Lessons and Carols for Advent

HYMN:  Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth (Veni Redemptor Gentium) 

This hymn of the Advent Prayer of Saint Ambrose

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VERSE ONE:

Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth and manifest Thy virgin-birth.

All lands admire, all times applaud such is the birth that fits True God.

VERSE TWO:

Begotten of no human will, and One with Father Thou are still.

The Word of God in flesh arrayed, the Promised Fruit to us displayed.

VERSE THREE:

The virgin womb, such burden gained with virgin honor all unstrained.

Mary’s banners of virtue glow; God, in His temple, dwells below.

VERSE FOUR:

Forth from His chamber goes now He, that royal home of purity.

Christ, now both God and human one, rejoices now His course to run.

VERSE FIVE:

From God the Father He proceeds, to God the Father back He speeds.

He was by all the world disowned, yet now in Heaven’s glory throned.

VERSE SIX:

True equal at the Father’s side, with human nature now abide.

The weakness of our mortal state, with deathless might, invigorate.

VERSE SEVEN:

They cradle here shall glitter bright, and darkness yield to Earth’s True Light.

Thy endless reign shall shine serene, and twilight never intervene.

VERSE EIGHT:

All laud Eternal Son to Thee, Whose Advent sets Thy people free,

Whom with the Father we adore and Holy Ghost forevermore.  Amen.