17 December 2012

O Adonai

O Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.

Today's verse is a bit less complete a transliteration of the Antiphon than yesterday's was, but the sense is still there; come, mighty ruler and law-giver, majestic and powerful beyond our human comprehension! Come, lord who spoke through fire and cloud, at once ruler and ransomer of your people.

O Come, O come, Thou Lord of might
Who to thy tribes on Sinai's height
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice, rejoice; Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel.

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