Upon further consideration

December 15, 2011

I thought I would revisit some Christmastime posts from the past few years, just to see if my perspective has changed.  I have added a thought or two, but, the spirit still remains.  I love carols.

Veni, veni Emmanuel, Captivum solve Israel, Qui gemit in exilio Privatus Dei Filio. Gaude, gaude! Emmanuel nascetur pro te, Israel

Long before I knew what a minor key was I wondered why this song sounds so mournful. I would sit in church and wonder why we were singing such a sad song at Christmastime. Finally I focused on the words, and the music became more clear. The entire song is not mournful, just the verses, the chorus is joyful.

This song is very much a BC/AD kind of song. (Not AC/DC.  BC/AD; there is a difference.) These verses tell our story.

O come o come Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear

Lost and apart from a God whom we have not met, yet know exists, we lived in exile, until…

Rejoice! Rejoice Emmanuel shall come to thee o Israel

O come thou Wisdom from on High Who ordrest all things mightily To us the path of knowledge show And teach us in out path to go.

Now look at the names of God in this great song. Notice how every one of his names meets one of our needs. “Wisdom from on High” Couldn’t we all use some of that?

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 over the grave

“Rod of Jesse” Isaiah says the savior will come from the rod, or root of Jesse. In other words the son of Jesse-King David. The savior of what? From what? From Satan! From 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

I’m going to quit babbling…just enjoy the words to this beautiful song, and rejoice!  Come!  Dayspring, come.  Cheer us up by your coming.

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 on come great Lord of Might Who to this tribe’s on Sinai’s height In ancient times once gave the law In clouds and majesty and awe

Rejoice! Rejoice Emmanuel shall come to thee o Israel

O come thou Root of Jesse’s Tree An ensign of thy people be Before thee rulers silent fall All people on thy mercy call

Rejoice! Rejoice Emmanuel shall come to thee o Israel

O come Desire of Nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind Bid thou our sad divisions cease And be thyself the King of peace

Rejoice! Rejoice Emmanuel shall come to thee o Israel

Come, Lord of Might.  Come Desire of Nations.    I just can’t add a thing  to that.

How about you?  WHat is your favorite Christmas Carol, and why.

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