Adeste Fideles

Christ is born! Adeste fideles!

The above picture is titled “The Adoration of the Christ Child” and has been attributed to Fra Bartolomeo but is rumored to be a work of da Vinci.

This hymn I’m sharing with you today is most commonly attributed to English hymnist John Francis Wade. The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages many times, though the English “O Come All Ye Faithful” translation by the English Roman Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley is particularly widespread.

This song is something that I can’t help but sing out in reverence of our Lord. Through all the Christmas music that is played today, this one song speaks of the holiness that is the virgin birth. It is so revered that although we have translated it into English, many people still prefer to sing the Latin version.

Oh, come, let us adore the holy child, born of a virgin, to be our savior king. He was not a military power nor was he born into political power. He has come for the forgiveness of sins. He was born as a child in a lowly manger, to live life as we do, to share in the pain of this world, to be betrayed by those he loves, to rise above it all FOR US. You may not understand Christ or his purpose but I am eternally grateful for my relationship with Him.

Adeste, fideles,
Laeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum.
| | : Venite adoremus : | |
Dominum.

Oh come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold him,
Born the king of angels:
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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