December 13, 2010

Something tells me, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause wont have the staying power of Adeste Fideles.  I think it would be great to have such command of another language that I would be able to, blog in Russian, for example.  John Wade, and Englishman wrote O Come All Ye Faithful in Latin, and sometimes I think it is just as powerful as it is in English.  I’m sure that is what John thought, more than two hundred years ago.  But I am grateful the Rev. Frederick Oakley for translating it into English. (http://www.carols.org.uk/o_come_all_ye_faithful.htm)

I don’t know about you, but when I go to a Christmas Eve service (for adults, a kids service is totally different.) if I don’t hear the pipe organ intro, and get to sing this one at the top of my lungs, I go home a bit disappointed.  This is a song meant to be sung joyfully, with as many people in the room as possible.  I can hardly imagine a guitar version of this song – just to quiet – and the guitar is my favorite instrument.  Even a nine-foot grand piano won’t do – it has to be a pipe organ, with lots of fills and flourish between stanzas, too.

It’s a joyful melody.  It’s a call to worship!  The angels are singing, lets join them!    Then it closes with the Christmas story as recorded in John’s Gospel:  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”  (John 1:14)

Come!  Adore Him!

O come all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O 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.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

There are actually four more stanzas, none of which I have ever heard (in English) so I did not put them in this post.  If you are interested check out: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/c/ocomeayf.htm

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