Music For Advent; O Great

give me your lightVeiled In Darkness

Veiled in darkness Judah lay,
Waiting for the promised day,
While across the shadowy night
Streamed a flood of glorious light,
Heav’nly voices chanting then,
“Peace on earth, good will to men.”

Still the earth in darkness lies.
Up from death’s dark vale arise
Voices of a world in grief,
Prayers of men who seek relief:
Now our darkness pierce again,
“Peace on earth, good will to men.”

Light of light, we humbly pray,
Shine upon Thy world today;
Break the gloom of our dark night,
Fill our souls with love and light,
Send Thy blessèd Word again,
“Peace on earth, good will to men.”

Here’s the Great O for the day:

Latin:

O Oriens,
splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae:
veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

English:Dawn

O Morning Star,
splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Or, as Peter Paul and Mary put it:

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 day spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here
And drive away the gloomy clouds of night,
Forever death’s dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel

O come, o come, Emmanuel
Come and ransom captive Israel

O come, thou key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home
Make safe the path that leads our hearts to thee,
And close the door to misery
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel

It always seems odd to me when someone Jewish produces a Christmas album. Regardless of the quality of the voice, arrangement, or production it just seems a bit inappropriate, but an Advent song somehow fits.

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