The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel.

Matthew 1:23

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Emmanuel means God with us. I remember singing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” as a child in my local Episcopal Church.  This is before I knew what the word invocation meant.  I remember being deeply moved by the words and music of this hymn. The instrumental music (offered in the above video) brings back wonderful memories. The four Sundays preceding Christmas in liturgical churches is known as Advent.  Advent means coming.  So the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is an invocation or calling forth for God – who is love – to come and be with us.  Whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey do you invite LOVE to come and be with you?  No religion, no church, no group has a lock on love.  Love is available to all.  Are you willing to be an expression of love in the world?  Are you willing to call for the ONE who is LOVE to show the WAY? Try it.

Call forth love. Bring forth love. Share the love. Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller

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O’ Come, O’ Come Emmanuel  

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 you, O Israel!

 

O, Come, our Wisdom from on high,

Who ordered all things mightily;

To us the path of knowledge show,

And teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to you, O Israel!

 

O, Come, O, Come, our Lord of might,

Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height

In ancient times gave holy law,

In cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to you, O Israel!

 

O, Come O Rod of Jesse’ stem,

From ev’ry foe deliver them

That trust your mighty pow’r to save;

Bring them in vict’ry through the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to you, O Israel!

 

O, Come, O Key of David, come,

And open wide our heav’nly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high,

And close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to you, O Israel!

 

O, Come, our Day-spring from on high,

And cheer us by your drawing nigh,

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to you, O Israel!

 

O, Come, Desire of nations, bind

In one the hearts of all mankind;

O, bid our sad divisions cease,

And be yourself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to you, O Israel!

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Songwriters: WALKER, RHETT / TRADITIONAL, / DAVIS, KENNY / KANE, JOSEPH

O, Come, O, Come Emmanuel – Translated: John Neal, 1818-66

Tune: Veni Emmanuel

1st Published in: 1854

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