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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

O Emmanuel - December 23

In the final O Antiphon we call upon God in a personal way, O Come Emmanuel God with us, our King and Lawgiver, come to save us.

O Emmanuel

O Our King and Lawgiver,
the Expected of the Nations
and their Savior,
come to save us, O Lord our God.

This antiphon is based on the following scripture:

Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel".

Isaiah 33:22: "Indeed the Lord will be there with us, majestic; yes, the Lord our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our king, he it is who will save us".

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Veni, veni, Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio,
privatus Dei Filio.
R: Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
nascetur pro te Israel!

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that morns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
R: Rejoice! Rejoice! O Israel,
to thee shall come Emmanuel!

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