I have personally celebrated the seasons of the church calendar for decades. I have always been saddened by the lack of Advent-themed worship music in the contemporary Evangelical church world. But I have recently become a part of the Lutheran tradition, which has a wealth of Advent hymns! On the remaining Advent Sundays, I’ll share a few of my favorites.
Savior of the Nations, Come is a hymn text written by St. Ambrose of Milan, one of the great Doctors of the early church. It was written in the 4th century – and era when the church was crystalizing its theological understanding about the person and nature of Jesus in the incarnation (e.g., The Council of Nicaea in 325, which produced the Nicene Creed, which we read together today in church). This hymn reflects those theological themes, which Ambrose championed strongly.
Savior of the nations, come! Virgin’s son, make here Your home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth.
was the Word of God made flesh – woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.
Here a maid was found with child, yet remained a virgin mild.
In her womb this truth was sown: God was there upon His throne.
Then stepped forth the Lord of all from His pure and kingly hall;
God of God, yet fully man, His heroic course began.
Into hell His road went down, back then to His throne and crown.
For You are the Father’s Son Who in flesh the victory won.
By Your mighty power make whole all our ills of flesh and soul.
From the manger newborn light shines in glory through the night.
Darkness there no more resides; In this light faith now abides.
Glory to the Father sing,
Glory to the Son our king.
Glory to the Spirit be now, and through eternity.