NICK EICHER, HOST: This weekend marks the beginning of the season of Advent: The 4 weeks before Christmas set aside for faithful reflection and preparation.
MARY REICHARD, HOST: From now until Christmas, we’re ending each of our Friday programs with an Advent music selection. These recordings come from a handful of Bible schools, seminaries, and Christian Universities. Paul Butler is our guide.
PAUL BUTLER, REPORTER: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is one of the most well-loved advent hymns of all time. The text is from an 8th century Latin poem sung antiphonally. A metrical version appeared in the 13th century, and was translated into English by J.M. Neale in 1851. Each of the verses expounds on a name for Messiah. The song is a plaintive prayer for God’s promised coming and comfort.
But for last year’s televised Baylor University Christmas program…
…Director of Church Music Randall Bradley commissioned composer Jordan Tucker to arrange this upbeat rendition of the song. Here’s “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” sung by the Baylor Men’s Choir. The piece has been edited to fit our available space.
MUSIC: [O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL]