Sunday, 30 November 2008

Sunday Blessings - O Come, O Come Emmanuel

On the Sundays leading up to Christmas I will be posting videos of my favourite Christmas carols.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel is my first choice as it is my best loved carol.The lyrics are pure doctrine and the 12 century music melts my heart. I wish to sing it during a Christmas Eve candle-lit service in a Gothic cathedral or monastery. And also singing it or hearing it sung in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel also would be thrilling.
Many years ago one of our church members translated this song into Hindi (our mother tongue) and gave it a very distinct Indian context and connotation. I would like to learn the Latin version.

O Come O Come Emmanuel !
The favourite O Come, O Come Emmanuel carol was originally written in Latin text in the 12th Century. The author of the words and composer to the music of O Come, O Come Emmanuel is unknown. It is , however believed that the melody was of French origin and added to the text a hundred years later. The Latin was translated into English by John Mason Neale in 1851.



Oh, come, our Dayspring from on high, And cheer us by your drawing nigh, Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel!
Oh, come, Desire of nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Oh, bid our sad divisions cease, And be yourself our King of Peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel!
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As the events the the past week unfolded before our eyes
in what we are calling India 's longest televised horror show , it embedded in our hearts that
Our God Emmanuel is our only hope.
We watched in heart-wrenching pain till
the last battle was won
on Saturday morning.
The song I have chosen is also my prayer to our Dayspring Jesus to come and disperse
the gloomy clouds of night
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Here is a news report from BBC News





How Mumbai attacks unfolded

Investigators are piecing together how the attacks unfolded
New details have been slowly emerging about the early stages of the Mumbai terror attacks. Much of the information has been gleaned after the capture of one of the militants involved, as the BBC's Prachi Pinglay reports from Mumbai.
The story of the Mumbai terror attacks likely began when a private fishing trawler with five crew members set sail from the Arabian sea off the coast of Porbandar in India's western Gujarat state on 13 November.
Sometime during the next 12 days, the trawler was taken over at sea by at least 10 young men, aged between 20 and 23 years, carrying backpacks and bags, according to sources in the Mumbai police, coastguard, and commandos.
Investigators still do not know what the men were sailing on and where they were coming from when they took over the trawler - though suspicion has fallen on the Pakistani port city of Karachi.
What they do know is that the men tied up one of the crew in the trawler's engine room, and slit his throat. The abandoned trawler was found by Indian coastguard ships more than three nautical miles off Mumbai.
GPS co-ordinates
When coastguards boarded the vessel, they found the dead crew member, plus a satellite phone and GPS tracker that possibly belonged to the trawler's crew.
Investigators say that Kasar has told them that their work was to 'take hostages for safe passage'
Investigators told the BBC that the tracker showed "a return mapping for Karachi", leading to speculation that the men who attacked Mumbai had planned to return in the same trawler.
A ferry doing about 20 knots can cover the 506-nautical mile distance between Karachi and Mumbai in a little over 24 hours.
After abandoning the trawler, the men opened the inflatable dinghies they were carrying and sailed into Mumbai waters early on 26 November, a little more than 10 hours before the attack, investigators say.
An abandoned dinghy has been recovered in the sea off one of the many fishing colonies which dot the city's coast.
One of the top investigating officers told the BBC that the gunmen - nine were eventually killed and one arrested - split up into four groups and took the city's rickety black-and-yellow Fiat taxis from the fishing colony at Cuffe Parade to some of the locations they planned to attack.

See a detailed map of the area
They say the men left grenades or bombs inside the taxis before they got out. The taxis exploded soon after, killing two drivers and one bystander.

Militants split into groups, attacking a number of locations
The first round of attacks took place around the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or the Victoria Terminus railway station, when gunmen entered the platforms and fired on people indiscriminately.
They walked out of the station after the carnage, and shot three policemen and fired at journalists gathered near a cinema to record the event. Then they took a police van and drove off.
A flat tyre forced the gunmen to abandon the police van. The men then stole a Skoda car and drove towards the seafront Marine Drive, just as the other groups of gunmen were attacking a cafe, two luxury hotels and a Jewish cultural centre.
As the Skoda took a zig-zag route through the streets of Mumbai, the men inside opened fire in several locations - including at the Cama and Albless hospital for women and children.
Police say they intercepted the Skoda on the seafront and shot at it, killing one of the gunmen and arresting the other.
Twenty-one-year-old Mohammed Ajmal Mohammed Amir Kasar, who police says hails from Pakistan's Punjab province, is now the investigators' key to unravelling the planning that went into the attacks.
'Senseless violence'
Commandos who fought early pitched battles with the gunmen in the two luxury hotels, the Taj Mahal and Oberoi Trident, say that the lithe attackers moved quickly from room to room and climbed up and down floors to throw them off tracks.
The gunmen set fire to curtains and threw grenades to distract the commandos, according to federal commando chief JK Dutt.
"We found a lot of unexploded grenades inside the hotel. They damaged a lot of property. It was senseless violence," he said.
They also found lots of dry fruits, Indian and American currency, ammunition and fake Mumbai college student identity cards in the bags the gunmen had left behind during the attacks.
"We are checking whether the gunmen had any local support. But what we are sure is that they were not from India, and had trained in and were carrying stuff - AK-56, AK-47 and 9mm revolvers and hand grenades possibly of Chinese make," said an investigator.
The investigators say that Kasar has told them that their work was to "take hostages for safe passage". He also told them their aim was to "create an international incident, and anything big in Mumbai would be noticed all over the world".
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QUESTION?
Is there any special place you would like to sing O come, O come Emmanuel?

9 Fertilize my soul:

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
there sure is spiritual connection across the borders.
I sat in The Church of Our Savior this very evening a listened to the Norwegian version of "O, come, O come Immanuel. Felt a bit homesick and thought I'd like to be in the church on my birthplace just now.

The other thought I had was that I'll check up original Norwegian Christmas Carols and post them on my Advent blog.
We ARE sisters in the spirit, Amrita, dear.
From Felisol

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
there sure is spiritual connection across the borders.
I sat in The Church of Our Savior this very evening a listened to the Norwegian version of "O, come, O come Immanuel. Felt a bit homesick and thought I'd like to be in the church on my birthplace just now.

The other thought I had was that I'll check up original Norwegian Christmas Carols and post them on my Advent blog.
We ARE sisters in the spirit, Amrita, dear.
From Felisol

Taiwan Prattler said...

Thanks for helping us to focus on Christ as we prepare our hearts for the Christmas season. I'll take your youtube posts and use them in my planning of our team's weekly worship next week!

Shari said...

Very good post, Amrita. I hope you are doing well. Christmas will soon be here. :)

God bless.

Julia Dutta said...

A lovely post Amrita!

I grew up in Bombay and my college days were spent at Leopold cafe, the India gate, Berlington's, Somova and Jahangir Art Gallery, Prince of Wales Museaum, David Sasoon Libray - All of Colaba. Not surprising. I studied in Elphinstone College Bombay. I can't simply imagine that so much has happened just a stone's throw from college. I am grieved and the anger has not yet gone....how could they?

And the poor Rabbi and his dear wife....oh, my God......why?

Julia

Northeast Iowa Mom said...

I love that song too.

I have been praying for India and the people of Mumbai. I know sin is sin is sin, and we are all worthy of death for our sins, but terrorism seems worse than most to me. Perhaps because it chooses the little ones, the innocents, the noncombatants as its victims.

Gail W. said...

Amrita, you and your beloved country have been on my heart and in my prayers all week. My internet access has been down, so today was my first chance to contact you. I am so sorry for all that India is going through - I hope your mother is feeling a little better with the siege over.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel is PERFECT - that has been my prayer for so long but especially in recent days. Come, Lord Jesus, come! I love you, beautiful sister and thank God you and yours were not killed. May His second advent be near!!!!!

Donetta said...

O come...
Thank you for the detailed explanation. We get very little detail here just the main event very little of the other sites. Of course I do not watch much television.

Calfkeeper said...

Thank you for the informative post on this. No, we don't get details over here.
This whole thing is a great grief. You are all in our prayers.