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As Christmas draws nearer, we prepare for the best celebration of all with this invitation: Come, Emmanuel

December 22, 2007
Times-Republican
It’s Christmastime, the most wonderful season of the year.

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas 2007, the Times-Republican encourages you to stop and remember the “reason for the season” — the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Today, we begin a journey to Christmas Day. The T-R will offer a different Christmas carol each day through Christmas. We hope you’ll take time to reflect on their words, and perhaps grab the family and sing a few verses each night.

As we busy ourselves with the preparations for Christmas, we encourage you to pause and reflect on the final days before Jesus’ birth. Remember the reason for His coming and the great gift God provided with the birth of the one called “Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father.”

Perhaps the words of the 12th century Christmas carol, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” say it best. Written in Latin, the carol was translated to English in 1851. Its author is unknown, but the words are a welcome reminder of the joyous celebration we are preparing for.



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 Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And give them victory o’er the grave

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.



O come, Thou Day-Spring, 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 Key of David, come,

And open wide our heavenly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high,

And close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.



O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,

Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,

In ancient times did’st give the Law,

In cloud, and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 
 

 

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