Wen Wen Van Der Wende Amazing Christmas Song

Good morning, church!
We wanted to share an audio file of a recording by Wen Wen Van Der Wende of “O, Come, O, Come, Emmanuel” – She is singing all parts on this and it is just gorgeous!
May this brighten your day as you prepare for a different kind of Christmas this year!
Laurel Van Der Wende has done some wonderful research on this song, and here are her comments on what you are about to hear.
The hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel takes its inspiration from the prophet Isaiah (chapter 7, verse 14) who said: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” In the New Testament, we learn that Immanuel means God with us.
A Treasury of Christmas Songs and Carols (Simon) explains the history of how this song was used: “On December 17 in medieval monasteries, the abbot would intone the original first stanza at vespers, both before and after the Magnificat. On successive evenings, each of the principal officers of the monastery would take his turn with another of the stanzas, the whole series being known as the “Seven O’s.” Each O hailed the coming Saviour under a different epithet: O Sapientia, O Adonai, etc. After the service, the officer was expected to stand some sort of treat, usually edible, for all the monks. The prayer, despite the solemnity to modern ears that lies in the modal plain song, was rightly joyful.”