December 23: O Emmanuel

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Latin O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster. English O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the Nations and their Saviour, come to save us, O Lord our God. The final O Antiphon refers to Christ as Emmanuel, “God with us” and […]

December 19: O Radix Jesse

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Latin O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem Gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare. English O Root of Jesse, Who stand for an ensign of the people, before Whom kings shall keep silence, and unto Whom the Gentiles shall make their supplication: come to […]

December 17: O Wisdom

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Today the Church continues a centuries-old liturgical tradition of singing the “O Antiphons.” Since the eighth century, the Roman Church has sung these antiphons during the celebration of Vespers (Evening Prayer). “They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as […]