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December 10 – O Come All Ye Faithful (A Christmas Carol Advent)

15 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

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History

The tune for O Come All Ye Faithful (i.e., Adeste Fideles) is attributed to John Francis Wade.  Adeste Fideles refers to the first line of the Latin text for which Wade wrote the tune.  It is not clear when the original text was written.

Commentary & Analysis

Like many classic Christmas carols, this song recounts many of the aspects of Jesus’ birth and life.  The first verse notes that he was born in Bethlehem:

“…and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'” [Matthew 2:4-6 ESV]

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