Did you ever wonder about the background of our Christmas Carols? In this video, Pastor Michael and Jim Ackerman discuss one of the oldest – 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 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.
O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be.
Before Thee rulers silent fall,
All peoples on Thy mercy call.
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.
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.
O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
fill all the world with heaven’s peace