It’s the first Sunday of Advent. So an advent carol seems appropriate.
This is an advent carol, not a Christmas carol. Technically, you shouldn’t be singing Christmas carols until Christmas Eve at Midnight Mass. (I know, I’m old fashioned about this, deal with it!!)
Advent always kicked off for me with the hymn Emmanuel. It was always the opening hymn on the first Sunday of Advent and one of my father’s favourite hymns. This confused me when I was little because my dad was called Noel so I always thought that The First Nowell was about him and thought that this should be his favourite hymn!
Anyway this is best version that You Tube provided, even though the first line is wrong. It’s ‘ransom captive Israel’ not ‘redeem captive Israel’. However, I’m used to the difference between Catholic and Protestant hymns and English and American. I’m also curious about the time when each town and village had it’s own words or tunes for various carols. Last seen pre-Queen Victoria…