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.

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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!
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!
Shall come to thee, O Israel.


Originally published by, Nov. 29, 2013.