Nursery Rhymes

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O Come O Come Emmanuel Lyrics and Music

The sincere words and lyrics of this favorite hymn begin with "O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel" as the first words of this famous French Christmas Carol. The name of the composer of the music and the author of the lyrics and words of this ancient Christmas Carol, 'O Come O Come Emmanuel' are unknown, but the words are likely to have been written in Latin by a member of a early Medieval religious order. The music that generally accompanies the Carol is called Veni Emmanuel, a piece of 15th Century French processional music used by the Franciscan order.

O Come O Come Emmanuel Hymn
Title: O Come O Come Emmanuel *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

History of O Come O Come Emmanuel Christmas Carol
The history of this famous festive song reflects several prophetic themes pertaining to the coming of a Messiah detailed in Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah 22:22 and Luke 1:78.

O Come O Come Emmanuel is a devotional composition sung responsively as part of a liturgy, referred to as an Antiphon. The 'O Antiphons' are the 'Magnificat antiphons' that are used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent. They are called the "O Antiphons" because the title of each Antiphon begins with the word "O" which conveys emotion . Each of the antiphons is a name of Jesus Christ, using his attributes mentioned in the Bible. The 'O Antiphons' are:
December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
December 18: O Adonai (O Lord)
December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
December 23: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)

O Come O Come Emmanuel Lyrics

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.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: O Come O Come Emmanuel
Author of Lyrics: Unknown

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: The Carol was translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale
Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel
First Publication Date: 1851 in 'Mediaeval Hymns'

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