|The Night is Now Ending|
Song of Salvation Drawing Near was first published in 1970 with music by Bernard Huijbers (1922–2000) and words by Huub Oosterhuis (b.1933). During the 1960 and 70's they collaborated on a number of liturgical works and hymns. Eventually Huijbers would leave the Jesuits to pursue a career in music, while Oosterhuis would be expelled by the Jesuits for controversial comments and writings, although he continues to work as a Diocesan Priest in his native Holland. In the Liturgy of the Hours, Song of Salvation Drawing Near is used during Advent.