Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Thanksgiving at our house was wonderful this year, and we are very thankful that our refrigerator now "overfloweths" with so many leftover goodies!...  Heaven only knows how many pounds I've just put on in just this one weekend, but I'm not about to let that bother me now!

 It's time to pack away all our turkeys, pilgrims, and cornicopias, to haul out the holly and put up our Christmas tree (or in some of our cases, trees!), on this 4th Sunday before Christmas, the season of Advent.

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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.

~12th century, author unknown.  
The original Latin was translated by John Mason Neale in 1851.

May the spirit of this Christmas season bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.


 

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