Veni, Veni Emmanuel


Veni, veni Emmanuel! Captivum solve Israel! 
Qui gemit in exilio, Privatus Dei Filio, 
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel nascetur per te, Israel.

My favorite Advent hymn is O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I love the text, describing our anticipation of the coming Savior, and I love the Gregorian chant that to me captures the message of Advent. When I hear this hymn, I am transported back to ancient Israel, waiting and anticipating the coming of the promised Messiah. 

The link below is one of my favorite arrangements of this hymn with the text sung in Latin. I have listed the entire text of the hymn for you to read and contemplate on, imagining you are back in time over 2000 years ago, listening to the prophets, waiting for the Emmanuel to come and ransom captive Israel.

During this season of Advent, take time to be still and anticipate Christ’s coming and the light and joy that it brings to the darkness of the world. With the rest of the world bustling around with Christmas already in their hearts, may we prepare our hearts for His coming and rejoice when the Incarnate God appears.


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, Israel. 

O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny; from depths of hell Thy people save, and give them victory o'er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, Israel. 

O Come, Thou Dayspring from on high, and cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, Israel.

O Come, Thou Key of David, come and open wide our heav'nly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, Israel. 

O come, Adonai, Lord of might, who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height, in ancient times didst give the law in cloud and majesty and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, Israel. 

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, Israel. 

O Come, Thou Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind; 
bid envy, strife and quarrels cease; fill the whole world with heaven's peace. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, Israel. 

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