O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful is a Christmas carol which is commonly believed to have been composed by John Francis Wade around 1743.

The Latin original is titled Adeste Fideles.

It is traditionally sung as the final hymn during the Christmas midnight mass, to hail the arrival of the infant Jesus Christ.

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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.

God of God, Light of Light, Lo, He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;

Very God, begotten, not created.


See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle,

Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps.


Lo! star led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring,

Offer Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
We to the Christ Child bring our hearts’ oblations.


Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,

We would embrace Thee, with love and awe;
Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly?


Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;

Sing, citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, in the highest.


Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;

Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.


Here is O Come All Ye Faithful sung at the Christmas midnight service at the Afghan Church, Bombay, India.

And here is Enya singing the original Latin version of this song, Adeste Fideles.

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Adeste fideles, laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite ad Bethlehem
Natum videte, Regem angelorum
Venite adoremus, venite adoremus
Venite adoremus, Dominum.

Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine,
Gestant puellae viscera,
Deum verum, Genitum non factum.
Venite adoremus, venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus Dominum

Image: The Journey of the Magi (1894), by James Jacques Joseph Tissot.

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