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O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:

come to save us, Lord our God!


"O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:

come to save us, Lord our God!"

Since December 17, the Alleluia proclamation has been one of "O Antiphons".

The O Antiphons are recited or chanted during vespers preceding the Magnificat. Many of us might have heard the song "O Come, o come Emmanuel" during last Sunday's Mass as well.

The Antiphons really make me think on how close we are to Christmas, and how I can hardly wait for Our Savior to be born. These seven short proclamations are the titles of the Messiah.

Read them slowly, and meditate on them. Jesus is about to be born. Who is He to the World? Who is he to each one of us?

  • Dec 17: O Sapientia (Wisdom of our God Most High)

  • Dec 18: O Adonai (Leader of the House of Israel)

  • Dec 19: O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse’s stem)

  • Dec 20:O Clavis David (Key of David)

  • Dec 21:O Oriens (Radiant Dawn)

  • Dec 22:O Rex Gentium (King of all nations and keystone of the Church)

  • Dec23: O Emmanuel (Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law) *

If we read the first letter after the O in inverse order, it says EROCRAS, or ero cras, which in Latin means "I shall come tomorrow".

Jesus's birth is almost here. Are we ready for Him? Is there room in our hearts' inn for Him?

Happy Advent everyone!

God bless y'all!

* Source USCCB


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