Adeste Fideles (be present or near, ye faithful)

Listen and Rejoice

History

In 1744, English layman John Francis Wade wrote and set to music the hymn, Adeste Fideles, celebrating the birth of Christ with worship and adoration. The title is taken from the first words of the original Latin text, and translated literally means “be present or near, ye faithful.”

Over one hundred years later, the carol was translated into its present English form, O Come All Ye Faithful by an Anglican minister, Frederick Oakeley, who desired to use it for his congregation. To date, the “International Carol” has been translated into over 100 languages and is used to celebrate Christmas throughout the world.

Meaning

This is my favorite Christmas hymn, and the video above, featuring LifeChurch.tv‘s worship team, is my favorite arrangement of it. Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to put some good headphones on, hit play, and close your eyes and listen to the piano and organ accompany the choir singing with joy and adoration to our King. It will give you goosebumps!

For those who might be wondering, “why in November”… well… all I can say is I’m learning as I get older to wake up each morning and find joy in the coming of our King. Without Him, hope would be lost. We would not know grace nor love. Without Christ, we would only know darkness and death, a deep chasm between us and our God.

But thankfully He did come, giving up His throne and worshippers for the pain and brokenness of this world –not with splendor or pompous majesty, but with the humility and utter vulnerability of a newborn baby– so He could one day trade our sins for His righteousness, and bridge that gap on our behalf. Oh Immanuel –God is with us– what a sacrifice You made! With each coming daybreak, with each breath, You deserve our praise and our glory! Let each sunrise remind us that through the Father’s gift of His son, Jesus brings light into darkness and true life into death.

“Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.”

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