23 December 2012

O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, God with us, our King and lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior; come to save us, O Lord our God.

The last of the O Antiphons: tomorrow night, Christ will be with us as we recall His birth in Bethlehem, so many years ago. As we hurry through these last few hours before Christmas, remember that the most important preparation takes place within our hearts. Rejoice, rejoice; men from all the nations await together the coming of Emmanuel!

O Come, O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice; Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

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