O come, O come, Immanuel
Source: Singing the Faith: 180
Words: From the ancient Advent Antiphons, trans John Mason Neale
Music: “Veni Emmanuel”
Metre: 88.88. Long Meter and refrain
Ideas for use
It is worth taking a moment to observe the punctuation in this hymn. More so than in many hymns, the plainsong roots of the tune (“Veni Emmanuel”) mean that breathing in the right (or wrong!) place has a strong impact on how the meaning of the words is conveyed.