Advent 2015- O Come O Come Emmanuel + Love

advent 2015

What better song to sing during advent than one on waiting for the Christ to appear? This ancient hymn has been chanted and sung throughout the ages, words and languages changing. At one time there were 7 antiphons that linked to a prophesy in Isaiah in fulfillment of the gospel. These 7 antiphons were sung before the Magnificat at Vespers on the last seven days of Advent (December 17-23). These verses survived and prospered in our Christian traditions, though with some variation over the years. At some point they were versified and picked up a repeating refrain.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny ;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer,
And cheer by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav’nly home ;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Lord of Might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O Come, O come, Emmanuel is a cry for love. O come and free us from this tyranny, O come Lord of Might and remind us of Your Love, O come and bring peace to our war torn earth, O come and break the hearts of men to love the widow, the orphan, and the homeless not just when we sing these songs during advent and christmas but all year long.

O Come Emmanuel and show us how to love one another.


Source: The Carols of Christmas, 2015 by Andrew Grant & Wikipedia


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