Part of what makes the Christmas season so meaningful is the music. Now, neither Joe and I start listening to Christmas music in October, but we both appreciate the rich history behind so much of the music of this season. One of our favorite songs is, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
In this episode, we share some of the lyrics of the song that carry so much theological depth. And there might be a Latin lesson in there as well. Let’s celebrate Emmanuel, God with us!
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
O come, O King of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease
and be yourself our King of Peace.
O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light.
O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death’s abode
O come, O Branch of Jesse’s stem,
unto your own and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
and give them victory o’er the grave.
O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe
O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in its ways to go.