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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: December 24

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 24, 2008

Nations that long in darkness walked
Have now beheld a glorious light;
On them who dwelt in shades of death
The light hath shinèd heav’nly bright.

For lo! the virgin’s Child is born;
To us the Son of God is giv’n.
Upon His shoulders shall be laid
The government of earth and Heav’n.

His Name is callèd Wonderful,
The Counselor, the mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace,
Peace dearly purchased with His blood.

His government shall know no bounds,
But far and wide o’er all extend;
And happy peace, the glorious fruits
Of His just reign, shall know no end.

O’er David’s kingdom, on His throne
To rule, and ’stablish it secure
With judgment clear, and justice right;
His reign forever shall endure.

— John Barnard, 1752

Relief Society Magazine, December 1964

“Madonna and Child,” by Ghirlandaio



  1. That is a beautiful picture. As I looked at it, I realized that my mom would have received the copy as she was 8 months pregnant with her first-born (me, who would arrive in January 1965). I wonder what her thoughts were as she looked at the holy mother and child.

    Comment by Coffinberry — December 24, 2008 @ 9:10 am

  2. Latter-day Saints do not worship Mary, but she is held in highest reverence. I highly recommend MormonSoprano’s essay: “Mother Mary Went the Distance.” Also, I highly recommend The Priests‘ version of “Ave Maria.”

    Comment by S.Faux — December 25, 2008 @ 2:44 am

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