An Advent Hymn: new words for a familiar tune

I’m gradually writing Advent words for familiar Christmas hymns.
Here’s this year’s to the tune for Hark the Herald Angels

Listen to the angels sing
News of coming joy they bring
Hopes abandoned are restored
In the ever-birthing Word
Longing hearts and lives are filled
Paths of wonder are rebuilt
Peace drifts softly into place
Carried by the breath of grace
Listen to the angels sing
News of coming joy they bring

Listen for the word of peace
Wars will end and terror cease
No one’s child will be afraid
Broken lives will be remade
Christ has come, will come again
Holy is this in-between
Here we cast our lives in grace
Here we touch the longing-place
Listen for the words of peace
Wars will end and terrors cease.

Listen to the angels sing
News of coming joy they bring
Mary’s yes and Joseph’s dream
Carried Love through lives unseen
It is ours to make a place
To receive the Child of Grace
In the cradle of our lives
God with Us again arrives
Listen to the angels sing
News of coming joy they bring.


©  Catherine Smith, 2017



  1. Patty December 19, 2017 at 5:03 am - Reply

    i have included this song for this coming Sunday at Broken Bay Uniting Church [Australia]; . thank you,

    • Catherine Smith December 23, 2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

      Thank you for letting me know Patty. Wishing the wonders of Love to you and your faith community.

  2. Bev Hombroek December 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Shawn Redden December 15, 2017 at 2:33 am - Reply

    Catherine, with your permission, we would love to sing this Sunday!

    • Catherine Smith December 16, 2017 at 12:20 am - Reply

      Certainly Shawn, I love to imagine you all singing it.

  4. Kerry Howarth December 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Love it, Catherine! I am sending this to our minister in hopes we might sing it on Sunday in worship. I will make sure you are given credit 🙂

    • Catherine Smith December 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you Kerry. Advent blessings ~

  5. Marilyn December 7, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    So beautiful Catherine! I sang it straight through…inside my head where I can hold a tune. But the words rested deeply in me and filled me with hope.

    • Catherine Smith December 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Marilyn I love the thought of these words resting deeply in you and of them bringing hope. And of your inner singing ~ all graces of Advent.

  6. Shirley Childs December 7, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Thank you Catherine, I would love to sing these words! What a wonderful offering. Shirley Childs

    • Catherine Smith December 7, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Thank you Shirley. I hope you do sing them. Perhaps you can share them with your worship team at church and sing them with your worshipping community or perhaps you can sing them to yourself, a kind of prayer, a tiny Advent practice.

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