Like “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” this Advent hymn by Marty Haugen is based on the Medieval “O Antiphons.” Each verse focuses on a different name and character of the coming King. Consider using a different verse for each verse of Advent, perhaps pairing it with the corresponding verse of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”
This song refers to Jesus Christ in stanza 1 as “our only hope of glory.” This concept seems to carry all the rest with it. Similarly, Our Song of Hope centers on Jesus Christ, as “our hope of glory as well.” “We are a people of hope” it says (stanza 1) and “we know Christ to be our only hope” (stanza 2) and “our only hope is Jesus Christ” (stanza 3). But it declares even more broadly that “Jesus Christ is the hope of God’s world” (stanza 4), giving hope for two worlds – in this age and in the age to come (stanza 5)!