O, Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye FaithfulAnother favorite from this time of singing carols is O, Come All Ye Faithful. We are always called to worship God, not just at Christmastime.

In high school, I learned this song in Latin, the original language of the text. I still sing the first verse in Latin in my head. (I don’t sing it out loud very often because I am certain that my pronunciation is atrocious!) Learning songs in their original language is a joy!

The history of this carol is somewhat questionable. It is attributed to a number of possible authors and composers. I have listed the most widely accepted ones. It is a beautiful song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

O, Come All Ye Faithful

words: Latin text attributed to John Francis Wade, 1751; translation attributed to Frederick Oakley, 1841
music: John Francis Wade, 1751

1 O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

Refrain:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

2 God of God, Light of Light eternal,
lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created; [Refrain]

3 Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above:
“Glory to God, all glory in the highest!” [Refrain]

4 Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; [Refrain]

 

Adeste Fidelis

1. Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

2. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine,
gestant puellae viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

3. Cantet nunc io chorus Angelórum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

4. Ergo qui natus, die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit glória
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

 

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