Our music director has been reteaching us Advent hymns. They only come out of the music file once a year, so the congregation has 48 weeks of the year to forget them. Most of us know O Come, O come, Emmanuel, based on the ‘O’ antiphons of the Octave before Christmas (I’ll get to those in a couple of days) and that’s about it.
Here’s one we’ve learnt: O Come Divine Messiah. It’s a 16th Century French Advent hymn, translated into English in the 19th Century by Sister Mary of St. Philip, SND.
How about you? Do you have any favourites for Advent?