Rejoice! Rejoice!

My favorite Christmas Carol is actually not a Christmas Carol per se…but rather a song of hope, sung during Advent.  

Written during the 9th Century I love the way the verse reads in Latin:

Veni, veni Emanuel!Captivum solve Israel!

Qui gemit in exilio,

Privatus Dei Filio

Gaude, gaude, Emanuel

Nascetur pro te, Israel.  

But for those of us who cannot remember much of our freshman year of Latin with Sister Immaculata (I’m not making this up…I really did take Latin from Sister Immaculata my freshman year in High School):

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.

I wish you peace and blessings this season of Hope, this season of Light and Joy.  

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4 thoughts on “Rejoice! Rejoice!

  1. We sang this last night at our Christmas Eve service … one of my absolute favorites! Truly, a song of hope and expectation … I join with the angels to rejoice the birth of our Hope! May your Christmas be filled with wondrous joy, peace and, of course, hope that Christ’s birth brings us!

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