Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel)

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“Veni Veni Emmanuel” (Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel” in English) is one of the most solemn Advent hymns. The melody may perhaps be a old Jewish-Christian Hanuka liturgy chant from the 5th century. It is believed that the final form of the traditional music stems from a 15th Century French processional for Franciscan nuns, but it may also have 8th Century Gregorian origins. . The text is based on the biblical prophecy from Isaiah 7:14 that states that God will give Israel a sign that will be called “Emmanuel” meaning “God With Us”.

Latin

Veni, veni, Emmanuel
Captivum solve Israel,
Qui gemit in exsilio,
Privatus Dei Filio.

Gaude, Gaude, Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, O Iesse virgula,
ex hostis tuos ungula,
de spectu tuos tartari
educ et antro barathri.

Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, veni O Oriens,
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque mortis tenebras.

Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te Israel.

Veni, Clavis Davidica,
Regna reclude caelica,
Fac iter tutum superum,
Et claude vias inferum.

Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te Israel.

Veni, veni, Adonai,
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice
In maiestate gloriae.

Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te Israel.

English

Come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that morns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse’s stem,
form ev’ry foe deliver them
that trust Thy mighty power to save,
and give them vict’ry o’er the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O 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 shadow put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heav’nly home,
make safe the way that leads on high,
that we no more have cause to sigh.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, o come, Thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times did give the law,
in cloud, and majesty, and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

Veni Veni Emmanuel

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  1. Waiting in hope, that Catholics will some time learn that this Emmanuel brings the liberation of false laws; and it is an invitation of freedom and justice, and not oppression, exclusion, and degradation of women and gays.

  2. GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO! — JOY TO THEE O QUEEN OF HEAVEN, CA– USE OF OUR JOY, & WELLSPRING OF OUR INFINITE & ETERNAL DELIGHT. O MOTHER, FOR THE GLORY OF THY DIVINE SON, PLEASE PRAY FOR US, WHO HAVE NEED OF THY INTERCESSION WITHOUT CEASING. — AMEN! ————– THANK YOU FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL POSTING. MAY GOD BLESS YOU MOST ABUNDANTLY!

  3. Yes, Lord, Come, Come, Come – Be born in our hearts again this Christmas and let us accept the Gift of your Salvation and never take it for granted. I join with Mother Mary and the Angels and the Saints singing Praises to thee on Christmas Day and everyday in the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass….

  4. I am over the moon about it and I think that this wedding will be one of the best things to happen of the decade. Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and any body that doesn’t agree is a republican.

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