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Grace Note for December 17, 2015

You may have heard of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous “Sonnet to the Portuguese,” but did you know that there is also a Portuguese Christmas Carol? We know this song by at least two other names. “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is also known by its Latin name, “Adeste Fideles.” Because it was sung at the Portuguese embassy in London in the late 1700’s, the song has also been called the “Portuguese Carol.” Whether you call this carol by its English or Latin name, there is little doubt that it has become a popular Christmas standard. Its words are majestic in both languages and invite us to humble ourselves in worship before the Christ child.

O 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.

Continue your Christmas journey by coming faithfully and opening your heart to Christ. Noted spiritual writer Henri Nouwen once said, “If we create space in which God can speak and act, something surprising will happen.”

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