, and you can play it there by clicking the link. If you don’t use Spotify, the list of songs is below for you to either purchase or find in a different subscription music service. I have selected songs that celebrate the joy and hope that we have in the Resurrection, from a variety of musical styles and artists.
Each of these songs is a beautiful reminder to me of the endless reasons to praise God throughout this season — and always! We have a redeemer; his name is Jesus. Because he lives, we have eternal hope. Because he lives, our whole lives can be a beautiful melody that praises him in the present and looks forward to the promise of eternity. We are meant to make a joyful noise to the Lord, and these songs are ones that fill me up to overflowing and help to fix my heart on what is really important, what is central.
Sometimes we forget to sing; sometimes we forget that we (in our daily lives) are supposed to be participants in the eternal song of praise to our Redeemer. That’s why the 50-day liturgical season of Easter is really a gift from the church, as every liturgical season is. These seasons help us remember our song and remember to sing it. Let us not forget St. John Paul II’s words:
“We are an Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
He is risen! Hallelujah!