Advent Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

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  1. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

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

    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.
    Refrain

    O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
    Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
    From depths of hell Thy people save,
    And give them victory over the grave.
    Refrain

    O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
    Our spirits by Thine advent here;
    Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
    And death's dark shadows put to flight.
    Refrain

    O come, Thou Key of David, come,
    And open wide our heavenly home;
    Make safe the way that leads on high,
    And close the path to misery.
    Refrain

    O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
    And order all things far and nigh;
    To us the path of knowledge show,
    And teach us in her ways to go.
    Refrain

    O come, Desire of nations, bind
    In one the hearts of all mankind;
    Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
    And be Thyself our King of Peace.
    Refrain

    This is one of our oldest hymns, going back to the medieval Christian church. Each verse includes an Old Testament reference for the Messiah. They are:

    Emmanuel (God with us)
    Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
    ~ Isaiah 7:14 (New King James Version)

    Lord of Might
    Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
    ~ Exodus 19:16 (New King James Version)

    Rod (Branch/Root) of Jesse
    There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
    And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
    And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
    Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
    For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
    And His resting place shall be glorious.
    ~ Isaiah 11:1&10 (New King James Version)

    Dayspring (Morning Star)
    I see Him, but not now;
    I behold Him, but not near;
    A Star shall come out of Jacob;
    A Scepter shall rise out of Israel,
    And batter the brow of Moab,
    And destroy all the sons of tumult.
    ~ Numbers 24:17 (New King James Version)

    Key of David
    The key of the house of David
    I will lay on his shoulder;
    So he shall open, and no one shall shut;
    And he shall shut, and no one shall open.
    ~ Isaiah 22:22 (New King James Version)

    Wisdom
    All this also comes from the LORD Almighty,
    wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.
    ~ Isaiah 28:29 (New International Version)

    Desire of nations
    I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty.
    ~ Haggai 2:7 (New International Version)[This Message was Edited on 12/02/2007]
  2. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    One of my favorites...so hauntingly beautiful.

    Sue