Church of England Diocese of Manchester Astley Bridge

Hymns & Music for the 4th Sunday of Advent 2020 recorded by Mel, St. Paul's Church Organist

Here's a selection of hymns for the 4th Sunday of Advent, 20th December 2020, recorded by Mel, St. Paul's Church organist.

Mel writes:

As you’d expect, this week’s four hymns continue the Advent theme with some words and tunes coming from long ago, and one written by someone younger than me! Longing for light (Christ be our light), written by a Roman Catholic, has quickly established itself as a favourite across many denominations. As a change from St Paul’s organ and from my home one, it was recorded at Emmanuel Church, Holcombe, the parish in which I live and where for 22 years from 1989 I was organist and choir director. We’ll hear more from that chirpy little 1979 organ in other material in the next few weeks.

AMNS 33 Of the Father's love begotten - https://youtu.be/F_E_bxfNUsE

AMNS 484 Long ago prophets knew - https://youtu.be/Ly5SblxgoSs

Christ be our light - https://youtu.be/1Ch2eJF_4Ww

AMNS 470 Hills of the north rejoice - https://youtu.be/ybGzR-IKQUY

This week’s bonus item was recorded live in St Paul’s last Sunday during the music for reflection spot. It is a piece by Dieterich Buxtehude, a 17<sup>th</sup> century German-Danish organist and composer and major influence on J S Bach. ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ (Now come, Saviour of the heathens) is a chorale with words by Martin Luther. https://youtu.be/_ozVjAlK1MQ