Tune of the Day: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
It is believed that this traditional tune stems from a 15th century French processional for Franciscan nuns, but it may also have 8th century Gregorian origins. It is one of the most solemn Advent hymns.
The words were combined from various antiphons by an unknown author, possibly in the 12th century; they were subsequently translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale in the mid-19th century. Neale's original translation actually began, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel”.
The lyrics echo a number of prophetic themes. The title comes from Isaiah 7:14: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Immanuel is Hebrew for “God with us.”