September 22, 2017

A Moment of Anticipation: Hymns for Advent

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free!
From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee.

Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.

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.

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 

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.

…for [he] will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God…

…whereby the sunrise [Day-spring] shall visit us from on high,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

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.

…and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called W
onderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

 

 

Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 11:1; Luke 1:76-79; Isaiah 9:6
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, words by Charles Wesley
O Come, O Come Emmanuel, words from Latin antiphonies

Comments

  1. I love the words of so many of Christmas hymns and carols and yet all too often, I find, we only sing the very familiar songs and verses! There’s such richness we miss when we just sing the first verse of each one. I’m actually doing an Advent song series as well this year, on Sundays. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  2. I love the phrase, “Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.” Jesus really does close the path to misery, giving us hope and joy! Thanks for this beautiful post. =)

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