The Hymns of St. Ephrem for Advent (Demo)

by Pillar Church

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In November of 2014, a group of us at Pillar Church got together and wrote a collection of Advent songs based on the nativity hymns of St. Ephrem the Syrian, a church father from the 4th century. His hymns are one the church's best kept secrets. We took excerpts from them and wrote our own songs based on them.

We recorded them quickly, using scrappy gear, so they are rough demos. Our goal was to get these songs out as soon as possible, so that the people of Pillar can give them a listen and sing them with us in worship.



released November 20, 2014

Rush recorded in November 2014 using scrappy gear and the nearest instruments by Andy Bast, Noah McLaren, and Steven Rodriguez.

Original album artwork by Stephanie Guarino.



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Pillar Church Holland, Michigan

Pillar Church is a dually affiliated church of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

We create music for God's glory that reflects our context and the people of our community.
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Track Name: Prepare the Way
Prepare the way of the Lord

Every valley shall be lifted
Every mountain shall be made low
Lord return to Zion
By your spirit make us whole

The king who gives the kingdom to all
The priest who offers pardon to all
The lamb who nourishes all
by his body and his blood
Track Name: Holy One, Jesus Come
Blessed is He
both hidden and seen
Blessed is He
who left the height of majesty

You magnify all, come magnify me
that I may tell about
the glory of your birth
proclaim your grace to all the earth
Holy One, Jesus, come!

Blessed is He
who gave us all
blessed is he
who gave us all that he has gained

O Father of all, your glorious day
you gave not seraphim
nor sent the cherubim
you gave your only son instead
Holy One, Jesus, come!

All glory to thee, entirely!
Glory to thee, from every tongue, entirely.
Your birth is enough
for all of us

Great one became a child
pure one became defiled
O Living One, laid in the tomb
In you we are renewed
your washing washed us through
Let us obtain life by your death
Holy One, Jesus, come!
Track Name: Be Our Emmanuel
You are a hidden sunrise
You are a seed submerged
You are a flash of light
in the corner of our eyes

By your Spirit
make yourself known
in the bread
in the wine

Be our Emmanuel!

Who will measure you,
who made himself small?
How will we know you
When you come among us?
Track Name: Shine Forth
As a seed is planted in hope
of the nourishing light of day
so you have touched us each and raised us
that we may have sight again

Generations yearn for fullness
only you can bring
Son of David, there is no other
Come, Messiah, King

Shine forth and fill the earth
grow in us and bear good fruit
shine forth and fill the earth
come and gather us into your storehouse