Our fifteen-year-old daughter was blessed with a good voice that by dint of effort and instruction has been transformed into something strong and beautiful. It is usually she and I representing the Leonardi family at the closing hymn. (My boys are presently too cool to sing.) Yesterday it was two verses of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” in the WLP missalette. When it came time for one verse’s reference to “humankind,” we both burst out laughing and instinctively replaced it with the more traditional, and almost certainly more accurate, “mankind.” It’s good to know that I’ve at least instilled good bull$#it detectors in my brood. Here is a sampling from John Neale’s version, which retains a non-pandering elegance and generally appears in Protestant hymnals:

O come, Desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid thou our sad divisions cease,
and be thyself our King of Peace. Refrain

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear. Refrain

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