One of our most beloved Christmas hymns, O Come, All Ye Faithful, was written and then translated by two men living 100 years apart. John Frances Wade wrote the music and penned the lyrics in Latin in 1743. As the song was passed down among Christian musicians, Rev. Frederick Oakeley, being deeply moved by the lyrics almost 100 years after they were written, translated them from Latin to English for his London church. He worked to perfect the translation and in 1845, Adeste fidelis, laete triumphantes, in Oakeley’s finished translation was sung, O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant! We sing these same beautiful words today!
On Christmas Eve, we have the opportunity to come faithfully, joyfully and triumphantly to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! We will enjoy singing Christmas hymns like, O Come, All Ye Faithful among other carols, take communion and light candles as we worship the Light of the World. There will be opportunities for you, your family and friends to take photos together at our photo wall near the new Detroit entrance or at our photo booth set up by the Christmas tree in the corridor outside the worship center. Two service opportunities are available; at 4:15 pm childcare will be provided for children 3 years old and under, and a second service at 6:00 pm.
If you will be gathered with friends and family on Christmas Eve, this is the perfect opportunity to bring them to a wonderful celebration of the birth of Jesus! Bring your Christmas guests, invite neighbors and anyone who needs to feel the hope and warmth of Christ this Christmas season. God gave the greatest gift ever given when he gave his son, Jesus. Let us come and adore him!