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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Musical Interlude

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

For this second Sunday of Advent 2013, clarion voices singing an a cappella arrangement of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel":

O come, O come, Emmanuel!
Redeem thy captive Israel
That into exile drear is gone,
Far from the face of God's dear Son.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Branch of Jesse! draw
The quarry from the lion's claw;

From the dread caverns of the grave,

From nether hell, thy people save.

O come, O come, thou Dayspring bright!
Pour on our souls thy healing light;
Dispel the long night's lingering gloom,

And pierce the shadows of the tomb.

O Come, thou Lord of David's Key!
The royal door fling wide and free;

Safeguard for us the heavenward road,
And bar the way to death's abode.

O come, O come, Adonai,
Who in thy glorious majesty
From that high mountain clothed in awe,
Gavest thy folk the elder Law.


  1. A perfectly pure and purely perfect version. I love writing for treble voices, especially a cappella. Thank you for reminding us there is more to life than poring indignantly over petty political processes and venting spleen over everything that displeases us.

    No matter what the day may bring taking time early in the morning to worship Almighty God quietly, and welcome His only begotten Son into our hearts with beautiful music puts the hurly burly into better perspective and gives us a firmer footing on which to face whatever may come our way.

    And please let us remember, despite all the lights, the decorations, the trees, candles, cookies, parties, dinners and hubbub in the stores, the best place to worship the newborn Christ is in our hearts.

    1. FT,
      I listened to several versions. This one was the best musically.

      PS: It's snowing here! If I weren't so exhausted from yesterday's visit from Decorate A Vet, I'd be tickling the ivories instead of these computer keys. And, now, off to take a nap!

  2. Great choice, AOW. It reminds me of a visit to Westminster Abby many years ago when by a stroke of luck we were there while the boys choir was practicing.

  3. Nice post. I like the way you start and then conclude your thoughts. Thanks for this. I really appreciate your work, keep it up

    Great Gifts For Musicians


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