Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Musical Advent Calendar - Day 12

Each day, from December 1 to December 25, I will post the text (and translation, if necessary) of an Advent- or Christmas-themed song, along with the URL for a YouTube video containing that song. (Select "Musical Advent Calendar" from the list of labels in the right sidebar to sort all of them out from the other posts on the blog.) You will note that each selection has a text, collectively representing the last 2000 years, and this is intentional. For the more familiar texts (such as popular Christmas carols), I have chosen a variety of interpretations and performers, from professional choirs to contemporary Christian worship leaders. I suggest that you follow the text as the music plays, and reflect on the words that proclaim the First Advent of our Savior, the Lord Jesus.

May our King, who promises to come again, reveal himself to you in a new way this Advent.

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Text is a Latin hymn, attributed to John F. Wade (1751), translated by Frederick Oakeley et al. (1841)
Hymn Tune: "Adeste Fidelis" by John F. Wade (1751)
Performed by the Celtic Women

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
Come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him, born the King of angels:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

God of God, Light of Light,
Lo, he abhors not the virgin's womb;
Very God, begotten, not created:

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God in the highest:

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:

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