Key Words: For unto you is born this day
One of the favorite Christmas hymns is “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
The original Latin text consisted
of four stanzas. The first calls us to
visualize anew the infant Jesus in
God of God and Light of Light begotten,
Lo, He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, begotten, not created-
O come, let us adore Him.
The next stanza pictures for us the exalted song of the angelic choir heard by the lowly shepherds. Then the final verse offers praise and adoration to the Word, our Lord, who was with the Father from the beginning of time.
many years this hymn was known as an anonymous Latin hymn. Recent research,
however, has revealed manuscripts that indicate that it was written in 1744 by
an English layman named John Wade and set to music by him in much the same
style as used today. The hymn first appeared in his collection, Cantus Diversi,
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
ye, O come ye to
come and behold Him, born the King of angels:
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
sing all ye bright hosts of heav’n above;
glory to God, all glory in the highest:
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
What to do:
✞ God was faithful in sending His Son. His Son was faithful in coming, and we should be faithful in serving telling others about the saving grace of Jesus.
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