This week the choir sings two classic anthems for the season of Advent. The first is a setting of the hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” as it is found in the oldest source of that melody, a fifteenth-century French ceremoniale. The second anthem, “E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come,” is the most well-known work of the Minnesota composer Paul Manz (1919-2009). The piece was written in 1953 at a time when Manz’s young son was critically ill, and Paul and his wife Ruth took turns staying with him, Ruth by day and Paul at night. Ruth wrote the text for the anthem, based on several passages from Revelations, especially 1:4-5 and 22:5. Paul wrote the music while watching at his son’s bedside. Their son recovered, and the anthem has since become beloved by choirs around the world.