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O Come All Ye Faithful!

O Come All Ye Faithful

“Come on in, we have a place for you.”

Especially at church, it’s great to feel like you fit in. I am thankful the church I attend is a godly, friendly church. It’s wonderful to congratulate and assimilate visitors, guests and new people. I think of the Christmas hymn, “O Come All Ye Faithful” as a song to welcome those who are regular attenders. This song is also a universal favorite, it’s catchy tune plays as a regular feature on my Christmas rotation. First sung in Catholic churches, recent research has revealed manuscripts written as early as 1744 by Englishman John Wade.

“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name way Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:26-28

For years, “O Come All Ye Faithful” was known as an anonymous Latin hymn.

The Latin has now been translated into more than 100 different languages. The four stanzas include a view of the infant Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem, the angelic choir singing praise to God and praise to the Word who was with the Father in the beginning.

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Lord, let us be found among the faithful, singing your praises as we adore you, Christ the Lord.