O Come, O come, Emmanuel


O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things far and nigh.
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel Shall come to Thee, O Israel!

Words:  Latin Hymn, translated by Henry S. Coffin, 1916
Music: Plainsong, adapted by Thomas Helmore, 1854

Wisdom from on high.  I think we could all use a little that, couldn’t we?  Recent days have been full of tension and uncertainty–ISIS, racial tensions, presidential campaigns and more.  Lord, give us wisdom and discernment and we talk, criticize, support and post on Facebook.  Nothing done against us gives us the right to deviate from the “path of knowledge” and the ways of wisdom.

Advent readings to get us started:

Isaiah 11:1-10
In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;
the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.
The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,

and a little child will lead them all.

Luke: 1:26-38
“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!

Isaiah 7:10-14
All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

Matthew 1:18-24
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.


Originally posted 2015-12-11 00:24:17.

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