And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:9-11).
Please allow me to softly walk off my normal path for this post. I want to tell you about a new album of Christ-honoring songs for the Christmas season, some that certainly will be in my heart in short order. Stephanie Seefeldt has released Cradle & Cross. The album has 11 songs that will touch your heart, if you but open it for God to speak. Already, the song Emmanuel, God Is With Us is my favorite song from the album as it speaks of Christ’s glory and his sacrifice for fallen man. Ms. Seefeldt continues that theme in Lay Them Down and reminds us of our need to lay down our worldly desires to make Him our Lord of All. God of Glory, Sage of Ages, written by Jill Briscoe, is certainly to become a worship hymn of Christmas. The album includes Ms. Seefeldt’s arrangement of James Montgomery’s Angels from the Realms of Glory which will give you chill bumps. Among the edifying songs Ms. Seefeldt sings Fernando Ortega’s Come, O Redeemer, Come and a fifth-century song Of the Father’s Love Begotten written by Aurelius Prudentius translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale, 1854, and Henry W. Baker, 1859. Communion Hymn for Christmas, co-written by renowned 20th century hymn writer Edith Margaret Clarkson (“So Send I You“) and Tom Fettke again proclaims the message of Christ’s love in going from the cradle to the cross.
www.cdbaby.com gave this review. “No Andy Williams or Perry Como here. Only a couple of carols that you might have heard before. The rest are thoughtful, beautiful reflections on the Christ child, and the One who pursues us with a relentless love, on full display at the incarnation.”
A customer gave this review at iTunes. “Stephanie Seefeldt’s powerful voice touches the hearts of her listeners in a profound way. This album engages in a worship experience that points to the true meaning of Christmas and Easter.”
I recommend to you Stephanie Seefeldt’s Cradle & Cross. The album and individual tracks are also available for electronic purchase and download at Amazon. Previews are available at cdbaby, iTunes and Amazon.
The album CD in a lovely eco wallet can be ordered here: