Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

P&W Wednesday: December 9, 2009

on December 9, 2009

Today’s song is: O Come O Come Emmanuel

I tried really hard to find a version of this song on YouTube that I liked. But I couldn’t. The instrumental version by Casting Crowns is good, but I love the words. And I love it when it is sung by a man. Who isn’t Clay Aiken. So, this week, you’ll have to use your imagination and sing it yourself.

This song always makes me think of the 1st week of Advent, specifically the service at my parent’s church. I always loved the way that this song was interspersed in the service between hanging the wreaths, bringing in the bells, changing the colors, and the poinsettias. I can still tell you that when the layreader says “Bells…” that’s the cue for the acolytes to come in with the bells. And all good acolytes knew that you had to give a good shake to get all of those bells ringing nice and loud.

Side note: this is my father’s favorite song. Not his favorite Christmas song, mind you. His favorite song.

O Come O Come Emmaunel

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.

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3 responses to “P&W Wednesday: December 9, 2009

  1. nicole says:

    Curtis Stephan (St. Ann’s) has a beautiful version. His Christmas album is called Born to Us. If you can’t find it, I can burn it for you, just need a CD.

  2. nicole says:

    Okay, I just realized you couldn’t find a YouTube version, not an audio one. You probably have a ton of them to listen to, just not watch. Ignore me now. 🙂

  3. hollisonjourney says:

    Haha. You’re right, Curtis does have a great version. I have that cd, but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder!

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