When I was child, I couldn't wait to open the presents under the Christmas tree. Sure, I loved all the other things -- baking cookies, singing the carols, decorating the tree, getting a new dress. But let's be honest, what I really waited for were the presents. As anticipation mounted, the waiting became more excruciating. How could I possibly wait 'three more sleeps' when the yearning was so intense I thought my little body would burst from its skin.
This is a season of waiting, not just for children. And, all these years later, it's not the presents that make my heart beat faster with longing. Oh, I still love presents -- giving and receiving them -- but it's the music I yearn for these days. I long to hear the old familiar carols of Christmas that have come down the ages. The music that interprets yearnings of the heart.
We each have our own favourite carols of Christmas. And we listen or sing as we wait. For me, one of many favourites is the centuries old carol O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. If memory serves me right, I was in Grade 5 when I first heard this piece. My piano teacher suggested I learn to play the simple melody for Christmas that year. I eventually heard it sung and especially love when it is sung in Latin. My heart soars on the notes, and through it "the voice of the Spirit himself sings our hearts back to wholeness." (this line from a fellow blogger's post, Sarah Clarkson)
This carol was originally written in Latin text in the 12th century. Apparently both the author of the words and the composer of the music are unknown, although it is believed the melody is of French origin. Wherever it originated, and whoever was inspired to pen this melody and lyrics, I'm grateful for that person or persons and that it survived the centuries so we can enjoy its beauty in the 21st century.
Oh come, oh come, Oh rising sun
Cheer us by your coming
Drive away the clouds of night
And the dreadful shadows of night
I first came across this particular rendition a few years ago -- it still touches me. I offer it to you today and hope you will enjoy it.
Wishing you a beautiful day!
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