Friday, December 22, 2006
O Emmanuel, God is With Us: "O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God."
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 Emmanuel".
With this last antiphon our expectation finds joy now in the certainty of fulfillment. We call Jesus by one of the most personal and intimate of his titles, Emmanuel, God-with-us. We recall that in his birth from the Virgin Mary God takes on our very flesh and human nature
O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their
Savior. Come and save us, O Lord our God.
O King of Nations (Gentiles) O Rex Gentium
O KING OF THE GENTILES and their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes both one: come, and deliver man, whom you formed out of the dust of the earth. Amen.
The earlier antiphons have already alluded to the Messiah coming not only to Israel but to convert the gentile nations and redeem them for his own. Now this sixth antiphon clearly addresses the savior as the king of the gentiles (Jer.10:7) and the Desired One of the nations.
O Dawn of the East (O Oriens) (also called O Rising Dawn);
O DAWN OF THE EAST, brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice: come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Amen.
Today is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the longest night. Though it is the darkest day the Advent candles burn brightly. The church calls from the darkness to her Lord, the Dayspring from on high, who is the joyous light of glory.
Advent calls us out of the darkness to live in the light of Christ, to be the children of the Light that we are. If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. The night is over. The Day has dawned.
These O Antiphones beautifully describe our Advent, preparing for the Birth of Our Lord.
I'll have more Christmas coming soon !
'On Ya' - ma