“O Come, All Ye Faithful” (originally written in Latin as Adeste Fiddles) is a Christmas carol which has been attributed to various authors, including John Francis Wade (1711–1786), with the earliest copies of the hymn all bearing his signature, John Reading (1645–1692), and King John IV of Portugal (1604–1656).
The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley, written in 1841, is widespread in most English speaking countries. The present harmonization is from the English Hymnal (1906).
This week we are singing an arrangement of the carol by 714. This modern arrangement has updated the sound with some countermelodies for the band yet keeps a classic Christmas feel.