Lessons and Carols for Advent
HYMN: Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth (Veni Redemptor Gentium)
This hymn of the Advent Prayer of Saint Ambrose
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.
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.
The virgin womb, such burden gained with virgin honor all unstrained.
Mary’s banners of virtue glow; God, in His temple, dwells below.
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.
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.
True equal at the Father’s side, with human nature now abide.
The weakness of our mortal state, with deathless might, invigorate.
They cradle here shall glitter bright, and darkness yield to Earth’s True Light.
Thy endless reign shall shine serene, and twilight never intervene.
All laud Eternal Son to Thee, Whose Advent sets Thy people free,
Whom with the Father we adore and Holy Ghost forevermore. Amen.