Saturday, December 6, 2014

CAROL : o come, o come, emmanuel

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name 
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled 
which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, 

and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name 
EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, God with us.





I have listened to this and watched this over and over with no words to add, except amazement that all that fulfillment of prophesy, all those years of yearning (Simeon!  Anna!)  should be answered and contained in such a vulnerable form: all that power bound by sensitive skin, all that creative might carried on a frame that knelt in the dust with an outcast people, sat in the sunshine with them, broke bread with them, and all that He would do held inside a young-faced mother's arms, the hopeful promise of His Life contained in a moment of His mother's glance.

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, from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
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, Adonai, 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, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things, far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.


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