Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

O Come Emmanuel
As we countdown the last couple of days until Christmas I would like to share with you the origins and lyrics of some of my favorite Christmas songs. 
The Messiah's coming was prophesied seven hundred years before His birth. At the time the Jewish people were living in captivity in Babylon. For centuries thereafter faithful Jews earnestly anticipated the Deliverer-Messiah with great longing and expectation, echoing the prayer that He would "ransom captive Israel." And finally the long awaited heavenly announcement came-"Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord!" Luke 2:11
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" was originally used in the medieval church liturgy that were sung for the week just before Christmas Eve. Each of these verses greets the anticipated Messiah with the titles ascribed Him throughout the Old Testament: Wisdom, Emmanuel, The Lord of Might, The Rod of Jesse, Dayspring, and The Key of David.
The haunting melody is also of ancient origin. It is based on one of the earliest forms of sacred music known as the chant. Please reflect on the lyrics.
O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times didst give the law in cloud and majesty and awe.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save and give them vict'ry o'er the grave.
O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here;
O drive away the shades of night and pierce the clouds and bring us light.
O come, Thou Key of David, come and open wide our heav'nly home
Where all Thy saints with Thee shall dwell -- O come, O come, Emmanuel!
Chorus: Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Christmas Eve
Come sing the songs of Christmas this Thursday at one of C3’s 2 Christmas Eve Services at 4 or 6pm

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