I wanted to share the Latin version of this beloved hymn (O Come, O Come Emmanuel):
We sing the hymn at our parish every week as we go up to receive the blessed bread during the Nativity fast.
"O come, Thou Day-star, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here"
I love this hymn.
I was such a huge traditional protestant, but these Latin hymns converted me to true christianity, like Mozart's requiem, Gregorian chants, traditional hymns like Veni veni Emmanuel, one of my most favorite hymns ever.
And when I finally went to a roman catholic church I felt so betrayed , because they didn't even use Latin in the services, and then I went to another church, where they did sing a few Latin hymns,later I tried talking to the priest in Latin which he didn't even know, and asked him what he thought about orthodoxy, of which he told me he had no opinion.
but the orthodox church still had these beautiful hymns as the standard.... but in Greek........
Hopefully one day there'll be a Latin speaking orthodox church again, if there be one, I definitively would become orthodox.
Pray for me fratres in Christo, that I have the strength to learn another classical language after Latin (i.e. Greek), so I could enjoy in the great Greek hymns like I would have in the roman catholic churches.