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.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
I wish you peace and blessings this season of Hope, this season of Light and Joy.