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Caddo’s Seven Word Sunday – O Come!

Caddo's Seven Word Sundays!
Caddo's Seven Word Sundays!

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,

O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,

Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,

And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.


come, O come, great Lord of might,

Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,

An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.

O come, Desire of nations, (Jesus) bind  

In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

Words: Com­bined from var­i­ous an­ti­phons by an un­known au­thor, pos­si­bly in the 12th Cen­tu­ry (Ve­ni, ve­ni Eman­u­el); trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Med­iae­val Hymns, 1851. Neale’s orig­in­al trans­l­a­tion be­gan, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Em­man­u­el.” ~


0 thoughts on “Caddo’s Seven Word Sunday – O Come!

    1. Ben Nelson

      I kind of messed with the 7 word format, but we sang this in church this morning, and i just can't get away from these lyrics. I love the choice of names and titles of Christ it highlights - not the most common, but very meaningful, almost more so by their lack of use.

      1. cshowers

        Even though it's not a popular hymn, it has long been mine... I can just picture ancient Israel crying for their Messiah, while it's being sung... and I can picture present day Israel, and those of us who have been grafted in, crying, "O Come Thou Rod of Jesse, free, Thine own from Satan's tyrrany. From depths of hell, Thy people save, and give them victory o'er the grave! Rejoice, Rejoice... Love it! Here's my favorite version... I can't stop singing it now... Thanks again for posting this - you have no idea how much it blesses me. 🙂

  1. Caddo Veil

    Ben, this is in my top faves Christmas music list too--I was hearing it in my head, sung perfectly (as opposed to in my own voice) as I read your post. Thanks a bunch--God bless you and the fam--love, sis Caddo

    1. Ben Nelson

      Last year i got to sing it in our Christmas program, but if you want to hear a wonderful rendition - play the vid Cheryl linked - awesome.
      Bless you Sister Caddo as we wait in expectation for our Desire of Nations.

  2. Debbie

    This is so wonderful and God inspired, Mr. Ben! I have a friend in Jerusalem and she has shared about a time when this song was sung at an outside gathering of some sort, and the people were so drawn to it. Really powerful! God bless you and your Sunday!

  3. Debbie

    Such a hauntingly beautiful hymn, Ben. Thank you for replanting it in my heart - it's been awhile since I've sung this one.
    And by the way - what a creative response to Caddo's Seven Word Sunday!


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