Carols Part 4: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Carols Part 4: O Come O Come Emmanuel The lyrics of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” date back between the 8th & 12th century. At that time they would read a Psalm then sing or chant a short line beginning with the letter O. This was called “The O Antiphons.” One of those lines were, “O Come O Come Emmanuel.” Emmanuel means—God with us. Matthew 1:21-23 (NIV) “She [Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him…

Carols Part 3: Away in a Manger

Carols Part 3: Away in a Manger Away in Manger was published in 1885 in a Lutheran Sunday School curriculum. No one is sure who wrote the lyrics to this song, but one thing is sure–it has touched the hearts of many people. “The little Lord Jesus.” There is something special about the fact that God loves us so much He was willing to humble Himself to our position and come as a baby to save us. God came in…

Carols Part 2: O Come All Ye Faithful

Carols Part 2 O Come All Ye Faithful “O Come All Ye Faithful” was originally written in Latin and is attributed to John Francis Wade, an 18th-century hymnist. Then, in 1841, an English Catholic priest named Frederick Oakeley translated it into English. It became widely popular. “O come all ye faithful, joyful, and triumphant.” Too often we feel the opposite: doubtful, depressed, and defeated. Maybe you feel defeated in your finances, depressed in your marriage, or doubtful about how to…

Carols Part 1: O Holy Night

Carols Part 1: O Holy Night “O Holy Night” was written in the Mid 1800s. A parish priest asked a man name Placide Cappeau to write a poem for Luke chapter 2. Placide was not a christian, he was a wine maker, and was known to be a hell raiser. But he was a good poet. He asked his friend, who also was not a christian, to put the poem to music—the song became instantly popular. In 1906 a 33…