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"Savior of the Nations, Come" Reflections: St. Ambrose of Milan wrote a beautiful hymn, which can be both sung and enjoyed for both Advent and Christmas, called Savior of the Nations, Come. This beautiful Advent and Christmas Hymn is about Jesus being the Savior of Pagans. Jesus came not only to save Christians and Jews, but He also came to save Pagans; Norse Pagans, Greek and Roman Pagans, Celtic Pagans, American Indian Pagans, Wiccans, and pretty much anyone else. Jesus also died for Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, and Agnostics, but for this blog post we shall only be focusing on Pagans due to Savior of the Nations, Come being about Jesus saving Pagans.
Granted Holy Baptism and Faith in Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are most necessary for Salvation. Jesus did indeed atone for the sins of every single person and He did indeed objectively justify every single person, but Holy Baptism and Faith in the Holy Trinity are needed for subjective justification. Jesus died to save every single person from death, Hell, the grave, Satan, Satan’s demons, Original Sin from Adam and Eve, and their own personal sins and Faith in Jesus’ Atonement for you is mandatory for Salvation.
St. Ambrose used the Latin word “gentium,” which means “Gentile” and “Pagan” in the original Latin title of the hymn, which is Veni, Redemptor gentium. That Latin title means “O Come, Redeemer of Gentiles” or “O Come Redeemer of Pagans.” Martin Luther translated the hymn as Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, which is German for “Now Come, Savior of the Heathens.” St. Ambrose was a Christian Bishop living and ministering among Greek and Roman Pagans living in the Roman Empire and he wanted to write a hymn about Jesus being the Savior of Pagans.
Savior of the Nations, Come Latin Text: St. Ambrose of Milan 397 English Translation: William M. Reynold 1860 Music: Johann Walter 1524
“1. Savior of the nations, come, Virgin’s Son, make here Thy Home! Marvel now, O Heaven and earth,
That the LORD chose such a Birth.
- Not by human flesh and blood, By the Spirit of our God, Was the Word of God made flesh—Woman’s Offspring, pure and fresh.
- Wondrous Birth! O wondrous Child Of the Virgin undefiled! Though by all the world disowned, Still to be in Heaven enthroned.
(William M. Reynolds sadly did not translate verse four.)
- From the Father forth He came And returneth to the same, Captive leading death and Hell—High the song of triumph swell!
- Thou, the Father’s only Son,
Hast o’er sin the Victory won. Boundless shall Thy Kingdom be; When shall we its Glories see?
- Brightly doth Thy Manger shine, Glorious is its Light Divine. Let not sin o’ercloud this Light; Ever be our Faith thus bright.
- Praise to God the Father sing, Praise to God the Son, our King, Praise to God the Spirit be Ever and Eternally.”
Let us read St. Luke’s Gospel Chapter 2:21-35:
“2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the Circumcising of the Child, His Name was called Jesus, which was so named of the Angel, before He was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the LORD; 23 (As it is written in the Law of the LORD, ‘Every male, that openeth the womb, shall be called holy to the LORD’;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that, which is said in the Law of the LORD, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the LORD’s Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the Law, 28 Then took he Him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, ‘29 Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy Word: 30 For mine eyes have seen Thy Salvation, 31 Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.’
33 And Joseph and His Mother marvelled at those things, which were spoken of Him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary His Mother, ‘Behold, this Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed’” (KJV 1611).
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