Skip Navigation

Advent Meditation: O come, Emmanuel

Advent, which means "coming" or "arrival," is a time of preparation for the birth of Christ, and a celebration of God's unconditional love. This meditation features the photographs of Mike DuBose, Kathleen Barry and others, over the hymn tune, "O come, O come, Emmanuel," dating from the 12th century. The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail.

Lyrics to verses 1 and 4 of "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 thee, O Israel

O come, thou Dayspring
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.

Posted: November 29, 2013

Comments will not appear until approved by a moderator, which will occur daily.
Comments that include profanity or other inappropriate language, or that personally attack other readers, will not be posted. While we welcome constructive criticism of the church, we will not post comments that attack or demean the denomination. Authors whose comments are consistently unacceptable will be blocked from the site. If you would like to contact UMNS directly with a question or concern, please write to newsdesk@umcom.org. Seven days after a story is posted, the comments will be closed.