O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

“The virgin will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel” Isaiah 7:4.

“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.

           Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel,

           Shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer

Our spirits 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 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 on 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!

Latin Hymn, Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, 1710

Ransom captive Israel.  From Egypt, to Assyria, to Babylon, to Rome.  The Israelites were well acquainted with captivity.  Their hearts waited for their long-promised Messiah to come and bring freedom from their oppressors.

We have our prisons of our own.

Does your heart long for the second advent of Christ?  Do you long for His presence wherever you may be?  We’re well-acquainted with the captivitated places–the greed, envy, and deception of our hearts.  For some, captivity is experienced in broken places where healing and light are needed to break through the thick darkness of the soul–to a broken marriage, a grieving heart, the wounded survivor, or a diseased body.  “O come, o come, Emmanuel” to all the places today where your beauty, goodness, and truth hold the power to break the prisoners’ chains.  O come.

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