So, this crazy idea of sending a weekly Musical Message began Easter Week in March. I don’t think any of us would have imagined we would still be dealing with this pandemic on the first Sunday in Advent. But we are. (Silent scream!).
There is so much beautiful Christmas/Holiday music that we only get to enjoy for 4-6 weeks each year. So until the 12 days of Christmas end, we will be sending a carol each Saturday. There is only one advent hymn that I am fond of and that is O Come, O Come. Emmanuel.
This melody is really, really old….from the 800s, Medieval times. In 1851 John Neale wove together segments of melody and added words. I think he did an excellent job!
To paraphrase for today….O come desire of nations, bind, all people’s in one here and mind.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice!