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A Selection of Advent & Christmas Songs

This selection of Advent and Christmas pieces features music both old and new, in a variety of styles and languages, and highlights different aspects of the incarnation and the story of Christ’s birth.

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Playlist: Easter Joy

This second Easter playlist includes some songs you may have sung or heard, and others you have probably not—including several written and performed by brothers and sisters in the community. The collection of seven songs progresses through all the drama and emotions of that first Easter—above all, joy!

Listen on our YouTube playlist or by scrolling down.

1. We begin with Molly Barrett’s (South Bend) “Homage to the King,” recorded in 1982, which moves from the hush of Holy Saturday to the glorious sunrise on Easter morning. 


2.  Next is Don Francisco’s “He’s Alive!”, a ballad about the day of the Lord’s resurrection written from the perspective of the apostle Peter, performed live by Dolly Parton and a gospel choir. 


3. Lindell Cooley leads the Brownsville Assembly of God choir in a rendition of “Saved” (written by Bob Dylan and Tim Drummond) which is almost impossible for me to hear while remaining still. 


4. & 5. The South Bend music ministry performs “Rise Up, King Jesus” by Louis Grams (Servant Branch), followed by “Parte de Pascua” by Jim Grondin (South Bend). 



6. “Domine Fili Unigenite” from Vivaldi’s Gloria is about the closest musical approximation to gleeful skipping I’ve ever heard. 


7. “Welcome, Happy Morning!” is a lovely old Easter hymn, played simply here on piano and capturing the impact of Christ’s Easter greeting to his disciples: “Peace be with you.” This recording is taken from the soundtrack to Terrence Malick’s film The Tree of Life.


Listen to our first Easter playlist here.


  1. Kathy Herceg says:

    What a wonderful experience to just relax and immerse in this amazing music! Thank you for the gift!

  2. Sandy Banks says:

    What wonderful refreshing music to listen to, sing along with or dance and/or exercise to.
    How we miss the music and singing of our brothers and sisters in the People of Praise!
    Thanks for a touch of heaven! Sandy and John Banks

  3. Jill Boughton says:

    Love the art work on People of Praise music. Who created Jim Grondin's?

  4. Elizabeth Grams says:

    Jill, glad you enjoy them. To answer your question, that photo came from a Creative Commons website. The rest of the photos in our videos have credits to them at the end of the videos and came from a variety of sources.

  5. Nancy Grams says:

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    What a beautiful selection of music to listen to during this Easter season!
    Thank you for the effort and the joy to share in with every song.

  6. Terri Porter says:

    Beautiful and uplifting. Thank you!

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