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O Come O Come Emmanuel is an Advent Hymn for Christmas that Christians sing in anticipation of Christ’s Coming.

On the 3rd Sunday of Advent, we light the Gaudete (“Rejoice”) candle of JOY. This is traditionally the rose colored candle in an Advent wreath. Did you know that Gaudete Sunday has also been known as Rose Sunday?

While we spent the first two weeks of Advent focused on Christ’s coming, the third week is one of joy and rejoicing in anticipation of Christ’s coming again.

We also, as a Western church, tend to focus on John the Baptist’s connection with Advent.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

For a refresher course on what Advent is, check out my advent playlist!

Suggested Reading: Advent Playlist: 25 Christmas Hymns

Advent Playlist – 25 Christmas Hymns

1. A Strange Way to Save the World

2. Angel Gabriel

3. Angels From the Realms of Glory

4. Christ is the World’s True Light

5. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

6. The Crown of Roses

7.  E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come

8. Gesu Bambino

9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

10 – I Wonder as I Wander

11 – Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

12. The King Shall Come

13. Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy)

14. Mary, Did You Know?

15. O Come All Ye Faithful

Day 16. O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Come O Come Emmanuel was translated from the Latin (Veni Veni Emmanuel) by J.M. Neale in 1851.

Neale had been ordained into the Church of England but due to bad health and his support of the Oxford Movement, he was not able to accomplish parish work so he served as a warden of Sackville College in East Grinstead, a retirement home for poor men. It’s thanks to his time at Sackville College that he had time to write church music and books on church history.

O Come O Come Emmanuel Lyrics –

O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

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. Refrain

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. Refrain

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. Refrain

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. Refrain

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. Refrain

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. Refrain


Scripture Reading for Day 16 of Advent –

Psalm 24:8

Who is the King of glory?

The Lord, strong and mighty,

the Lord, mighty in battle.

1 Corinthians 1:30

He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus,

who became for us wisdom from God,

and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

Advent Playlist – Days 17 to 25

17. O Holy Night

18. O Little Town of Bethlehem

19. Once in Royal David’s City

20. People, Look East

21. Silent Night

22. Sweet Little Jesus Boy

23. There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree

24. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

25. Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?

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